There’s so much to see and do in the Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon region at anytime but this weekend is jam-packed extra tightly with reasons to visit.
The inaugural Autumn Sustainable Food Festival will begin on Saturday, May 3, with the popular TomahROMA food and wine fair opening the event at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah.
A celebration of nature’s bounty set against the spectacular deciduous colours of the cool climate garden, the day will include local produce, gourmet delights, wine tasting, music, free guided walking tours and plant sales.
Now in its 11th year, TomahROMA will this year include about 30 stallholders from the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury regions: fresh juice and cider from local Bilpin apples; wine from Mudgee; handmade bags from Woodford; cupcakes from Penrith; and plants propagated by the Growing Friends, volunteers at the botanic garden – just a small taste of the variety of lovingly made regional produce visitors will be able to sample and buy.
Coffee and hot food stalls will add to a lively vibe and fun day out for all – perfect for finding a unique gift.
Discover the many horticultural delights within the 252ha grounds on a free guided tour departing regularly from the Visitor Centre. Run by volunteer guides, the tours will focus on the seasonal autumn highlights of the garden.
The fair will be set against the bright autumnal colours of the turning garden, which in itself attracts thousands of visitors throughout autumn. This is the best time to see the garden in its annual blaze of colour.
Blue Mountains Botanic Garden marketing manager Louise Clifton said: “By partnering with Leura Village Association and connecting these two major events to `bookend’ a week-long regional festival, we can link the northern and southern escarpments of the Blue Mountains: from the artisans and farmers of the Bells Line of Rd and the Megalong Valley to the winemakers of Mudgee and Orange.
She hoped the festival would “encourage more people to experience the wonderful array of food, wine and cider we have here and to stay longer to explore the region’s best kept secrets’’.
“We would like people to be wowed by the beautiful deciduous colours of autumn at the region’s many beautiful gardens and to be inspired to conserve our environment by living sustainably.’’
TomahROMA, which has built a strong following with food and garden lovers alike, will be held at Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Bells Line of Rd, Mount Tomah, from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, May 3. Free entry. Details: (02) 4567 3000.
Supported by Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism, the Autumn Sustainable Food Festival will also include the new Leura Harvest Festival, an incentive of Leura Village Association, as the finale event on Saturday, May 10, followed by Blue Mountains Regional Beer Dinner in the Carrington Hotel ballroom that evening.
Go to the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah, website for details about TomahROMA.
Be sure to look at Jacqueline Spedding’s Transcend artwork, which took out the $20,000 acquisitive prize, along with the three highly commended works (A Backwards Attitude by Louis Pratt, Stranger in a Strange Land by Tobias Richardson and Three Phases of the Dark Moon by David Sudmalis.
Sculpture at Scenic World is free on purchasing the Scenic World Ultimate Discovery Pass ($35 adults, $18 children 3-14 years, $88 family of five and $32 concession). The pass includes unlimited rides on the Scenic Railway, Skyway, Cableway and Walkway access. Pre-purchasing tickets to Sculpture for Small People is $10 per workshop including materials. Go to www.scenicworld.com.au/sculpture for the full public program and information about ticketing and packages.
TomahROMA and Sculpture at Scenic World are but two of the exciting activities and attractions on offer throughout the region this weekend.
Go to www.bluemountainsattractions.com.au for more ideas on what to see and do while you are guests in our beautiful patch of paradise.