Fifteen years ago I traded a corporate career for life on the river. Close enough to Melbourne to get a quick City fix, plus a great community with excellent coffee and four healthy active boys to keep me entertained, I've never regretted the change.
The Marysville Region Really Long Lunch starts at noon on Friday March 7, and true to its name, this luncheon party by the lake is no brief affair.
Ease in to the long weekend with a leisurely outdoor five-course meal. It's like a picnic in the park, but with proper tables, napery, glasses, service and silverware.
You may feel the echoes of Marysville's exclusive guesthouse past, so don't resist the temptation to dress in flowing white silks and an expansive broad-brimmed hat or that pair of shoes you know would have Phryne Fisher green with envy.
For years the region has hosted a popular long lunch as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. This year they are going it alone with a five course menu using locally sourced produce. The concept remains that of presenting great food and complementary local wines around a shared, long table.
A really long line of glasses complements the really long table
Each course is presented by a guest chef and matched with appropriate local cold-climate wines. The meal is accompanied with live music, a fashion parade and some creative surprises featuring talented artists of the area.
Make sure you have a designated driver in your party, or better yet, arrange to stay a few days in one of Marysville's quality B&Bs or holiday homes and stroll through Marysville's really leafy streets with time to appreciate all that this abundant region has to offer.
Stroll to the lunch from the leafy main street of Marysville