What a weekend: From rally to workshop to a special dinner

LAST weekend celebrated all that is positive and great about Oberon.

On Saturday morning, mayor Kathy Sajowitz flagged off the first of 47 cars taking part in the 2019 Singleton Automotive Centre Caves Classic Rally. This was the second year the event was held in Oberon.

The Oberon Leagues Club Ground was the headquarters for the rally, where more than 200 people gathered for the event. The drivers, their teams and supporters were looked after by the junior Tigers, which catered throughout the day and provided a dinner and entertainment experience on Saturday evening.

ASSETS ON SHOW

THE Oberon area's many assets were on show last weekend, with the first event being an Introduction to Foraging Workshop.

Nearly 90 participants, including Sydney media representatives, visitors and locals, came to the Community Centre on Saturday to hear from guest speakers, Lowes Mount Truffiere owner Col Roberts, "urban foraging guru" Diego Bonetto and Nikki Bennetts from Forestry Corporation of NSW, who all talked about the local fungi.

The presentation and foraging expedition led by Diego on Sunday was a sellout. The workshop and the excursion the next day were part of the Field to Forest event running over two weeks in Oberon.

"Sydney travel and 'foodie' media from Sydney, including Caroline Gladstone from Fairfax Media, Lorraine Elliot from Not Quite Nigella, Kirsty Sier from Broadsheet.com and Jacki McDonald from Selector Magazine, were amazed at what we have to offer," mayor Kathy Sajowitz told the Review.

"Over lunch at the Long Arm Café, we were able to showcase Oberon as a destination, as well as talk about who we are as a community. The journalists really did think Oberon was 'Simply Spectacular' and I look forward to seeing the write-ups over the next few weeks."

YOUTH WEEK

A VERY busy Saturday was rounded off perfectly by a dinner at Mayfield Garden with the participants of the Skillz4Life project, who helped prepare an amazing meal for parents, friends, sponsors and supporters of the program.

Run over two days, this "How to Adult" program was really appreciated by the 12 young participants.

Workshop sessions covered how to manage money, basic car maintenance, preparing a simple meal and a session on health and wellbeing.

The event was two years in the organisation. Thanks must go to the amazing Glen Stewart from CBA, Aiden Keogh from Lifeline, Peter Varlas and chef Dan and his team at Mayfield Garden.

AUTUMN FESTIVAL

MAYFIELD Garden kicked off its Autumn Festival last weekend. Meg and Peter Low also opened their stunning "Gairloch Garden".

"It was a wonderful and positive weekend for Oberon," Cr Sajowitz said.

"Our visitors see the area as a vibrant emerging tourism destination, the cafes were full to overflowing and there was not a bed to be had.

"There are so many positive things happening and it is so gratifying to see hard work by business owners, council and community members being rewarded."