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Mudgee Wine & Food Festival Dates Announced

The dates of the 2018 Mudgee Wine & Food Festival have been released, with a range of dinners, lunches and tastings set to further establish the region as one of the preeminent food and wine destinations of New South Wales.

The Festival will run from 4th to 23rd September 2018 and include the following key events. Further information on this event will follow.

MUDGEE WINE SHOW 
4 to 6 September 2018

MUDGEE WINE SHOW DINNER 
7 September 2018

GO TASTING 
Saturday 8 September, 5.30pm Australian Regional Education Centre, 267 Ulan Road, Mudgee

This is the public tasting of the wines entered into the 2018 Mudgee Wine Show. Guests can select from over 100 of the best wines in the region and compare their palates to those of the wine show judges. Tickets will be available at visitmudgeeregion.com.au or via the Visitor Information Centre 84 Market Street or phone 02 6372 1020

GO GRAZING 
Saturday 15 September, 6:30pm Mudgee Showground Main Pavilion, Douro Street Mudgee

Enjoy the Mudgee’s best produce prepared by the region’s leading chefs. This three-course dinner comprises a range of bites that highlight Mudgee’s diversity with its food and wine varieties.

FLAVOURS OF MUDGEE 
Saturday 22 September, from 4 pm, Mudgee CBD

The heart of Mudgee comes alive with Flavours of Mudgee. Guests are invited to celebrate Mudgee’s food and wine with all the producers, winemakers and growers offering tastings and dishes along the town’s historic main street.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT WINE 
Wednesday 12 and 26, Roths Wine Bar

For the mid-week guest there will be casual wine tastings at Roths Wine Bar. Wednesday Night Wine is an interactive and engaging tasting hosted by the region’s best wine personalities and includes small bites and share plates.

Tickets and details can be found at mudgeewine.com.au or calling Mudgee’s Mid Western Regional Council on 02 6378 2850

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Festival promises oceans of fun in Hervey Bay, Qld

 Succulent seafood, colourful parades, fireworks, culture, music and oceans experts will be coming in waves when the Fraser Coast splashes out with the annual Hervey Bay Ocean Festival, presented by USC from August 11-20.

From its official opening featuring a presentation from acclaimed conservationist Tim Flannery, to the Blessing of the Fleet on August 12, the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival on August 13, the Whale Festival Parade and Concert on August 19 and the Paddle Out for Whales on August 20 – it is a celebration not to be missed.

Martin Simons, General Manager for Fraser Coast Tourism and Events, said this year’s Ocean Festival, presented by USC was shaping up to be a fantastic time for the region.

“Once again a fabulous program of events has been arranged providing a great drawcard for locals and visitors alike,” Mr Simons said.

“The event continually grows in popularity with people enjoying fresh local seafood and great entertainment. The event also highlights important conservation messages needed to sustain the famous humpback whale migration patterns so beneficial to our region.

“We would like to congratulate Professor Tim Flannery, the 2007 Australian of the Year, who will be receiving an Honorary Doctorate from USC for his exemplary leadership in advocating for the environment.

“We are extremely pleased to have a supporter with the gravitas of the USC, which has come on board this year as a major sponsor of the festival,” Mr Simons said. 

Professor Flannery’s honorary award ceremony will take place at the Hervey Bay Beach House Hotel from 4-5pm on August 11 where he will deliver a public address on the social and economic opportunities of a carbon-negative future.

Further Event Highlights

Blessing of the Fleet (Saturday August 12): The Fraser Coast’s famous fleet of whale watch boats will be blessed in a centuries-old tradition at Hervey Bay Marina to ensure a safe and prosperous season.

Visitors can tour the many whale watch vessels, wander through market stalls packed with locally made arts and crafts, enjoy a sail past and watch the fabulous fireworks and live entertainment.

Hervey Bay Seafood Festival (Sunday August 13): The following day, August 13, offers something for all tastes. Hosted by the local industry, the event serves up a host of fresh and delicious wild-caught ocean produce, loads of entertainment, competitions, cooking and fish catching tips and much more at Fishermen’s Park, Urangan Boat Harbour.

Highlights of this year’s Seafood Festival include a bumper artistic, music and cultural program with performances by 8 Ball Aitken, Night Kite and The Dennis Sisters plus the chance to win a gate prize of hand-crafted earrings thanks to long-time festival supporters Haigh’s Jewellery.

Other tasty morsels include cooking demonstrations from leading chefs including Javier Codina from Moda Restaurant, seafood and fish-smoking masterclasses, a prawn eating competition, sideshow alley and loads of freebies.

Don’t miss the eclectic work of regional artists at Art in the Park including Butchulla art and weaving displays and the amazing recycled metal creations of Bundaberg-based sculptor John Olsen – new to this year’s program.

Whale Parade and Concert (Saturday August 19): Be enchanted by the colourful display of lights and floats representing the humpback’s annual migration, followed by a fabulous free concert with leading Australian and local artists on August 19. This year’s event has a Beach Party theme, so bring your beach ball and sarong to get in on the fun.

Paddle Out for Whales (Sunday August 20): This conservation and awareness-based event on August 20 is full of heart with visitors encouraged to jump aboard a paddleboard, kayak or boat to celebrate a love of whales in the whale-watching capital of the world. Enjoy a fun family day complete with Hawaiian dancing workshops, sand sculpting with Dennis Massoud and much more.

More Information: For full event information including times and the many further events that play part of the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival calendar, please head to oceanfestival.com.au.

 

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Native food to star in ‘Best Regional Event in Australia’

THE MAGICAL Kimberley setting will star alongside native Kimberley food at the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster in May 2016.

Fervor Chef Paul Iskov joins the star-studded line up along with food critic and trained chef Rob Broadfield.

Iskov will prepare the delicious. Breakfast By Fervor on Friday 20 May, and thedelicious. Degustation Dinner by Fervor on Sunday 22 May – both at a secret location set amongst the spectacular East Kimberley landscape.

The 33-year-old chef has a CV that reads like the who’s-who of the culinary world. He has worked under renowned WA chef Hadleigh Troy at Restaurant Amuse in East Perth and has done stints at Tetsuya’s, Quay, Becasse and Marque.

Further afield, Iskov has spent time in revered overseas kitchens at Coi in San Francisco, Eleven Madison Park in New York, Test Kitchen in Cape town, Pujol in Mexico City, with Alex Atala at D.O.M in San Paulo and under René Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen, the latter ranked the Best Restaurant in the World in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Iskov, a pioneer in the native food movement, is no stranger to the Kimberley having worked on the True North, but has only been to Kununurra once. He said he was eager to discover nature’s food bowl in Western Australia’s North West.

“I am looking forward to connecting with local Aboriginals to learn about native food and ingredients in the Kimberley and go on a wild harvest with them,” Iskov said.

“It’s so exciting that people are becoming more interested in native food – it makes perfect sense for our diet to consist of food that grows around us.

“The other thing that not many people know about is how healthy native ingredients are – wild rosella, which is a native hibiscus, is really good for your heart and blood pressure. It has an amazing flavour, an intense tangy, quite acidic taste.”

Iskov said that dinner guests could expect green tree ants, boab fruit, and wild rosella to appear on the plate.

“I’m not going to say if we’ll have witchetty grubs or not – you’ll just have to wait and see,” the chef said.

Fervor is a roaming restaurant that visits small rural towns holding unique dinners in the bush, beach, salt lakes and other beautiful locations.

Iskov and Broadfield join a list of talent at the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster including award-winning chef George Calombaris, musicians Bernard Fanning, San Cisco and Troy Cassar-Daley, and comedians from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow.

Broadfield is a well-known Western Australian food identity and the event’s ambassador. He will host the Kimberly Kitchen presented by the Kununurra Country Club Resort and the Durack Homestead Dinner, both featuring George Calombaris.

Tickets for key events of the award-winning Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster, held 13 to 22 May 2016 are on sale now.

MasterChef Australia judge and decorated chef and restaurateur George Calombaris will be leading the event’s culinary creations at the Kimberley Kitchen (presented by the Kununurra Country Club Resort) and Durack Homestead Dinner, two events that are expected to sell out quickly.

Another event set to sell out quickly is the festival highlight, the Kimberley Moon Experience on Saturday 21 May.

The extraordinary Kimberley Moon Experience concert will be staged under the stars on a full moon along the banks of the majestic Ord River at the Jim Hughes Amphitheatre featuring former Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, six-time ARIA nominated Fremantle band San Cisco and country music singer-songwriter Troy Cassar-Daley. It’s the Muster’s biggest event and a huge party.

Picnic on the grounds and dance the night away with friends in General Admission or celebrate in style in the Kimberley Fine Diamonds Corporate Circle, which treats tickets holders to a black tie concert and dining experience.

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Ord Valley, Lake Kununurra, spectacular fresh water gorges, national parks and stunning reserves, the Muster rewards visitors with magical and distinctive experiences.

Travel packages including return flights ex Perth, three nights accommodation and tickets start from $1040*pp (*conditions apply. Please see www.ordvalleymuster.com.au/getting-there for more info).

The host town Kununurra is situated some 800 kilometres from Darwin and more than 3000 kilometres from Perth.

Awarded Australia’s Best Regional Event at the 2015 Australian Event Awards as well as taking top honours in the 2015 WA Tourism Awards in the Regional Events category and entered into the Awards Hall of Fame, the Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster encompasses 30 varied and brilliant events over a festival of ten days.

The State Government is a proud supporter of the event through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Program, made possible by Royalties for Regions,

Tickets to the delicious. Breakfast by Fervor and delicious. Degustation Dinner by Fervor go on sale 9am, Monday 22 February through Ticketmaster. For more information visit www.ordvalleymuster.com.au.

For more information and tickets, visit www.ordvalleymuster.com.au.

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