FARMERS' MARKET PICNICS FOR FESTIVAL
Monday, 06 February 2012 18:33

A series of picnics at regional farmers' markets planned by the VFMA as part of the 20th Melbourne Food and WineFestival in March 2012.

vfmaOver the festival period, March 2-21, The Victorian Farmers' Markets Association (VFMA) proudly announce that five accredited farmers' markets will hold a shared picnic celebrating the produce of their region. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet the people behind the huge diversity of produce from Victoria. In the spiritof 'bring a plate', picnic-goers will gather their lunch provisions and meet at the close of the market for a lazy and delicious afternoon.

Golden Plains Farmers' Market Saturday 3 March: Hosted by Coodabeen Champion, Ian Cover, the picnic brings together live music,interviews with local producers and chefs, activities for the kids and fabulous food.Entry to the market and picnic are free. Hampers comprising locally grown fruit,salad, cheese, olives, sourdough, cured meat, chutney and home-made biscuitswill be available.

Hurstbridge Farmers' Market Sunday 4 March: Spread out your picnic blanket and enjoy the flavours of the Hurstbridge Farmers'Market with either a savoury platter, offering an array of pate, tapenades, buffalosausage and smoked meats along with freshly baked olive bread and/or a dessertplate of fresh, seasonal fruit, cupcakes, cheese and tarts.

Bendigo Community Farmers' Market Saturday 10 March: Locally-baked artisan breads, a selection of award-winning cheeses, olives, curedmeats and condiments feature on the Bendigo Community Farmers' Market tastingplate, guaranteed to get any picnic off to a great start in the beautiful surroundinggardens of historic Rosalind Park.

Coal Creek Farmers' Market (Korumburra) Saturday 10 March: Enjoy the variety of South Gippsland produce; the picnic includes samplers fromeach of our regions, an ocean starter from Port Franklin, seasoned porchetta rollfrom freerange pork farmers in the Strzelecki Hills and a salad of seasonal bestfollowed by a local cheese and sweet surprise. Local wine, beer and homemadelemon cordial round out the picnic provisions.

Riddells Creek Farmers' Market Saturday 17 March: Bring your picnic blanket to the foothills of the Macedon Ranges, pick up a hamperand enjoy the afternoon with family and friends, children getting their faces paintedfor free, while listening to talented local musicians.

The VFMA Regional Picnic Series is presented by the Victorian Farmers' MarketsAssociation in partnership with each participating accredited regional farmers' market,with the support of the Victorian Government.

For more information: www.vicfarmersmarkets.org.au

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 20:02