AnnanROMA Food & Wine Festival

In April of each year, the Botanic Gardens at Mount Annan hold the spectacular food and wine festival.

This annual event showcases  food, wine and entertainment from the local region, and receives about 8000 visitors each year.

What started in 2008 is now becoming a popular event in the Macarthur and even greater Sydney area.

Not only is there an impressive lineup of locally produced items, there will also be live stage entertainment  – all along the beautiful backdrop of lakeside at the gardens.

From my visit to the gardens yesterday, it looks as if preparations are well underway to get lakeside ready for this annual event.



Details for the 2015 event:

When: Sun 26 April, 10 am-3 pm
Where: Lakeside, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan. Enter via Mount Annan Drive and park in the main car park
Cost: Free
Enquiries: 4634 7935

Further info can be found here.

Where is it and how do you get there? Look at the map below:

For detailed and the latest news, check out the AnnanROMA Facebook page
See you there!

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    Ellipsis Pilates


    Ellipsis-pilates Narellan Smeaton Grange

    In the first of a series of (unsolicited) local business promotion, we look at Ellipsis Pilates studio in Smeaton Grange that services the Macarthur area.

    Ellipsis is conveniently located at 25/24 Anzac Ave, Smeaton Grange which makes it nice and close to residents of Mount Annan, Currans Hill, Narellan and Camden. The studio specialises in clinical pilates for rehabilitation, pregnancy, conditioning and fitness.

    The studio is run by local Danielle Hincks, who is well known for her professional ballet, contemporary and commercial dancing. Danielle is accredited by the APMA – Australia’s most widely recognised governing Pilates body.

    Notes: The Bookings for the semi private sessions are by appointment only – call 0405 733 966.

    Check out their website for more detailed info and pricing or on the social front, Ellipsis’ Facebook page.

    If you want your business listed on our local business directory like Ellipsis is, please leave a msg via our contact page.


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      Narellan Road Offramp traffic queues – opinion

      Narellan Road Offramp

      I, like many other motorists that live locally and have to travel towards the city each day, experience daily the Narellan Road congestion from the Hume Highway leading onto the Narellan Road offramp. The long queues make this daily ritual(?) a dangerous one.

      It is not uncommon for the traffic to be banked back to the Skye Winters bridge – Thats over 2 Kilometres of traffic that compete for one lane to get onto Narellan Road.

      I know that works are being undertaken to make multiple lanes and traffic lights (more in this detailed post from last year), and I really don’t mind a bit of a delay, but what makes it dangerous is the impatient people who have to jump the queue and duck dive into the left hand lane as late as possible – forget the fact that often a fast moving car or truck could be right behind them and potentially cannot slow down in time to avoid an accident.

      Not a day goes past where I don’t see near misses and close calls with the dangerous actions of these drivers. I have seen a few accidents, and I hate to say that it is just a matter of time before a more tragic one occurs.

      The RMS need to step up and get the roadworks finished as soon as possible. I have noticed that sometime between the Wednesday and Thursday afternoon peak periods that a solid white line has been painted to separate the far left land from the other two lanes approaching the off ramp. I guess it’s too early to say if that will help things but I think there needs to be more of police presence there also.

      In the meantime, please drive carefully. Hopefully the roadworks will be finished soon.

      Have you witnessed any dangerous driving actions leading up to the offramp? Leave a comment below.

      * photo in post captured with a windscreen mounted GoPro 


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        Shakespeare in the Gardens


        This Valentine’s day bring a Shakespearean romantic performance to the gardens at Mount Annan.

        The Eaton Gorge Theatre Company will present As You Like It which tells the story of a cruel duke who banishes his niece, Rosalind, from his kingdom.

        The gardens bring a great backdrop to such an event, with hopefully the wet weather holding off in the evenings.

        There will be shows on February 13 and 14 at 7pm.

        Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for concession.

        To book, visit

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          Australia Day Celebrations


          As always, Australia Day in the local area promises to be a great day with Camden council putting on a good day’s celebration.

          It all starts in John St on Monday 26th January at 8am, and there will be many free activities including including face painting, mini putt putt golf, jumping castles, tattoos, a thong throwing competition and market stalls with an Australian theme. Favourite aussie cover band, Mad Rhino, will be back again singing some great Aussie hits.

          Camden’s Australia Day Ambassador this year is Donny Galella, Australian fashion designer and stylist.

          The Program of events will be as follows:

          8am – 1pm         FREE entertainment and activities in John Street, Camden

          8.30am              Australia Day Thanksgiving Service by the Christian Community of Camden

          9.15am              Official Civic Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

          11.15am            Macarthur Lions Street Parade, Argyle Street, Camden

          Note: There will be some road closures during the day, with the main one being John Street between Argyle Street and Mitchell Street, which will be closed from 6am – 3pm on Monday 26 January 2015.

          For further detail, and the complete list of road closures, check out the Camden Council Website.



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