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Murrumbateman gears up for October long weekend

There's a gentle buzzing noise coming from the wineries at Murrumbateman as the winemakers prepare for the annual Murrumbateman Moving Feast.

With the Feast fast approaching on the October Long Weekend, chefs are busy preparing gourmet delights, winemakers selecting the best of their wines and setting up their wineries to accommodate the expected influx of food and wine lovers. This year the menu provides a wide range of options with something to suit everyone including beef, chicken, veal, duck, prawns, crab, salmon and a lovely range of sweets too! For those who prefer a vegetarian meal you can choose from a Fetta, tomato and Olive Tartlet, Kulebiak (Russian vegetable pie) or a vegetarian 'meat loaf'.

Event coordinator, Wendy O'Dea from Dionysus Winery, said "this year we are building on the success of last year's Feast and making it bigger and better. As well as expanding the menu to offer a broad range of options, we have increased the number of producers at the Local Produce Fair held at Country Guesthouse Schonegg and arranged for Canberra Guided Tours to put busses on during the event".

The weekend is organised so that visitors can plan a day or two to suit their own needs. Each winery offers a dish matched served with their premium wines and you get to keep the glass! As well as the exciting menu, visitors can also indulge in a public tasting from the Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show, attend the Wine Show trophy presentation dinner or visit a local produce fair to sample a range of local lavender products, honey, woodcraft, chocolates, jams, chutneys, olive oil and jewellery.

The Feast offers incredible value for money with main fare priced at $15 and sweets at $10. These prices include food, wine and you get to keep the glass.

Ken Helm, President of the Makers of Murrumbateman Association, said "we are able to offer this weekend of fun and indulgence at an affordable price due to the generosity of our major sponsors' CA and Ernst & Young as well as other sponsors AactewAGL and Cospak. The high quality of wines and produce from the Murrumbateman area is becoming well known and support for the area is tremendous".

For more information visit www.murrumbateman.org.au or call (02) 6227 0208.



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