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Tuesday 29 March 2016

Mudgee launches a new wine and food trail

Some Mudgee’s best food food and wine producers are tabling their substantial talents for the inaugural Mudgee Food & Drink Trail to be held on the weekend of April 16-17. 
The new paddock-to plate-journey takes visitors across the breadth of Mudgee, with a range of Central West destinations welcoming guests with a locally produced beverage to match a regionally inspired sample dish. There are 17 possible destinations in all. 
Celebrating the new trail 
“There are some fantastic secret venues dotted throughout Mudgee,” said Ted Cox, president of the Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association.
“From the alleyway that hides Alby & Esthers across to the Baker Williams Distillery, Mudgee is continuing to build its reputation as one New South Wales' best regional food and drink destinations.
"Our vignerons continue to innovate with the next generation of winemakers taking charge and challenging the status quo. Our farmers and producers inspire each other and offer a visitors relaxed charm.
“The new Mudgee Food & Drink Trail opens up this experience in the region. With 17 venues offering a dish and matching beverage, it is the perfect opportunity to literally get a taste of Mudgee.”

Mudgee: Amber Hooper Photography
The new trail is as unique as the producers. From historic buildings to hidden cellar doors, the producers of the region will present dishes such as rustic pork panino matched with Mudgee Sangiovese and pomegranate cordial, through to Mudgee Porter beers, vegetarian tartlets, dukkah, sourdough and one of the newest products, handcrafted shrubs; fruit vinegars made from local produce.
Venues involved include Alby + Esthers, Artisan on Lewis, Baker Williams Distillery, Blue Wren, Botobolar, Burnbrae, di Lusso Estate, Elton's + Gilbert Family Wines, Huntington Estate, Lowe Wines, Moothi Estate, Mudgee Brewing Co, Short Sheep Micro-Winery, Slowfox Wines, Skimstone Wines, Wellstead Shrubs and Winning Post Motor Inn.
The 2016 Mudgee Food & Drink trail is a glimpse of the region; its picturesque landscape, pretty streets, rustic cellar doors, robust personalities, prized wines and fresh produce corralled within a self-guided tour over one or two days. Visitors can purchase Trail Passes for their tours, each $40 pass comprising five experiences across the venues. There is no limit to the number of passes available. 

Details of venues, along with opening times and menus: