The count down is on and we are excited to be apart of;
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
13TH AND 14TH SEPTEMBER 2014
CORBETT GARDENS BOWRAL
BRINGING THE PRODUCERS TO TOWN
The upcoming Southern Highlands Food & Wine Festival in September again promises to be an opportunity for gastronomes to be immersed in all things food and wine. Visitors from outside the Southern Highlands will join locals in a showcase of local produce, culinary activities, wine tasting and entertainment while sampling a delicious range of food from the entire region.
VISIT THE THE GOURMET DESTINATION ON YOUR DOORSTEP
Attracting food and wine lovers from Sydney, Wollongong, The South Coast, Canberra and beyond, this is an ideal outing for the enthusiastic day tripper, weekender or locals living in the Highlands. Master classes will inc
lude locally acclaimed and award winning chefs. There will be free wine tastings from local award winning wineries as well as educational talks.
The Southern Highland Food & Wine Festival will take place on the weekend of Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th of September from 10:00 – 4:00 at Corbett Gardens Bowral. Entry for adults is $10. Free admission is available to children under the age of 15.
The Southern Highlands has a rich history which began with the traditional owners of the land, the Gundungurra and Dharawal people.
The district was first explored by Europeans as early as 1798 when a party led by an ex-convict, by the name of John Wilson, made its way south on two occasions. Access to the area was forbidden by Governor King from 1805 until 1821, primarily to protect the government herds at Cow Pastures (now Camden), although the prohibition was frequently ignored. One of the most prominent of these interlopers was the Surveyor-General, John Oxley, who established a herd of cattle at a place named Argyle (now Moss Vale) in 1815. He had a bough and bark homestead built for himself, although he never occupied it, which he named ‘Wingecarribee’, from the Aboriginal words Wingie Wingie Charibee, meaning ‘waters to rest beside’.
Viticulture is not new to the area. With the establishment of the Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Company (1870–1911) at Joadja Creek, over 6 700 fruit trees and a table grape vineyard were planted providing the local area with fruit (including grapes) and supplying the Sydney markets with approximately one quarter of its needs.
Growing wine grapes originally commenced prior to the second world war but lapsed when the market was found to be non-viable. Recently, however, a re-awakening of interest in growing premium cool climate grapes for the production of premium wines has led to the establishment of approximately 60 new vineyards and 16 cellar doors to visit in the area.
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