Guests have the chance to experience both the country charm of the Mudgee Region, coupled with the best of the city, including a plethora of wine dinners and tastings, and art displays. It is a unique opportunity for Pyrmont, just two kilometres from the CBD, to demonstrate its position as one of Sydney’s fastest growing tourist, creative, cultural and dining precincts.
The highlight of the festival will be a two-day outdoor event in the City’s award winning Pirrama Park, will be held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May, marking the beginning of the festival. Mudgee winemakers will be on site offering over 120 of the area’s premier wines for tasting from along with a number of gourmet food producers from the region. This event is designed for the whole family, with live music, local artists, rides and children’s’ entertainment. Approximately 100 stalls will be set up where guests can meet wine-makers, participate in tastings and sample a broad range of fine foods.
A few Mudgee Wineries present include Burrundulla Wines, Robert Stein Vineyard, Lowe Wines, and Huntington Estate. Pyrmont eateries, including Blue Eye Dragon, Café Morso, Flying Fish and the new LuMi bar & dining will showcase the best of their dining experiences with Mudgee wines to match at lunches, dinners and tastings across the 10 days.
Some of the festival highlights include:
- Two-day outdoor event at Pirrama Park – taste more than 120 Mudgee Region fine wines and savour Mudgee Region and Pyrmont produce from 100 stallholders. A deliciously free-to-attend event, there will be live entertainment, rides and art exhibitions, including a sculpture installation as part of Pyrmont Art Prize.
- River Cottage Australia – Host Paul West will join the Festival in Pirrama Park on Sunday 17 May to cook up a storm with Mudgee produce, courtesy of Subaru.
- Harbourside Dining – Harbourside has joined the Festival for the first time in 2015 and have partnered with the Festival’s official Pyrmont based charity Barnardos Australia. They will present a harbourside flavours progressive degustation dining tour at four key Harbourside dining establishments. At $100 a ticket, all proceeds go to Barnardos Australia.
- Broadway Shopping Centre’s Art Exhibition – Joining the festival in 2015 as ‘venue partner’ once again, the shopping centre will deliver a unique art exhibition throughout the centre – a major series of artworks made from fresh produce titled ‘Food Mapping – An exploration of food art and music icons’.
- The Ninth Annual Pyrmont Art Prize, with Creative Sparks – This features more than 250 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.
With the Festival becoming more successful with each passing year, Clover Moore, the Lord Mayor of Sydney says:
“The Pyrmont Festival is an excellent example of industry collaboration. Mudgee food and wine producers lift their profile in Sydney and Pyrmont businesses benefit from increased activity in the area. The City is pleased to support this event which has over the past five years helped Pyrmont emerge as one of Sydney’s most exciting food destinations. I look forward to seeing you at this diverse and lively festival.”
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 the event are The Star, IGA, L J Hooker and Subaru.
For more event information, tickets and accommodation go to www.pyrmontfestival.com.au