Extend the Grazing weekend

26 April 2021

Grazing Down the Lachlan 2021 Full Program Announced

The 2021 Grazing Down the Lachlan program was officially launched today, with a full line up of events and activities celebrating and showcasing the region’s food, entertainment, art, culture, art and history.

Chair of the Grazing Down the Lachlan committee, Wendy Muffet said, “after the challenges of 2020, Team Grazing are delighted to be bringing this unique foodie adventure back to Forbes in September.”

“We spent last year working behind the scenes to make our multi-award-winning event even more exciting.

“While we are so look forward to the weekend-long festival, the health and safety of our community and visitors is first priority. As such, our program has been developed in conjunction with a robust Covid-safe plan so that your adventure ‘down the Lachlan’ is a safe and enjoyable one,” Wendy added.

Sundowners by the Lake

The opening night of the Grazing.

Sundowners by the Lake will be held on Friday 17 September 2021 in Lions Park from 6pm until 10pm. Hosted by ABC Radio’s Weekend Mornings presenter, Simon Marnie.

“O Tama is an old friend and raves about how good ‘Grazing’ is and so I’ve been wanting to come to this for ages and this year we finally can”, Simon said.

I can’t wait to celebrate the food producers, growers and scenery along The Lachlan - especially after flood, fire, drought and Covid – with fun people and a strong community.”

Hear from Grazing’s 2021 Creative Director and renowned Sydney chef, O Tama Carey before the live acoustic music kicks in as the sun sets over Lake Forbes. Featuring folk duo, Thousand Rivers.

Bring a picnic rug, a few mates and grab yourself a bite to eat from one of the pop-up vendors. Sundowners is a BYO event.

Creative Director and renowned Sydney chef O Tama Carey
ABC Radio’s Weekend Mornings presenter Simon Marnie

Grazing Down the Lachlan

Celebrating its fourth year in 2021, the multi-award winning foodie adventure returns to the banks of the Lachlan River on Saturday 18 September 2021.

This unique long lunch celebrates produce native to the Central West NSW region, prepared by local restaurateurs and caterers.

What makes this dining experience truly unique is the underlying commitment to delivering a no-waste, environmentally responsible event. Every ‘Grazer’ (guest) is supplied with an event bag made from recycled fabric, which contains an enamel plate, recycled fork, donated drink bottle, event wine glass and lanyard, a menu map, and a napkin made from donated linens.

Grazers are transported out to site by bus to minimise impact on the natural environment and are then free to wander along the 2.5 kilometre bush track between six stations offering delicious food with a matched beverage. At the final station, Grazers are encouraged to donate these items back to Grazing to be used again the following year.

Amazing Grazing Breakfast

The popular Amazing Grazing Breakfast rounds out the Grazing weekend on Sunday 19 September from 8am until 11am along Templar Street.

Sculpture Down the Lachlan Bus Tours

A visit to Forbes would not be complete without a trip ‘down the Lachlan’.

CenWestours will be running three-hour Sculpture Down the Lachlan bus tours on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Additional Information

The theme for this year’s Grazing Down the Lachlan is inspired by the gold rush era of the 1850s and 60s when thousands of Chinese-born people migrated to the Forbes region.

Proceeds of GDTL support the Forbes Arts Society in the delivery of purposeful art and cultural initiatives and infrastructure. Funds raised through GDTL to-date have facilitated the commissioning of 20 new sculptures to extend the Sculpture Down the Lachlan public art trail, the redevelopment of Gum Swamp reserve and the construction of a new Cultural and Arts Centre.

Grazing Down the Lachlan injects over $400,000 into the local economy each year.

In 2019, Grazing was awarded bronze in the Festival and Events category at the Australian Tourism Awards, gold at the NSW Tourism Awards, and silver at the Regional Tourism Awards - Country & Outback.


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