TASTINGS AT BELLINZONA – HEPBURN SPRINGS
A glass of wine, a morsel or two and those special friends to share it with you. An idyllic sojourn to Tastings at Bellinzona in Hepburn Springs awaits. Tastings specialises in regional wines and produce. To find out more visit www.grangecc.com.au
BLUES AND ROOTS IN BENDIGO
The Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is a four-day event running over this weekend –9th to 12th, featuring blues and roots performances and workshops throughout Bendigo. The not-for-profit community organisation that is the driving force behind Blues and Roots also hosts a year-round Blues Tram! www.bendigobluesandroots.com.au/
CRESWICK GARDEN LOVERS WEEKEND
Spring and gardens are a perfect match and this weekend is no exception – it’s the fourth annual Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend, with a range of local private and public gardens joining in on the event. 11th and 12th November. www.creswick.net
TO MARKET TO MARKET
Everyone loves a market and Central Victoria has some great ones most weekends. These are on this weekend.
Ballan Farmers Market
Bendigo Community Farmers Market
Wesley Hill Market, Wesley Hill, Castlemaine
BAGEL BURGERS IN BALLARAT
Fancy a bagel burger? Get into Bagel Junction, serving high-quality cooked-to-order bagel burgers and sides for breakfast and lunch 6 days and dinner on Thursdays and Fridays. http://bageljunction.com.au/
LOCAL PRODUCE AND GREAT COFFEE!
The Farmers Arms in Creswick sources quality local products and has an in-house butcher. The Farmers Arms is a finalist in the Golden Plate Awards in several categories, described as an “Exceptional country hotel with impressive attention to detail.” www.farmersarmscreswick.com/
CASTLEMAINE SIGHTS AND DELIGHTS
Situated inside the former governor’s residence at the Old Castlemaine Gaol, The Governor’s Café has an outside courtyard that is just perfect for partaking in delicious food and drink while taking in the view.
If you’re visiting Daylesford on the weekend, Herbal Lore offers an exceptional range of unique liqueurs and specialty ports, plus the new distillery is up and running and producing award winning gins as seen with the bronze medal awarded to Herbal Lore in New York in August. All this from a small country town – not a bad achievement.
Alpaca Fashion is right for any time of year
Alpaca Passion in Daylesford is a destination for most seasons. Providing a large range of garments and homewares made from one of the softest fibres in the world, from one of the cutest animals in the world. Love this shop. https://www.alpacapassion.com/
IT’S TIME TO FLOCK TO KYNETON – BUT BE QUICK
Flock is an exhibition of bird-themed artwork created using a variety of methods, from photography to ceramics, jewellery to silk art. This exhibition only runs from 12pm to 4pm on Sunday 12th November – many of the artists will be there on Sunday and open to chatting about their work. This exhibition is part of the annual Macedon Ranges Art Trail. www.visitmacedonranges.com
A CONVERSATION WITH MAX GILLIES
Duneira at Mt. Macedon is a stunning setting for a conversation with National Treasure Max Gillies that begins as an interview and then expands to include the audience. Max Gillies has entertained Australian audiences with his wit and insights for decades. Sunday 12th November at 4.30pm www.duneira.com.au
CASTLEMAINE STEINER SCHOOL SPRING FAIR
This Sunday is the Castlemaine Steiner School’s Spring Fair, with a huge range of family entertainment: activities, tractor rides, delicious food and hot drinks, live music, crafts, plants, and puppet shows! 12th November. www.cssk.vic.edu.au
KINGSTON OPEN GARDENS
You have a week to prepare for this one – and it’s well worth the wait. Located in the gorgeous village of Kingston, near Creswick, three beautiful gardens will be opening Saturday 18th November that not only excite and captivate, but motivate every green thumb to get busy in their own plot of paradise www.facebook.com/Kingston-Avenue-of-Honour
SAVE THE DATE
Here’s a few upcoming dates that you need to keep an eye on so you don’t miss out.
24th November: Trentham Twilight Night. The towns diverse traders and eateriess stay up late for this one night of the year. www.facebook.com
18th November: Lakeside Twilights, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat. http://www.lakesidetwilights.com.au/
19th November: Malmsbury Village Fayre. www.visitmacedonranges.com
23rd – 26th November: RACV Energy Breakthrough, Maryborough. https://www.racveb.com/
26th November: Patchwork to Pickles: Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair, Buda Historic Home and Garden. www.budacastlemaine.org
26th November: Springfest Market, Lake Wendouree. http://ballaratspringfest.com.au
26th November: Golden Plains Arts Market, Bannockburn. www.goldenplains.vic.gov.au
2nd – 3rd December: Baroque Horse Festival 2017 at Kryal Castle. www.facebook.com