Three Blue Ducks and The Lodge Bellingen have announced the Bellingen Food & Wine Escape, an extraordinary weekend of culinary highlights, nature, and relaxation set against the stunning backdrop of Bellingen. 

The inaugural event will run from July 12-14, featuring a special long lunch hosted by Ducks chefs Andy Allen and Darren Robertson. This ‘winter escape’ weekend is set to be the first in a series of events under the Bellingen Food & Wine Escape banner.

Nestled on 16 acres of beautifully maintained gardens, The Lodge Bellingen is a charming countryside retreat with breathtaking views over the Bellinger River towards Dorrigo National Park. At its core is the Three Blue Ducks restaurant, known for its dedication to simple, ethically sourced, and authentic food. 

New menu at The Lodge Bellingen

The restaurant has recently revamped its menu, thanks to a collaboration between Three Blue Ducks Byron Bay head chef Sam Morton and local Bellingen chef Dannielle Farrugia. The new menu offers a mix of Asian-inspired dishes and classic favourites from the Ducks’ other locations.

“With the menu undergoing a bit of a refresh recently to take it back to our roots, we’re excited to get people back in to not only showcase that, but also the incredible local wine and produce available across NSW. We’re spoiled for choice in Bello when it comes to both, so Bellingen Food & Wine Escape is the perfect opportunity to kick things up a notch and highlight that.

“We’re lucky enough to work with some incredible local wineries and suppliers including Plateau Farm; The Bellingen Smokehouse; New Life Farm; Bello Beef; Klang Farm Organics; and M&J Becker wines, so these events are really an opportunity to celebrate that and chat with people about why we love the region so much”, says chef and co-owner of Three Blue Ducks, Darren Robertson. 

Getaway this winter to the Bellingen Food & Wine Escape

Bellingen the ideal spot for a weekend getaway

Bellingen, situated midway between Brisbane and Sydney, is renowned for its vibrant arts scene, culinary delights, and outdoor adventures, making it an ideal spot for a weekend getaway. Guests can enjoy activities such as bushwalking through the lush landscapes of Bellingen and Dorrigo National Park, exploring the historic town, shopping at boutique stores, and swimming in the nearby rivers or the Lodge’s pool. Food and drink enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy with local highlights like Bruno’s, Osteria Fiume, Black Bear, HYDE, Hearthfire Bakery, Bello Brewery, and Charlie’s at Church.

This two-night winter escape package includes: 

  • Accommodation at luxury boutique hotel, The Lodge Bellingen. 
  • Daily breakfast for two at Three Blue Ducks, offering a fresh and delicious start to the day.
  • Wine Masterclass on Friday night from 5.30pm, where guests can expand their wine knowledge and enjoy premium selections by M&J Becker; paired with a delicious Ducks grazing table. 
  • Long lunch for two on Saturday at 12.30pm, hosted by renowned Three Blue Ducks chefs Andy Allen and Darren Robertson; including snacks, welcome drink and three-course shared feast with beverage pairings. Menu highlights will include: smoked trout donuts; bone marrow flat bread; mushroom custard with ginger and garlic scapes; fermented chilli glazed chicken and whole roasted pig. 

The inaugural Bellingen Food & Wine Escape weekend is scheduled for July 12-14. Reservations can be made at thelodgebellingen.com.au, priced at $1,400 per couple. For those who cannot attend the entire weekend, limited tickets are available for the Saturday long lunch with a welcome drink ($140 per person) and the Friday night wine masterclass ($80 per person). 

Book your tickets here