The Blue Mountains is well known for many reasons, though increasingly it has become known as a place for fine food and fantastic flowers. Each year offers a number of awesome opportunities to check out the best that the ‘Blueys’ has to offer, so make sure you’re there to get a taste for yourself. The following festivals are some of the food and flower highlights.
Leura Gardens Festival
Consisting of 12 gardens, including the famous National Trust ‘Everglades’ garden, this fantastic festival runs from September 29 until October 7, and is a tremendous showcase of delicate and dazzling beauty. The gardens are mostly privately owned, making this a rare opportunity to see some of the Blue Mountains’ hidden gems. For $20 you can get a multiple entry pass for all of the gardens and are sure to come home inspired to get a bit fancy with your own home’s garden.
Blackheath Wine Fair
This early April annual festival showcases some of the best gourmet food and wine in the area and is a great opportunity to check out some of the local art and live music while you’re at it. This event is based in and around the New Ivanhoe Hotel in Blackheath and is a highlight of the annual mountain festival calendar.
Celebrated around Winter Solstice each year, this fun festival really draws out the crowds, making this one of the highlights of the year in Katoomba. You’ll find delicious food, locally grown plants and flowers, live entertainment, and much more, making this one mountain festival that you just shouldn’t miss. One of the highlights of the festival is the massively fun parade that wanders through the town on the Saturday.
Blackheath Flower and Craft Show
This beautiful celebration also includes competitions for many local plant and flower varieties, including the Blue Mountains Dahlia Championship. You will find flowers, plants, floral art, gourmet food and cooking demonstrations, locally made crafts, live music and so on. While this is a great all-round festival, it’s a must for those serious about their plants and flowers.
Daffodils at Rydal
Famous for its daffodils, this gorgeous heritage village is located west of Lithgow and hosts a daffodil spectacular every September. Named after a daffodil-growing town back in England, this area has kept the tradition going in the mountains by growing thousands of daffodils each year, which make quite the sight come September. Along with yard dog trials and gourmet food displays, ‘Daffodils at Rydal’ is a great way to spend the day in a magical part of the Blue Mountains area.
The Blue Mountains really is a special part of New South Wales, and there’s nothing like seeing it during festival time, as these sleepy mountain communities really do come out in force and bring in a lot of cities folk was well. With the heart of the Blueys an easy day tour out of Sydney, treat yourself to a relaxing weekend and head there for the flowers, food and festivals. Whether you guide yourself or take a Blue Mountains tour, you’re sure to love every minute.