‘I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food’, pondered American comedic icon W.C. Fields, once upon a time.

Let’s look at why local wine has such a celebrated status, and how the powers at be won’t quite be snuffing out hopes for a 2021 Mudgee Wine and Food Month.

The Mudgee Wine Association has announced a rescheduling of the famous 42-year-old festival, usually held in September, to a springtime November timeslot.

“Spring is a beautiful time in the Mudgee Region, and we look forward to sharing it with visitors when it is safe for travel to resume,” the MWA said in a media release. “We are excited to continue our planning for Mudgee Wine and Food Month.”

It started out as the Mudgee Wine Week in 1979, and then morphed into a six-weekender celebration during the decade of ‘big hair’. Fast forward to this year, the scaled-down event will go from 12th - 27th November, with the likes of twilight tasting and go grazing events organised. The Mudgee Wine Show and the Flavours of Mudgee street festival are cancelled this year. The latter started in 2012 and was held as a part of the month-long festivities. It has brought the CBD streets alive with local vendors putting their regional wine, food and produce on offer, and not without attracting a 12,000-strong crowd. So why the fascination with wine in Mudgee?

The Mudgee region is renowned for its wine due to the cooler climates grapes are exposed to during the frosty winters. Normally, grapes grown in such cool climates are laid bare to concentrated sunlight hours and cooler air temperatures. This allows longer ripening periods, which produce better balanced wines with moderate alcohol content, according to Wine Selectors.

Those who have purchased tickets for September can either transfer it to the new dates or get a full refund, so please contact the Mudgee Region Tourist Information for that. For more details on the November events get in touch via info@mudgeewine.com.au.

So for a regional wine show like no other, head along to the November celebrations, showing off Mudgee as a wine and food region to be contended with.

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