• Doesn't this look like a nice place to escape to for weekend? (Denise Yates)
We're giving you the chance to win a weekend away for two in Forbes, NSW, for a regional and cultural food experience, valued up to $5,000. Competition closed.
31 Aug 2017 - 9:25 AM  UPDATED 18 Sep 2017 - 10:24 AM

SBS Food is a proud media partner of Grazing Down the Lachlan, an epic long lunch, on 23 September 2017 in Forbes, Central West NSW. 

Grazing Down the Lachlan brings together the local Indigenous Wiradjuri mob, generational farmers and two of Sydney’s hottest chefs, Mat Lindsay of Ester and O Tama Carey of Lankan Filling Station and SBS Food columnist, to eat and drink at a jammin’ country shindig.

Chefs Mat and O Tama have been working on the menu for over a year.

We invite you and a friend to join us on for a weekend away as VIP guests of Grazing Down the Lachlan.

On the day of the event on September 23, you'll walk along a drover’s stock route following the eucalypt-lined Lachlan River.

Think of the walk, which stretches over about two-and-a-half meandering kilometres of the Galari – the local Wiradjuri name – as an epic moveable feast of seven courses with matching drinks, and haybales dotted along the river so you can sit, chat and take in the tranquility of the Lachlan setting and listen to the hum of local birdsong.

The trail along the Galari is believed to be part of an ancient songline (our First People’s ongoing connection to land and culture passed on for millennia orally through creation songs).

Grazing Down the Lachlan will be a celebration of Wiradjuri history, weaving the region's community spirit together - the funds raised from Grazing will be invested into commissioning and installing local Indigenous artwork along the Somewhere Down the Lachlan Sculpture Trail.

“Our goal is to walk alongside our Wiradjuri friends,” says Wendy Muffet, Chairperson of Grazing Down the Lachlan. “We’re proud to be on the front foot of celebrating the cultural history of the area."

Learn more about the event
Bringing First Peoples and community together with food
A one-of-a-kind food festival, Grazing Down the Lachlan, is taking place in Forbes along a drover's stock route and ancient Wiradjuri songline.

You'll be in for one of the most memorable lunches, under the direction of chefs O Tama Carey and Mat Lindsay. The menu will be marry regional farmed ingredients with native ingredients from the area.

“We want to ensure the surrounding environment is simpatico with the food, so we looked at where each part of the trail is and this informed which dish we would do. For example, one of the fresh-water dishes is a served on a spot next to the river so you can see where the food is from,” says O Tama.

The farmed foods that will complement the native bush ingredients have been selected based on two criteria: must be local and must be grown sustainably - philosophies that are the backbone of both O Tama and Mat’s approach to food.

As a VIP guest of Grazing Down the Lachlan, on the evening of Friday 22 September, you are invited to attend an exclusive "Meet Your Makers" - a Q&A with the festival's creative directors, chefs O Tama and Mat, and the farmers, wine makers and local caterers who will be putting on the next-day's feast.

Grazing Down the Lachlan is proudly a zero-waste event. 

“There is no packaging. There is no plastic. And the very few pieces of paper will be 100 per cent compostable. There will be not one piece of rubbish,” says Penelope McGufficke, Secretary of Grazing Down the Lachlan and Tourism Development Officer for Forbes Shire Council. “This is really about leaving the country better than you find it."

Every last detail has been considered and planned for, so pack your Blundstones and come along and party with us from SBS Food HQ, the Wiradjuri, O Tama and Mat at Grazing Down the Lachlan. All you need to do is fill out the form below. 

You can learn more about the festival here and be sure to follow Grazing Down the Lachlan on Instagram

Prize details

  • Economy flights for two adults from your closest capital city to Sydney, and from there connecting flight to Parkes; leaving on Friday 22 September 2017 and returning Sunday 24 September.
  • Two nights’ accommodation in a self-contained cottage at River Gum Cottage, with a queen bed, lounge and dining area for two adults, on the banks of the Lachlan River in Forbes.
  • Return transfers from Parkes airport to Forbes and the festival.
  • Two tickets to attend a VIP event to meet Grazing Down the Lachan creative directors, farmers, wine makers and local caterers on the evening of Friday 22 September 2017.
  • Two tickets to attend Grazing Down the Lachlan epic moveable feast on Saturday 23 September 2017.

The Major Prize is valued up to $5000 AUD (RRP). 

Competition conditions

Competition opens: Thursday 31 August 2017, 1 pm (AEST)

Competition closes: Friday 15 September 2017, 10 pm (AEST)

Competition drawn: Monday 18 September 2017, 12 pm (AEST)

Full terms and conditions are here (please read them, they're important).

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