Pack your picnic basket, grab a rug and put on your dancing shoes, for The Peninsula Picnic presented by Melbourne MINI Garage returns on Saturday 17 March from 11.30am to 7pm. Grab your tickets HERE. Children under 5 go free, and ages 5 to 17 costs $21.60, with adults at $79.60. Come along and party at the Peninsula's biggest food and wine event with the fun and energy of a live music festival!
Set among the greenery of the Mornington Racecourse, this event has earned a name for itself as one of the best boutique festivals the state has to offer. All you could ever want to eat and drink will be available from local producers and fabulous restaurants.
While you're permitted to bring your own food, it's not encouraged, with so much goodness on offer to explore. No alcohol can be brought to the event and wine glasses are also strictly prohibited. You are welcome to bring your own plastic and paper picnic-ware to put together your own plates from local produce offerings. Metal knives, cheese knives and glass is strictly prohibited and will be confiscated by security. Get your FAQs here to all this and in regard to picnic furniture and more.
Local Peninsula market stalls will be scattered across the Picnic site, so be sure to check out the handmade clothing, locally produced cheese, olive oil, rustic bread, candles, handbags, jewellery, and homewares galore and more at the event.
There's lots of activities for adults and for the young'uns as well at the expanded Kid's Corner. A range of fun to entertain from craft activities and face painting to pony and carnival rides you'll find, along with a variety of bars and watering holes to sweets lane and lawn games for the adults.
Eight of the region's best restaurants and five wineries are not all that's been hand-picked to keep you all buzzing across this one-day festival. There's a hot lineup of musical talent with The John Butler Trio headlining at the helm, along with Harry James Angus from The Cat Empire, Vikki Thorn from The Waifs and Angie McMahon! Revered for their brilliant live performances and superb musicianship, the John Butler Trio are one of the most successful Australian bands of the current era, both locally and on the world stage. This multi-award winning Blues and Roots act are one of those rare acts who have managed to successfully straddle across the mainstream and alternative, to produce a consistent stream of chart-busting tunes!
Harry James Angus is the explosive trumpet-playing singer from The Cat Empire and is known for his deeply original live performances. Vikki Thorn has found her own voice, after 25 years of singing and touring as one-third of The Waifs. Known for her powerful vocals and blues harp playing, she's a dynamic and passionate performer who has sung with Bob Dylan, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly, John Butler and more. Melbourne's own Angie McMahon is sneakily intimate till she arcs into full flight and GETS YA like a trapdoor spider! Her honest songwriting and romantic melodies shifts between gravelly intimacy to pounding rock, covering the full dynamic spectrum. There's nothing less than an awesome day to have with this amazing group of musos!