Bathurst Winter Festival: Take a walk down Edible Alley

GREAT EVENT: Grass Parrot Vineyard owners Sarah and Andrew Macarthur standing at their stall in Edible Alley on Saturday. Photo: RACHEL CHAMBERLAIN
GREAT EVENT: Grass Parrot Vineyard owners Sarah and Andrew Macarthur standing at their stall in Edible Alley on Saturday. Photo: RACHEL CHAMBERLAIN

EDIBLE Alley remained one of the most popular attractions for patrons at the Bathurst Winter Festival’s Ignite the Night. 

Producers from across the region had stalls along Church Street, allowing people to keep themselves full and warm.

Among the producers were vignerons Andrew and Sarah Macarthur from Grass Parrot Vineyard, located at Rockley Mount. 

Mrs Macarthur said they have been coming to the festival since the very beginning. 

The best thing about the festival to them is how the entire event, not just Edible Alley, continued to be Bathurst-focused. 

“[It’s] the community aspect and the fact everyone is having a good time enjoying themselves and the fact we can promote wine,” Mrs Macarthur said. 

The Grass Parrot Vineyard stall offered a variety of wines, including a mulled wine, two reds, two whites and a sparkling. 

As with most stalls, Mrs Macarthur could pinpoint which varieties would be most loved by festival-goers. 

“The shiraz is always popular. The reds are always popular on a cold evening,” she said.

For those non-wine drinkers, there were plenty of other options available in Edible Alley, with 23 different stalls to choose from. 

These ranged from other forms of alcohol to pancakes, pizza and fried food. 

PHOTO: Edible Alley on Saturday afternoon.

PHOTO: Edible Alley on Saturday afternoon.

Desserts were on offer in the Enchanted Forest