Our top event picks: High Country Harvest 2017

Well hellooooo! The cool nights and blue-sky days of autumn proper have arrived - simply one of the best seasons to visit our region. We've picked some of our favourite events from the upcoming High Country Harvest program (5 - 21 May), all within 45 minutes’ drive of Rutherglen or less.

Click on the event title below for more info, or browse the full program at www.highcountryharvest.com.au

Tweed Ride (Rutherglen) – Saturday 6 May
Rutherglen’s Tweed Ride has developed quite the following, with this year’s leisurely tweed-clad cycling adventure featuring three new food and wine experiences. Stops include the new Andrew Buller Wines, Cofield Wines and Rutherglen Estates. Don’t forget your vintage attire!

Image credit: Georgie James Photography 

Food for Thought (Yackandandah) – Saturday 6 May
We love Saint Monday’s ethos, which will be celebrated at this ethical, plant-based, candlelit no-waste feast. Oh, and did we mention, their feel-good food is super delicious? (Here's a little bit more about Saint Monday over on our Eating out around Rutherglen blog post.) 

Food for Thought Yackandandah High Country Harvest 2017
Image credit: Saint Monday

Smokin’ Hot Stanley (Stanley) – Sunday 7 May
Just beyond Beechworth, Stanley is a small village surrounded by apple orchards and nut groves in their autumn prime, and is now home to two exciting new farm-to-plate movers and shakers – Black Barn Farm and Garden State. Join them for an abundant feast of lip-smacking local fare, basted, smoked, slow-cooked and flame-grilled over four open fires.

New Breed Feast (Chiltern) – Saturday 20 May
This delicious lunch event features some of our favourite friends of food, wine and creative pursuits! Winemakers Ricky James and Simon Killeen, photographer Georgie James, and Pinchos Catering! To be honest, they had us at succulent spit-roasted heritage roast pork.

Image credit: Georgie James Photography

Taste Trekkers Gourmet Time Travel (Beechworth) – Saturday 20 May
Curated by gregarious local foodie Sally Lynch, this lantern-lit roving feast around Beechworth brings together some of the town’s tastiest mouthfuls with historical backdrops including the grand gold-rush era bank setting of Provenance restaurant, the old gaol and Tanswell’s cellar. 

The Art of Cheese (Tarrawingee) – Friday 19, Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 May
In our book, goats cheese can add that something-something to so many meals and a beautiful hand-crafted piece of goats cheese is pure joy! If you’re reading from the same page, here’s your chance to join the goats of Tolpuddle Farm for an immersive pasture-to-plate experience: goat milking, hands-on cheese making and a shared lunch in the garden with passionate producers Melissa and Donovan.
The Art of Cheese Tolpuddle Tarrawingee High Country Harvest 2017
Image credit: Tolpuddle Cheese

Harvest menu at Lake Moodemere Estate (Rutherglen) – 5 - 21 May
Lake Moodemere’s Cellar Door is a majestic location overlooking the lake. The Chambers family raise their own lambs as well as growing grapes on the estate. Check out their special harvest menu during High Country Harvest, featuring lip-smacking Moodemere Lamb and other delicious morsels by the open fire.

Ciao Biscotti (Rutherglen) – Sunday 7 & 21 May
One of Rutherglen’s lovely B&B hosts, Kellie-Anne (and sometime-grape picker during vintage at Scion!), is hosting intimate hands-on biscotti-making workshops with afternoon tea (of course matched with local wines). Open to both B&B guests and visitors.