Gastronomic getaway to regional Victoria

Published on 17 February 2014

Photo: Gone Fishing on Squiffy Island

For the final weekend of the Festival (14 – 16 March) all events move into regional Victoria with more than 70 fascinating food and wine experiences in spectacular settings to tempt you away from the city.

Enjoy one of 22 Regional World’s Longest Lunches simultaneously staged on Friday 14 March across the state, including among the bushlands in the High Country and at the summit of Mt Dandenong in the Dandenong Ranges.

Don’t forget you can also enjoy country hospitality throughout the Festival with Regional Restaurant Express at 17 renowned regional restaurants across the state welcoming you with a two-course lunch menu and a glass of Victorian wine for only $40.

Here are some ideas to make a weekend of it over three adventure-packed days:

Immersive experiences

Explore beyond the table and dive deep into these food and wine experiences:

Gone Fishing on Squiffy Island in Redbank will have you fishing for rainbow trout, golden perch and redfin in Sally's Lake, followed by a leisurely barbecue to cook up your catch.

At Water, Wheat & Wine in Glenburn, you’ll learn about the role of the elements in making sourdough and wine from a wheat farmer, an artisan baker, and an expert vigneron, followed by a lakeside two-course lunch.

Murchison Tomato Festa in Murchison is a riverbank festival celebrating the annual tomato harvest, with heirloom variety tastings, Italian cooking demos, local wine, produce and entertainment.

Open-air dining

Get out and about and enjoy a meal under the stars or a traditional bush picnic at one of these outdoor events:

Lorne’s Twilight Bush Picnic is a rustic picnic under the stars by Qdos Art Pond set in the rainforest behind Lorne, with a live show and night tour of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale.

Feast in the ForestinBlackwood brings guests into the secret gardens of St Erth in the Wombat State Forest for a lunch featuring local smallgoods, wines and heirloom produce.

Head toPeninsula’s Lunch by the LakeinRed Hill for a four-course menu featuring best of the Mornington Peninsula’s produce, elegantly situated in Lindenderry’s wonderful gardens by the lake.

Liquid encounters

Enjoy a tipple and dive into an ocean of flavour at one of these palate-pushing events:

Tour through the craft brew house at Bright Brewery followed by a gourmet lunch on the banks of the Ovens River at Whet Your Whistle.

Celebrate the Otway Harvest Trail at Pure Water, Pure Flavoursin Murroon and discover the influence of the pristine Otway waters on local produce by enjoying six dishes and beverages.

Behind the Scenes Winemaking at Montalto in Merricks North is a tour of the winery in the full throes of production, followed by an intimate lunch with Chef Barry Davis.


Check out all Regional Weekend events on the Festival website.

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