The diverse tastes and flavours of Melbourne's restaurants may be a foodie's heaven, but none of it could be possible without Victoria's rich regional bounty. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a real food adventure punctuated by regional delicacies, country charm and warm hospitality.
Fresh from the farmers' market
Many municipalities offer weekly market days. Farmers gather to sell fresh produce picked that morning, along along with locally-produced meats and cheeses. Popular markets include the Albury Wodonga Farmers' Market, Woodend Community Farmers' Market and Mornington's Main Street Market, all famous for their diverse, high-quality fare.
Get a taste of the regions
From volcanic soils to cool climates, each region's landscape leaves a unique imprint on its produce. Taste your way through Follow the Murray River's popular Farm Gate Trail as it winds through Victoria's famous 'food bowl'. Stop at orchards, dairies, wineries, and craft breweries to fill your basket as you travel. Head to the Yarra Valley for award-winning vineyards, and then explore the Otway Harvest Trail or 12 Apostles Food Artisan Trail to sample the best of Victoria's south east.
Make a weekend of it and immerse yourself in local produce at regional food festivals. Toast to the Coast, the Daylesford Macedon Produce and High Country Harvest festivals are a great place to start.