(6pm, Thursday 1 May 2014, Sokyo Restaurant, The Star Pyrmont)
Thank you, Mike [O'Malley, MC] and hello, everyone.
This evening, I'd also like to acknowledge:
- Brett Houldin of Echo Entertainment at The Star, our host for this evening
- Des Kennedy, Mayor of Mid Western Council
- Lawrence Gibbons and other members of the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce
- Leslie Dimmick, curator of the Pyrmont Art Prize and of course,
- Natarsha Belling, spokesperson for the Mudgee Region
- All of our friends from Mudgee - welcome back to Pyrmont!
This is the fourth year that the Pyrmont Festival has collaborated with Mudgee's fabulous food and wine producers in a celebration of the Mudgee region, and of this area's reputation as both a hub for creative start-ups and a destination for great dining.
The City is very pleased to support this festival.
In addition to our fairly significant financial support, our Business Precinct staff has worked closely with the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber to develop the event.
With its emphasis on regional produce, the Festival chimes well with the City's push for sustainability, encouraging people to think about their food sources, to support small producers and to eat and drink regionally.
It's also great to see other Ultimo-Pyrmont institutions like the Sydney Heritage Fleet getting involved in the festival. The Fleet will be offering harbour excursions on the beautifully restored 1902 VIP steam launch, Lady Hopetoun. These will be leaving from Pirrama Park's Elizabeth Macarthur Bay wharf on the Saturday, 17 at the wine, food and art event in the park.
Also Broadway Shopping Centre will join the festival and present North Sullivan's 'Take a Seat' festival photographic project for the 10 days. North has drawn his subjects from the kitchens, bars and providores of Pyrmont and the Mudgee region and seated them in an elegant chair set against the bold urban landscapes of the Pyrmont peninsula.
The Pyrmont Art Prize is celebrating its 8th year and for the third year, the six local schools are also exhibiting. Together, more than 400 artists will be on show.
It will be a fantastic weekend, and I look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday May 17.
Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard to make it happen.