24 September 2015
As the weather warms up in NSW, we hit the road to find out what’s on this November. Here are our picks for the top events taking place this month, from the beautiful North Coast to the lush bounty of the Riverina.
The hills behind Byron Bay will come alive with the sounds of the Mullum Music Festival this November. This laid-back NSW North Coast festival boasts a stellar lineup, with the likes of Ron Sexsmith, Ben Ottewell (of Gomez fame), and Australian artists We Two Thieves, All Our Exes Live In Texas and Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire). Now in its eighth year, this four-day music festival takes over the picturesque town of Mullumbimby. There are a variety of ticket options and camping passes available for the three day event.
Now in its 13th year, experience the engaging artworks of the Hunter Valley, as sculptures take over the green vineyards of Wollombi for a month-long celebration. With more than 100 fascinating outdoor sculptures adorning the boutique wineries of Wollombi and the lower Hunter, this is a not-to-be-missed trifecta of art, food and wine – in an appropriately picturesque setting.
The product of the vibrant Hastings Farmers’ Markets, the Tastings on Hastings food festival takes place in Port Macquarie on the NSW North Coast, with a focus on fresh local produce and seafood in particular. Chef Matt Moran will team up with local hatted restaurant The Stunned Mullet to host two fabulous dinners, and there’s a full program of cooking demonstrations and masterclasses – naturally with the opportunity to sample local food, wine and beers.
The Cooma Car Club and local service clubs host Motorfest twice a year in Cooma, attracting over 3,000 visitors to each event. It’s also a major coinciding checkpoint for the Snowy Ride event, which sees over 1,000 motorbikes stopping in through the day. Entry is a simple gold coin donation, with proceeds going to cancer research. Alongside some beautiful classic and retro cars, there will be a special display of construction machinery from the historic Snowy Mountains Scheme, as well as entertainment and food stalls.
Half an hour from Orange and Bathurst, Carcoar hosts its annual running festival, which includes an ultra marathon, marathon, half marathon and a kids’ running event. This is one of NSW’s top regional running events, with $13,000 in prize money to be won. The course runs through the idyllic country scenery and along the main street of the town, which is lined with charming shops and heritage buildings.