From the serenity of the Healesville Sanctuary, to the natural beauty of its beaches, and the Twelve Apostles, the state of Victoria has something for everyone. What’s more, Melbourne is the food and wine capital of Australia and a true traveller’s delight, offering tourists the chance to experience a wide variety of cuisine and fine wine from the best of Australian vineyards. In that spirit, here’s discussing some of the best food and wine festivals from the region.
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, established in 1993 is a celebration of the wines and cuisine in and around Melbourne, featuring events in world-class restaurants, bustling produce markets, reputed restaurants and popular vineyards, hosting over 250 events all over Victoria, spread across the month of March.
The Macedon Ranges Food and Wine Festival, held over two days in the month of November, this food and wine festival aims to support the smaller wineries from Victoria. The 2018 edition saw over 30 wineries participate and visitors could take a shot at learning and trying the process of wine-making at the different family-owned wineries. From cheese tastings and degustation, to hearty wood-fired kitchens, visitors sample the great cuisine on offer at a variety of events, followed by live entertainment and a taste of local hospitality. Certainly a must-visit weekend getaway for the culinary enthusiast!
The Great Ocean Road in Victoria is famous for the Twelve Apostles and stunning views. Photo Courtesy: Visit Victoria
Another interesting weekend festival is the Peninsula Vinehop Festival, held in the Mornington Peninsula, where visitors can follow a wine, beer and food tasting trail covering the best food and drink of the region. From fine dining to food trucks, the cuisine on offer is varied. As for the drinks, the best craft beers and artisanal wines find their way to this festival every year. As a change-up from the serene setting of the venue, the festival features live music and entertainment. With different packages on offer, visitors can tailor their festival experience as they wish. Tickets sell out fast, so book your tickets as soon as you can, for the Vinehop festival.
Earlier in the year, February will see the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival. Held right on the harbor, this festival strives to bring the best of Victorian seafood to the table, along with the finest craft beers and local wines. The first event will see a hearty eight-course meal, prepared by expert chefs. The second day will feature an interactive market, where visitors can interact with the local fishing community and purchase the freshest produce from them. Festivities like lie entertainment and pop-up restaurants will highlight the night, providing a fitting end to a celebration of gastronomical delights!
In the very next month, March brings the Tastes of Rutherglen festival, which promises to showcase the best food and wine from around the region. Featuring offerings from 19 wineries, Rutherglen’s famous fortified wines will be the star attraction. Accompanied by Muscat cocktails and durif, the festival also features excellent selections of food, concerts and markets making it an unmissable prospect.
Melbourne is buzzing with new food and drink joints opening up everyday. Photo Courtesy: Visit Victoria
In the famed Yarra Valley, the Shedfest Wine Festival takes center stage in October. For the true wine connoisseur, this two-day exposition of wine and food offers fine fare, exclusive wines and gastronomic delights to boot. To add variety, the festival is designed such that each winery specializes in a different cuisine, and their signature wines for tastings. Live music and croquet also feature as supplementary activities, making it a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.
Apart from these festivals, Victoria hosts many more festivals making it a foodie’s paradise. So if you’re looking for a fun-filled vacation filled with quality food and wine, the beautiful landscapes of Victoria beckon!
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