Picnic on the Grass
Canoes, Champagne & Canapés Experience at Wildfest Southern Highlands
The perfect combination food, wine and WILDerness. It’s gastronomy heaven for lovers of great food as well as a wine tasting exploration of award winning cool climate varietals and boutique craft beers from the Southern Highlands. All set in the great outdoors connecting you with nature as you explore the breath taking sunken gum tree forrest in Yarrunga Creek. Below is our menu and wine list for this experience: Each guest will get 5 canapés that we select and their own choice of beverage to enjoy on the trip
Wildfest Menu Canoe Samples by The Loch
· Yabby rolls with wild land cress and native lime mayo
· Miniature trout nicoise in a baby potato skins
· Brie en croute with pear relish
· Beclan pancakes, wrapped in bbq pork & chilli jam
· Strudels of spinach, roast capsicum, sweet potato & fresh basil
· Loch lamb in a forage herb crust
· Wild lime, olive and mint lamb skewered on eucalyptus twigs with sumac and fetta drizzle
· Gravelax trout with dill kiphlers & beetroot pesto
· Savoury pear & goat’s cheese clafouti tarts with olive and tapenade
· Sweet potato hash browns with beef chilli & bush tomato salsa
· Native pepper crusted beef fillet with béarnaise butter
· Roast forest mushroom & marscarpone tart
· Raised venison pie with cumberland sauce
Beverage List – a selection of below
· Tertini & Centennial Vineyard Blanc de blanc (champagne)
· Artemis, Rotherwood & St Maur Pinot Noir
· Bendooley Estate Rose
· Far Ago Pinot Gris
· Tertini Riesling
· Howards Lane Chardonnay
· Cherry Tree Hill Cabinet Merlot
· Joadja Wee Scottish Ale, Pigs Fly & Eden Brewery beers
OVERVIEW OF EXPERIENCE
There are some places in the wilderness where nature over delivers.
Gliding downstream on the Kangaroo River from Beehive Point to the mouth of Yarrunga Creek with the backdrop of the Morton National Park in Kangaroo Valley is one such place. Take a seat in one of our custom-built double-canoe rigs and immerse your senses in its sheer beauty. Indulge your taste buds with wild native canapés and a local award-winning cold-climate wine and discover what is unapologetically WILDfest™ heaven.
It’s a must do festival experience that explores the sunken forest and its eerily beautiful backdrop of a convict-built sandstone road, winding uphill and linking the rainforest with our colonial past. This is wilderness in its extreme and is home to the majestic azure kingfisher, wedge-tail eagle, diamond python, rock wallaby, white-breasted sea eagle, water dragon and more.
Travis Frenay our guide from Paddle & Portage Canoes has been a professional paddling instructor for nearly 15 years and has been the lead teacher of canoeing at Lithgow TAFE for the last 9 years on their award-winning Outdoor Recreation courses. He is an extremely talented instructor with unsurpassed local knowledge and to say he is a water enthusiast is an under statement. Travis has crafted an incredible and unique event for WILDfest™ Southern Highlands and it’s not one to be missed. Numbers are strictly limited so book now!.
Canoes, Champagne and Canapés only 20 tickets per session
Friday 27th October
9am to 11am, Noon to 2pm, 3pm to 5pm
Saturday 28th October
9am to 11am, Noon to 2pm, 3pm to 5pm
Sunday 29th October
9am to 11am, Noon to 2pm, 3pm to 5pm
Cost is $195 per person including GST- we provide a map and our team will meet you at Beehive Point
Variations: Please arrive 30 mins before your session at Beehive Point, Kangaroo Valley for a tour briefing and allow 2-3 hours for this experience. There ample is parking near the picnic ground. Its also a good idea to bring a wind and water proof jacket just in case! Closed in shoes are a must.
Wild Native Feast – Saturday 28 Oct (part of Glamping package as well as stand alone dinner)
If you want to arrange your own accommodation or live in the Highlands then we have a great stand alone event WILD Native Feast – a foodie dinner mixing foraged and locally grown paddock to plate ingredients in a 7 course dinner amongst the ruins of Joadja Old Town.
This is being curated by chef Damien Monley who is Head Chef and owner-operator of Bowral’s stylish Grand Bistro, has run the kitchen in Matt Moran’s eponymous 2-hatted restaurant, Londons internationally renowned Gastropub The White Horse on Parsons Green, the Brooklyn Hotel and has been owner-operator of two successful Sydney eateries, Madame Char Char at Surry Hills and Flat White Cafe, Woollahra. Damien’s a man passionate about nature, the provenance of the ingredients and produce he uses, his relationship with local suppliers, and a belief in the joy of eating honest, rustic food.
When he’s not in the kitchen, he and his foodie wife and partner in business, Justine, are running around after their four young children. And his days now start a little differently to that of his boyhood when he followed his Mum, foraging for fresh ingredients to use in the kitchen of the family’s restaurant in Wanaka, New Zealand. These days it starts with meditation, a calming way to focus his day and a practise that exemplifies his philosophy that connects nature and the earth to the idea that food is the perfect medium for bringing people together.
His philosophy: I believe in a philosophy that connects nature and the earth to the idea that food is the perfect medium for bringing people together. This is for the serious foodie and to raise the stakes we have a surprise musical moment planned.
Picture yourself under a full southern night sky miles from city lights sipping award winning wines and listening to soul stirring music…. Oh and we glam you up as well to add some extra magic. The WILDfest™ twist is gentleman will be given top hats and tails whilst the ladies are offered gloves and tiaras as they enter our specially designed native bush wonderland.
Here is what you can expect to tantalise your tastebuds include – BBQ King prawn with bush tucker dukkah – Poached yabbie brioche soft roll, cafe de paris butter, water cress – 7 hour lamb legs, stinging nettle salsa, Pickled beetroot, Redleaf farm egg, wild mint & tahini dressing and Joadja Distillery anise & cinnamon cured Salmon
$345 per person incl GST – Price includes transport to and from 4 major southern highland locations (Berrima, Bowral, Burradoo & Moss Vale) so you get to just enjoy the night. (this dinner is included in the Glamping package)
Ticket price includes: All food & beverages, Top hat & tails or Tiara & gloves provided. Transport from and return to pick locations in Berrima, Moss Vale, Burradoo and Bowral
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