Feast on the best picnic in the country

SUNDAY is all about picnic blankets and regional produce in Nundle.

Formerly Picnic at Hanging Rock, the annual Nundle Country Picnic sees 200 people spreading across the lawns around the woollen mill feasting on  food made with local produce from the surrounding region. 

Starting with marinated Manilla olives and herbed labneh with seeded crisp breads, visitors will eat their way through to Hanging Rock blackberry parfait with Peel Valley double cream on rosewater and lemon syrup semolina slice, with menu choices to please all tastes and a drink on arrival.

The local Lions Club will be cooking the barbecue with locally sourced lamb kebabs also on the menu.

Children get a picnic bag of food with a drink.

“We want to showcase local produce and bring people to Nundle,” committee member and cook Toni Swain said.

“People can come and see what we have to offer here, and hopefully come back.”

It’s not all about food.

Katie Lou and Southern Stallion will entertain with their brand of swing and rockabilly and Jeff Gibson will perform Irish folk songs to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, which falls on Monday.

Nundle residents will also model 2014 winter fashions from the Nundle Woollen Mill.

“It’s so relaxing for people to get out there, find a spot, grab a drink and enjoy the food,” committee member Megan Trousdale said.

Models will include Nundle Primary School principal Ian Worley and his wife, Nicola, Kim Sommerville, Susan Circuit, Christine Webster, Prue Hartigan and Talithia Fisher.

The emphasis is on family with face painting and a jumping castle for the children.

Tickets are available at www.stickytickets.com.au/15275, with the event expected to sell out before Sunday.

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