June 18, 2014 15:06
in General Mt Barney Lodge by Nea ::
A World Apart 2014 wrap-up
Bright blue skies and 28 degrees was the inspiring backdrop to the seventh, and possibly most scenic “A World Apart” event held yet.
Mt Barney Lodge was one of the five unique locations at Mt Barney that opened their doors across the weekend of the 24th and 25th May to entice visitors to discover a diverse variety of delightful regional food and wine experiences.
As “A World Apart” had been featured on The Great South East over Easter
It was no surprise that the perfect conditions drew a sizeable following. Although nearly 500 people visited, the venues were never crowded as the numbers were spread out over the five venues over two days.
Mt Barney Lodge puts quite some thought into how we can change things up for our returning guests, and this year the lawn at Boolamoola Homestead was decked in colourful buntings, with an outdoor lounge room, and the menu was given a tweak.
Innes ran a free bushtucker tour of the surrounding gardens and shared his “Masterchef” tips on how to use bushtucker seen along the way in everyday cooking. There were plenty of gourmet BBQ choices on offer after the tour including Lamb Cutlets with Tamarillo Chutney, Lemon Myrtle Chicken and the famous favourite – Tracey’s Bush Lemon Meringue Pie.
The cold drinks were flowing as well, including Lemon Myrtle Iced Tea that quenched the thirst, (looking impressive in a tall glass!), and was popular with drivers who had to forego a glass of the local wine. It was hard to stop at just one glass – and really there was no need – as the live local acoustic music went all day long. On Saturday Terry and Matt from Boonah played upstairs on the veranda of Boolamoola Homestead which was the perfect acoustic device to disperse their ballads. While on Sunday, Amela Duheric’s ephemeral sounds floated through the pop-up Cafe whose most popular feature was the outdoor 3-piece lounge suite!!
Therese Flynn-Clarke was once again the Artist-in-Residence, and as always, she has new themes and techniques which she explores in her art. This year it was about using natural dyes to create unique patterns and colours on cotton and silk fabrics.
At the end of the weekend, visitors entered their free “passport” ticket into the prize draw, and by chance the Mt Barney Lodge prize of rockclimbing went to a guest who has visited 3 AWA in the past …. Great karma!!
The weekend was such a hit, that the operators are already planning towards the 23rd and 24th May 2015. Book your overnight accommodation with us now, and make it a weekend getaway with friends and family.
* A World Apart tickets are FREE and can be collected on the day from any of the participating businesses or online here or here.