We asked locals George and Patrizia Simone, who first came to Bright over 30 years ago, for their insider tips on the best places eat, drink and hang out in and around Bright:
Best place for an afternoon tipple
Prosecco or aperol spritz in the park on the river; you can put your chair in the water and keep cool while enjoying a drink.
Favourite winery to visit and their ‘must taste’ vintage
Mayford Winery tucked away in our green hills, with a lovely view. 2010 Tempranillo is a must try
Best café for breakfast and what to order
Smashed avocado with mint and lemon on Milawa bread for breakfast at Ginger Baker - sitting under the majestic trees, eating a tasty breakfast, you won’t want to leave.
Best restaurant for a splash out meal
Simones of course! And Tani Eat & Drink. One showcasing our family’s Italian heritage, with son Anthony heading the kitchen. The other with a Japanese influence.
Best kept local secret
13 Steps. The entrance looks like an old garage and the cafe is housed in the old cellars that connected Bright underground during the gold rush. Roy is a fabulous host.
Tastiest coffee in town
Six Pence on the Bright industrial estate. You can watch the boys roasting the beans; they certainly know how to make a good coffee.
Favourite local producer and what to take home with you
Harrietville Trout - let them catch trout for you to take home and bbq with lemon, pepper and salt, or buy a smoked trout and trout pate for a dinner picnic on the river.
Best place to mix in with the locals
Two great places where the locals come out in force - Bright Brewery and Bright Markets (3rd Saturday of the month).
Time your visit for Goodbye Meat Pie, Friday 11 March for a communal lunch to meet some of the people who have shaped the High Country’s food heritage. Just like an extended Italian family, you will dine together at long tables - a perfect way to mix in with the locals for a night!
Meet the roasters, baristas & farmers behind the coffee in your cup
Kodama Coffee, Williamstown
Whole hog served Tex-Mex style in a West Footscray block party
Harley and Rose, West Footscray
Pizzini pop-up cellar door with barrel tastings plus fabulous salumi bar
Project Forty Nine, Collingwood
Founder of the The Perennial and Mission Chinese in San Francisco with a Zero Foodprint vision
House of Food and Wine - Hotel, Melbourne