(12.45pm, Saturday 17 May 2014, Pirrama Park Pyrmont)
Thank you Mike [O'Malley, MC]. Hello, everyone - welcome to Pirrama Park and the 2014 Pyrmont Festival.
I'd also like to acknowledge:
- Rob McCourt and everyone from the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce
- Ted Cox and everyone from the Mudgee Wine Grape Growers
- Lesley Dimmick of TAP Gallery and curator of the Pyrmont Art Prize and
- All our local Ultimo-Pyrmont businesses and all our guests from Mudgee
This city and country festival celebrates one of Sydney's unique city villages at the same time as it showcases some of the State's finest regional produce. And that's a great combination.
Year by year, it's attracting more visitors - with this year likely to top even last year's record crowd of 15,000.
Over the next 10 days there is a fantastic program of wine dinners and tasting, photographic exhibitions and art displays, all of it in this one locality.
The Pyrmont Art Prize is here for the eighth year, with over 300 works on display, including the work of students from six local primary schools and another inspiring Mudgee Sculpture garden here in our award-winning park.
Today you can meet the Mudgee wine-makers and taste from more than 120 wines as well as sample the fine foods on offer at over 50 stalls.
It's a great way to celebrate two unique places - Mudgee and Ultimo-Pyrmont, and what a great match they make.
I'd like to thank our Business Precinct Manager, Robyn Simon, and Business Precinct Co-ordinator Kylie Wiik, for their work with the Pyrmont-Ultimo Chamber of Commerce to stage this festival, and of course, our collaborators from Mudgee for their support.
So take advantage of the free bike parking and enjoy all this Festival has to offer. Have a great day, everyone.