Every autumn, the farmers, winemakers and chefs of the Murray River get together to celebrate their creations at the Sun Country Food and Wine Festival. On the calendar this year are brewery tours, picnics by pedal, decadent degustations, tastings soundtracked by live music and loads more. All in all, 14 events will take place across the region between March 16 and 25.
If you're into Mexican, book a seat at Cactus Country's three-course feast in Strathmerton on Saturday, March 17. The event includes a twilight tapas tour of a stunning ten-acre cactus garden, which features cacti from all over the world.
Or add a dash of adrenaline to your culinary adventure by grabbing a ticket to Picnic and Pedal in the Grove. On your arrival at Rich Glen Olive Estate, Yarrawonga, you'll be handed a bicycle and a picnic basket packed with local produce then let loose to find an idyllic spot where you can while the afternoon away at your leisure.
Meanwhile, a 14-course high tea whipped up by a pastry chef will be on offer at Cafe3641 in Strathmerton. In between sipping Monichino Brut Cuvee and bottomless tea, you'll be treated to a string of dainty delights, made with local produce and served on fine china. Cafe3641 is in a gorgeous, restored homestead surrounded by rose gardens.
If you're keen to sample some Indigenous foods, then get along to Ku De Ta in Cobram to spend an evening on the Murray's banks, eating sliders made with kangaroo, emu and barramundi, matched with native berry sangria. There'll be live didgeridoo, too. Another option is The Butlers Pantry Unique Culinary Experience. Taking over Dubuque Homestead for an afternoon, this event is centred on an Indigenous grazing table and gives you the chance to try delicacies both traditional and contemporary.
To plan your visit to the Sun Country Food and Wine Festival and explore all the autumnal delights the region has to offer, check out the Visit Victoria website.