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It's a friendly food feast of the most enjoyable proportions. Also featuring fabulous entertainment in the most stunning surrounds, it's a truly special event to enjoy with food and wine-loving family and friends.
Held annually on the last Sunday in November, it attracts lots of people, both general fun-lovers and those who make food and wine pilgrimages a regular event. Not that it's a pilgrimage really, given it's all of 20 minutes from Melbourne. Still, we plan well in advance and anticipate it with a cant-wait sort of excitement that surrounds both this event, and sister event, Picnic at Hanging Rock, held on the last Sunday in February.
So, what to expect? Fun, friendly people (both visitors and stallholders), food, wine, cooking demonstrations by well-known chefs, music (lively Latin beats, Joe Camilleri & The Black Sorrows and more), kid's entertainment, a stroll through the majestic, historic Werribee Mansion and splendid Victoria State Rose Garden – and maybe a lazy lounge under a gum tree while gazing through the canopy of leaves at the sky above. Now, that's my idea of a picnic.
Bring: a rug, sunscreen, hats, folding chairs if desired, a basket for collecting and sharing yummies (I bring a trolley...), and cash given there are no ATM facilities.
Don't bring food! With rows of tents housing passionate producers and their wares, including jams and preserves, artisan breads, cupcakes, spices, honey, cherries, coffee, ice cream, fine wines, handcrafted local ales and much more, there is an abundance (if not an over abundance, if such a thing exists).