With crisp autumn mornings upon us and the scent of wood smoke on the evening air, a short break to High Country Harvest (15 – 24 May) in North East Victoria might be just the thing to warm your soul – and your appetite.
Local producers are dusting off the soil from freshly picked root vegetables, chefs are foraging madly for mushrooms and other wild ingredients, and the region's village streets, mountains and valleys are alive with hues of gold and red.
Here are our Top 5 event picks to make the most of a weekend getaway:
- The Tweed Ride (Rutherglen, 16 May)
Calling all chaps, dandies and bon vivants. Don your best vintage fashion for the leisurely 25km cycle punctuated by three simply scrumptious food and wine stops.
- Gumboot Tour & Taste of Harvest Lunch (Milawa, 16 & 23 May)
Visit local farms to learn how they grow produce and raise livestock before returning to Brown Brothers to savour a three-course lunch starring local produce heroes. Don't forget your gumboots… it could get muddy!
- The Wild Child (Bright, 17 May)
Indulge in a five-course lunch featuring autumn’s offerings. Foraging chefs will put together wild and colourful feast straight from the soils of the North East.
- Dinner in the 'Hood' (Beechworth, 23 May)
Dine in the historic Beechworth Neighbourhood Centre on diverse and delicious regional produce prepared by chef Megan Chalmers (formerly, Green Shed Bistro) and artisan baker Louise Ritchie (Silvercreek Sourdough).
- How Does Your Garden Grow (Eldorado, 23 & 24 May)
Be inspired to create your own little slice of Tuscany. Plant garlic, prune fruit trees, learn the secrets of soil testing, and all the tricks to maximise your garden's harvest. Then refuel with a sumptuous morning tea.
As part of the celebrations, High Country Harvest are giving everyone a chance to win dinner for two at ALL nine of North East Victoria’s The Age Good Food Guide-rated restaurants!
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