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.

4 to 6 September 2018

7 September 2018

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 or via the Visitor Information Centre 84 Market Street or phone 02 6372 1020

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.

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 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 or calling Mudgee’s Mid Western Regional Council on 02 6378 2850

Ten things to know about truffles


EVERY winter, the Canberra region becomes truffle-obsessed with degustations, hunts, wine tastings and cooking demonstrations. But just what makes the prized ingredient so special?

The rare Black Winter Truffle is one of the most prized in culinary circles. The climate around the Canberra region is ideal for Black Winter Truffles as it is similar to the climate in Europe where the truffle originated.truffles

Each year from the beginning of June until the end of August, The Truffle Festival – Canberra Region marks the harvest of the Black Winter Truffle with the ultimate foodie festival. This year’s festival features more than 250 individual events across the region, offering a rich variety of opportunities to taste and experience the magic of these prized gems.

To celebrate this magical season, here are some fascinating facts:

  1. Did you know truffles are the fruiting body of an underground fungus? Much like an underground mushroom, truffles have spores and form a mutually beneficial or symbiotic relationship with a host tree.
  2. “Truffles are a glutamate, hence their added ability to enhance flavour.” – Wayne Haslam, Blue Frog Truffles
  3. “Most people don’t realise that black truffles go really well in sweet dishes where they take on a cocoa vanilla flavour, especially with any desserts containing dairy and eggs.” – Rodney Dunn, The Agrarian Kitchen
  4. “There are thousands of native truffles in Australia but few are of culinary value.” – Wayne Haslam, Blue Frog Truffles
  5. The most prized species of Australian native truffles in culinary circles is the Black Winter Truffle also known as Perigord Truffle. These grow best with host trees like oaks and hazelnuts.
  6. “The Canberra region is home to more than 80 native species of native truffle.” – Wayne Haslam, Blue Frog Truffles
  7. “Interestingly, truffles require the ground temperatures to drop to a certain level a number of times just before they ripen. In our region this temperature drop results from frosts and about six decent frosts are necessary to really bring the truffles to maturity.” – Christine and Allan, Pankhurst Wines
  8. The truffles give the tree nutrients from the soil and in return receive sugars to help with growth. Truffle spores are spread when animals that can smell the aroma dig up and eat the fruiting body.
  9. “There has never been a recorded allergy to truffles.” – Wayne Haslam, Blue Frog Truffles
  10. The truffles mature over the 12 weeks of Australia’s winter but only remain fresh in the ground for 12 days. Finding the right truffle and digging it up is all about the timing – and a good truffle dogs’ nose.truffles

Indulge in truffles

Canberra Region guests can indulge in the special flavours and aromas at local restaurants and cafes, learn from chefs and other experts at a cooking class or demonstration, or pop along to a farmers market and rustle up your own dish.

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 Photos courtesy of ACT Tourism.