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A Cool Recipe To Engage With Nature And History – A Dream Come True

December 7, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Take a 1000 acres (40 hectares) an old mining town In the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, add glamping pods, some historic and spiritual walks, a talented singer, local wines, a magnificent seven course feast and successfully launch it under the stars to culminate in a long lead up to making a dream come true for visionary creator, Amanda Fry.

This full heritage sight in Joadja about 24 k’s from Moss Vale in the Southern Highlands of NSW is where archaeology meets history and nature.

Top hats, tails, tiara’s and gloves to match history were the order of the evening and what a sight the 60 odd attendees made as they wandered to the bar beside the ruins of a by gone Scottish manned shale mine in the open air. Our mission was to try local wines like Artemis Sparkling Riesling, Cherry Tree Hill Sav Blanc and Tertini Pinot Blanc whilst savouring BBQ King Prawn, bush tucker dukkah, warm mini truffled cheese tarts, broad bean salsa and Poached yabbie brioche soft rolls plus Café de Paris butter watercress. To add to the ambience the clean cut Melbourne musician, Michael Paynter was first class with his renditions of some Leonard Cohen favourites and other popular standards.

Chef Damien Monley and wife with Wildfest creator Amanda Fry in top hat

As the sun slowly fades away we gather under the big top for another highlight, the sit down dinner prepared by acclaimed Bowral Chef Damien Monley with some help from wife Justine. Monley is owner-operator of Bowral’s Grand Bistro and has run acclaimed restaurants around the world including The White Horse in London.

Mike the Musician

First to hit the table, a seven hour cooked lamb shoulder with stinging nettle salsa followed by Joadja Distillery anis and cinnamon cured Ora King Salmon served with wild fennel, pea, soft herb, preserved lemon salad and goats curd. Pickled beetroot, red leaf farm egg, wild mint, tahini dressing, steamed potatoes and Pepe Saya butter was the accompaniment. Sweets of roast summer berries, macadamia nut crumble and woomera honey Ice cream. Adding to this magnificent meal were more local offerings of Far Ago Pinot Gris, Howards Lane Shiraz or Cherry Tree Hill Cab Merlot and St Maurs Pinot Noir.

Guest at Wildfest

Creator and owner, Amanda Fry designed a three day remote glamping package which has it all with a special accent on comfort. “You certainly don’t have to sacrifice comfort with this package.” She said. “We provide outstanding service, award-winning paddock-to-plate dining, bespoke outdoor eco-adventures, glamping with a touch of luxury and a bush spa to help you really disconnect. Wildfest is a complete immersion in the Australian wilderness.”

Dining under th big top

The Wild Native Feast is part of the three day premium Glamping Package or can be booked as an individual event. The dinner ticket price includes transfers from Berrima, Bowral, Moss Vale and Burradoo.

Written by John Savage

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