By Ellen Hill, Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism
Foodies can indulge in a mouth-watering array of gastronomical events at a dozen of the top nosheries in the Blue Mountains during the annual Good Food Month throughout October.
The events at cafes and restaurants will be held under the umbrella of the Greater Blue Mountains Food & Wine Development Advisory Group, a committee of Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT), as part of Australia’s largest food festival.
Advisory group chairwoman Pam Seaborn said: “The quality of the food in the Blue Mountains has improved significantly during the past couple of years with some cafes and restaurants even becoming tourist attractions in their own right.
“We’re not shy to admit that our cafes and restaurants have attracted some top chefs who have national and international experience. They bring with them a loyal following of diners eager to see how a change of scene has influenced their menus.
“The focus on regional produce is another drawcard for diners looking for food that is truly fresh, genuine quality and uniquely flavoured.’’
BMLOT chairman Daniel Myles said: “It is a well-established fact that the Blue Mountains is one of the most magnificent destinations on the planet. It is crucial that our food scene matches the vistas and experiences. I am proud to report that it does – a dozen times over.
“Why not treat yourself to a short break so you can taste a richer flavour of experiences in the region as well as walk up an appetite on one of more than 400 tracks, test the bounty of beds, be pampered at a day spa and visit unique attractions.’’
Here are some of the Good Food Month specials and packages on offer in the region:
Darley’s Restaurant, Lilianfels, Katoomba: Regional table six-course degustation by chef Lee Kwiez will highlight the diversity of produce and suppliers and micro-climates in the Blue Mountains and surrounds. Cost: $165 per person. Bookings: email@example.com. Details: lilianfels.com.au.
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountain, Leura: A dinner that highlights produce from suppliers located within an 80km radius of the hotel on October 31. Cost: $85 per person. Bookings: (02) 4785 0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jamison Views Restaurant, Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa Retreat, Katoomba: Tuck in to a fixed three-course dinner with matching local wines, including favourites such as confit of Pepe’s duck, Horsley pork forequarter and a Molong egg custard while enjoying the spectacular views on October 4, 11, 18 and 25. Cost: $89 ($69 without wine). Bookings: (02) 4782 2155 or email@example.com.
Cafe Madeleine, Leura: Drop in for a petit gateau dessert made with local honey, hazelnuts, walnuts, Fair Trade couverture, salted caramel ganache cream and peanut butter mousse throughout October. Cost: $16.95 includes a locally roasted Umami coffee or Josophan’s signature hot chocolate. Details: (02) 4784 2031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nineteen23, Silvermere Guesthouse, Wentworth Falls: Dine in heritage splendour on a specially crafted three-course menu featuring produce from local suppliers and the mansion’s kitchen garden (wander through before dinner) on October 25. Cost: $105 includes matched wines. Bookings: 0488 361 923 or email@example.com.
Leura Garage: Shift gears up the mountain for the seasonal set share dinner menu. Cost: $55 includes a glass of wine. Offer available on select dates. Details: 0450 900 333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megalong Valley Farm: Escape to the beautiful Megalong Valley for a two-course cider sampling lunch in the wilderness and pastures. Choose from more than 20 varieties of boutique and mainstream ciders. Cost: $85 per person. Bookings: (02) 4787 8188 or SMS 0408 649 235. Details: megalongcc.com.au.
Old City Bank Brasserie at The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba:
for $30. Details and bookings: (02) 4782 1111 or thecarrington.com.au/menus.
Vesta Bar & Bistro, Blackheath: Journey through Tuscany in five courses on October 23. Dishes on the set menu use superb regional produce matched to Italian wine varieties of the Central West. Cost: $120. Bookings: (02) 4787 6899.
TAFE WSI Wentworth Falls campus: Indulge in the ultimate high tea at the newly refurbished Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath, on October 25. Cost: $75 per person. Bookings: (02) 4753 2004 or Gillian.email@example.com.
Go to sydney.goodfoodmonth.com for more information about Good Food Month.
Go to visitbluemountains.com.au for more information about accommodation options, attractions and experiences in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region.