Yesterday I had two choices. I could run 14kms in the City to Surf with 85,000 others or I could take a picnic rug down to Balmoral Beach and sip wines from the Mudgee Region of New South Wales.
It wasn’t a difficult decision.
I attended the Mudgee Food and Wine Fair last year and it was probably the coldest day of the year and although the wines were good it was just too cold to be a pleasant experience. Well fast forward 12 months and we are having an extremely mild winter and yesterday was a very Spring-like 22C (72F) with clear blue skies, no wind and plenty of sunshine.
We walked down to the event with Alfie, taking my shopping trolley for our purchases and bringing the tasting glasses we bought last year so we didn’t have to buy new ones. If you have your own glasses you can buy five tasting tickets for $15.00. The grassy esplanade is dotted with little tent structures of Mudgee Wineries and there are food vendors as well.
Very pleasant live folk music was playing and we thought we’d best start the day by fortifying our stomachs. This is not a very good picture of the $15.00 wagyu beef burgers we bought that were substantial and the perfect fare for heading into an afternoon of wine tasting. It didn’t take long before we bumped into friends who ended up inviting us home for dinner.
If you didn’t want a wagyu burger there were plenty of other options including a few things to give Alfie a very wide smile. Don’t be alarmed – he was given peas, potatoes and steak for dinner.
I couldn’t think of a better place to be on a warm and sunny winter’s day. We enjoyed around four hours of wandering around in the warmth of the sun enjoying great music, eating spiced nuts and sampling everything from sparkling wine, riesling, rose, shiraz, merlot and cabernet sauvignon. We came home with a few bottles in my shopping trolley.
If you haven’t experienced the Mudgee Food and Wine Fair you should make an effort to be there next year. And hopefully the weather will be just as superb as it was this year.
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