When a couple of VIP tickets arrived to attend Mudfest International Film Festival at Bunnamagoo Wine Estate in Mudgee, which included a bunch of amazing flicks under the stars, a tour of the winery, all night delicious food and drink, a loo without the usual queuing for ages scenario and priority seating, I didn’t need to think twice, I was in. Yep…. I felt pretty darn special and am absolutely loving the perks of being the Events Manager at the NPCA.
We travelled the 430kms to Mudgee, through some old mining towns with antique café shops housing hidden gems, it was refreshing to see freshly baked scones with lashings of cream and house made jams still a hit on the menu, making it hard to get back in the car again.
Bunnamagoos National Business Manager, Chris O’Connor greeted us at the gates and our night as VIPs began. Food a plenty, all locally grown and produced, just kept coming. Cheeses galore, vine ripened tomatoes and olives, lush mini house made pies, pizzas, noodle boxes, and finished off with the most delightful bite sized desserts. We were even treated to some Mudgee craft beers. Yum!
We were introduced to Robert Black ‘Blackie’ the Wine maker, a down to earth bloke who’s claim to fame is his ability to combine traditional wine-making skills with the most up-to-date equipment. They don’t stomp the grapes with their feet (yep, I asked!).
His wines are described as elegant, supple, and driven by Australian ripe fruit flavours. This philosophy results in wines that exhibit friendliness and approachability while retaining their individuality and character. They are made to be enjoyed with food and are invariably excellent table wines.
Translation – stylish, easy to drink, Aussie fruits that don’t strip your tastebuds, and go great with food, what more can you ask!
The screening kicked off at dusk, a diverse range of short films were shown including the 2014 Oscar winner short animation featuring Daniel Craig. It was awesome to see Canberra’s own Jimmy Ennett take out the ‘People’s Choice’ award for Man of Action. #CanberraPride
What a fun filled weekend, Mudgee is certainly doing it right!
Are you a Daniel Craig fan? How could you not be right?! If yes, what’s your favourite film and or television program he stars in?