If you missed out on tickets to the sold out Highland Valley Forage event, don’t put away your hiking boots just yet. WILDfest has added a second date on Sunday 25 October so you can dine and ramble through some of the most spectacular spots in regional NSW, all in one Spring afternoon.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
This long lunch takes your taste buds on a literal journey between the Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and Sydney’s south coast, sharing the story of how these regions are connected by food and wine.
The unique concept invites small groups on an immersive foodie trail through the bush. The day involves a leisurely long walk along the Three Views Walking Track, with a degustation menu served at three stations along the way.
You’ll taste the freshest produce from the area, drink local cool-climate wines, meet the makers, hear live acoustic music and witness some awe-inspiring views.
The team from Bowral’s Grand Bistro will serve up a seasonal menu alongside some new Shoalhaven partners. All the food is sourced from local farmers and paired with local wines, ales or distilled cocktails. You can choose from an eight course meal and 4km walk, or if you’re feeling more energetic (and hungry!) the full 9.5km walk can be enjoyed with a 10 course meal to fuel you.
The trail is beginner friendly and flat enough to amble along at your own pace. Each walk is guided by a knowledgeable local host who will point out the natural landmarks and wildlife along the way. They’ll also lead you through the bushfire-affected Morton National Park where you will learn about the regeneration of the native scrubland and rainforest.
It's the perfect time of year for an event like this and you'll be treated to an absolutely gorgeous show of nature. The Highlands landscape is teeming with native wildflowers in October. The brightly coloured banksias, orchids and paperbark wattles attract a flurry of birds with their sweet-smelling nectar, including honeyeaters, parrots, emu wrens and kookaburras.
Amanda Fry, Founder of Highland Valley Forage, said, “With great local producers onboard, we are planning an exciting menu for this year’s event and are thrilled to be back in Kangaroo Valley supporting such a treasured hamlet.”
“This event is the perfect opportunity to spend time with family and friends, eat delicious seasonal food, learn about regional wines and just be in nature. Take your time to wander along the trail and take it all in. And, we encourage guests to stay in the area for the weekend as there are so many activities to explore from wild swimming, hiking, canoeing to mountain bike riding,” Amanda said.
Tickets are available for the Highland Valley Forage on Sunday 25 October starting at $175 per person. Don’t forget your comfortable walking shoes, empty tummy and lots of sunscreen!