I had read about this upcoming festival in a Facebook advert (I think) and I wanted to get on board, I once tried a nice Mudgee wine from a friend of mine who’s family operated a private vineyard in the region and wanted to see if I could find more, drink more, bathe in more, if it is wine, and red, I will be all over it :). I got on board early with the folks at Pyrmont Festival and was one of their first followers on Instagram. I just love all things food, as you probably have worked out, and anything on the water in Pyrmont in a festival style is going to be great. I got in touch with the organisers, the lovely peeps at Klick Communications, and in celebration of the festival opening scored an invite to the launch at the Marquee Boom Box at The Star.
The event was to celebrate the opening of the festival, fill us in on everything happening at the festival, give us speeches, give us some more speeches, introduce us to the organisers and watch the launch from the most divine Clover Moore and be inspired from Mudgee born, now famed newsreader Natarsha Belling.
But guess what else they did? They served food and paired it all with Mudgee wines. JK entered a blissful area of life :).
On weekend nights the Marquee Boom Box is quite more pumping, but we were foodies, gourmands and socialites there to celebrate the event launch. Joyously there was no doof doof but there was a fine venue, mood lighting, a spectacular chaindelier and this was accompanied with sublime food served from the Marquee people and matched with Mudgee wines.
We had fresh and beautiful monster oysters, chicken and avocado cones, sesame tuna with seaweed salad, Wagyu beef carpaccio with truffle oil (drool), peking duck pancakes, mushroom arancini balls topped with truffle mayo, Guinness mini beef pies, macarons and chelate tarts with crumb shells and grenache filling. Basically we just had a night of foodgasming.
The Mudgee whites were enjoyable, I did drink one red wine that tasted so young it was more like red wine cordial and water but the Sangiovese made my night – there will be bottles purchased on Saturday. They also had a delicious dessert wine I swore was a botrytis, but none of the Marquee staff could confirm what I was drinking with each food matching, expect a thorough detailed rundown on Saturday when I get to meet all the makers and sample all the wine with the food from the Mudgee region.
I loved all the food, the macarons were yummy but pretty pedestrian, still better than I will ever cook but if making macarons you need to make them freaking magic but I will eat their food many more times. The Star rocked the meals. My fave was actually the most bogan, those Guinness half sized beef pies were so yum. Keep it on the downlow but I may have somehow acquired three of them and for some reason I think I got dirty eyes from one of the wait staff. I was lacking care, I was in food and wine bliss.
It was a great evening but the event was about one thing, promoting the Pyrmont Festival, and while YES, I was invited, this festival has some incredible things on, totally go to their site HERE, and suss how you can do Wining and Dining Walks through Pyrmont, Progressive Dining Safaris, Meet the Winemaker’s Lunch, Mudgee Wine events, and get the deets to come down and stalk me, oh, I mean sample all the fine foods and wines on offer from the Mudgee region. I will be spending the day indulging, photographing and live tweeting delectable delights on Saturday. The Mudgee Wines in Pirrama Park is a two day event, this coming Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th May. A FREE event (**** wine tasting packages start at $20-) but the event is for the entire family. It is on the water at Pirrama Park (already winning), it has live music, local artists, rides and children’s entertainment with about one hundred, I repeat ONE BLOODY HUNDRED STALLS where we can all meet the winemakers, enjoy tastings and sample the range of regional produce and fine foods. I am already pre-foodgasming!!!!
Don’t just rely on me – look at that photo!!! I am so excited for this weekend – vehicle will be left at home – make a bloody day of it people – this is going to be epic! There is a 50% chance of rain this weekend but that also means 50% chance of bloody wicked Sydney weather and I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be – only on for one weekend. Leave that comfort zone, take the kids, or leave the little buggers in a cage, catch public transport in and drink your fill of new wines while eating the best food the region has to offer.
And don’t just limit your Pyrmont Festival Experience to the Mudgee Wines event in Pirrama Park – there is so much on you need to suss the website HERE. For example – here is an item on display inside the Marquee Boom Box – an entire portrait of Hendrix made out of lollies, yes, people do this :). Broadway Shopping Centre has an exhibition on called “Edible Icons” where you can see a lot of pop art made from lollies.
Huge thanks to Klick Communications for inviting me to attend this event and for hosting me this Saturday but if it’s crap I will still let you know. From my experience of the opening and from what I have read and seen for this weekend – it is going to be freaking awesome and, well, everything will be better with Sangiovese 🙂