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Wine, Arts and Roses
festival: November 1--20
THIS FESTIVAL highlights the arts and cool climate wines that
have become synonymous with the Southern Highlands.
Tourism Southern Highlands executive manager Steve Rosa
said the ongoing expansion of this now popular festival was
part of an events strategy aimed at increasing visitation to
the Southern Highlands during the "shoulder seasons" and
to position the Southern Highlands as one of Australia's key
flora, wine and art regions.
"The combination of our magnificent gardens, emerging
wine industry and the highly respected arts industry will
provide visitors with another reason to visit the Southern
Highlands following the annual Tulip Time Festival."
The 2011 festival will be conducted from November
1-20 and will provide visitors and locals with a chance
to rediscover some of the Southern Highlands favourite
The popular gardens of Red Cow Farm at Sutton Forest,
Back O' The Moon in Moss Vale and Greenbrier Park in
Mittagong will have wondrous displays of beautiful roses,
late spring and summer blooms. And for a special treat the
beautiful peony rose will be on display at Chinoiserie in
Mittagong. Rarely seen open gardens such as 5th Chapter
Estate at Avoca, and a great selection of gardens throughout
the Robertson and Bundanoon areas will also be open over
weekends during the festival.
Visitors will be able to access the large estate gardens at
Peppers Manor House in Sutton Forest, and the rose garden
at Peppers Craigieburn in Bowral.
In total there will be 19 gardens open for public inspection.
To check out what gardens are open on what days and their
costs, visit www.southern-highlands.com.au/WAR
Perhaps the arts are more to your liking so why not take a
visit to any one of the great art galleries or exhibitions this
year, including the Milk Factory Gallery, Gallery Ecosse,
Sturt Gallery, the Bowral and District Art Society Gallery,
the Artworks Gallery and the Fettler's Shed as part of the
Robertson Heritage Railway Precinct.
The Southern Highlands is well known for its high
concentration of artists creating high quality products and in
2011 the Wine, Arts and Roses Festival will provide these
artists with an opportunity to showcase their talents in studios
throughout the Southern Highlands, with a special Arts Studio
Trail on the three weekends of the festival.
The first weekend (November 5 and 6) will focus on
the Northern Studios (Bowral, Burradoo, Mittagong and
surrounding areas), and the last weekend (November
19 and 20) feature the Southern Studios (Moss Vale,
Canyonleigh, Bundanoon, Robertson and surrounding
The 'middle' weekend (November 12 and 13) will result
in most of the region's studios opening their doors to visitors,
providing a great opportunity to meet the artists and to see
the artist at work, and buy works. All studios are open from
10am -- 4pm and entry is FREE!
Pick up your Art Studio Trail Map from the Visitor
Information Centre in Mittagong or download a copy form
www.southern-highlands.com.au/WAR and look out for the
bright yellow Art Studio Trail signs and flags throughout the
A visit to any of the 16 Southern Highlands cellar doors will
also be a special treat for the senses during the Wine, Arts
and Roses Festival.
Combine the beautiful perfumes and sights of the Southern
Highland gardens and galleries with the tastes of award-
winning cool climate wines and local produce.
There are also wine producers who do not have cellar
doors, but do have great wines, like, 5th Chapter Estate,
Pulpit Rock, Black Cow Wines, Pygmy Hill and Tomahawk.
Visitors can pick up wines from these producers at the
Southern Highlands Visitor Information Centre in Mittagong.
There is so much to see and do, so why not declare
WAR on your senses and revisit the Southern Highlands
this November where you will discover a more relaxed
and genteel atmosphere as you wander through our rose
gardens, galleries, studios and cool climate wineries.
THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS HAS ALWAYS BEEN
RENOWNED FOR ITS COOL CLIMATE GARDENS AND
TULIPS, AND 2011 WILL SEE THE SIXTH ANNUAL
WINE, ARTS AND ROSES FESTIVAL, WHICH CELEBRATES
ANOTHER POPULAR FLOWER, THE ROSE.
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