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Shake out the picnic rug and grab your picnic basket! No need to fill it though; The Age Spring Harvest Picnic will be brimming with the best of Victoria's best to keep you grazing all day long. It's on Sunday November 29th at Werribee Park on the lawns of the historic Werribee Mansion.
This convivial picnic showcases food and wine producers from all over Victoria. Sample and buy home-made jams and preserves, olives and oils, organic produce, cheeses, artisan breads, decadent chocolates and cupcakes, award-winning wines, handcrafted ales and ciders, and much more from over 100 exhibitors.
Watch cooking demonstrations featuring a fantastic line-up of high-profile chefs, including husband and wife cooking team Jeremy and Jane Strode. You can also catch Karen Martini, chef, restaurateur, writer (Sunday Life in the Sunday Age) and TV presenter (Better Homes & Gardens), as well as Justin Wise, head chef from the Press Club for those big, hearty Greek and Mediterranean flavours.
Free entertainment includes Daryl Braithwaite (for some great reminiscing for those of us old enough to remember), rhythmic, infectious African Drumming, and Combo Le Revelacion for some very smooth Latin American beats.
The kids will love Aunty Rozzy, who'll have them enthralled with interactive cooking demonstrations (with a focus on healthy eating) and her fabulous song, The Incredible Edible Alphabet.
The day's a bargain given the entry fee includes entry into the Italianette-style Werribee Mansion, Victoria State Rose Garden, cooking demonstrations, plus all the live entertainment, kids' activities, car parking and a copy of The Age.
It's $20 for adults, $15 concession (cheaper if you pre-pay), and kids under 15 are free.
Bring your friends, bring you family and most of all, bring an appetite!
The picnic, one of the longest-running food and wine festivals in Victoria, is a sister event to The Age Harvest Picnic at Hanging Rock. Pencil it into your diaries. It's on Sunday 28th February 2010.