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Experience the best of country life and produce this May when the fourth annual Pyrmont Festival of Food, Wine and Art hits Pyrmont, Sydney, from May 16-25 with more than 150 Mudgee wines and fine foods on offer.

Very few festivals provide the opportunity to match food and wine together at such a vast range of events; including degustation dinners, sampling events, demonstrations and a progressive dining walk.

Events include ‘The Apprentice’ dinner prepared by the rising stars of Sydney’s hospitality industry, a ten course Taiwanese banquet at the Blue Eye Dragon and dinner at the award-winning Flying Fish. All of these events will be matched with an array of Mudgee wines, including Bunnamagoo Estate, Elliot Rocke Estate and Short Sheep Micro Winery.

Mudgee Region has a range of vineyards that will be offering high-quality wines at the festival, including Australia’s first organic vineyard, Botobolar, as well as Burrundulla Winery & Vineyard, Robert Stein Winery & Vineyard, Huntington Estate Wines and Rosby Premium Wines. It is also home to an abundance of exotic Mediterranean wine varieties, including Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Negroamaro and Tempranillo.

Visitors to the festival can seize the opportunity to eat and drink produce that supports the ‘paddock to plate’ movement, with Gooree Park Wines offering ‘Wines and Waygu’ in Pirrama Park, with a selection of its wines complemented by Estate grown Waygu beef burgers. 

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 150 wines, as well as sample a broad range of fine foods at more than 50 stalls.

More information on dining highlights: 

  • This year’s 10-day Pyrmont Festival will showcase local Pyrmont businesses with Mudgee wines on their menus, including new Ultimo Jazz Bar Foundry 616, Pyrmont Point Hotel, Café Biaggio on Darling Island and 1888 Hotel. 
  • 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 a 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, 1888 Hotel and finishing up at the Gallon wine bar on Harris Street. 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 Micro Winery. The event will be on Saturday 24 May from 6.30pm, with tickets at $80 per person.
  • The Star Demonstration Kitchen – The Star will be showcasing the best of its fine dining at Pirrama Park on May 17-18 providing cooking demonstrations several times per day. Schedule to be released soon via the website.

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.

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.

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 30 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.

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