The Sun Country Food and Wine Festival officially launched on Friday with a number of Moira Shire councillors enjoying some morning tea and light snacks at Byramine Homestead, near Yarrowonga.
The festival runs until Sunday and celebrates locally grown and produced food and the local communities.
It promises exciting and unusual food and wine and, according to Mayor Libro Mustica, is a great reason for visitors to linger longer and 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 tastebuds on a journey across our wonderful shire.
‘‘As you travel through the countryside, keep an eye out for farms that offer direct-to-you freshness. Local produce never tasted so good.
‘‘And with a variety of accommodation options, you’re welcome to linger longer.
‘‘Tourism research has shown that visiting friends and family is the most common reason for people to visit our region, so our local residents are a very important part of promoting what our region has to offer.
‘‘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 Federal 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.suncountryonthemurray.com.au