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13 Things To Do In Regional Victoria This August

By Chelsey Johnston - 02 Aug 2018

Melbourne gets a lot of hype—I mean, deservedly so—but there are definitely some spots in regional Victoria that come close. This month is an absolute country cracker, too. We've got chocolate, we've got truffles, we've got wine, we've got...scarves?  Sure, you'll have to swap your usual 20min tram ride for a bit of a roadie, but it's totally worth it. 

Here's 13 awesome things happening in regional Victoria this August.

Geelong Scarf Festival

You mean you haven't heard of the Geelong Scarf Festival? And just what do you wrap around your neck each morning, people? This event’s been running for a little while, but it’s coming to a great and glorious close this month, and we know it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss out on. The Geelong 2018 Scarf Festival, hosted at the National Wool Museum, hosts every type of wacky scarf design you could imagine.

When: Every day till Sunday 26 August, 10am – 5pm
Where: National Wool Museum, 26-32 Moorabool Street, Geelong
For more info, click here

Hot Chocolate Festival

We're pretty partial to our caffeinated bean water, but even we have to admit: nothing beats a hot chocolate on a cold winter day. Our favourite chocolateries—Yarra Valley and Great Ocean Road—are back to making our cocoa-y dreams come true. Yup, it's the annual Hot Chocolate Festival: 31 different flavours over 31 days, including classics like Nutella and cookies n’ cream, alongside some seriously weird flavours like, uhh…Marching Ant (?????). They've also got giant exploding marshmallows, chocolate spoons, chocolate-chip cookie cups and the chance to win your body weight in chocolate. Say whaaat? 

When: 1-31 August, 9am – 5pm 
Where: Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (1200 Great Ocean Rd, Bellbrae) & Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen)
For more info, click here.

Truffle Hunt At Levantine Hill

If you do one truffle hunt in August, make it this one. Levantine Hill in the Yarra Valley is throwing a huge truffle-themed day called Unearth. Start the morning bright and early with a truffle hunt through Levantine's truffière (complete with truffle dogs and gourmet picnic), then head back to the winery for a truffle-themed three-course lunch with matching wines. Tickets start at $600pp ($1,200pp if you want a helicopter from the CBD), but it really is a once in a lifetime sort of deal.

When: Friday 10 August
Where: Levantine Hill, Yarra Valley
To book a spot, call 5962 1333 or email [email protected]

Sled Dog Festival

Two words. Floofy. Puppers. If you want to see many, many good boys trying their darndest, rug up warm and head up to Falls Creek for their annual Sled Dog Festival, including the prestigious Sled Dog Classic. Watch over thirty teams of huskies (a.k.a. the friendly wolf doggos) race through the village, with dogs travelling all over the country and NZ to try and win. Tails will be wagging.

When: Thursday 2 August – Saturday 4 August
Where: Falls Creek, 1 Slalom Street, Falls Creek
For more info, click here

Red Hill Truffled Lunch

Never fear, truffle season isn’t over yet! 100 Mile Foodie is hosting a ‘Truffled Lunch’ down on the ‘Ninch. You can expect, well, truffles. Baked black truffle brie (droooooool) and 12-hour, slow-cooked lamb shoulder with truffle polenta, parsnip crisps, broccoli pesto and a serving of truffle jus. And for dessert? You guessed it—black truffle gelato.

When: Saturday 4 August, 12.30–3.30pm
Where: The Old Church Red Hill 207 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill
For more info, click here

L’Hôtel Gitan At Mt Hotham

No need to bother with the French Alps, guys, because we’ve got basically the same thing coming to Mt Hotham. Melbourne French gastro-pub L’Hôtel Gitan is setting up shop on the slopes, and they're bringing us all the French goodies. They'll be serving up fancy-sounding things like Crêpes Suzette, Soupe a l’Onion, and Coq au vin. Lap up the luxury after a hard day of falling flat in your face.

When: Wednesday 8 August – Wednesday 22 August
Where: Lot 563, Big Muster Drive, Dinner Plain
For more info, click here

Doggie Truffle Hunt

Reckon your dog might have a promising truffle-hunting future? Put your pup to the test with a guided truffle tour around the orchards in Daylesford and Creswick region. This event’s particularly convenient—you get picked up for the tour at Port Melbourne! The tour includes a 3-course truffle-y lunch, sparkling wine, a truffle hunt with your furry friends plus a doggy gift bag for them to take home. This one sells out quick sharp, so get your tickets ASAP.

When: Saturday 11 August, 9am-4pm
Where: Meeting point is Rest Stop G, The Blvd, Port Melbourne 
For more info, click here

Winter Wild Festival

In summer, Apollo Bay is a picturesque pit-stop off of Great Ocean Road, complete with stunning beaches, walks and waterfalls. In winter, things get a bit more interesting. The Winter Wild festival is a festival celebrating the darkest parts of life—specifically Death and Birth. The festival spans two weekends and includes heaps of different events: wine and food tastings, musical performances, leather workshops, walking tours, an outdoor cinema, and something called ‘The Sacrifice.” Err, ok.

When: 'Death' program (Friday 10 August – Sunday 12 August). 'Birth' program (Friday 24 August – Sunday 26 August)
Where: Apollo Bay (various) 
For more info, click here

Miguel's Winter Wine Feast

Get ready to have a serious foodgasm with Miguel’s Winter Wine Feast at dreamy winery Trofeo Estate. The 5-course meal is the first of a special dinner series—there’s not many deets on what’s going to be served, but we’ll happily place bets on great cooking and great wine. Plus, we love a good surprise. What could go wrong?

When: Saturday August 18, from 6pm
Where: Trofeo Estate 85 Harrisons Rd, Dromana
For more info, click here

Wine Bank Wine Expo

All you need to say is ‘wine expo’ and we’re all ears. Bendigo, known by some history buffs as Victoria’s gold-rush town, is now serving up liquid gold (geddit?). This time, in the form of wiiiiiiine. Practice your sniffing, sipping and swilling, because there's going to be over 100 wines to taste on the day (and maybe to take home as well).

When: Saturday August 18, 12pm-5pm
Where: Wine Bank, Corner Forest and Mackenzie Streets, Bendigo
For more info, click here

Family Chocolate High Tea

High teas are delish and Instagrammable and all, but sometimes they can be horribly stuffy affairs. If you’re wanting finger-food with a bit more of a lax vibe, check out the family-friendly high tea at Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie. Us adults get the petit delights, the littlies get endless milkshakes and animal-shaped pastries. Win win. (P.S. adulthood aside, we will also be getting in on those milkshakes)

When: Saturday 25 August (11am), Sunday 25 August (1pm)
Where: 1200 Great Ocean Rd, Bellbrae
For more info, click here

Bendigo Enlighten Festival

Bendigo, we see you flexin' over there, ok? We know your master plan is to try and give Melbourne a run for the hippest cultural hub of Vic. (And we're not happy about it...) Enlighten Festival is just another example—it's a giant, late-night display of local artists using light and projections, all blasted onto Bendigo's cityscape. Should be pretty wild. 

When: Sunday 29 August – Tuesday 31 August, 6pm–12am
Where: Bendigo Town Hall, 189-193 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo
For more info, click here

Bendigo White Night

Ok, so this one is ‘technically’ not August. (Whatever). But it's literally on the first day of September, so we’re just giving you enough time to prepare. You loved Melbourne White Night in February, so make sure you see it on a completely fresh platform this Sep. White Night pulls out all the stops, always, and funky Bendigo's event will be no different. Art, light displays, giant inflatables and rushes of adrenaline that you can only get from staying out after midnight. Start booking your hotel now. 

When: Saturday 1 September, 7pm – 2am
Where: Bendigo (various)
For more info, click here.

Pencil this one in for October: Melbourne's Botanic Gardens are getting taken over by giant fire sculptures.  

Image credit: WinterWild

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