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This Regional Food & Wine Festival Is A Must For May

By Ellen Seah - 18 Apr 2017

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Victoria’s countryside is dotted with some of the most outstanding producers, winemakers and creators. Quietly proud on the outskirts of the state’s north-east, the High Country Harvest Festival gathers the brightest and tastiest of the region for one spectacular showcase. Pull up a chair and get ready to drool.

Running from Friday 5 May to Sunday 21 May, producers everywhere from Mansfield up to King Valley, and Rutherglen to Milawa will strut their foodie stuff. From a day dedicated to olive-making (who wouldn’t want enough stock for the rest of the year?), to horseback riding or blending your own specialty wine (not at the same time), there’s an event or two for every foodie…assuming you’re practicing restraint.

If choosing an event is tearing your little food and wine loving heart apart, we suggest making a beeline for the treasures tucked into the peaceful town of Milawa. As part of the High Country Harvest Festival, Brown Brothers will be hosting a Wine Blending Challenge, so next time you decide to get creative you’ll actually know what to do with your red at home.

The event will be held at the expansive Milawa Vineyard, learn the art of tasting and blending wine through what could possibly be the best hands-on form of education. The Cellar Door team will also be giving you’re the chance to DIY wine with your own unique blend, which you can take home to share with your delighted friends (once they find out it’s not at all like your DIY beer).

Every blend made as part of the High Country Harvest Festival Wine Blending Challenge will be entered in the Brown Brother’s tasting challenge. Entrants will receive feedback (be grape-ful because practice makes perfect) and the winning blend will have the chance for their creation to go in production.

If you’re more of a passive participant kind of foodie, Brown Brothers’ High Country Harvest Opening Dinner celebrates and champions the finest produce in the northeast of Victoria. Set in Brown Brothers’ enchanting candle-lit barn, the menu will be designed by hatted Executive Chef Doug Elder.

Tingle your tastebuds with sparkling and canapés on arrival, with shared entrees and matched wines to follow. Mains, shared sides and (yes, you guessed it) matched wines are on the night’s agenda, with cheese and dessert to finish.

There’s no shortage of events in surrounding regions to fill up the weekend. Beechworth’s Beekeepers Breakfast with Beechworth Honey is worth a bookmark, with a buffet bursting with honey-laden treats including honey ricotta pancakes and house-made crumpets. Beechworth Honey are also hosting an English Muffin masterclass, just in case your sick of the limp supermarket version.

If you’re heading south, we’re keeping an eye on the Cannoli Making Class with Nonna and The Art of Cheese at Tolpuddle Goat Cheese & Farm Foods. This not at all chees-y workshop starts with goat milking in the morning followed up with a hands-on cheese making class (take notes). You’ll be able to chow through freshly made artisan cheeses, local seasonal produce and matched wines in the luscious garden. 

The Details: High Country Harvest Festival Wine Blending Challenge 

Where: Brown Brothers Milawa (239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa)
When: Friday 5 May to Sunday 21 May, 10am-11am or 3.30pm-4.30pm
Cost: $60 per person
Click here for tickets.   

The Details: High Country Harvest Opening Dinner 

Where: Brown Brothers Milawa (239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa)
When: Friday 5 May, from 6.30pm
Cost: $140 per person 

Click here for tickets

Image credit: Provided, Michelle Jarni for The Urban List. 

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by Brown Brothers and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy. 

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