Eat out and write a restaurant review and you could win a Greater Blue Mountains Stay Package.
To be eligible, simply dine at any of the Blue Mountains restaurants taking part in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month Regional Table during October (see below).
Then, write a review and have it published on your favourite review site such as TripAdvisor.com.
Go to bluemountainscrossings.com.au, click on Best Restaurant Review to submit your published review.
All submitted reviews will be judged by Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT), the official regional tourism organisation.
The major Best Overall Review will receive a Greater Blue Mountains Stay Package for a couple which will include two night’s accommodation at Silvermere Guesthouse at Wentworth Falls including breakfast both mornings and a degustation dinner one night (not including beverages) at Nineteen23, a Scenic World Unlimited Discovery Pass for two adults, a Jenolan Caves Show Cave Tour for two adults and a box of Josophan’s Fine Chocolates.
A return dining experience will also be awarded for Best Review for each of the 16 participating restaurants.
Winners will be announced in December 2013.
Presented by Citi, the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month is when the best chefs, restaurants, farmers, wine experts and artisan food producers go on show in Sydney and regional NSW at dinners, lunches, tours and parties across more than 520 event listings.
Under the theme “Crossing the Blue Mountains with food’’, food establishments in the Blue Mountains and Lithgow areas will celebrate and commemorate the first recognised European crossing of the Blue Mountains in 1813 by explorers Blaxland, Lawson and Wentworth showcasing produce grown and manufactured within the Blue Mountains and Central West region.
BMLOT chairman Randall Walker said the official regional tourism organisation was “delighted to be involved in Good Food Month 2013, the ideal opportunity to showcase our food’’.
“It is great to see our food establishments taking inspiration from the marvellous World Heritage Area in which we are located as well as our heritage, in particular the Blue Mountains Crossings Bicentenary.
“Two hundred years ago, the explorers forged a gateway to a new food bowl for the fledgling colony.
“Today, the Great Western Highway, the Great Western railway line and the Bells Line of Road still flow with the produce from the west – Megalong Valley, Lithgow, Oberon and beyond. These days, though, many products are also grown in the Blue Mountains.
“And much of it ends up on the restaurant plates of diners in Blue Mountains restaurants.’’
Blue Mountains Best Restaurant Review organiser Pam Seaborn said: “In this age of chemically preserved and packaged food, it is encouraging to see the demand for fresh, quality and locally-grown food increasing.’’
She was delighted to confirm a record 16 restaurants were taking part in the campaign.
Participating restaurants are: Blaxland: Restaurant Como; Wentworth Falls: elevation 867 at TAFE WSI and Nineteen23 at Silvermere Guesthouse; Leura: Bygone Tearooms, Cafe Madeleine (Josophan’s Fine Chocolates), Chambers Restaurant at Blue Mountains International Hotel School, Eucalypt Restaurant at Fairmont Resort MGallery, Leura Garage and Silk’s Brasserie; Katoomba: Darleys Restaurant at Lilianfels Resort & Spa, Jamison Views Restaurant at Mountains Heritage Hotel & Spa Resort, Old City Bank Brasserie at The Carrington, The Rooster Restaurant at Jamison Guesthouse; Blackheath: Ashcrofts, Hydoras Restaurant at Gardners Inn; Wolgan Valley: Wolgan Dining Room at Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.