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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

Discover Australian wines in May

MAY IS an official a reason to enjoy more wine with Aussie Wine Month 2016, the biggest annual celebration of Australian wines.

With a range of wine-focused activities and events in full swing across the nation to support the month-long promotion of Australian wine, Aussie Wine Month aims to raise awareness among consumers of the exceptional quality and diversity of the wines made in their own backyard.

Now in its fifth year, this initiative driven by Wine Australia is encouraging consumers to discover something new about Australian Wine throughout May.

Some of the Margaret River region’s best known wineries will be celebrating with a calendar of engaging events designed to take visitors on an extra special wine journey.

Leeuwin Immersion Experience — A relaxed and informative introduction to the Estate. Be treated to morning tea, inclusive of coffee or tea and freshly baked scones in the alfresco verandah setting. Your tour host will provide an overview of the history of the Margaret River Wine Region and Leeuwin Estate. Following that you will be escorted on a behind the scenes tour of the wine-making process, incorporating a visit to the onsite Art Gallery. The Estate’s famous Wine and Food flight awaits you at the conclusion of the tour as your host guides you through five wine and food matches, perfectly created from the seasonal menu. Learn more.

Ultimate Cabernet Tasting at Voyager Estate —  Cabernet lovers, rejoice! This is your opportunity to taste some extremely limited, and rarely opened, Cabernets. Take in a Cabernet masterclass including a 10-year vertical tasting before joining the team for a Cabernet-focused tour of the Estate including barrel tastings and a sneak peak at some new and unreleased wines. Finish the day in relaxed style with a Discovery lunch; a six-course sensory dining experience matched with museum and limited release wines. Learn more.

Meet the makers at Happs Wines — Meet the people behind some of Margaret River’s best local produce. Join Mark Warren, Happs Winemaker of 14 vintages and Alana Langworthy, Artisanal Cheese maker at the Yallingup Cheese Company for a relaxed wine and cheese pairing at the Happs Estate. The event includes an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the winery, followed by a seated wine and cheese tasting journey in the beautiful Happs gardens and a picnic lunch. Learn more.

Wine Sensory Garden at Whicher Ridge — For the month of May, the team at Whicher Ridge will be providing visitors with a guided tour of their unique Wine Sensory Garden. The garden is laid out in a formal kitchen garden style with sections around the Garden devoted to a specific varietal wine made in the winery. It is a totally different wine tasting and food matching experience to anything else that you may have experienced. Learn more.

A taste of history at Willespie Wines —  Join Willespie patriarch and winemaker Kevin along with eldest daughter Trish, in a rare & delicious experience. Savour a range of aged wines from several decades, including fascinating verticals, hear the history & relish specially selected food bites, whilst you relax in the ambiance and rustic authenticity of a working cellar… the closely guarded inner sanctum! Learn more.

Firetail Wines, Gold Medal Firetail Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical Tasting — Enjoy a vertical tasting of award winning Firetail Cabernet Sauvignon vintages including: 2011, winner of Gold at Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2012, winner of Best WA Red Wine at WA Boutique Wine Show, 2014, winner of Gold at Royal Melbourne Wine Awards and 2013, 93 points from Ray Jordan. Learn more.

Follow ‘Vintage to Vintage’ at margaretriver.com — The story of the Margaret River Wine Region will continue to unfold at margaretriver.com with ‘Vintage to Vintage’, a year-long journey telling the story of the wine region like never before. Interviews and stories coming up in Aussie Wine Month will feature:

– Virginia Willcock, Winemaker, Vasse Felix
– Claire Tonon, Sommelier, Voyager
– Rob & Karen Gough, Publicans, Settlers Tavern
– ‘The end of vintage’ – a time to breathe, take a look back and at what’s happening now
– ‘The Viticulturist’ – the unsung hero of the wine story

 

Photo: HAPPS WINES

Port Douglas Carnivale sails into tropical North Qld

SHOWCASING the best of the region’s abundant produce and fresh ingredients from land and sea, world class wines, market stalls, international Port Douglasentertainers, local musicians and artists plus a stack of family fun, Port Douglas Carnivale is one of Australia’s premiere cultural events.

This year, the Carnivale program will feature festival favorites plus a variety of exciting new events including the Wonderland Spiegeltent as the new star attraction and Festival Hub venue. The Spiegeltent will present a lively program of thrilling acrobatic circus, vivacious cabaret, sizzling burlesque and hilarious comedy acts from 12-22 May including headliner and Irish funnyman Jimeoin on 19 May.

A long lunch communal dining experience, Paradise on a Plate, will be held within the opulent surrounds of the authentic Belgian Spiegeltent with its original early 20th century décor including colorful stained glass windows, velvet drapings and warm wood furnishings. The four-course luncheon will be a tropical gourmet delight with the added dazzle of festive entertainment accompanying each course.

The inaugural Port On A Fork Food and Wine Festival will feature specially created signature dishes by top local chefs which uniquely capture the essence of Port Douglas. From freshly caught seafood and organically farmed meats Port Douglasto exotic produce and award-winning wines, this new dining experience held in a park oasis by the sea is sure to be a foodie favorite.

For art lovers, Art in the Park will bring renowned and local artists together to exhibit their works. Showcasing a range of visual arts mediums, artwork will be on sale so visitors can take a piece of paradise home with them.

There’s also heaps of Family Fun on offer with events devoted to sun and fun including a Beach Day Party and Kite Festival, Beach Volleyball and Sand Sculpting Competitions, Carnivale Wonders of the World Street ParadeChildren’s Puppet Shows, and much more.

For event dates, booking and more information on Port Douglas Carnivale 2016, visit www.carnivale.com.au.

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