A sizzling new festival has arrived in Mudgee, NSW. The first ever Festival of Snags is taking place on Saturday November 30th at Mudgee Showground. It is not every day you get to celebrate an Aussie staple like the humble sausage. So mark your calendars for this town-sized weekend barbie. Missing out would be the wurst!

Mudgee Showground will transform for this free event. Snag tossing, snagiator battles, and inflatable snag races will unfold in the dedicated Game of Snags arena. The Chipolatas Kid Zone will feature a petting zoo, face painting station and a huge inflatable obstacle course.

Vegemite and cheese? Vegetarian? There is a hefty list of scrumptious snags at this festival. Credit: Festival of Snags

Sausages aren’t the only bangers on the menu. Enjoy great live music and community performances throughout the day. Special guests Furnace and the Fundamentals are sure to amp up the party atmosphere.

Naturally, the best of Mudgee’s local snags will be available, including offerings from Byron Place Butchery, award-winning Gulgong Butchery, Mudgee Lamb and more. A People’s Choice Award will be given to a crowd-pleasing snag on the day. Be brave and try the unusual taste combos such as vegemite and cheese! Of course, if your family is meat-free, scrumptious veggie options are on offer for you to scope out. Regardless of your choice, Milnes of Mudgee will run a special condiments station to jazz up your sausage sanger.

Chris King from Byron Place Butchery shows off his best snags. Credit: Festival of Snags

Tastebuds still tingling? The Taste Mudgee food hall will be brimming with local wines and gourmet produce. You can also expect food trucks, tasting stations, and cooking demonstrations by The Little Cooking School.

Finally, to finish it all off, sit back and watch a banging fireworks display.

The Festival of Snags came about thanks to Wotif’s Festival of Wot competition, urging Aussie towns to campaign for a new local festival. Mudgee was the proud winner.

Enjoy a picnic hamper with some premium local wines for the grown-ups. Credit: Festival of Snags

Getting there:

Mudgee is about three to four hours’ drive from Sydney via the Great Western Highway or Bells Line of Road. You can even catch a train from Sydney to Lithgow, then a connecting bus to Mudgee.

A range of accommodation is available in Mudgee, to suit your budget. From motels and caravan parks to boutique hotels, B&B’s and self-catered apartments. Use Wotif to book your accommodation and you get 15% off select pre-paid stays with the coupon code ‘MUDGEE15.’ The discount applies to Festival of Snags stays from November 27th to December 4th.

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