MEDIA UPDATE  |  15 March 2019

Join The Village Feast in Gippsland on 30 March

Hit the road on Saturday 30 March to see the tiny Gippsland town of Jindivick become a thriving culinary destination for one day only, as part of the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne.

Melbourne restaurants, cafés and bars are collaborating with local Gippsland culinary stars, producers and winemakers to bring all the trappings of a heritage country Victorian streetscape to life - from the butcher’s shop and green grocer to milk bar and Chinese restaurant. Carousel rides, face painting, barn dancing and many more activities will keep the kids entertained, while live music will keep toes tapping into the night.

Following recent bushfires that have affected the local community, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is supporting an appeal to raise funds for Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund. The appeal will be launched by chef Alejandro Saravia (Farmer’s Daughters and Pastuso) on the opening night of River Graze, the popular event which sees the south bank of the Yarra River transformed into a food and wine lover’s playground from 22-24 March. On Friday 22 March, Saravia will bring a taste of Gippsland and its producers to the city as he hosts a Victorian campfire-style barbecue in collaboration with Gippsland Natural at River Graze, with a donation made to Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund for each dish purchased. Ten per cent of all new ticket sales to The Village Feast will also be donated to the Fund, with additional fundraising opportunities at The Village Feast itself.

Food and drinks

Getting back to his country roots, superstar chef Matt Moran is partnering with the only restaurant in town, the Jindi Caf. At The Café, he will be cooking alongside Sue Goodwin, one of his biggest fans and the cafe owner, to serve up a menu of simple yet delicious country fare:

  • Heirloom tomato, capers, pickled red onion, aged balsamic

  • Crispy buttermilk chicken, pickles, mayonnaise

  • Pulled lamb shoulder, hummus, tomato salad, mint salsa

  • Beef burger, cheddar, coral lettuce, tomato, mustard, mayo with fries

  • Pavlova, local berries and cream

Taking up the role of The Butcherat The Village Feast is one of Melbourne’s finest butchers, Troy Wheeler (Meatsmith Specialty Butcher & Wine Merchant). Working with legendary local farmers O'Connor Beef and renowned pork from Katy Brown's Glen Eyrie Farm (who used to own the butcher shop in Jindivick!), Troy will spin a contemporary riff on country classics like Steak Diane, pork schnitzeland the ultimate mixed grill.

As The Green Grocer, Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters and Smith & Deli) is offering a vegan menu of crowd-pleasing sandwiches and salads. Just pick a sandwich, salad and pasty to create the lunchbox of your dreams:

  • Sandwiches - Egg salad, shredded iceberg; Chicken schnitzel, bacon, slaw, ranch; Turkey Club salami, wild rocket, peperoncini, olive, pesto, mozzarella

  • Salads - Caesar; Potato; Slaw; Greek Watermelon

  • Pastry - Donut; Swiss Roll; Lemon Coconut Slice; Hundreds & Thousands cookies

Lee Ho Fook chef Victor Liong is recreating The Chinese Restaurant of Australia’s past for The Village Feast. Dive into sweet and sour pork, prawn toast, beef short rib and black bean, roast duck and satay chicken, all made using Gippsland meats.

Born and bred Gippsland chef Trevor Perkins (Hogget Kitchen) is setting up shop at The Deli and Smokehouse where he’ll proudly serve a 100 per cent Gippsland menu:

  • Trout parfait – Noojee trout from the Alpine Trout Farm, yoghurt from Butterfly Factory Dairy

  • Terrine - Gippsland farmed rabbit from Yarragon

  • Mortadella - Happy Valley Free Range Pork Warragul, String & Salt Warragul (all spices)

  • Shared Charcuterie plate

  • Shared Cheese plae – Tarago River cheese

  • Grissini & Lavosh – made in house at Hogget Kitchen using Oak & Swan stoneground flours

Carlton watering hole The Lincoln will give Jindivick The Pub it never had. Appropriately, they’ll be pouring Sailors Grave beers, brewed in East Gippsland in the abandoned Orbost Butter and Produce Factory. Have your beer with a serve of the pub’s fish and chips, made with fish from Gippsland’s Corner Inlet.

At The Weekly Times Milk Bar, take a break and enjoy an old school milkshake or a waffle cone of ice cream – all made using Gippsland Jersey’s beautiful milk. The Cow in the Paddock sundae - their take on a Frog in the Pond - represents the dairy farm and Gippsland landscape, with crushed chocolate biscuits as soil, Prom Coast vanilla ice cream made with Gippsland Jersey premium cream and milk, toasted green coconut, hot chocolate fudge, whipped Jersey cream and a few lazy cow candies.

Relive afternoons spent poring over lolly jars at The Lolly Shop. Filled to the brim with sweet treats made by hand in Gippsland, Jaci Hicken (Jacican, Mirboo North) is famous for her berry liquorice made with real fruit from Sunny Creek Organic Berry Farm, milk bottles made with Gippsland Jersey milk and musk sticks twisted by hand.

Tiny Korumburra bakery Tamsin’s Table Cakeshop is bringing its treats to the main street of Jindivick for the day at The Bakery. Choose from a buckwheat sponge with strawberries, lemon, rosemary and polenta slice, or classic chocolate cupcakes - or perhaps just a glass of Butterfly Factory milk with a biscuit. For those more savoury-minded, Udder & Hoe will be serving up their sausage rolls and pies.

Gippsland’s Loch Brewery & Distillery is partnering with Melbourne bar Bad Frankie at The Dispensary, where they’ll put the region’s spirits in the spotlight with cocktails like the Floradora - Loch gin, fresh lime, crème de framboise liqueur and ginger beer. Loch’s gins are crafted at a solar-powered distillery 50 kilometres south-west of Jindivick.

At The Bottle Shop and Wine Bar, Melbourne’s favourite bottle shop Blackhearts & Sparrows is taking over the shuttered general store and turning it into the town bottle shop, where they’ll be serving up their picks of Gippsland wines to enjoy at The Village Feast or to take home as a memento of the weekend.

Patrick Sullivan and William Downie are two of Australia’s best-known natural winemakers, as well as Gippsland residents. Teaming up with mate David Moyle (Longsong), they’re turning a hidden back block into Bill & Pat’s Dive Bar, an intimate alfresco wine bar where they’ll serve their own wines while Moyle dishes up grilled flatbreads topped with produce from Sullivan and Downie’s farms. 


At the Town Fair, kids will be kept entertained by fairground fun and competitions while stalls will offer retro treats like snow-cones, homemade cakes and fairy floss. Carousel rides, face painting, barn dancing and a petting zoo will be available to children free of charge, with other activities including cupcake decorating available for a small fee. There’s plenty for big kids too, with a CWA cake and preserves competition as well as barn dancing and home brewing competitions.

At the Produce Market, peruse the wares of stallholders from across Gippsland, with local produce, breads, honey, jams and preserves on offer. Also at The Village Feast is spice shop String & Salt and Allambee Flowers. Get a haircut or a free beard trim at the Barber by Movember. The EJ Whitten Foundation’s “It’s Time to Test” men’s health awareness team will be on site at The Village Feast, offering free blood pressure checks, giving away prizes and running a kids v dads handball competition.

The party will keep going into the night with an exciting lineup of acts on the main stage, including one of Melbourne’s best-loved country and honky tonk bands, James Ellis and the Jealous Guys. Last year they released their debut record, It Ain’t Texas (But It Ain’t Bad), which won Best Country Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards. In the same year, they played their first US shows with an appearance at AmericanaFest and other famous Nashville honky tonk venues.


Melbourne Food & Wine Festival has engaged local landscape designer, Prue Metcalfe of Prue Metcalfe Gardens and Designs to design a kitchen garden for Jindivick Primary School. The local community will help bring the project to life, with a working bee taking place the weekend before The Village Feast. The Jindivick Primary School kitchen garden will be officially opened during The Village Feast.

The Village Feast is possible due to the support of Baw Baw Shire Council and Latrobe Valley Authority.

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is supported by Victoria’s tourism and major events company Visit Victoria and naming rights partner Bank of Melbourne.

Entry to The Village Feast is $25 for adults and free for children 12 and under, with food and drinks available for purchase. Following the recent bushfires in Gippsland, ten per cent of all new ticket sales for The Village Feast will be donated to Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund.

Tickets and more information at



The Village Feast

Saturday 30 March

Jindivick, Gippsland

12 noon until 9pm

Note - The Village Feast was originally scheduled for Saturday 16 March. On 9 March, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival announced the postponement of the event following the recent bushfire that has affected the local community. By postponing The Village Feast until Saturday 30 March, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is confident more of the community will be able to participate in and benefit from the event.


Make a weekend of it and book your accommodation. Glamping packages by Under Sky at Gippsland Jersey dairy farm are available when you purchase tickets to The Village Feast. Or you can organise your own accommodation nearby from camping to B&Bs. Further accommodation details and bookings are available from Visit Baw Baw.

On Sunday 31 March, hit the road and explore the Gippsland region with Baw Baw Shire Council's Sunday Farm Gate – Meet the Maker experiences. From beekeeping to wine tasting, more details and bookings are available at Visit Baw Baw.


Public transport: Vline will be running trains from and to Melbourne along the Traralgon line into Warragul station. Free buses will shuttle guests between Warragul Station and The Village Feast from the 11:30am train until the 5:30pm train. The last train departs Warragul Station at 7:30pm; after then, guests will be taken to Packenham Station for the 8:30pm and 9:30pm trains to Melbourne.

Parking: Free parking is located at 520 Main Road Jindivick. If you wish to enjoy the beverages available at The Village Feast, please use public transport.

About Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund

The Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund is a registered charity that was established in 1978 to provide immediate short-term funds to Gippslanders affected by natural disaster events. It is completely funded by donations from businesses, community groups and individuals. Run by volunteers, all donations are returned to the community.