With Bendigo's recent designation as a City of Gastronomy, the city and surrounding region is bursting with top-class food and beverage experiences. Fresh regional produce and creative cuisine, hatted restaurants and some of the finest wine in the state combine to create a contemporary food and wine scene that's become a favourite with locals and out-of-towners alike.
The Goldfields boasts three significant wine regions – Bendigo, Ballarat and Heathcote. Bendigo and Heathcote are famed for their robust shiraz and Italian varieties, while Ballarat is noted for elegant cool-climate wines.
Fresh produce and deli delights
While you're in the region, don't miss out on the many farmers markets. These events run monthly in Bendigo, Ballarat, Talbot and many other towns and villages within the area, showcasing its diverse product. Stock up on regional specialties such as bullboar sausages, locally pressed olive oil, craft beer, chocolate and delicious goats cheese. Add to the list some crisp apples, juicy pears, cider and perry straight from the growers in Harcourt, home to Victoria's finest apples.
Village to vine
Experience the wide range of excellent dining options on offer, from city to town to country. Enjoy great coffee and sophisticated breakfasts in village cafes, dine out in hatted restaurants housed in heritage surrounds, or skip to the countryside and enjoy lunch with a view at a local vineyard.