There are a wealth of events on the Gippsland calendar to choose from including golf and racing days, music festivals and agricultural celebrations. And, for the foodies, the towns around Wilsons Promontory and Central Gippsland offer a host of food and wine events showcasing the exceptional produce of the region.
Food, glorious food
Originally conceived by local wineries as a vehicle to showcase newly released wines, the Tinamba Food and Wine Festival gets bigger and better each year. Book your tickets and visit in April to revel in Gippsland's superb food and wine culture. In February, indulge your love of garlic at the Meeniyan Garlic Festival and explore Gippsland's Italian side at the Mirboo North Festa. Embrace winter in a lively country setting at the Loch Village Food & Wine Festival in June.
For the art fiends, a visit during the 'Come and play… all of May' art celebration is a must. Here you'll find the work of local and international artists, sculptors, designers and musicians on show.
And if you're looking for something creative for the kids, head to the Mirboo North Arty Gras for three days of art, music and community activities.
If music's in your blood, time your visit to coincide with a local festival. Catch the best of acoustic, electric and 12-bar at the Bruthen Blues Festival and see local and international acts when they descend on Foster for the Mossvale Park Music Festival. Swing and sway at the Paynesville and Inverloch Jazz Festivals or kick up your heals at the Boolarra Folk Festival in March.Get a massive dose of new folk, rock and hip hop at the Hills are Alive festival near Loch village, NYE festival Beyond the Valley in Warragul and at the Inverloch Sounds of Summer festival.
And adrenaline junkies need not despair. Mt Baw Baw offers many snow-capped events during the annual ski season. Try curling, snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing. Alternatively, if you're more comfortable saddled into a bike, the Mt Baw Baw Classic is a must for cyclists.
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