Beneath the gum trees, alongside a tranquil river – the scene is set for an epic long lunch embedded in nature. Celebrating its fourth year in 2022, Grazing Down the Lachlan returns to the banks of the Lachlan River in Forbes on Saturday 17 September 2022. Chair of the Grazing Down the Lachlan committee, Wendy Muffet said, “after the challenges of the past two years, Team Grazing are delighted to be bringing this unique foodie adventure back to Forbes in September.”
“We’ve spent the last two years working behind the scenes to make our multi-award winning event even more exciting, with a full line up of events and activities celebrating and showcasing the region’s food, entertainment, art, culture and history”, Wendy added.
EXTEND YOUR GRAZING WEEKENDIndulge in a full weekend of events to delight the senses. Sundowners by the Lake The opening night of the Grazing weekend. Sundowners by the Lake will be held on Friday 16 September 2022 at Lions Park from 6pm until 10pm. Hear from Grazing’s Creative Director and renowned Sydney chef, O Tama Carey before the live acoustic music kicks in as the sun sets over Lake Forbes. Featuring the soulful sounds of Lueth Ajak. Bring a picnic rug, a few mates and grab yourself a bite to eat from one of the pop-up vendors. Sundowners is a BYO event. Grazing Down the Lachlan After a two-year hiatus, this unique foodie adventure returns to Forbes on Saturday 17 September 2022. The epic long lunch celebrates produce native to the Central West NSW region, prepared by local restaurateurs and caterers under the guidance of Creative Director O Tama Carey of Darlinghurst’s hatted Lankan Filling Station. While the set menu is kept secret until the day, O Tama will draw upon local history during the gold rush era for inspiration for this year’s menu. “During the gold rushes of 1850s and 60s, thousands of Chinese-born people migrated to the region. With them, they brought their cuisine”, O Tama said. “The dishes will incorporate ideas of Chinese dishes found in regional restaurants of Australia with touches of native ingredients and flavours. As we have done in previous years, our ingredients and produce will be sourced locally.” But what makes this dining experience truly unique is the underlying commitment to delivering a no-waste, environmentally responsible event. Every ‘Grazer’ (guest) is supplied with an event bag made from recycled fabric, which contains an enamel plate, recycled fork, donated drink bottle, event wine glass and lanyard, a menu map, and a napkin made from donated linens. Grazers are transported out to site by bus to minimise impact on the natural environment and are then free to wander along the 2.5 kilometre bush track between six stations offering delicious food with a matched beverage. At the final station, Grazers are encouraged to donate these items back to Grazing to be used again the following year Amazing Grazing Breakfast The Amazing Grazing Breakfast rounds out the Grazing weekend on Sunday 18 September 2022 from 8am until 11am at Lions Park. Grab a coffee and some breakkie from one of the pop-up vendors and pull up a seat alongside your fellow Grazers. Entry is free. The Amazing Grazing Breakfast is proudly supported by the Forbes Business Chamber and Forbes Shire Council Sculpture Down the Lachlan Bus Tours A visit to Forbes would not be complete without taking an adventure ‘down the Lachlan’ to discover this permanent, inland sculpture trail. Sculpture Down the Lachlan stretches 100 kilometres from Forbes to Condobolin, along the meandering Lachlan River. Featuring over 20 sculptures by some of Australia’s leading creatives. Cenwestours Forbes are running 4-hour guided bus tours of the Sculpture Down the Lachlan trail on Friday 16 September and Sunday 18 September. Bookings essential. To book your seat, contact Mel on 0439 520 087. Prefer a self-guided adventure? Head to the Sculpture Down the Lachlan website to navigate the trail, www.sculpturedownthelachlan.com.
To view the full program and plan your Grazing weekend, head to www.grazingdownthelachlan.com. Subscribe to Grazing’s e-newsletter to receive the latest updates and ticketing information straight to your inbox. TICKETS • Grazing Down the Lachlan – $180 per person • Sundowners by the Lake – $15 per person *Booking fees apply. General Release On sale 6pm, Thursday 8 July 2021. www.grazingdownthelachlan.com/ticket Additional Information The theme for this year’s Grazing Down the Lachlan is inspired by the gold rush era of the 1850s and 60s when thousands of Chinese-born people migrated to the Forbes region. Proceeds of Grazing Down the Lachlan support the Forbes Arts Society in the delivery of purposeful art and cultural initiatives and infrastructure. Funds raised through the event to-date have facilitated the commissioning of 20 new sculptures to extend the Sculpture Down the Lachlan public art trail, the redevelopment of Gum Swamp Wildlife Refuge and the development of Gallery Forbes. Grazing Down the Lachlan injects over $400,000 into the local economy each year. In 2019, Grazing was awarded bronze in the Festival and Events category at the Australian Tourism Awards, gold at the NSW Tourism Awards, and silver at the Regional Tourism Awards – Country & Outback Grazing Down the Lachlan is proudly supported by Evolution Mining, NSW Government – Destination NSW, Forbes Shire Council, Central West Diesel,HE Silos, Elders Insurance Western Plains, Knights Steel Fabrication & Crane Hire, Bushmans Tanks, Club Forbes, Flannery’s Pharmacy, Girragirra, Globalee Investment Services, Hughes & Co Lawyers & Conveyancing, Jemalong Irrigation, Midpro Engineering, Little Big Dairy, O’Connors, Outback Soils, Woolerina, Work Control, Forbes Business Chamber, Arts OutWest, Greengrove Developments and Lachlan Commodities.