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Cider Handcrafted in Daylesford

Posted January 19th, 2016

Along with craft beer, cider has enjoyed a boom in recent times and is gaining a new appreciation among discerning drinkers. Daylesford Cider Company is a boutique cidery located at Musk, close to Daylesford, where new(ish) owners Clare Williams and Jonathan Mackie hand make delicious traditional cider from 17 varieties… Read more…

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The Hotel on the Mount

Posted December 23rd, 2015

The Mt. Macedon Hotel is one of those places that retains its country charm, while at the same time providing somewhat of an urban persona.  Closed for some years following the devastating 1983 fires, the hotel was rebuilt, revamped and redefined and is now a “gastro-pub” championing craft beers with… Read more…

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Fontanella – It’s all in the family

Posted December 23rd, 2015

Take a close knit family, three businesses and what do you have? An amazing mix of elegant retail style, great food and coffee and the wine to make it all sublime. The Fontanella family, John, Amanda, daughter Sarah and her partner Luke are nothing if not enterprising and we could throw… Read more…

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Railway Hotel – Castlemaine

Posted December 20th, 2015

The Railway Hotel Castlemaine dates back to the mid 1800’s and is one of a few surviving hotels from the bustling gold boom era. The hotel is located adjacent to the historic working railway station which services the Melbourne to Bendigo line as well as the Steam Trains from both… Read more…

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Wombat Hill House

Posted December 17th, 2015

A stroll through the magical Wombat Hill Gardens followed by a light meal or coffee and cake in the Wombat Hill café is a great way to spend a few hours in Daylesford. The gardens, established in 1860 were created to fit the fashion of the day when every Victorian… Read more…

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The Innovators

Posted December 15th, 2015

Holgate Brewhouse in Woodend is arguably one of the original pioneers of Craft Beer in Australia and are seen as a yardstick for the industry. The brainchild of Paul and Natasha Holgate, the brewery had very humble beginnings in the backyard of their Woodend home and through innovation, determination and… Read more…

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Ballarat Beer Festival

Posted December 15th, 2015

Remember the ad for Remington where Victor Kiam says, “I liked the shaver so much, I bought the company”?  Ric Dexter could have said the same words about the Ballarat Beer Festival – he loved it so much, he bought it. Ric, part owner of Ballarat’s The Mallow Hotel is… Read more…

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A Garden Lovers Weekend

Posted October 30th, 2015

If you love gardens, gardening and all things horticultural, you’ll love the weekend of 7th & 8th November when Creswick hosts the Garden Lovers Weekend.  Seven diverse gardens, four informative workshops and a festival are offered for the green thumbs among us. If you book your tickets online, you have the chance… Read more…

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Bendigo Under Moonlight

Posted September 24th, 2015

Spring has long been referred to as the season for growth and renewal, a fresh start after the drudgery of an icy cold winter. For Linda Whillance and Tom Salmon, it was the ideal time to launch a new market in Bendigo. Taking advantage of milder weather, a central public… Read more…

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Festival Fun

Posted September 15th, 2015

South Australia once claimed it, but Victoria is arguably now entitled to call itself the Festival State. It seems that not a weekend goes by without there being a festival, fair, expo, celebration, fete, gala or some sort of feast day somewhere in this amazing State. Once reserved for the… Read more…

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Truffle hunter

Posted June 24th, 2015

On a cold, wet winter’s morning, Ian Woodhouse was working alongside his wife Merilyn on their dairy farm as they had done every morning and evening for 20 odd years. Suddenly Ian thought, “Why are we doing this?” The time had come to sell the farm in Glenormiston and move… Read more…

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You don’t have to travel far in Bendigo to experience the best of regional produce. Sure, there are plenty of farm gates, wineries, cider makers, breweries and farmers markets all welcoming intrepid visitors on self-drive tours, but sometimes it’s nice to stay put and let a local show you the… Read more…

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Central Victoria on a Plate

Posted June 14th, 2015

It’s nearly 25 years since Annie Smithers moved to Central Victoria, half of that time spent in the Daylesford region and the other half darting between Malmsbury and Kyneton. This has given her a remarkable appreciation of the complex and diverse microclimates that the region offers and makes her the… Read more…

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The Art Gallery of Ballarat has relaunched its café and is now inviting gallery visitors to enjoy a coffee at The Salon. The name has been chosen to reflect the intended purpose of the new coffee lounge – a meeting place for people to chat, play games, or read about art,… Read more…

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A decade of food in Central Victoria

Posted June 11th, 2015

When it comes to food, people have always been influenced by worldwide movements, cultures, phenomenon’s, what they see on screens and read in books, the seasons, the environment, their own communities and the desire to support their own and their families needs. The past 10 years however, has seen great… Read more…

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In the past 10 years, owners of Spa Country, Chris Malden and Wayne Cross have observed many changes to the patch of Central Victoria they call home. It has been a period of immense growth for the pair, who opened Dayget in 1998 and purchased Mineral Springs Hotel in 2000…. Read more…

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