A train load of satisfied visitors left Griffith station Monday morning with their luggage a little heavier than when they arrived. The Taste Riverina Food and Wine Adventure tour rounded up its gourmet, three day experience with 50 guests returning back home to Sydney aboard the 1923 heritage rail motor train.
Passengers aboard the three car 'Tin Hare' sang the praises of Griffith's passion for relaxed hospitality and delicious produce saying they had been well looked after by businesses and producers.
"We have had a marvelous time," Suzie and John North from North Bondi Sydney said.
"We loved the Piccolo Family Farm and the dinner at Sugarmill was delicious.
"I have to say the wines were a highlight too. The Yarran pinot grigio on Saturday night was a favourite."
Continuing to impress and raise the standard of Griffith produce and service, Luke Piccolo who hosted lunch at his family's farm Sunday said that guests were just 'blown away' but what the region has to offer.
"Griffith and this region is pretty untouched still and I think that's what surprises guests so much.
"They get here without preconceptions of what the area has and so they are just blown away by the agriculture and hospitality.
"For us it's just great that we are able to showcase the area."
Amanda and Tony Aberline from West Wyalong are well acquainted with the exemplary produce of the Riverina but couldn't resist taking the weekend to indulge, relax and enjoy.
"You can see that the producers here are so enthusiastic for what they do," Mr and Mrs Aberline said.
"The whole tour just flowed, it was no stress, no fuss, nothing was a bother.
"We'll be back in March for the Long Lunch at Piccolo Farm for sure."
The train will meander back to Sydney to arrive at 10.30pm with stop offs at Termora and Moss Vale for lunch and dinner.