Winter hibernation is important to Melburnians, so we know that if you’re leaving the comfort and cosiness of your abode (or bed), it had better be for something good.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Bendigo Tourism to uncover a slew of events worth peeling yourself off the couch. Think everything from Balenciaga art exhibitions to Wagyu Beef Events making the two-hour road trip well and truly worth the journey.
If there’s one thing Bendigo knows how to do well it’s markets. With everything from local produce markets, night markets, art markets and everything in between, there’s enough going on to keep your Sunday mornings sorted for the rest of 2019.
If you love your fresh produce, make sure to schedule a visit to the Bendigo Farmers Market. Fresh regional produce is in abundance along with all kinds of cuts of meat, fresh bread, cheese, wine, olives, eggs, baked goods, cakes and even dumplings.
Heathcote On Show
Falling on the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, Heathcote On Show will bring together artisan winemakers, chefs and musicians for a weekend of exclusive tastings, new releases, music and gourmet food.
Acknowledged as one of Australia’s wine icons with over 25 wineries and 70 vineyards, you’ll want to sample some of our country’s most premium vinos. After all, there’s no better winter beverage than a soul-warming glass of Shiraz.
Brittish Royal Portraits And Blues
If like us, you’ve got a guilty pleasure for anything related to the Royal Family, you’ll be thrilled to know that until 14 July, Bendigo Art Gallery will be showcasing the exclusive exhibition Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits. With pieces dating back to the 16th century, Harry and Meghan’s never-before-seen official Royal Wedding portrait, a bunch of themed pop-ups, royal accommodation packages and delicious food activations, you won’t want to miss out.
Also satisfying our love of the arts, is the Blues Tram. Combining two of Bendigo’s biggest attractions, get ready to roll through the streets on historic trams while listening to the Bendigo Blues & Roots finest talent. The best part? You can do it all while enjoying a drink or two.
Balenciaga X Bendigo
From 17 August to 10 November, Bendigo Art Gallery will host “Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion”, which will be showcasing the work of fashion revolutionary, Cristobal Balenciaga.
Marvel in the exquisite craftsmanship and use of fabrics that revolutionised the female silhouette, helping to set the scene for modern design. Known for sculptural quality, deft manipulation of textiles and bold use of texture and colour, you won’t want to miss out on this unique exhibition.
Dovima with Sacha, cloche and suit by Balenciaga, Café des Deux Magots, Paris, 1955, - © The Richard Avedon Foundation
Food And Drink For The Soul
Bendigo is a mecca for the foodie obsessed, with an abundance of cafes, mouth-watering bakeries, coffee roasters, pubs and restaurants to pick and choose from. But what you probably didn’t know is that they also host a plethora of epic food events.
Meat lovers rejoice at the Woodhouse Wagyu experience, where Chef Paul Pitcher will assemble a roll call of the best Australian wagyu served in a range of cuts and ageing methods over four courses. Another cracking event is Bendigo on the Hop, with 22 breweries lined up for this year’s best and most unique winter beer festival, with tickets on sale 3 June, you'll want to get in quick before they sell out. If wine is your drink of choice, make sure to get to the Barrel Tasting Weekend and indulge in delicious Bendigo wines straight from the barrel. Or, if whisky is your poison, pay a visit to The Dispensary and check out their brand new whisky classes.
Bendigo Writer's Festival
From August 9 to August 11, the Bendigo Writers Festival will return, bringing together more than 100 writers for discussions about any and every kind of writing.
Friday night will have you drooling with the legendary Meave O’Meara talking about all things food and Julia Shaw (best known for her work in the areas of memory and criminal psychology) will be deep diving into the Psychology of Evil, a true crime nerd's dream.
There’s officially now no excuse to stay curled up in bed all winter long.
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