Local Escapes

Road Tip | The High Country Harvest Fest Kicks Off This Weekend

By James Shackell
5th May 2018


Most people don’t bother with Victoria’s High Country until mid-winter, but every Autumn the High Country Harvest Festival kicks off to remind us that there is a world outside Melbourne...and it’s delicious.

If you haven’t been before, the High Country Harvest is basically a non-stop food-party that takes over every small town from Benalla to Bright. It ticks all your major boxes: farmers markets, long lunches, wine tastings, bonfires, autumn leaves and breweries galore.

We’d be here for weeks listing all the events going on (you can check the calendar here), but there are a couple we’ve got our beady little eyes on.

The guys at Brown Brothers are hosting an interactive wine-blending workshops (which includes multiple tastings).

There’s an event called Sunrise & Sombreros, which is a dawn bike ride along the Murray, followed by Mexican brekky at The Rail Trail. Honestly, you had us at sombreros.

Dal Zotto is running a full-day salami making masterclass with master butcher, James Mele. Your entry also includes a pasta lunch and vino. Nice.

Whatever you do, make sure you catch the Falls Creek Harvest Bonfire on the 5 May. There’s gonna be flame-grilled damper, marshmallows and hot cider on the shores of Rocky Valley Lake.

If you’re looking for road trip ideas this weekend, don’t hang about. The Festival wraps up on 20 May.

The Details

Where: Various locations in Victoria’s High Country
When: 4 – 20 May, 2018
For more info, click here.

Double winner—the Great Alpine Arts Trail is also on this weekend. Get around it. 

Image credit: Visit Victoria 

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