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Taste Test Bellarine Vs Mornington
Forget the VFL Grand Final or the World Cup soccer, the real head to head confrontation for 2018 will be the Battle of the Bay Degustation Wine Dinner pitting fierce rivals the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas against one another.
360Q's spectacular viewing tower is the standout feature of Queenscliff's fabulous marina and offers outstanding views to Melbourne and Port Phillip Heads, Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
To be staged at 360Q restaurant at Queensliff, this inaugural event will seek to determine which region has the best wines.
You'll be the judge as you feast on 5-courses, lovingly prepared by a team of chefs who come from both sides of the Bay, and featuring matched wines from Ocean Eight on the Mornington and Baie Wines from the Bellarine Peninsula.
Opened in October 2016 in the Queenscliff harbourside precinct 360Q is the baby of well-known chef and restaurateur Barry Iddles who worked on the Mornington Peninsula for a number of years before crossing the Bay and arriving at Queenscliff on the Bellarine.
Both the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsula's are premium wine producing country. To be able to taste test them head to head with some great food is an opportunity not to be missed. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
360Q is renowned for its magnificent views over Queenscliff's $38 million marina to Melbourne and Port Phillip Heads. Tickets for The Battle of the Bay cost $120 per person and are available online at www.trybooking.com via the 360Q website.
You could spend several weekends traipsing from cellar door to cellar door on both Peninsula's just to do what might be achieved in a single night at 360Q's Battle Of The Day Dinner. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Queenscliff is 102 Kilometres south of Melbourne, just over a 90-Minute drive via the Princes Freeway/M1 and the Bellarine Highway/B110.
Get on down to Queenscliff for 360Qs Battle Of The Bay dinner on Friday 20th July. And why not make a weekend of it. After all you are in one of Victoria's premier tourism precincts. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank