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April 4, 2014 Lifestyle No Comments Email Email

The dynamic Pyrmont Festival returns to Pyrmont, Sydney from 16-25 May 2014 showcasing the very best of the Pyrmont Precinct and Mudgee Region, with more than 50 restaurants, wine bars, hotels, winemakers and artists featured.

img-1The ultimate event to experience a fabulous blend of city and regional produce and creativity, guests can enjoy wine dinners and tastings, photographic exhibitions and art displays without having to leave the city. Iconic Mudgee wineries participating include Huntington Estate, Burrundulla Vineyard and Lowe Wines. Winemakers and Pyrmont eateries will expertly select wines to match lunches, dinners and tastings across the 10 days.

The festival headliner is a two-day outdoor event with free entry* in Pirrama Park on the weekend of 17 and 18 May (11am-5pm) that caters to the whole family, with a program of live music and local artists across both days, as well as rides and children’s entertainment. Guests can meet the wine-makers and taste more than 120 wines, as well as sample a broad range of fine foods at more than 50 stalls.

Presented by the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce with the support of the City of Sydney, in partnership with the Mudgee Wine Region, this 10-day festival program highlight’s Pyrmont’s position as one of Sydney’s fastest growing tourist, creative, cultural and dining precincts.

Festival highlights include: 

  • Pyrmont Cares Fundraiser at Blue Eye Dragon – A ten course Taiwanese Seafood Banquet prepared by Jade Huang and Head Chef Wahyuni Kasuma with wines courtesy of Robert Stein Winery, plus gift bags, lucky draws and raffles throughout the evening. The event is from 6.30pm on Monday 19 May, with tickets at $110 per person or $1,000 for a table of ten. All proceeds go to Pyrmont Cares Inc. 
  • Dinner at Flying Fish – With an array of dining spaces, an award-winning wine list and a vibrant atmosphere, this restaurant provides the ultimate dining experience. Dinner will be matched with Bunnamagoo Estate wine for each course. Dinner is from 7pm on Thursday 22 May, with tickets at $99 per person.
  • Progressive Dining Walk – A one-night only event highlighting the diverse range of hospitality options available in the Pyrmont precinct. Dining locations throughout the walk include Signorelli Gastronomia, Blue Eye Dragon, Pyrama and Hotel 1888. The event will be from 6-10pm on Thursday 22 May with tickets at $150 per person.
  • The Apprentice at TAFE NSW Wine Dinner – A dining experience where menus are designed, prepared and served at five-star level by the rising stars of Sydney’s hospitality industry, with wines from Burnbrae Wines and Elliot Rocke Estate. The event will be from 7pm on 23 May, with tickets at $65 per person. 
  • Blue Eye Dragon Dinner – Award-winning Restaurateur Muriel Chen hosts this Mudgee wine dinner at the Heritage St Bede’s Church Hall. Head chef Jade Chen presents an extraordinary ten course Taiwanese banquet with a selection of Mudgee Region wines, including newcomer Short Sheep Wines. The event will be on Saturday 24 May from 6.30pm, with tickets at $80 per person. 
  • Darling Harbour, Pyrmont – Lady Hopetoun, the Flagship of the Sydney Heritage Fleet and a fully restored 1902 VIP Steam Launch, will carry passengers on a limited number of short harbour trips on Saturday 17 May. Lady Hopetoun will depart at 11.30am, 12.45pm, 2.30pm and 3.45pm for $10 per adult and $5 per child (12 years and under).
  • The Eighth Annual Pyrmont Art Prize, curated by Lesley Dimmick of the Tap Gallery – This features more than 300 artworks with thousands of dollars in prizes on offer, as well as artists from Mudgee Region collaborating on a Sculpture Garden mounted throughout Pirrama Park.
  • Mudgee Sculpture Garden – Situated in Pirrama Park, these eye-catching sculptures inspired by Mudgee Region’s rural landscape will feature in a special ‘Sculpture Garden.’  There will be more than 25 art pieces from nine Mudgee artists – with all works for sale. This will be on display on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 May, from 11am to 5pm each day. 
  • Culture at Work’s Art Science Schools Project – Five local schools will paint more than 200 canvases with the topic of ‘Water,’ exhibited on 17 and 18 May in Pirrama Park. 

Now in its fourth year, the program builds on the huge success of 2013 – which saw more than 15,000 attendees throughout the 10 days.

Mike O’Malley, Representing the Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association at Pyrmont Festival says:

“It’s become a great Australian tradition to enjoy fantastic local food and wine, and we are so pleased to showcase what the Mudgee Region has to offer. It’s really exciting to share the produce of one of New South Wales’ most prestigious wine regions with the people of Sydney on their home turf.”

Lawrence Gibbons, President of Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce, says:

“The Pyrmont Festival of Wine, Food and Art will showcase the Pyrmont Peninsula’s world class range of fine dining establishments. From 16 – 25 May a range of restaurants, wine bars and hotels will produce bespoke degustation menus in which Pyrmont’s top chefs will pair with Mudgee winemakers to produce special tasting menus.

“Today Pyrmont is known as a hub for technology and creative industries, a prominent tourist and cultural destination and recognised for its fantastic dining waterfront and city village.”

Pyrmont Festival is a product of industry collaboration with Mudgee Region Tourism, The City of Sydney, Mid Western Regional Council and Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Inc, presented by Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce. It is a unique opportunity for Pyrmont, just two kilometres from the CBD, to demonstrate its diversity as a dining and lifestyle precinct. The events span art galleries, Pyrmont Wharf, Pirrama Park, TAFE NSW and The Star, as well as restaurants, bars, bottle shops and cafes.

The Mudgee Region is a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney in Central NSW, and is one of the state’s first established wine regions. It is renowned for its food and wine with more than 40 family-run boutique wineries, as well as excellent art, music, nature and history experiences.

Major corporate sponsors of this event are IGA-Metcash, LJ Hooker and The Star.

For more event information, tickets and accommodation go to www.pyrmontfestival.com.au

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