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Fireside Festival: some like it hot

Amanda Whitley

It’s nearly August! And it’s rather chilly! But there are some great ways to keep warm…and one of our favourites is the Fireside Festival, a month-long series of events that embraces winter and all that this season has to offer. Kicking off tomorrow, the Festival is all about curling up by the crackling fire with some hearty winter cuisine, while enjoying a glass of fine local red with loved ones and friends.

This year, the Fireside calendar is packed to the brim with winter-themed events with everything from truffles and winter cuisine to wine tastings, horse rides, chocolate, fire twirling, art, music and more. There are degustation dinners celebrating local and seasonal produce to tastings of the region’s best reds, innovative and exciting performances, musicians, events and exhibitions.

A selection of desserts from Grazing.

A selection of desserts from Grazing.

Throughout August the celebrations continue with live music in the barrel room, winter horseback rides, assiette menus, tapas, launches of new season wines, high teas and more.

It also gets into the spirit of the region’s Truffle Festival, celebrating the Fireside Truffle Weekend from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July where venues – including Podfood, Grazing and Poacher’s Pantry – will showcase the best of the region’s truffles with delicious dinners.

Five Fireside Festival events not to miss

Vines & Wines Fireside Festival Tour

Warm your heart and fill your glass as you snuggle up to a roaring fire on Vines & Wines Fireside Festival tour and get a special HerCanberra reader rate!

The team will pick you up from your chosen departure point and you’ll join a special Pinot and Duck Master Class at Lerida Estate, where you’ll enjoy superb duck canapés matched with Lerida’s fine Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir wines and examine what makes a good food & wine match.

Owner Jim Lumbers will talk about the wines and wife Anne will talk about the food – it’s a must for all food and wine lovers. Then it’s off to Capital Wines where coffee and cake awaits (and more wine of course!) and then you’ll be dropped safely home.

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A masterclass at Lerida Estate.

Vines & Wines Fireside Festival Tour | various venues across the Poacher’s Way | 9:30am to 5pm, Saturday 8 August | Cost $150.00 – use the special code hercanfireside15 to get the special rate of $135pp | Book online at www.vineswines.com.au 

The Poacher’s Fare degustation

Explore the countryside and join Poachers Pantry for their five course “Poachers Bounty” degustation, a celebration of the best produce the region has to offer.

It’s a great chance to try a menu focussed on game and matched to the award winning Wily Trout wines, and there’s also great live local music performed by the Baker Boys to liven up your lunch!

Wily Trout Wines.

Wily Trout Wines.

Poachers Pantry |431 Nanima Road, Hall | Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 3pm | $120 with matched wines or $95 without wines | Bookings essential on 6230 2487 or email [email protected]www.poacherspantry.com.au

Winter Trail Ride

Warm up this winter by taking a two-hour horse ride through picturesque countryside before settling down in front of the open fire for marshmallows and a mug of hot chocolate.

Join Lindsey Butt and his family for a truly unique experience as you ride through their fully operational 4000 acre grazing property and spot the wildlife in 1,000 acres of natural bushland.

Take a trail ride and then warm up with a hot chocolate.

Take a trail ride and then warm up with a hot chocolate.

Burnelee Excursions on Horseback Winter Trail Ride | 320 Dicks Creek Road, Murrumbateman |  10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3pm on Saturday 1, 8, 15 and 29 August | Bookings essential on 6227 5850 | www.burnelee.com.au

Truffles Fireside Festival Degustation Menu

Indulge in the tastes and aromas of locally grown truffles with Grazing’s four/ five course Truffles Fireside Festival degustation menu.

Available throughout the truffle season, a four or five course truffle inspired menu, using local and regional produce is being served for lunch and dinner during August. The menu can be paired with the region’s best wine offerings for a truly local experience.

Grazing's free range chicken breast with winter truffle fois gras, celeriac crumble, savoy and shitake.

Grazing’s free range chicken breast with winter truffle fois gras, celeriac crumble, savoy and shitake.

Grazing |Cnr Cork and Harp Streets, Gundaroo | Available LunchFriday to Sunday and Dinner – Thursday to Saturday | Four courses $80pp + $25pp for matched wines; Five courses $95pp + $30pp for matched wines | Bookings essential on 02 6236 8777 | www.grazing.com.au

Come on Baby Light My Fire

Mulled wine, music and warming food – a perfect Saturday night in the country!

Head to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery for a night of Gluwein, fire twirling, a hearty three course meal of Lamb Shanks with Truffle Mash and Fig and Pecan Pudding, and Jazz/Classical Concert featuring Rachel Thoms (vocalist) and Lachlan Coventry (guitar).

Lachlan Coventry and Rachel Thoms will perform.

Lachlan Coventry and Rachel Thoms will perform.

Café WoodWorks at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery |22 Malbon Street, Bungendore | 6pm Saturday 29 August, 2015 |$60pp | Bookings essential on 02 6238 1688 | www.bungendorewoodworks.com.au

the essentials

What: Fireside Festival
When: 31 July to 31 August 2015
Where: Poacher’s Way venues in the Canberra and Capital Region
Web: www.thepoachersway.com.au

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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