Ruther­glen’s wine and gourmet food fes­ti­val

North East Tourist News - - Wine Country -

SET over two fan­tas­tic days in March, Tastes of Ruther­glen is the ul­ti­mate food and wine week­end as lead­ing re­gional chefs and lo­cal wine­mak­ers part­ner in a su­perb pro­gres­sive lunch in NE Vic­to­ria on March 12-13.

Fes­ti­val-go­ers can in­dulge in per­fectly matched food and wine com­bi­na­tions as each of the 17 par­tic­i­pat­ing Ruther­glen winer­ies, where a sig­na­ture dish by a re­gional chef or pro­ducer is per­fectly matched to the best wines of Ruther­glen.

Meet the renowned and friendly wine­mak­ers be­hind Ruther­glen’s world-class wines and dis­cover the pas­sion of North East Vic­to­ria’s lo­cal pro­duc­ers as the re­gion cel­e­brates vin­tage un­der sunny au­tumn skies.

Mu­sic, food, wine, fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties and fun seam­lessly blend at what has be­come one of re­gional Vic­to­ria’s best fes­ti­vals.

Fes­ti­val en­try is just $20 - which pro­vides a fes­ti­val wrist­band and tast­ing glass. Meal + wine tick­ets are avail­able at $20 each (fes­ti­val-go­ers may pur­chase as many as they like). Each ticket is re­deemable at any of the 17 winer­ies to en­joy an in­cred­i­ble meal and matched wine.

Over both days, a range of events will take place at winer­ies in­clud­ing in­clu­sive wine din­ners, mas­ter­classes, din­ners un­der the stars, live bands and much more.

There is fun for the whole fam­ily, with plenty of winer­ies of­fer­ing chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment.

Trans­port is easy over the two days thanks to the TAC Win­ery Shut­tle Bus which cir­cles be­tween all 17 winer­ies, and fes­ti­val-go­ers can hop on and off as they like in this safe and has­sle-free way to tour the winer­ies ($27 per day,book­ings on­line).

Shut­tle rid­ers can also take ad­van­tage of the free wine check-in ser­vice, too.

There is also a re­gional shut­tle op­tion with pick-up and drop-off also avail­able in Wa­gun­yah, Corowa, Al­bury, Wodonga, How­long, Mul­wala, Bun­da­long, Chiltern, Wan­garatta and Yar­ra­wonga ($37 per day, book­ings on­line).

A Des­ig­nated Driver Re­ward Cam­paign, also spon­sored by TAC, op­er­ates all week­end with in­for­ma­tion avail­able at par­tic­i­pat­ing winer­ies or on­line.

For more in­for­ma­tion, a copy of the Tastes of Ruther­glen pro­gram, or to pur­chase Tastes Fes­ti­val tick­ets and Food/Wine match tick­ets call 1800 622 871.

To avoid miss­ing out book on­line now at www. tas­te­ofruther­ or visit­mak­ers.

All fes­ti­val and bus tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line.

CHEERS: Tastes of Ruther­glen is a high­light on the lo­cal calendar.

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