MEDIA UPDATE | 15 January 2019
A tiny Gippsland dairy-farming town of just 500 people will turn into a thriving culinary destination on Saturday 16 March as part of the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne.
On sale today, The Village Feast will see Melbourne restaurants, cafés and bars merge with local Gippsland culinary stars, producers and winemakers to give event-goers the ultimate gastronomic experience. Located just one hour from Melbourne, Jindivick is a picturesque small town with breathtaking views of Gippsland’s rolling green hills and rich, undulating farmland.
Chef and restaurateur Matt Moran joins an all-star Victorian line-up to bring the trappings of a heritage country Victorian streetscape to life, from the butcher’s shop and green grocer to milk bar and Chinese restaurant. Highlights include Matt Moran teaming up with Sue Goodwin, who runs the only cafe in town, to design a menu of simple country food while elsewhere Alejandro Saravia (Farmer’s Daughters) will cook a whole cow on-site in ‘bovinova’ style over open flame in partnership with Gippsland Natural Beef.
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. Barn dancing competitions, meat raffles, CWA cake competitions and live music from Broads and more will keep everyone entertained throughout the day and night.
On Saturday 16 March, The Village Feast will feature:
Food + Wine Victoria CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha said, “We all have memories of our favourite food stops on long drives through the country, and The Village Feast will be the most delicious walk down memory lane.
“The tiny town of Jindivick will be transformed into a one-off food destination that’s never been seen before – it’s a very exciting first for the Festival.
“This is the perfect excuse to explore Gippsland, kicking off with the Regional World’s Longest Lunch on Friday followed by glamping on a local dairy farm and all the magic of The Village Feast!”
The Village Feast Weekend
Visitors are encouraged to make a weekend of it by camping in style at The Village Feast glamping grounds set up by Under Sky on local dairy farm Gippsland Jersey. Campers can participate in the morning milking of the cows and get a glimpse into country life, while staying in luxurious comfort.
On Friday 15 March, chefs Mark Briggs (Sardine), Trevor Perkins (Hogget Kitchen) and Rob Turner (Northern Ground) will lead the Regional World’s Longest Lunch at Lardner Park. Before The Village Feast kicks off on Saturday 16 March, drop into the Warragul Farmers Market to meet dozens of local producers. On Sunday 17 March, get to know Gippsland by visiting producers at their farm gates, cheeseries, wineries and breweries.
Latrobe Valley Authority CEO Karen Cain said, “Our region is renowned for its quality produce and we are proud to support Baw Baw Shire and Gippsland-based food and wine providers in this exciting opportunity to showcase the extensive range and quality of offerings from our rich agricultural region.”
Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Cr Mikaela Power said, “We can’t wait to welcome guests to this region so they can discover what we have always known – that we’re home to Victoria’s finest food and wine as well as world-class destinations, events and communities.”
The Village Feast is possible due to the support of Baw Baw Shire 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.
More information and tickets available at mfwf.com.au
The Village Feast
Saturday 16 March
$25 for adults; free for children 12 and under
Your ticket includes entry to The Village Feast, where multiple pop-up stalls will line the streets offering exceptional food and drink (for purchase) complemented by entertainment including a town fair for kids, competitions and live music.
For visitors to The Village Feast, Under Sky will be pre-pitching its luxe bell tents with all the trimmings atop a picturesque hill at Gippsland Jersey. Each Under Sky canvas five-metre bell tent will be set up with comfy mattresses and bedding, stylish interior furnishings, rugs, lanterns and towels. There will be toilets and showers on-site, a phone charging station and a communal area to chill out with other campers. Morning coffees will be served along with an on-site bar and food truck.
Only a five-minute drive from town, the campsite provides easy access to the event. Melbourne Food & Wine Festival will be providing free shuttle bus services to and from the campsite. This is a truly unique opportunity to experience private camping on a beautiful dairy farm in the heart of the Gippsland community, with The Village Feast at your fingertips.
Check in on Friday 15 March and check out on Sunday 17 March (2 night min. stay)
Total cost for two nights:
2 Person tent: $615
3 person tent: $665
4 person tent: $715
About Food + Wine Victoria
Food + Wine Victoria delivers the highly successful Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) and develops a year-round program to support the Victorian food and wine industries.
Entering its 27th year, the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne will take place from 8 to 24 March. The MFWF program will be announced in late 2018.
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