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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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There’s stacks to do this weekend

Posted April 29th, 2015

The Central Victorian corridor welcomes May with a raft of events across the region. Here’s just a taste. This year’s Clunes Booktown promises to be as enjoyable as ever, with a plethora of book traders, workshops and events for the kids to choose from. Visit the website for a full list of… Read more…

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Annie Smithers opens her garden

Posted April 21st, 2015

In what is surely every food lovers dream, celebrated chef Annie Smithers is opening her garden to the public as part of the Daylesford Macedon Produce Harvest Week Festival. We asked Annie about her involvement in the festival and what she loves about the region. What can people expect at your… Read more…

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Chook raffles may be quintessentially Australian, but when the bird on offer is courtesy of Milking Yard Farm and it’s being raffled at RedBeard Bakery, you know it’s something special. It’s all part of the upcoming Daylesford Macedon Produce Harvest Week Festival, an opportunity to showcase the region’s world class food and… Read more…

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Life is chilled in Maldon

Posted April 7th, 2015

Ironically, Ian French says nothing frozen goes into his ice cream. He’s talking about the raw materials of more than 60 flavours he makes at his Maldon shop, Cherry’s Ice Creamery. All the fruit is freshly purchased, pulped and added to his special Maldon recipes. And where possible, it’s sourced… Read more…

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Junction gathers steam

Posted March 21st, 2015

  Junction opened its doors in December last year, but it’s already appealing to visitors and locals alike. This is a place where everything comes together, both in name and nature. Junction is a place where the industrial meets the gentle, rustic meets modern, relaxation meets sophistication and where heritage… Read more…

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Ballarat on a Plate

Posted March 20th, 2015

For the past 15 years, Peter Ford has embraced Ballarat’s local produce via his eponymous catering company. This, combined with his broader work championing the region’s food bowl make Peter the perfect chef to interpret Ballarat as a dish. “Lately there’s been a gentrification of Ballarat taking place and you… Read more…

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For Franklinford farmer Stewart Laing, successful small scale farming boils down to a handful of key ingredients that when mixed together, produce a tasty end result. Trading under the name, The Farmer’s Larder, Stewart’s sheep and pigs roam the farm, grazing scenic pastures not far from Mount Franklin. The end result? Full flavoured, free… Read more…

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10 Things to do this weekend

Posted February 19th, 2015

This weekend is choc-a-block, with markets, fairs and Chinese New Year celebrations happening all over the region.   Here’s just a taste. 1. There will be more then 120 antique and collectable stalls at the Maldon Antiques and Collectables Fair, 21-22 February at the Maldon Football Ground. 2. While away the… Read more…

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From food stars to film stars

Posted January 13th, 2015

When Bendigo Regional Tourism set out to collate its food and wine heroes for visitors to find, it also had a higher purpose… to collect their stories along with their opening hours. The resulting Bendigo Regional Food and Wine Fossicking app features a suite of videos, filmed during the past… Read more…

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The people behind the stories

Posted December 22nd, 2014

For the past week we’ve shared some of the content from our Summer edition of Secrets Magazine online. Now it’s time you met the talented people who contributed to the issue. Lauren Mitchell has been telling central Victorian stories for over 15 years. She has written for several newspapers and magazines and… Read more…

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To market, to market

Posted December 18th, 2014

Arriving at David and Lisa Tatman’s farm gate, you cannot help but be romanced by the magnificent views of Mount Buninyong to the south and Mount Warrenheip to the north, together with the abundance of vegetables growing in the chocolate brown soil. Combined with the original old blue stone bridge… Read more…

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Retreat to Perricoota Vines

Posted December 10th, 2014

Surrounded by weeping willows and wetlands that attract native birds and wildlife, Perricoota Vines Retreat gives true meaning to the word restful. Guests at Perricoota Vines are encouraged to take advantage of the natural environment and fresh Murray River air and allow themselves to relax with the soft sounds of… Read more…

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Amaz ‘n’ Fun at Tangled Maze

Posted November 1st, 2014

At Secrets we’re often asked, “Where can we take the kids to keep them entertained?”.  For a generation growing up with electronic gizmos and instant gratification, suggestions of physical, get the heart pumping fun times haven’t always hit the mark. However a new play park at the Tangled Maze near… Read more…

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Hepburn Springs on a Plate

Posted September 18th, 2014

If anyone can interpret Hepburn Springs on a plate, it’s twice-hatted chef, Andrew Dennis. Currently overseeing the kitchen at The Grande Hotel, Andrew has lived in nearby Coomoora for 10 years and has created a seasonal dish with all the vitality and sustainable qualities Hepburn has to offer. “When I think… Read more…

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A Popping Good Food Experience

Posted September 18th, 2014

Sara Kittelty’s hands are slippery with ghee as she chatters with students in the cooking class about how dry or damp the paratha dough should be. It’s soon clear that Sara, as Julia Child would suggest, is “the boss of that dough”! There are a dozen of us in that… Read more…

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