Episode 34: Food trails and farm gates
What do the regions of Red Hill, Bright, Milawa and the Bellarine Peninsula have in common? Discover the answers today on Postcards, when you join the crew for our special food trails and farm gates episode. This week the team check out regional food and wine delights on offer in these beautiful locations.
Milawa Mustards, Milawa Cheese and Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard
Milawa is one of Australia's greatest gourmet regions and guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds. Milawa Mustards is a must visit, where you can indulge in home made mustard, chutneys, jams, pickles, dressings, vinegars, jams and jellies. Just around the corner, Milawa Cheese Company use traditional methods and all natural ingredients to make their award winning cheeses. Taste before you buy. Just down the road, don't miss Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard, one of the most famous wineries in the country.
1597 Glenrowan-Myrtleford Road, Milawa
Ph: 03 5727 3202
Milawa Cheese Company
17 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa
Ph: 03 5727 3589
Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard
Ph: 03 5720 5500
The Red Hill Baker, Main Ridge Dairy and Merricks General Store
Long before the sun rises, Red Hill Bakers are hard at work creating their wholesome bread. They recently opened a sister bakery and café in Balnarring, just over an hour's drive from Melbourne's CBD. If you're searching for sandwich ingredients, look no further than Main Ridge Diary, the Mornington Peninsula's very own farmhouse cheese factory. Nearby Merricks General Store serves divine country cuisine. It doubles as a cellar door and it's the perfect spot to pick up a bottle of vino.
Merricks General Store
3460 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks
Ph: 03 5989 8088
Main Ridge Dairy
295 Main Creek Rd, Main Ridge
Ph: 03 5989 6622
Red Hill Baker
1/3000 Frankston–Flinders Rd, Balnarring
Ph: 03 5931 3125
Elkhorn Roadhouse and Q Seafood Provedore
The Bellarine Taste Trail offers a whole region of restaurants, wineries and farm gate grocers. Start your trail at Queenscliff Harbour and make seafood part of the plan. Q Seafood Provedore showcases the region's sublime produce. It's not your average fish and chip shop, and serves up a fabulous breakfast too. Follow the taste trail to your next pit stop at Elk Horn Roadhouse in Wallington. There's no deep fried selection here, just freshly baked treats, made with local and organic ingredients.
Elk Horn Road House
420a Wallington Rd, Wallington
Ph: 03 5250 6056
Q Seafood Provedore
Shop 4, Wharf St, Queenscliff
Ph: 03 5258 1333
Patrizia Simone's kitchen garden and cooking lesson at The Kilns
Bright's highly acclaimed Simone's restaurant began life, more than 25 years ago, as the dining room for the Ovens Valley Motel. Simone's is renowned for its cuisine and always makes the most of the area's great seasonal produce. The Kilns offers charming accommodation nearby. Old tobacco kilns have been transformed into three luxurious houses. The Sorting Shed is the newest transformation, and sleeps up to 6 adults in 3 bedrooms. Upstairs in the modern kitchen, you can take your very own cooking class with Patrizia Simone herself.
98 Gavan St, Bright
Ph: 03 5755 2266
Cavedons Lane, Porepunkah
Ph: 0400 733 170
Coburg Night Market
If you love shopping, street food and live music, why not head down to the Coburg Night Market, Fridays from 16 November.
Where: Bridges Reserve, Coburg
When: 16 November – 21 December
Harvest 'N' Graze festival
Rippon Lea Estate plays host to the Harvest 'N' Graze festival on Sunday, 18 November. Come and check out some of the state's best provedores and treat yourself to the season's finest bounty.
Where: Rippon Lea House and Gardens
When: 18 November
Myer Spirit of Christmas CD
Myer's annual charity CD – The Spirit of Christmas – will soon be in store. It features artists such as Delta Goodrem and Justice Crew, with all profits going to the Salvation Army's children and youth programs.
When: In store from 4 November, 2012