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Heathcote Wine & Food Festival 2017

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by Ian Gill (subscribe)
I'm a Victorian freelance writer & photographer living in the Macedon Ranges north of Melbourne.
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Heathcote's Annual Taste Sensation
The Heathcote Wine & Food Festival has been an annual event for more than 15-years now, showcasing the region's major industry to an estimated 4,000 visitors each year.

This year's event will be staged over the weekend of Saturday & Sunday the 7th and 8th October.

Victoria Melbourne Heathcote Wine Wines Food Festival Festivals Get Away
Heathcote is undoubtedly the hub of the Heathcote Wine Growing Region and host for the annual Wine and Food Festival. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


The festival is a great opportunity to sample new release wines and learn first hand about wines that have achieved recent success in national and international presentations.

The Heathcote Wine Growing Region is renowned for its rich red soils and world-class Shiraz wines as well as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and some excellent Rieslings and Viognier.

Victoria Melbourne Heathcote Wine Wines Food Festival Festivals Get Away
Some of the best wines in Australia, particularly Shiraz, are produced in the Heathcote district so it's not surprising the annual Heathcote Wine & Food Festival attracts a great deal of attention. Photo: www.pexels.com


Heathcote Showgrounds host the annual Wine & Food Festival that has grown proportionally with Heathcote Wine Region's impressive reputation.

Tickets are on sale now here

On-line pre-event tickets cost:

Saturday Standard $40
Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $65

Sunday Standard $30
Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $55

Weekend Standard $65
Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $90

Non-drinker $10
Children Free

At the gate tickets cost:

Saturday Standard $45
Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $70

Sunday Standard $35
Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $60

Weekend Standard $70
Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $95

Non-drinker $10
Children Free

Victoria Melbourne Heathcote Wine Wines Food Festival Festivals Get Away
Heathcote's main street, reputedly the longest in country Victoria, is lined with tasting venues representing some of the regions greatest producers. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


Bus services will operate from Melbourne Southern Cross Station departing at 9.30 AM both days and departing Heathcote on return at 5.30 PM on Saturday and 4.30 PM on Sunday. The return fare costs $35.

Buses will also run from Bendigo on both days departing Bendigo Railway Station at 9.30 AM, Central Bendigo at 9.45 AM, Junortoun Post Office at 10 AM and Axedale primary School at 10.15 AM. Return services will depart Heathcote at 5.30 PM on Saturday and 4.30 PM on Sunday. Bendigo-Heathcote return costs $26.

Victoria Melbourne Heathcote Wine Wines Food Festival Festivals Get Away
The Heathcote Wine & Food Festival matches fantastic local food with some truly great wines. Photo: www.pexels.com


Heathcote is 135 kilometres north of Melbourne, about a 1 hour 40 minute drive via the Calder Freeway and C326.

Victoria Melbourne Heathcote Wine Wines Food Festival Festivals Get Away
No need to look for a Cellar Door - the very best of the region is all displayed in a single location during the annual Heathcote Wine & Food Festival. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank


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Why? Don't miss this opportunity to sample everything that Heathcote and surrounds has to offer - some of Australia's best wines and great food aplenty.
When: Saturday and Sunday 7th & 8th October
Phone: (03) 5433 3121
Where: Heathcote Show Grounds
Cost: On-line pre-event tickets cost Saturday Standard $40, Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $65, Sunday Standard $30, Platinum $55, Weekend Standard $65, Platinum $90. Non-drinker $10, Children Free.
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