Here are some events that might tickle your fancy as Feast High Country continues, right on our doorstep this weekend.
At the Flickering Flame Fest (Friday 10 May, Jones Winery), over hypnotic flames at a cook-up feast on an old French spit and a four-legged camp oven, guests learn to roast, charcoal, smoke and more, all with quality local ingredients and produce. And when the work is done, it’s all theirs to eat – with matched wines, of course.
Some tickets are still available for the not-to-be missed four course Fermentation Degustation (Friday 10 May, Bridge Road Brewers) showcasing the art of fermentation and featuring some of the region’s best chefs, producers and winemakers, and of course craft beer from Ben Kraus!
In Beechworth, Michael Ryan’s two-hatted, Japanese inspired Provenance restaurant is set to sizzle at a harvest inspired evening, Making the Very Best of Harvest (Friday 10 May, Provenance), with the freshest of local ingredients transformed into elegant dishes by expert, passionate hands. Limited places still available.
If it wasn’t hard enough to decide which tempting tipple to imbibe, two old foes converge at Hop Vs Grape (Saturday 11 May, Taminick Cellars) when James Booth, winemaker and brewer uses artfully matched food by Adam Pizzini of Rinaldo’s Casa Cucina to encourage to broaden their beverage horizons and ‘taste the other side’.
And if that doesn’t get your goat, then a day at Artisan Farm Open Day at Tolpuddle will! (Sunday 12 May, Tolpuddle). Donovan and Melissa Jacka of Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods have been producing handmade, specialist goat’s milk cheeses for over five years, and are opening their gates to invite foodies to join them and some of the newest producers in the region, including Hurdle Creek Still, King River Brewing, Weathercraft Wines and Taste Trekkers for a family-friendly open day.
Across the Mother’s Day weekend, a trip off the beaten path will uncover hidden gems. Beechworth’s Hidden Wineries (Saturday 11 May, Sunday 12 May, various venues) celebrates the delight and authenticity of local homegrown wines. Bring the family together and enjoy seasonal produce and a glass of wine amongst stunning vistas.
The Festival opened on 3 May and continues to 19 May 2019. There is a range of accommodation in the region, or simply visit for the day.