This weekend’s road trip took us to Mudgee – famous for its fresh produce and fine gourmet food – just in time for the monthly Mudgee Farmers Market.
We’re road-testing the new Ford Kuga, which the kids all approve of. It has meal trays that drop down from the front seats (imagine the excitement!) and a sun roof that takes up the entire roof.
So the night-time drive to Mudgee is all the more fun as the kids can stare at the starry country sky above them. It’s nice car to drive too, with lovely seat warmers to keep my bum nice and snug in the cold country evening.
Our accommodation is the gorgeous Chabara Cottage, located in the middle of a field full of cows (cows!) and thank-fully our kind hosts have turned the heater on for us before we arrive – the country is cold folks! Our evening is spent playing card games and Connect 4 (also kindly left for us by our hosts) and in the morning we go and chat to the cows before heading into Mudgee.
Mudgee Farmers Market is held once a month in the grounds of St Mary’s Catholic Church, in the center of Mudgee. The market offers a wonderful range of gourmet delights, and even better, the kids can have a lesson in fine foods with the very reasonably priced Kids Cooking Class run by Mudgee Fine Foods.
The kids assemble outside the grand old church and they’re taken on a guided tour of the markets to choose the fresh produce they’ll be using in class. The stall owners all contribute to give the kids a little foodie education.
Today’s lesson is pizza, so after choosing their favourite toppings and sampling a few other delights at the markets, the kids head across the road to a local café where they’ll get to cook using a real pizza oven.
And while they’re gone we (I) spend a small fortune on honey, cheese, pate, conserves, relish, olives, cured meats, sourdough bread and wine.
I’m sure we’ll be requiring lunch at some point.