Us Sydneysiders may know our way around a darn fine happy hour, a rooftop-just-about-anything and an utterly good looking acai bowl… but by golly do we have reason for you to escape the big smoke this September.
It’s fair to say that regional New South Wales is serving up the goods this month, we’re talking vinos galore, an utterly bedazzled drag queen performance, a long Italian lunch, a celebrity chef cooking demonstration and some epic beats.
Here are the best things to do in regional NSW in September.
The Mudgee Wine & Food Festival | From Saturday 7 September
It’s one of New South Wales’ longest running wine and food festivals so let’s just say these peeps are serving up the goods this month. For almost the whole glorious month of September, a bunch of wineries, restaurants and venues will be serving the people with all things delicious. We’re talking sunset sippings, cocktail masterclasses, late night shopping, obnoxiously long lunches and a whole lotta’ tunes to accompany all that food and wine consumption you’ll be doing. Safe to say we think you’ll be pigs in ‘Mudgee’ at this one. To view the full program, head on over here.
When: Saturday 7 to Sunday 30 September
Where: Various locations, Mudgee
Italian Long Lunch Feast | Sunday 9 September
A Sunday arvo spent chowing down an Italian spread, sipping limoncello and basking in the glorious country air sounds like a bit of alright to us. It’s a four-course lunch inspired by both the traditional and modern dishes of regional Italy. We’re talking olive oil confit duck filo cigars, spatchcock with herbed polenta and braised mushroom jus and a trio of desserts featuring lemon and ginger crumble with vanilla gelato. *Cue drool*. We’re thinking a road trip is a must for this baby. There are limited spots left so get around this glorious long lunch over here.
When: Sunday 9 September, 12 – 4pm
Where: Springvale, NSW
Cost: $115 per person
Prada’s Priscilla’s: An All-Male Revue | Friday 21 September
For a night of utter fabulosity, you’re going to want to get around this one folks. Flanked by gorgeous men, Australia's six-foot something songstress Prada Clutch & her 'girls', take you on a journey from where it all began with Les Girls in the 60's, across the Aussie outback with Priscilla Queen of the Desert in the 90's, & into 2018 with a celebration of today's music icons. Think ‘Shake Your Groove Thing’, ‘I Will Survive’, and some seriously phenomenal renditions from today’s top hits. There will be no shortage of wigs, feathers and glitter so if you’re down to bedazzle yourselves, head here for tickets.
When: Friday 21 September, 8 – 10pm
Where: Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury
Cost: $58 - $65 per person
Yours And Owls Festival | Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 September
This spectacular line-up is kind of going to want you going ‘owl night long’. Peeps like Alison Wonderland, Peking Duk and Angus and Julia Stone are heading to our wonderful coastal town of Wollongong to drop some serious beats for you and we’re very keen. There will be camping, booze and good times, so get those funky moves and vocal cords ready because tickets are selling fast. The AFL and NRL grand finals will also be shown on the main stage so all of you footy heads don’t have to panic. To get your hands on tickets, head here.
When: Saturday 29 September and Sunday 30 September, 12 – 10pm
Where: Stuart Park, Wollongong
Cost: $105 - $295 per person
Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival | Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 September
A weekend away in the beautiful Bowral sounds pretty darn idyllic if you ask us, and now there is even more reason to escape the big smoke. The Southern Highlands Food and Wine Festival will be taking over the Bradman Oval with an endless supply of local produce, wines and deliciousness. There will also be a cooking demonstration by one of Australia's favourite cooks, authors and television presenters Adam Liaw. Bring your stretchy pants because there is a long list of producers heading to Sir Donald Bradman’s turf to provide you with all your consumption needs. We’re talking Francheese (yes, the cheese raclette and fondue gods), Salami Shack, The Original Smoke and Spice Company, Coffee Culture and Cuttaway Hill Wines. Head here for more deets.
When: Saturday 29 September – Sunday 30 September, 10 – 5pm
Where: Bradman Oval, Bowral
Cost: $12 per person
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