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Discover the Mudgee region’s best food and drink

Locals and visitors to Mudgee are invited to explore the region’s best food and wine offerings by taking part in this year’s Food and Drink Trail on the 25th and 26th of March.

The Mudgee Region Food and Drink Trail promises to take people on a gastronomical adventure through the region as they journey to our favourite producers. There will be an abundance of fresh local produce and delectable drink options to sample, with the Mudgee region being at the forefront of paddock to plate dining.

This year’s event will feature over 20 destinations including cellar doors, farms, orchards, cafes and a distillery.

Each destination will dish up the perfect pairing of a locally produced beverage and a regionally inspired dish.

With so many venues taking part in the trail, it’s a great way to discover the amazing food and drink in the Mudgee region and all of the amazing culinary experiences on offer.

A trail pass costs just $40 and includes 5 vouchers that can each be exchanged for one dish and one drink at a participating venue. There is no limit to the amount of trail passes that can be purchased.

Trail passes can be purchased at www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au or at the Mudgee Visitors Information Centre at 84 Market Street, Mudgee NSW.

To find out more about the event, the venues taking part and to take a peek at the menus visit www.mudgeewine.com.au/mudgee-region-food-and-drink-trail/.

Outdoor alcohol service approved in Mudgee

Visitors to Mudgee will now be able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with their meal in designated outdoor dining areas in town.

The Mid-Western Regional Council voted to amend its policy and allow the service of alcohol in licensed eateries to seated patrons with meals in outdoor areas between 12 noon and 10pm.

The decision will help Mudgee keep pace with other regional areas such as Orange and Bathurst.

According to a statement made by Mudgee Region Tourism chairman Russell Holden in the Mudgee Guardian, the group is pleased to hear of council’s approval of the consumption of alcohol with al fresco dining at our cafes and restaurants.

“Considering the vast majority of visitors to the region are here to enjoy our sophisticated food and drink and are predominately from metropolitan areas, where for them al fresco dining is a matter course, we feel this approval is more than appropriate and will add to the dining experience, ensuring we are keeping up with the pace of our competing regions,” Mr Holden said.

The new alcohol ruling will be good news for visitors and residents alike. We often hear people say they would like to be able to enjoy a local wine or beer outside in the sunshine whilst also being able to take in views of our local heritage buildings.

Restaurants interested in being able to serve alcohol to patrons outside will need to make an application to the Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing to extend their licence boundary and it could be a few months before we start seeing businesses taking advantage of the new changes.

The service of alcohol outside will come with certain conditions, including being required to define the boundaries of the licensed area and not serving shots or drinks with more than 50 per cent spirits in them.

For more information about the changes contact the Mid-Western Regional Council.

Follow the Mudgee Region Food + Wine Trail

Locals and visitors to Mudgee are being invited to follow the inaugural Mudgee Region Food + Drink Trail on the weekend of April 16 and 17 and discover the best local produce in the region.

During the weekend there will be an abundance of fresh produce, delectable drink options and paddock to plate dining to enjoy.

Your Trail Pass will be your key to unlocking the perfect pairings. Each voucher on the pass can be exchanged for a sample of local wine, beer, spirit or other beverage, expertly paired with a regionally inspired small dish.

There will be 17 unique stops and experiences to choose from, including restaurants and cafes, wineries and distilleries.

Trail passes cost just $40 + $3 booking fee and each contains five vouchers that can be exchanged for one food and one beverage sample at each participating restaurant on the weekend.

Groups of five or more are encouraged to book at each venue.

Participating venues include Alby + Esthers, Artisan on Lewis, Baker Williams Distillery, Blue Wren, Botobolar, Burnbrae, di Lusso Estate, Elton’s + Gilbert Family Wines, Huntington Estate, Lowe Wines, Moothi Estate, Mudgee Brewing Co, SHORT SHEEP Micro-Winery, Slowfox Wines, Skimstone Wines, Wellstead Shrubs and Winning Post Motor Inn.

Trail Passes can be bought online at www.visitmudgeeregion.com.au or in person at the Visitors Information Centre at 84 Market Street, Mudgee.

Mudgee community invited to have a say on outdoor service of alcohol

Diners in Mudgee might soon be able to enjoy an alcoholic drink outside if a new outdoor dining proposal gets the green light from the community.

The proposal seeks to allow premises that hold a liquor license to serve alcohol to seated patrons with a meal.

As many of you reading this would know, the Mudgee CBD is currently an alcohol free zone, so if you want to enjoy an alcoholic beverage you need to head indoors.

While some people might like the lack of alcohol in the Mudgee CBD, there are also a lot of people who would like to be able to enjoy a local wine or boutique beer in the sunshine while taking in the views of our local heritage buildings.

If the proposal gets approved, there will be a number of restrictions that come with it. Under the conditions of the proposal, service of alcohol with meals will only be allowed between 12 noon and 10pm, and there will be limits on the type of alcoholic drinks that can be served, for example no shots will be allowed and only one drink per person at a time will be allowed.

The amended footpath policy is on exhibition until January 15 2016. During this time the local community can have a say and address any issues they might have.

The full policy can be found on the Mid-Western Council website, and submissions can be sent to council@midwestern.nsw.gov.au.

If no submissions are received while the policy is open for public exhibition period then the policy will be adopted.

What do you think? Should alcohol be served outside in the Mudgee CBD?

Taking a long lunch at the Zin House

If you’re looking for somewhere to go for a leisurely long lunch in the Mudgee region then it’s well worth taking a drive out to the Zin House if you haven’t done so already (and if you have then you’ll probably want to go again and again!).

The Zin House is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day with friends as you enjoy all of the exquisite food on offer and the beautiful surroundings.

There are breath-taking views of the Lowe Wine’s Zinfandel vineyard and the Tinja farmlands of Mudgee as you sit at the restaurant’s large farmhouse tables and take the time to enjoy Chef Kim Currie’s degustation menu, which changes from week to week depending on what’s in season.

Everything on the menu is proudly sourced from regional producers, friends, or from the farm and organic garden.

The Zin House has already become one of Mudgee’s gems since opening in April last year and it’s been featured in many “to-do” lists for those visiting the region.

The Zin House is open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, however they will be putting on a special Australia Day lunch today (call them on 02 6372 1660 to reserve a seat) and they hold special events all year-round. You can also catch Friday Night Tapas this month on Friday nights from 5:30pm.

To stay up-to-date with everything that is happening at the Zin House, you can follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/www.zinhouse.com.au or visit their website zinhouse.com.au.

Have you visited the Zin House yet?


Image via zinhouse.com.au

Rate your favourite ‘Local Plate’ in Mudgee

Locals and visitors to Mudgee are being encouraged to become food critics this month and sample a ‘Local Plate’ or two to be in with the chance to win an all-expenses paid weekend in Mudgee.

There will be a huge variety of Local Plate dishes to choose from, with almost 20 local eateries taking part in the competition. You can start off with breakfast, then head off to a quick lunch, followed by a slow grazing platter or a fine dining experience. All Local Plate dishes will feature at least 80% produce although many dishes have 100% of the ingredients sourced within a 100-mile radius of the Mudgee region.

Once you’ve tried a Local Plate dish, all you have to do to be in the draw for the big prize is fill out a voting form with your verdict of the Local Plate you tried, and place your completed form in the entry box.

The prize includes two nights’ accommodation at Putta Bucca B&B, a meal for two at the Champion Local Plate restaurant, a wine tour, a hamper of local produce, and farm walk tickets.

It’s a great prize and even if you don’t win it’s still definitely worth heading to any of the restaurants taking part in the Local Plate to try their sensational dishes.

Restaurants taking part in the Local Plate competition include the following:

  • Alby & Esther’s – Alby & Esther’s Local Grazing Platter
  • Arbuckles Restaurant & Café – Chachouka Eggs
  • Delumptious– Lamb & Rosemary Pie
  • Fairview ArtSpace – Ploughmans Platter
  • High Valley Wine & Cheese – Gourmet Grazing Plate
  • Lowe Wine – Grazing Platter
  • Market Street Café – The Market Plate
  • Pipeclay Pumphouse at Robert Stein Winery – Pipeclay Pumphouse Charcuterie Platter
  • The Quaff Shop Cafe & Gallery – Honeycomb Pancakes
  • Sajos 
  • The Wineglass Bar & Grill 
  • The Post Steakhouse and Bar at The Winning Post Motor Inn – Slow Braised Lamb Shank in Red Wine jus.
  • Vines Restaurant at Parklands Resort – Hereford prime Paella
  • Moothi Estate winery – Mudgee Munch Lunch

For further details about the Local Plate competition in Mudgee, head to mudgeefinefoods.com.au/local-plate.


Bon appetit!

How will you be spending this Valentine’s Day?

valentine's dayAs we rocket towards the month of February, we approach that time of the year again, when the romantics of Mudgee plan a special meeting with, or gift for, their Valentine.  It’s the day when Mudgee couples are found enjoying picnics in the park and candlelit dinners for two, and florists are run off their feet meeting the demand for beautiful bouquet deliveries.

Whether you love spoiling your loved one on Valentines’ Day, or choose to spend it quietly, we have a few tips for those with partners who may be in a spot of trouble if they don’t at least look like they’ve made a little effort on February 14.

  • If weather permits, a picnic in the park can be very romantic.  Naturally you should prepare the picnic basket rather than leaving it up to your partner.  Cheese, dips and crackers, or fresh summer fruits will usually bode well if they can be kept cold, or you can be far more extravagant and prepare a full meal if your heart desires.
  • If preparing a picnic is too much pressure, a romantic meal at a restaurant is also likely to win over any heart.  Just remember, you may need to book ahead as you won’t be alone with this idea.  If you’re unsure where to go, some great Mudgee options are Mudgee Brewery, Isabella’s Trattoria, Arbuckle’s, Blue Wren, Sajo’s Lounge and Bar, and Wineglass Bar & Grill.
  • Most people who celebrate Valentine’s Day tend to buy gifts of chocolates, flowers, or jewellery. Forget Me Not (6372 2258) is one of our Professionals Mudgee Real Estate team’s favourites, with their stunning flowers and gorgeous handmade chocolates.  Visit Spruces Pharmacy for designer fragrances (16 Church Street), or find gorgeous gifts at Cherry Red Clothes (87 Market Street), Vintage Rose (63 Market Street), and Lady Beetle Shoes (8/61 Market Street).

How will you be spending this Valentine’s Day in Mudgee? 

Celebrate the Rose Revolution at Alby & Esthers

Rose winesIf you enjoy a good drop of wine, and can’t go past a beautiful Rose wine in the warmer months, Alby & Esthers at 61 Market Street (‘Up the Alley’) is most definitely the place to be this Thursday night.   If you’re looking for a fun night out, a different sort of date night, or a chance to have a giggle with some girlfriends, this FREE Mudgee event is for you!

Alby & Esthers, alongside Logan Wines, will be hosting the annual wine tasting event, which promises to bring all the most delicious Rose wines from across Australia directly to your palette.  You will be able to taste and enjoy a range of delicious Rose wines, while having a few laughs and meeting other like-minded Rose wine fans along the way.

This event is absolutely FREE, so our team at Professionals Mudgee Real Estate expect to see lots of our Mudgee friends and followers coming along to support Logan Wines and Alby & Esthers, while enjoying all the Rose you could wish for.  Lock the date in now – Rose Revolution wine tasting this Thursday, November 28, from 5-7pm!

Will you be at Alby & Esthers this Thursday night?

Who Was Your Valentine?

Most people would know that yesterday was St Valentines Day, where we openly show our love and admiration for our significant other, or someone who we secretly admire. The build up to Valentines Day in Mudgee appears to have been quite large this year, with plenty of red heart shaped toys, balloons and of course flowers and teddies being delivered all over town.

One of the great things that we find about Valentines Day though is that local businesses such as Mudgee florists and restaurants do a roaring trade, which is truly great for the region’s economy. With the Reserve Bank keeping the cash interest rate steady at 4.25%, many homeowners won’t see a cut in their mortgage rate from banks, so it’s great to see that the people of Mudgee are still willing to splurge on something as significant as love on Valentines Day.

So, what did you get up to on Valentines Day? Did you go to your favourite restaurant? Get a bunch of flowers from a secret admirer? We’d love to hear some of the great experiences that the people of Mudgee had yesterday, so please share in the comments below (and give a local business a plug if they provided you with a great service or experience!).

Melbourne Cup, Mudgee Style!

Melbourne Cup is almost here again, so if you haven’t already organised what you and your work team or family are going to do on Tuesday 1st of November 2011, then it’s time to start making plans for the race that stops a nation!

While the majority of racing enthusiasts like ourselves won’t get the chance to witness the live Melbourne Cup race at Flemington Racecourse this year, there are always plenty of events taking place around Mudgee where you can get dressed up and enjoy a champagne lunch with friends.

There are wineries, restaurants and pubs galore around Mudgee that are holding special functions especially for Melbourne Cup, but because it’s not far away, you’ll need to do a ring around to check availability because our guess is that a number of places will already be fully booked for the afternoon.

If you’re keen for something a little lower key, you can always get together with friends, gather around the TV and have your own little celebration in the comfort of yours or someone elses living room.

Either way we’re sure most Mudgee race enthusiasts, and even those that only take an interest for one day of the year, will be enjoying the atmosphere that the Melbourne Cup brings out around Mudgee. If you have any hot tips, be sure to let us know too!