Country hospitality hits the coast for the Mudgee Wine & Food Festival at Balmoral Beach

New food and wine matching sessions introduced for first time

Balmoral Beach will again transform into Sydney’s much-loved pop-up wine destination for the 24th annual Mudgee Wine and Food Festival at Balmoral Beach on Sunday 10th August, from 11am to 5pm.

For the first year, Mudgee Region Tourism will also introduce ‘Graze Mudgee at Balmoral’ – a VIP marquee event where guests are able to get up-close-and-personal with producers. Guests can ‘graze’ a menu of delicious local and seasonal fare by renowned Mudgee chef Rachael McCarthy, which will be expertly matched with Mudgee wines. Tickets to this event cost $45 with three different sessions on offer at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm, which run for one hour each.

Entry to the festival is free with wine tasting packages available from $20, including a souvenir tasting glass.

Expected to attract thousands of food and wine lovers, the Mudgee Wine & Food Festival spans the entire foreshore of Balmoral Beach and allows Sydney locals the opportunity to chat to the producers of some of the best regional NSW wine and food.

A family friendly event, there’ll be a petting zoo for kids and live music throughout the afternoon from Matt Boylan-Smith.

Mudgee Wine & Food Festival is the longest running regional wine and food fair in Sydney and is the perfect introduction to the Mudgee Region ahead of its gastronomic event of the year, the Mudgee Wine and Food Festival (12 September – 5 October 2014).

“People have started to sit up and take notice of the Mudgee Region in recent times, particularly the last few years as we have more and more brilliant, creative young providores set up shop in the country”, said festival organiser Mike O’Malley.

“We’re always told by visitors to the region that there’s a real heartbeat out here and I believe it comes from the fact that our vineyards are family owned and run – you’re talking to the actual producers of what you’re drinking or eating and that passion runs through”.  

“The Mudgee Region is just a three-and-a-half hour drive from Sydney and our goal is to let our waterside neighbours in Sydney get a literal taste for what the region is all about and hopefully start planning a trip to experience the real deal”, continued Mike. 

The Festival will showcase the diversity of Mudgee Region produce and wines - from organic and sparkling varieties and delicate Riesling and Pinots to the full-bodied Cabernet, Shiraz and Chardonnays that Mudgee is acclaimed for. 

Some of the wineries exhibiting include Huntington Estate, Well Mannered Wine Co, di Lusso Estate and Burrundulla Vineyard. Several Mudgee producers spanning both wine & food will also be at the Balmoral Event, including High Valley Wine & Cheese Company, and Gooree Park - who are gaining a following for their wine and Wagyu beef burgers.

Visitors to the festival will also have the option to sign up to ‘win a Mudgee Sensory Escape’ competition, where the prize is valued at more than $2,500. This includes the weekend use of a luxury vehicle from Prestige Auto Traders to drive to Mudgee, two nights accommodation at the Mudgee Homestead Guesthouse and a full list of meals, wine and pampering to see the winners through their stay.

Free Shuttle Buses will be operating on a continuous circuit from Balmoral Beach to Military and Spit Roads via Raglan Street and Awaba Street throughout the day. For further information on the shuttle service and a route map, please visit     

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Editors Notes

About the Mudgee Region

The Mudgee Region is the third largest grape-growing region in NSW and one of the oldest wine regions in the state, just a 3.5 hour drive from Sydney.

Encompassing the towns of Mudgee, Gulgong, Kandos and Rylstone, the Mudgee Region offers a sensory feast of food, wine, art and cultural events. The Mudgee Region combines country towns, historic buildings and a thriving café scene with boutique markets and galleries to explore.

Mudgee, meaning ‘nest in the hills’, is set amid rolling countryside and offers more than 35 family-run cellar doors to discover. The region is surrounded by several national parks and world-heritage bushland and landmarks, able to be explored on food, by car or by bike.


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