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Friday Feast – Butcher Shop Café

Butcher Shop Café

We visited on 04-11-16

Friday Feast – The team headed up the main street of town to the ever popular Butcher Shop Cafe. The concrete floor and tiles to the ceiling remind you of its former life as a butchery, providing some of the finest meat to Mudgee. Now it provides the daily staple of freshly roasted coffee and simple food to match. James O’Neill has created a fantastic place for locals to catch up or for tourists to relax and unwind.

The Butcher Shop Cafe prides itself on in-house roasting of the coffee beans, giving your cappuccino or latte real strength and freshness. The all-day breakfast menu is extensive with choices of cheese or Italian style omelettes, butchers benedict with bacon & tomato, buttermilk pancakes or toasted muesli with fruit, honey & yoghurt. If you’re up for a challenge at lunch time, order the Skyscraper Burger with chips. For those with a smaller appetite, there is the butcher’s burger with bacon & cheese, lamb burger with minted yoghurt, prawn pasta, Caesar salad or a selection of sandwiches & melts.

Open 7 days a week, the Butcher Shop Cafe is in a prime location whether you are grabbing a take away coffee or taking time out to dine in.



Friday Feast – Alby & Esther’s

Alby & Esther’s

We visited on 14-10-16

The team headed off to Alby + Esthers for their Friday Feast. There is nothing better than getting out of the office for lunch and the sun drenched courtyard was a prime position.

Owner and licensee Leigh Sargent has created a menu with a strong local accent, uncomplicated and delicious food. All dishes are generously proportioned and memorable, like the house made beans with ham hock and poached egg, the famous jaffle with smoked ham, egg and swiss cheese or the new Alby Sandwich with chicken, bacon, cheese, beetroot relish and horseradish cream.

Everyday there is a beautiful selection of freshly baked cakes, muffins and tarts. Enjoy the locally roasted coffee from Yarrabin Road roasters, or for something refreshing choose from the Crave Natural kombucha or the Hello Lovelies cordials.

The only downside of the day was that we were too early to enjoy a cleansing ale or a chilled glass of wine. Alby + Esthers turns into a Tapas Wine Bar on Friday and Saturday evenings, offering share platters with a selection of beers, ciders, apertifs & wines. Locals Manners Wine, Burnbrae Wines, LOWE Wines & Heslop Wines head the list.

Open Monday to Saturday from 8am, come and enjoy breakfast, lunch & dinner!



Friday Feast – The Dancing Goat

The Dancing Goat

We visited on 16-12-16

There is nothing better than a great carb loading warm lunch on a wet day. The boys headed to The Dancing Goat Cafe for the Friday Feast and it hit the spot!!

The Southern Fried Chicken Burger and the Sloppy Joe pulled lamb burger were the pick of the menu, both served with crunchy golden fries. Other choices included all day breakfast – eggs benedict, selection of pancakes, big breakfast or breakfast roll, as well has Caesar salad, vegetarian burger or soup & pasta of the day.

For the sweet tooth, there is a range of cakes, tarts and muffins to settle the sugar cravings. There is a large selection of smoothies, frappes and cold drinks, but a Campos Coffee definitely prepares you to tackle the afternoon. If you are after delicious simple food, with prompt service, call into The Dancing Goat Cafe.

See you next year!



Friday Feast – Paragon Hotel

Paragon Hotel

We visited on 09-12-16

Just for a change the team headed for a counter meal at the Paragon Hotel for the Friday Feast. Unfortunately it was only 1pm on Friday so we could not enjoy a frost amber ale, however an icy cold squash and a quality pub meal did the job. Paul Osseweyer provides a great meal and that is evident by the amount of tradies in there during lunch hours.

Roast pork & veges, schnitzel & chips, beef burger or lamb cutlets, whatever your appetite, it will be satisfied here at The Paragon Hotel. Even if you’re not hungry, call in for a beer and a chat!

Cheers till next time,


Mudgee Winter School Holiday Ideas

Mudgee’s school kids will soon be on winter school holidays again, which are coming up for most NSW schools from the Monday 2nd to Friday 13th of July 2012. Even though we’re still a month away, if you’re keen to get your kids into school holiday programs, now is the time to start planning and booking spaces.

There are plenty of day trips you can do with the kids to one of the numerous National Parks or Nature Reserves that surround the Mudgee region, including Wollemi National Park, Munghorn Gap Nature Reserve, Goulburn River National Park, Frog Rock and Windamere Dam to name a few. Take the hiking shoes, camera, a bite to eat, maybe even the fishing rod or bicycles, and you can experience some wonderful natural environments that are just a stones throw from our front doorstep.

Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos Libraries usually hold planned school holiday activities, and whilst the information isn’t available at the time of writing this post, check back to the Mid Western Regional Council website over coming days and weeks to see what activities are available. We’ve sent a little note to the Council asking for the information to be updated as soon as possible.

Don’t forget about the old favourites like heading to Mudgee’s Miniature Railway (second Sunday of the month), arts and crafts, Church or Lawson Park markets, and other timeless entertainment both at home and out and about.

If you know of other school holiday activities that are planned for the Winter 2012 holiday period, please feel free to post links or details to our I Love Mudgee facebook page or comment below!

Gulgong’s Henry Lawson Heritage Festival

It’s back again for another year, the Henry Lawson Heritage Festival in Gulgong, from Friday the 8th of June to Monday the 11th of June 2012. For those who haven’t been before, pop it in your diary because not only is a great family event, it also showcases much of the region and of course tells you lots about our pioneering forefathers’ lifestyles, including that of Henry Lawson himself.

The long weekend will give you and your family and friends the opportunity to take in everything that the festival has to offer, from exhibitions of art and photography, having your photo taken in heritage outfits, street markets, bush dancing and music, parades, poetry readings and of course the Gulgong Country Race Meet on Sunday afternoon.

As one of Australian history’s most famous poets, Gulgong is proud to have had Henry Lawson call it his home since being brought to the area as an infant. The Mudgee and Gulgong regions played a large part in influencing Henry Lawson’s writings, which is one of the reasons he’s celebrated in Gulgong to this day.

You can visit the Henry Lawson Society of NSW website to read more about the festival’s competitions and the legend of Henry Lawson himself, or download the full program (PDF) here. If you’ve got any questions about visiting Gulgong for the event, contact the Tourist Information Centre on 1800 816 304.

Girl Talk in Mudgee

Are you a female living or moving to Mudgee? Are you looking for ways to network and interact with other local ladies, to get to know women in the Mudgee community and above all, get out and see just how great Mudgee is with like-minded, motivated women?

A new initiative that we’ve just heard of, called “Girl Talk in Mudgee” has been created to provide a comfortable environment for women of Mudgee to meet each other, network, and form friendships or support groups for all aspects of our busy daily lives.

Whether you’ve lived here for decades, or you’ve just arrived in Mudgee to live, Girl Talk in Mudgee is a great way to take away the sometimes daunting task of making friends and meeting new people.

Set over a relaxing lunch at one of the many great venues around Mudgee, Girl Talk in Mudgee holds events throughout the region, and can be found on facebook where you can register to attend the next event to be held on the 8th of May at High Valley Wine & Cheese Co.

What we love so much about this initiative is that it was an idea though up by local ladies who just want to help Mudgee women mingle and identify with each other. As they say on their facebook page “It doesn’t matter if you are a domestic goddess, a harried mum or out in the work force, come along, meet, mingle and network and get to know more about Mudgee at the same time”.

Join Girl Talk in Mudgee by visiting www.facebook.com/GirlTalkInMudgee!

INXS is Coming to Mudgee!

With nearly 500 song titles to their name, you would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t at least heard a few of INXS’ biggest hits like Never Tear Us Apart or New Sensation. We suspect though that with a touring career spanning over 30 years, there are bound to be a few fans here in Mudgee that know many more of INXS’ songs!

As part of their 2012 Australian Coast to Coast Tour, INXS will be visiting Mudgee to perform at Parklands Resort on the 16th of June. The reason we mention this now is that tickets are on sale now and we wouldn’t want Mudgee’s biggest INXS fans missing out!

This is one of those great opportunities to see an iconic Australian band in the flesh, singing all of your favourites, and a great time to get a group of friends together for a fun night of music and entertainment.

Tickets are available on Ticketmaster for $65.95 per person, and attendees must be over 18 years of age. If you’d like to purchase your INXS tickets, click here, and don’t forget to share this info with your friends!

Tickets Still Available for this Weekend!

If you haven’t already got your tickets to one of Mudgee’s major annual events – Go Grazing – then you’re in luck because you can still get tickets, even though the event is on this Saturday!

If you’re a bit of a wine connoisseur or fancy a nibble on great foods made from locally produced goods, then Mudgee’s Go Grazing event should definitely be on your calendar! Not only will you find Mudgee’s regional wines from leading winemakers, you’ll also find some of the best matching foods to go with quality selections of red and white wines, not to mention the glass of bubbles you receive on arrival to the event.

Held this Saturday, 21st of April 2012 at the Mudgee Showgrounds, and at a very reasonable ticket price of $70 per person (plus $2 booking fee for online purchases), Go Grazing is one of Mudgee’s best food and wine events – we’ve always had fun when we’ve been there!

You can purchase tickets from the Mudgee Visitor Information Centre online or call 6372 1020. Click on the image below to visit the Mudgee Wine website for all of the information!

**Please note that there is an error on the banner above, the venue is actually the Mudgee Showground**

Other events in Mudgee this weekend:

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s Country vs City Origin match at Glen Willow Sporting Complex that we wrote about a couple of weeks ago – get your tickets here!

Plus there’s also the Mudgee Races on this Saturday as well – and we know very well that the Mudgee races are very popular, and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon with friends.

What an action packed weekend we have here in Mudgee this weekend… never a dull moment!

Anzac Day in Mudgee 2012

Every year on April 25 we commemorate our ANZAC’s on Anzac Day, which for many people is one of the most important days on the national calendar. Most Australians will have been related to, or know someone who served in a World War or who currently serve in the Australian armed forces.

Anzac Day is a day that we all should pay our respects to the men and women who have fought and who still fight today to keep Australia a free and democratic country.

If you would like to show your Anzac spirit this year (2012), you can do so by attending one of Mudgee’s Anzac Day events:

Mudgee ANZAC Day Services 2012

ANZAC Day Dawn Service
6:00am at Robertson Park

ANZAC Day March
10:15am departing Club Mudgee, Mortimer Street
March travels along Mortimer Street, Church Street, Market Street to Robertson Park

Hargraves ANZAC Day March
8:15am departing from in front of Hargraves General Store
March travels down Hill End Road to Memorial.

If you’re not able to make a local service, you can pay respects and commemorate the ANZAC’s by taking a minute silence throughout the day, remembering the sacrifices that soldiers have made both on home soil and abroad, to keep Australia as the best country in the world to live.

Lest We Forget.