Treat yourself under country skies
FOOD lovers will gather under open skies at Village Bonfires across North East Victoria as part of High Country Harvest (May 13 – 22) this autumn.
At least five Village Bonfire locations will bring together the region’s vibrant food communities to celebrate harvest over fireside appetisers such as chestnut soup, mulled wine, freerange pulled pork rolls, fire-roasted lamb and new-season toffee apples.
Hungry travellers will also be able to choose from a program of 40 curated events over the festival’s 10 days, on sale from March 1.
The region’s village streets, mountains and valleys will come alive with colour, as local producers harvest the spoils of autumn, while chefs forage for mushrooms and other wild ingredients in nearby forests.
Village Bonfire locations include the Moyhu Hotel in the heart of the King Valley, the shores of Rocky Valley Lake at Falls Creek, by the mountains at dusk at Mansfield’s Delatite Winery, at the majestic Winton Wetlands, and nestled in the alpine foothills of the Kiewa Valley at Mount Beauty.
This year’s events range from an ultra-local “100 step” progressive feast in buzzy Bright, to a winemaker-led tour of the starry night sky over the Warby Range, to a campfire-side high tea among the snow gums beyond Falls Creek.
Join a leisurely bike or horseback ride weaving to High Country feasts including the annual Rutherglen Tweed Ride, or warm the fingers as you learn crumpet making, fly fishing, lamb butchery or creative campfire cooking.
During the festival many of the region’s best restaurants and cafes will also showcase produce-driven Harvest Menus (think Milawa free-range chicken with Wooragee mushrooms at Rutherglen’s Tastes Restaurant, or Sexy soups at Mansfield Regional Produce Store) and sip-worthy Autumn Warmers (think Hot Buttered Pumpkin Rum at Beechworth’s Ox and Hound or Salted Caramel Single Origin Hot Chocolate at Bright Chocolate).
With crisp mornings and the scent of wood smoke dancing in the evening air, get swept away by the High Country’s stunning alpine scenery, historic streetscapes and abundant valleys.
Full program of events is on sale from March 1 and more information is available on www. highcountryharvest.com.au.
DIG IN: Experience the North East’s vibrant food communities at High Country Harvest.