22 September 2018

Grazing Down the Lachlan

22 September 2018

Grazing Down the Lachlan

22 September 2018

Grazing Down the Lachlan

22 September 2018

Grazing Down the Lachlan


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Grazing Down the Lachlan

tracking Wiradjuri songlines in the hoof prints of our drovers

Proudly Announcing our 2018 Major Sponsor

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Join us once again ...

Grazing Down the Lachlan

Beneath breathtaking river gums, alongside a tranquil river and within a stock route that is synonymous with Songlines and drovers, the scene is set for what is to be an epic long lunch on 22nd September 2018.

The meandering Lachlan River is the unique location for our exciting food event, Grazing Down the Lachlan, which will once again blow the minds of the most adventurous connoisseurs of fine food. Consisting of 7 food stations, guests will be treated to another extraordinary experience. Chairperson of the event, Wendy Muffet, is excited to be bringing this dream to fruition once again, with a desire to support the ‘Somewhere Down the Lachlan’ Sculpture Trail. “We wondered how we could best use such an event to capture the essence of our western rural life,” Wendy said, “The food will be authentic, of the place, and sophisticated in its simplicity.”

You will be welcomed to country, then free to wander along a designated corridor of the reserve, enjoying portions of delicious food with a matched beverage. Guests will then be transported by bus back to Forbes on dusk, having enjoyed a truly amazing experience, embedded in nature.

Focusing on foods native to the Central West region, the degustation menu will be prepared and delivered by local restaurateurs and caterers. A sophisticated fusion of locally farmed and foraged produce, with traditional bush tucker, ensures the dishes created will deliver on the promise to be a memorable and unique experience.

Creative Director

Join  the “Black Olive” and enjoy a degustation of locally sourced farmed and native food


Set in a picturesque environment alongside the Lachlan River, shaded by Red River Gums


Save the date! Grazing Down the Lachlan is on 22nd September 2018

Become a Friend

Become a Friend of Grazing $40. On sale 22/03/18 Guarantees presale 4 tickets.


Q&A event with the Creative Director and producers on Friday evening 21st September 2018.


Retrace the steps of  the Wiradjuri and early settler’s droving paths


A sustainable and no-impact event which highlights and respects our local environment


Experience an incredible celebrational curation of local food and beverage
introducing the 2018 Creative Director
Mark 'Black' Olive
Mark Olive, aka ‘The Black Olive’, has been a chef for over 25 years and has become a well known Australian celebrity with his charismatic style and creative approach to food, starring in his own television series ‘The Outback Cafe’ and a host of cooking, lifestyle and travel shows nationally and globally. Mark’s passion for fusing native food and culture with contemporary lifestyle cooking has led to a huge international profile specialising in gourmet Australian Indigenous cuisine. Recently he’s been a judge alongside Dan Hong and Melissa Leong on the successful series on SBS The Chefs’ Line which brings home cooks and seasoned chefs together making some delicious dishes followed by a new short series on NITV as a celebrity chef on the series “On Country Kitchen”.

As a Bundjalung man, Mark’s family originated from the Northern Rivers region in NSW. Born in Wollongong he became interested in cooking as a child, watching his mother and aunts prepare meals. He trained under a European chef and has worked in a number of kitchens ranging from theatres, universities, health services, film sets and in a lá carte restaurants around the globe, before establishing his own successful business in 2008 which operated till 2014.

Along with his current business operations, Mark now cooks regularly for clients such as Tourism Australia (TA) at large corporate, public and cultural events around the country and the world, bringing his signature infusions of contemporary outback flavours to every occasion. In 2010 Mark was chosen as one of the destinations on Oprah’s Victorian itinerary when she travelled to Australia with her Ultimate Audience. Her lucky guests were treated to a cultural experience of indigenous food, art and storytelling during Mark’s infamous cooking demonstration.

Mark has also hosted his own private Masterclass on series three of Master Chef, and has made regular appearances in the kitchen on The Circle (both airing on Network Ten). Mark has also been published in SBS’s foodie Feast Magazine which launched later in 2011.

Due to his success, Mark has been selected to be a member of Tourism Australia’s ‘Friends of Australia’ program, which was “created to harness the power of bright and influential individuals who are making a name for themselves on the world stage, and who have a genuine affinity with Australia”.

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are you ready for

Grazing Down the Lachlan 2018?

Let's be friends!

Friends of Grazing
40 + bf$/ pp
A Friends of Grazing package guarantees pre-sale access for up to 4 tickets to the event plus entry for 4 people to the Meet Your Makers evening - a Q&A session with the Creative Director, Mark Olive, and others at 5.30 pm for 6pm Friday 21st September (the night before Grazing).

$40 + $1.60 booking fee per Friends package


Save the date

Grazing Down the Lachlan - General Release
150 + bf$/ pp
Grazing will return to Forbes on 22nd September of this year with a new and exciting collaboration of regional farmed and foraged produce. General Release tickets will go on sale on Thursday 5th July, so set an alarm and mark it in your diaries. Please note you must be over 18 to attend.

$150 + $6 booking fee per ticket

ON SALE HERE- Thursday 5th July @ 6pm 


with much gratitude, we thank our wonderful

2018 Sponsors

Grazing 2018 Platinum Sponsor

Evolution Mining - Lake Cowal

Grazing 2018 National Media Sponsor

SBS Food

Interested in being a apart of the 2018 event? Sponsorship is now open – please email hello@grazingdownthelachlan.com for more information

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