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September 25, 2019 Events / Whats On No Comments Email Email

Launching last Friday, Pyrmont Festival has kicked off 2019’s celebrations of Pyrmont’s very best food, wine and culture with its stacked program of culinary celebrations running until 6 October 2019. Spearheading the celebrations will be the family-friendly headlining 2-Day Food & Wine Festival at sunny Pirrama Park this weekend  (28 – 29 September), featuring Orange wines, tantalizing gourmet offerings from local artisan foodsmiths, and live entertainment.

In 2019, the Festival partners with Orange NSW for special events showcasing outstanding cool-climate wines from the region, hosted by beloved mainstays of Pyrmont’s vibrant dining scene.

“We’re very thrilled to announce our packed full program. In this celebration of the tight-knit relationship between city and country, the irresistible buzz of inner-city dining meets the inimitable flavours of Orange, to the backdrop of our unbeatable harbour views,” said Pyrmont Festival Director, Alex Gibbs. “With the weather warming up, come join us this Spring for one of the biggest outdoor food and wine festivals on the Sydney calendar, with friends and loved ones under the sun.”

“This time of year in the winemaking cycle is always an exciting time with many of our new vintage wine releases appearing in market and on wine lists. It is a celebration of bud burst, which symbolises the beginning the growing process,” said Orange360 General Manager Caddie Marshall. “It is terrific to partner with the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce to showcase more than half of our region’s cool climate wine brands.”


Spearheading the 17-day Festival this year is the return of the two-day highlight event in Pirrama Park overlooking Sydney Harbour from 28-29 September.

Gather your nearest and dearest, and sample award-winning wines exemplary of Orange’s high-altitude, cool-climate flavor profiles from family-run Phillip Shaw; organic, vegan-friendly drops from minimal-intervention winemakers Tamburlaine Organic Wines; and Slow Wine Co, whose distinctly slow approach combines Orange’s unique soils, small lot selection, and slow maturation methods.

Also in the spotlight will be limited-release beers from Pioneer Brewing Co, with vibrantly hoppy Extra Pale Ales, refreshing lagers and everything in between; and Badlands Brewery, whose creative approach to brewing has seen the use of black truffles, finger-limes and chilies in past kegged creations.

Event-goers can also sample artisanal produce from the Orange region’s finest purveyors, including: The Salami Man, with his unique home-style brand of delicious cured meats; a smorgasbord of cheeses from Second Mouse Cheese Co; high-potency probiotic vinegars from fermentation masters The Orange Fermentary; and indulgent cakey goodness courtesy of The Cheesecake Co.

Rounding out the festivities will be live entertainment from Pyrmont’s most talented up-and-coming musical acts; a lush beer garden pouring a premium selection of craft beers; plus a live telecast of the AFL Grand Final on Saturday 28 September in Pirrama Park.

There’s plenty happening to keep the kids busy too – with FREE entertainment including a massive games area and jumping castle; a giant blow-up cricket net and slide by Cricket NSW; facepainting; and large format games.


Pyrmont’s finest eateries will also spotlight Orange’s winemakers with a tantalizing series of special events, including: wines from Orange region on show at the Pyrmont Point Hotel (20 September – 6 October).

On 24 September, The Apprentice will see Sydney’s next exciting generation of up-and-coming student chefs serving up a spectacular dinner matched with wines from SeeSaw Wines; and following the festivities in Pirrama Park on 29 September, head down Harris Street for the official after party at The Terminus Hotel with Printhe Wines.

Running throughout the festival will be evenings of Orange wine tasting hosted by local specialty liquor purveyors Porter’s Liquor; and cooking masterclasses with Sydney Seafood School, with Michael Rantissi (Kepos Street Kitchen) and sushi master Hideo Dekura divulging their secrets on top-notch seafood cooking.


  • Wine Dinner at The Apprentice with SeeSaw Wines | 24 September
  • Terminus Hotel – After Party with Printhe Wines | 29 September
  • Wines from Orange region on show at the Pyrmont Point Hotel | 20 September to 6 October
  • Wine Tastings from the Orange region at Porters Liquor Pyrmont | 20 September – 6 October
  • Cooking Classes at the Sydney Seafood School, Sydney Fish Market | 22, 25, 28 September, 6 October
  • Sunset Bar at Call Me Harris | 20, 27 September, 4 October (every Friday)
  • TAP Gallery: Local Artists Showcase | 20 September – 6 October

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