Treat your­self un­der coun­try skies

North East Tourist News - - Milawa & District -

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. high­coun­try­har­

DIG IN: Ex­pe­ri­ence the North East’s vi­brant food com­mu­ni­ties at High Coun­try Har­vest.

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