April 6, 2019 / By Caroline Duncan
Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges offer some of the most scenic vistas in Victoria, particularly when the autumn colours set in. During April and May there are plenty of great activities to keep you busy as the deciduous trees turn golden, amber and red in the crisp mountain air. Here are some of my top picks.
Food + Fire + Wine Apr 13, 11:30am - 5:00pm (image above)
Food + Fire + Wine is not your conventional winery dining experience. It’s a small gathering that offers lovers of food and wine a four-course lunch cooked over an open fire, and matched with current and past vintages from Lyons Will Estate. It’s rustic and minimalistic, featuring ‘Off the Grid’ chef, Bente Grysbaek. And if you're interested there will be guided ventures around Lyons Will vineyard and winery lead by these talented winemakers.
Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios, April 13 - 14, April 20 - 22
An event not to be missed! Meet and mingle with the artists of Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, tour their studios and explore the eclectic forms of art they produce in this free event held over two weekends. This is one of the most vibrant arts regions in Australia and the event gives visitors the chance to meet the artists, see how they work and explore the beauty of the region.
Two's a party: The Old Married Couple Duo Tour, April 19, Hepburn Springs (image above)
Following a successful run of performances at major festivals, The Old Married Couple are hitting the road for an up-close-and-personal duo tour. Armed with bright costumes, party blowers and bubbles, The young duo will create a party atmosphere that’s fuelled by their ever-charming kazoo-laden novelty folk music. Taking cues from Musical comedy and cabaret legends like George Formby, Bette Midler, Marie Lloyd and Cole Porter, The Old Married Couple are spreading Toots and Hoots around the World.
Great Trentham Spudfest, 4 May, 10.00am - 4.00pm
The annual Great Trentham Spudfest celebrates Trentham’s potato-growing heritage. With games, tours, produce, stalls, music, food, displays and of course spuds, this is one for the whole family.
Clunes Booktown Festival, May 4 to 5
Up to 18,000 people are expected to attend the booktown festival, one of Australia’s premier literary events. It features literary luncheons, panel discussions, discussions with authors, and a vast collection of rare, out-of-print and collectible books for sale along with musicians, street performers and a host of other entertainment in the historic streets of Clunes, one of the first and most beautifully preserved gold rush towns in Victoria. Clunes is about 20 minutes from Daylesford.
This is a great opportunity to hear the UK bank, The Ocelots live and for free! On tour in Australia the 20 year old twins Brandon and Ashley Ashley combine their songwriting and musical experience together to produce a forceful blend of rich harmonies and bare, raw acoustic folk. Think early Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel and you've got a sense of what this charismatic duo will have on offer .
Lavandula Autumn Harvest Festival, Shepherds Flat, May 19, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Lavandula Farm is a picturesque Swiss-Italian farm that boasts acres of lavender and other produce. The festival celebrates the farm’s seasonal bounty and the people who work the land, with music, food, artisan stallholders, rural demonstrations and food - from a wood-fired oven or a barbecue, or a giant paella pan. Entry: $6 adults, $2 school-aged children, dogs on leads welcome.