The Sun Country Food and Wine Festival 2018 was launched last Friday at the picturesque Burramine Homestead with many of the hosts of the ten-day event in attendance.
Enjoying locally grown and produced food as well as celebrating the region’s local communities will be a highlight of the festival to be held from March 16 to 25.
This year’s event boasts the biggest number of the region’s best food and wine businesses, with visitors invited to follow the Farm Gate Trail from Yarrawonga to Barmah to experience the best food and wine each town has to offer.
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum also attended the launch and spoke of the significance of people visiting so many areas within the Sun Country region and the quality of products they would be provided with.
“We have so many wonderful towns and businesses in this area so it is fantastic to be able to showcase them and show tourists everything this area has to offer,” Mr Drum said.
The 2018 festival promises both exciting and unusual food and wine and as mentioned by Moira Shire Mayor Libro Mustica, it is a great reason for visitors to linger longer and for locals to explore their own backyard.
“Wherever your travels take you around Sun Country on the Murray, there’s quality food and wine on offer,” Cr Mustica said.
“Join in the fun and excitement as you take your taste buds on a journey across our wonderful shire and as you travel through the countryside, keep an eye out for farms that offer direct-to-you freshness.
“With a variety of accommodation options, it is another great reason for you to linger longer.
“I encourage everyone to enjoy a taste of the festival, not just because we have fantastic food and wine, but so we can share these wonderful experiences with our visitors.”
The Sun Country Food and Wine Festival is supported by a grant from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund and is a proud participant of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Businesses involved in the festival include The Big Strawberry, Koonoomoo; Rich Glen Olive Estate, Yarrawonga; Byramine Homestead Brewery and Ciderhouse, Yarrawonga; Cactus Country, Strathmerton; PS Cumberoona, Yarrawonga; KU de ‘TA, Cobram; Katamatite Garlic, Katamatite; Monichino Wines, Katunga; Eden Farm Produce, Numurkah; Dubuque Historic Homestead, Numurkah; and Café 3641, Strathmerton.
Festival brochures detailing the food and wine events are available from local Visitor Information Centres, council offices and online at www.moira.vic.gov.au or www.suncountryonthemurray.com.au.