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Geelong Region Wine & Food Fest
Now in its 16th year the annual Toast To The Coast, to be staged on Saturday and Sunday the 4th & 5th of November, is a great opportunity to head down to the Bellarine Peninsula and surrounding districts over the Melbourne Cup long-weekend to eat & drink your way through a long list of award winning wines and gourmet food sourced from the Surf Coast, Moorabool Valley and the Bellarine.
With Geelong as its Gateway .....
..... and historic Queenscliff overlooking Port Phillip Heads, the Bellarine Peninsula is one of Victoria's premier tourism precincts and, along with the Surf Coast and Moorabool Valley, delivers some of the State's best wines and other produce. Photos: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The price of entryt to Toast To The Coast includes a commemorative Tasting Glass that becomes your ticket to free wine tastings at all participating venues.
Grape varieties grown here produce some of Australia's most awarded wines. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Ticketing options include General Entry, General Entry Shuttle Bus and General Entry Shuttle Bus Ferry.
General Entry Shuttle Bus entitles visitors to unlimited hop-on/hop-off access to shuttle buses servicing participating wineries.
General Entry Shuttle Bus Ferry provides return travel on Port Phillip Ferries between Docklands and Portarlington plus unlimited hop-on/hop-off shuttle bus access.
The ferry departs Docklands at 11 AM and Portarlington at 4.15 PM on both days.
Toast To The Coast promises to deliver an outstanding selection of wines and fine food produced throughout the Bellarine, Surf Coast and Moorabool Valley regions. Photo: www.pexels.com
All ticketing options include an entry wristband, Toast To The Coast tasting glass and access to all participating wineries, tastings, live music and entertainment.
Single Day Entry – Saturday or Sunday $35 Weekend Entry $50 Saturday or Sunday Entry Shuttle Bus $65
Weekend Entry Shuttle Bus $90
Saturday or Sunday Entry Shuttle Bus Ferry $95
Weekend Entry Shuttle Bus Ferry $130
If you're travelling to Toast To The Coast from Melbourne's southeast suburbs or the Mornington Peninsula the Searoad Ferries service between Sorrento and Queenscliff is a great option. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Whatever you do don't miss this opportunity to taste-test everything the fabulous Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast and Moorabool Valley have to offer over two full days showcasing wines & fine food along with entertainment and good old country hospitality.