Food fads come and go, but nothing beats tucking into freshly baked pies, cakes and bread. Luckily, Victoria’s towns and villages are dotted with pastry havens, their wafting aromas inviting you in to savour artisanal sour dough, divine vanilla slices or a traditional meat pie.

At RedBeard Historic Bakery in Trentham the wood-fired 19th-century masonry oven is as much an attraction as the artisan pies, bread and cakes it produces. Watch the bakers at work, tour the historic bakery, and take a bread-making workshop.

Within lush Sherbrooke Forest, Burnham Bakery takes pride in making bread the traditional way. Master bakers take the best local ingredients and apply biodynamic and sustainable practices to produce plenty of flavour.

The good folk at Milawa Cheese Factory and Bakery give equal weighting to the bread with which their speciality cheese is eaten, baking daily artisanal creations for an always winning combination.

Victorians hold an unmatched passion for pies, whether it's a humble meat staple with sauce, found all over the state, or glammed up versions eaten with sea views, such as scrumptious scallop pies at Apollo Bay Bakery on the Great Ocean Road, or any of the 15-plus flavours on offer at award-winning Rolling Pin Pies and Cakes in Queenscliff.

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