For 27 years, Mudgee‘s winemakers and gourmet producers have showcased their wares beside Sydney harbour at Balmoral Beach in a tasty prelude to the annual Mudgee Wine + Food Festival, this year held between 9 September and 2 October.
Mudgee Wine + Food Festival at Balmoral Beach gave Sydney locals and media alike a taste of the gourmet region, around a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney. Blind Wine Tasting kicked off the festivities in the VIP Media Area, encouraging guests to use all their senses to determine what wine they were drinking, often with amusing discussion ensuing (a Gewürztraminer proved a particularly tough pick for LATTE).
While nibbling on High Valley Cheese’s dairy delights, guests sampled wines, including the organic Spanish reds of Vinifera and the sparkling shiraz of Walter Wines. Jayne Bentivoglio of Rylstone Olive Press showed that there’s much more to olive oil with an organoleptic tasting of Rylstone’s award-winning, complex range, while Mudgee Brewing Company awed guests with its contradictory Black IPA (Indian Pale Ale) seasonal brew.
The afternoon finished with a tasting of the sweet treats of Honey Haven, including a certified organic honey and the company’s gourmet range, featuring honeys enhanced with the likes of lavender, ginger, cinnamon or strawberry.
This year’s Mudgee Wine + Food Festival will give visitors the opportunity to experience all of these foodie favourites and more during a month-long celebration of the region’s bounty. Flavours of Mudgee, a closed-street party in the heart of the town, is back again, taking place on Saturday 23 September, as is Go Grazing, a hedonist’s delight, involving a roaming experience of two courses and matching wines from some of Mudgee’s finest producers.