Pyrmont Festival 2015 Opening

(12.30pm, Pirrama Park, Pyrmont)

Thank you, Mike, [O'Malley, Mudgee Wine Grape Growers] and hello, everyone. Welcome to the 2015 Pyrmont Festival.

This year marks the fifth collaboration between local businesses and the Mudgee growers. Together, over the next 10 days, they will ensure Pyrmont becomes a food and wine capital, celebrating local cafes and restaurants and feting the fantastic wines and gourmet foods of Mudgee.

Among the highlights will be tomorrow's cook-up with Paul West from River Cottage Australia and a degustation progressive feast promoted by Harbourside, with all proceeds going to charity-partner Barnardos Australia.

The Broadway Shopping Centre has once again joined the Festival as a venue partner and is showing a unique exhibition throughout the Festival - a major series of artworks made from fresh produce. Food Mapping, as it's called, is an exploration of food, art and music and well worth seeing.

There's more art here at Pirrama Park, marking the 9th year of the Pyrmont Art Festival. That includes Blue Carbon, a new Culture at Work creative art-science program for schools, supported this year by a City of Sydney environmental grant.

The project includes field trips to Glebe foreshore, visits to schools by UTS scientists and Culture at Work artists, and an exhibition of artworks by 250 children at the Festival. So make sure you see it and be inspired by their work.

And of course today there's something for everyone in the family, with great music, rides and children's entertainment and approximately 50 stalls where you can meet the wine-makers, sample their wares, and try a range of fantastic foods.

So a big thank-you to the Pyrmont-Ultimo Chamber of Commerce; to Margot Natoli, the festival's producers and to our own City of Sydney business staff who've worked closely with the Chamber on the festival.

Special thanks also to the Mudgee Region Tourism, the Mid Western Regional Council and Mudgee Wine Grape Growers Association for their support.

I wish you all a fabulous day!