Wild mushroom hunt
The mushrooms are out and the hunt is on. Yum! As the weather gets cooler it's time to get out and try some foraging in the beautiful countryside around Oberon. You can try and spot them in the wild yourself (be careful you don't pick out something deadly) or take part in a tour that starts from Hampton. Tickets include a barbecue lunch (with 'shrooms on the menus, of course) and tips on finding, preparing and preserving the fungi. To book a spot go to eventbrite.com.au/e/wild-mushroom-foraging-tour-tickets-136129379639.
Waldara open day
Come and see
Come along to an open day at Waldara Farm, a wedding venue about 10 minutes out of Oberon at 280 Burroughs Crossing Road, Edith. Waldara is a working farm set on 800 acres. The open day is targeted at couples who are planning their weddings, but anyone can drop in to check out the venue and property on March 20 from noon to 3pm. RSVP to https://www.waldara.com.au/open-day.
It's been a tough year, with COVID-19 shutting down much of the the live music scene. However two-time Golden Guitar winner Andrew Swift is about to hit the road again and his tour will swing into Bathurst for a performance. There will be good laughs, stories and some great music. He will be supported by local muso Andy Nelson. March 20, The Victoria, from 6pm, Tickets $28.60 from tickets.oztix.com.au.
Junk in your Trunk
Do you have some junk that might be somebody else's treasure? Then think about taking part in the Black Springs School fundraiser. There will also be a jumping castle, face painting, cakes stalls and raffles at the day. Junk in Your Trunk, March 20, 11am to 4pm at the school. Contact Chloe Crye 0490 699 891 to reserve your space.
Field to Forest
Food, wine and foraging are returning with the Field to Forest Festival that will showcase what makes the Oberon region so great. There will be specialised foraging trips for mushrooms, forest lunches, wine tasting and 4WD tag-along trips. Renzaglia's famous Harvest Long Lunch returns along with the Wjne Beer and Spirit Trail Open Days. You can drop in to Mayfield for a glorious display of autumn colour. April, Various. For details https://www.visitoberon.com/events/field-to-forest-oberon-2021-2/
After a stellar performance at last year's Inland Sea of Sound festival, talented singer-songwriter Imogen Clark will return to Bathurst with a set of honest, pop-infused rock tunes. She'll be at The Victoria Bathurst on Saturday, March 27. Doors to the event will open at 6pm. Tickets cost $15 and are available from www.thevictoriabathurst.com.au.
Taste of Ireland
If you like a bit of Irish music and dancing then this is the gig for you. 'A Taste of Ireland' is headed to Bathurst with its world-class dancing and folk music mash-ups. You'll be able to travel through Ireland's tumultuous history without leaving our fair shores. BMEC, March 25, 7.30pm. Book tickets at tickets.bmec.com.au.
Oberon Winemakers and Brewers Trail Open Days are being held April 10, 17 and 24th. As part of the Field to Forest Festival, the doors to boutique vineyards, breweries and distilleries are open across the region. These artisans have a true passion for their craft and you can taste some of the finest produce in regional NSW. There are no large-scale cellar doors on this tour; think more along the lines of farm experiences, country hospitality, rural vistas and quality wine. Booking info www.eventbrite.com.au/e/oberon-winemakers-and-brewers-trail-tickets-142453942577.
Sculptures by the Bush
Put in the diary + Road Trip
What will you spot this year when Sculptures by the Bush springs to life? A cartoon character, recycled metal animals ... or funky mailboxes. It's quite the sight to see, and there will be a digital map for you to follow. There are three categories - hay bale art, farm art and scarecrows. Which will be your favourite? School holidays, April 11-18. Various around Blayney Shire. Fancy putting in an entry? Entries close on Sunday 28 March with judging on Thursday April 1. Check with the council for details. Application forms can be found at https://forms.gle/gFzNXvZdHuRDw7a57
The renowned garden will throw open its gates for visitors to catch the wonders of autumn. See if you can find your way out of the box hedge maze, stroll through the 75 ha of the Hawkins' Family Garden and the Mayfield Garden. Put the stunning Mayfield Family Chapel on your must-see list as well. Mayfield, 530 Mayfield Road, Oberon. Tickets from $15. More details mayfieldgarden.com.au/whatson/autumn-festival.
Australian Country Fashion Week is back, and will take Bathurst by storm. Each night there will be live entertainment and fashion parades culminating in the Australian Country Fashion Week Model of Year 2021 titles which include Top Model, Sportsperson Model and University Model. March 16-20, Paddy's Function Centre, Leo Grant Drive, Bathurst. Check with venue for tickets.
Teddy Bear's Picnic
Put in the diary
It was postponed (poor Teddy Bears) but now it's back on for April 10. This is going to be a fun family day with activities for kids and their parents. There will be a barbecue lunch and games. One not to be missed. Oberon Common. April 10, 11.30am.