St Erth Heritage Apple Festival

 The Garden of St Erth, 189 Simmons Reef Rd, Blackwood, Victoria, 3458

2 Apr 2016, 3 Apr 2016

Join the Diggers Club team at the beautiful garden of St Erth for a weekend of heritage apple festivities and celebrations.Taste test and choose the best heritage apples and pears, sample freshly pressed apple juice and cider, taste and buy delicious baked apple pies and strudels made locally by Kyneton’s Piper St Food Co.

For the green thumbs join the free garden tours and learn about the history and making of this stunning garden and pick-up gardening tips at the free gardening workshops.

Book into an Apple Masterclass with the heritage apple experts, Pete the Permie and David Key and sample cider from local makers Daylesford Cider. Learn all about cider making at the demonstrations.

Listen to live music at our Fork to Fork Café while you enjoy a menu inspired by St Erth's autumn harvest and complimented by wine from Zig Zag winery.

Taste and order any of 10 varieties of apple juice made by Summer Snow Juice Company and arrange for delivery to your door.

Little Diggers Children's apple inspired activities on Sunday between 11:00am until 2:00pm

Content: The Diggers Club
03 53 686 514

Macedon Challenge

10 Apr 2016

The 2016 Mount Macedon Challenge is the second of three events in the Challenge Series.

Located only 30 minutes from Melbourne, the Macedon region is filled with beautiful lush tree lines and undulating terrain that will appear endless. Flat sections of road with a country feel will take in some of Victoria's most beautiful surroundings.

Both the 109 kilometre and 58 kilometre courses climb the famous Mount Macedon, which offers spectacular views of the stunning vistas of Melbourne and beyond from the famous memorial cross and lookout.

If you and your friends are looking for a great day on the bike with all the services including mechanical support, on course paramedics, on course entertainment, and the best stocked refreshment stops on the calendar, then look no further.

Why not bring the whole family along, and make a weekend of it.

Content: Cycling Victoria
03 8480 3000
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2016 Run The Rock

Hanging Rock Reserve, South Rock Road, Woodend, Victoria, 3442

16 Apr 2016

Surround yourself with the alluring mountains, abundant wildlife, beautiful gardens and experience a fun run in Melbourne's backyard.

The event will be held at Hanging Rock, Woodend, only one hour from Melbourne CBD. Escape the city and choose from the five kilometre run or walk, 12 kilometre run, 20 kilometre run and the two kilometre kids run.

Join Sole Motive at Run The Rock 2016 and rock your way!

8:15am - 20 kilometres
9:30am - 12 kilometres
9:40am - two kilometre kids fun run
10:15am - five kilometres

Content: Start to Finish Event Management
06 9285 0600
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Paul Bangay's Stonefields Open Garden Weekend 2016

16 - 17 Apr 2016

Enjoy a luxurious weekend on 16 & 17 April 2016 exploring the private property of Australia's most renowned landscape designer, Paul Bangay.

This is a very special fundraiser for the not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
Enjoy a day of indulging in Paul's incredible private garden, rarely open to the public. After you have explored the garden, relax on the lawn overlooking the extensive property and glorious views to enjoy some beautiful local food, wine and coffee while listening to some live music.

Lunch options, wine, cheese and coffee by Victorian producers.
Paul Bangay and Stephanie Alexander book sales (which can be personally signed on the spot).
A popular on-site raffle with almost $5000 worth of top food and gardening products and services.
Rare and exotic plants from local nurseries.
A chance to meet Paul and Stephanie, and learn about pleasurable food education from the Kitchen Garden Foundation team.
Displays by local Kitchen Garden Program schools.

Tickets $25 pre-sale or $30 at the gate. Children aged 12 and under free.
A shuttle bus will be making round trips from Kyneton Train Station to Stonefields at a flat rate of $10 per person return - with priority given to those who purchase tickets beforehand.

Malmsbury Landcare will be operating the on site car park, with a gold coin donation per vehicle to support their work.

This event is run solely by and for the not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation and all proceeds from this event support the Foundation's work in bringing pleasurable food education to children.

Content: Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
03 8415 1993
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The Regional Producer's Day at Lake House Daylesford

 Lake House, 4 King Street, 4, Daylesford, Victoria, 3460

17 Apr 2016

The Lake House host their annual celebration of the best producers, bakers, farmers, makers, brewers, cooks, butchers, chefs and distillers in their extraordinary region.

Come early and join Lake House Culinary Director Alla Wolf-Tasker and the producers for a casual country breakfast (bookings essential).

Taste your way around the market style event, watch cooking demonstrations, participate in hosted tastings and enjoy live music amongst the orchard and gardens. There will be demonstrations in The Cooking School Kitchen hosted by Alice In Frames Zaslavsky all day long and featuring River Cottage Australia's Paul West, MasterChef Winner Emma Dean and Forage author Julia Jenkins. Be sure to check it out.

Pop into the Alquimie Tasting Tent where you’ll meet some of the best wine producers in Australia plus the great team behind Alquimie magazine itself. Tastings, lunch from the wood fired oven & gourmet barbecue available all day. Come say hello!

Content: Lake House
03 53 493 329
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The Logan Duo

Daylesford Cider, 155 Dairyflat Road, 155, Musk, Victoria, 3461

Daylesford Cider can't wait to have this fantastic musical duo from Melbourne up for a Saturday cider session at The Tavern.

Forming in 2008, The Logan Duo are an acoustic team hailing from Melbourne. Combining Nelson's prowess on acoustic guitar and Danielle's sugary sweet vocals, the pair manage to create their own unique versions of well-known tunes.

The kitchen will be running till 3:30pm both Saturday and Sunday, lawn games will be available should the weather still be good and if the weather is not so charming, we will have the fire roaring and mulled cider stewing.

This is a free event however group bookings and table reservations are strongly recommended.

Content: Daylesford Cider Company
03 53 482 275
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Clunes Booktown Festival

 30 Apr - 1 May 2016

Australia's only International Booktown hosts the Clunes Booktown Festival over the weekend of 30 April to 1 May, 2016.

The annual festival is approaching its tenth year and regularly attracts between 15,000 and 20,000 people who come for the opportunity to browse through thousands and thousands of books - rare, new, second hand and out of print across all genres.

What better way to celebrate books than to browse the more than 50 book shops and stalls that transform the township of Clunes each May.

The concentration of books - new, second-hand, collectable and out-of-print across all genres - surpasses any capital city in Australia. Nowhere else can you find so many book traders within a square kilometre than over the Festival weekend.

The writers' talks, the Children's Booktown precinct, Punch and Judy, face painting and the hay bale maze, street theatre, brass bands, wine and food complete the festival.

Look out for special offers closer to the festival when booking your weekend festival pass online.

If you missed the last festival, Clunes permanent booksellers offer great browsing throughout the year and there is also a year-round monthly writers' talks program, Sunday Selection. Full details on the website.

Content: Back to Booktown
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