From the opening exhibition this Wednesday night to closing fireworks on Sunday, the Swiss Italian Festa is an action packed event celebrating the Swiss Italian heritage of Hepburn Springs with food + wine, exhibitions, parades, music, children's activities, sports and walks.
A must attend event for anyone interested in the wines from this region. A winery pass is only $20 to attend over 30 wineries in 19 different locations. Enjoy great local produce in scenic locations and the opportunity to meet the makers. Transport available. For full details see the festival website
Come and see the "best in show" at the 157th Annual Kyneton Show kicking off on Friday 18th November with a Carnival and then an action packed Saturday filled with a huge range of exhibits from animals, to preserves to art shows. A must see if you are in town and want to connect with country life.
The Kyneton Music Festival returns, with an all star line up. Kicking off on Friday night at the Bluestone Theatre with Dan Kelly Dream Band, The Twoks and Sugarfed Leopards then continuing all day and night Saturday at St Paul's Park with Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Loose Tooth and Mightiest of Guns and much more. A series of more intimate gigs will be held next door at Major Toms. For full program details go to the festival website.
In a grand proclamation of Spring, gorgeous daffodils will welcome visitors to Kyneton to take in the Festival of One Act Plays, the Antique and Vintage Fair, ferret racing, buskers, a Wine and Food Festival at the iconic Degraves Mill, performances and literary events and much, much more.
The introduction of a Dog Dash to the 2016 Festival delighted everyone and is sure to provide some more excitement in 2017.
Piper St Food Co will be holding a Kitchen Essentials | Pies & Pastry class on Friday, 25 August,
10am-12pm. Cost is great value at $75.00 and we offer guests enrolled in Piper St Food Co classes 10% off their accommodation. Just use the code PSFC-890 when booking. In these morning demonstration classes we will cover useful techniques and skills based on the seasons.Only 1 left places available!
Everyone should make Cassoulet at least once every Winter. Learn the history and techniques behind this ultimate comfort food. You will make your own Toulouse sausage, cure your own bacon and learn the art of confit. You will also share a delicious cassoulet with a glass of wine and take all the ingredients home to create your very own version. Guests that book in get 10% off their accommodation at Flop House. Please enter the discount code PSFC-890. Quick only two places left! For more details and to book go to Piper St Food Co
A sensually engaging afternoon featuring a masterclass by Vanessa Partridge and Caris Haughan of Prunella, with truffle dishes by chef Damian Sandercock from Piper St. Food Co. For more details and bookings go to Prunella.
The Bendigo Writers Festival takes place in the heart of Bendigo's View Street arts precinct.
The festival provides a forum to meet and talk about books and writing, and, mostly, to enjoy the conviviality of a festival set in View Street, Bendigo. There are interviews and debates about everything; you can be sure you’ll find something to delight, amuse, intrigue and stimulate. And we're inviting everyone to share in a warm and friendly winter weekend.
In its sixth year, Bendigo Writers Festival has dug deep to find new ways to offer audiences rich entertainment for a truly inspiring winter long weekend. New events and venues, plus brilliant international guests and a dazzling line-up of Australian writers.
The region is starting to become known for its truffles and La Bonta, Kyneton's premier fine dining modern Italian restaurant will prepare a feast featuring truffles as the centrepiece. Paired with Pio Cesare wines this will be a must do for truffle lovers.
The French Revolution storms the intimate surrounds of the Prunella botanical studio as Damian Sandercock, chef from Piper St. Food Co. creates an inspired French Feast celebrating the culinary excellence of that beautiful, beloved country.
Shopkeepers House, Maldon is still available to stay at during the Australian Sheep + Wool Show held in Bendigo this weekend! For three days in July, Bendigo becomes the epicentre of woollen fashion, fine food and beautiful fibre. Since 1877, the Sheep Show has been showcasing Australia’s top wool growers and prime lamb producers and now attracts thousands of fans of woollen fashion, food and fibre.
Come an celebrate everything that is great about Maldon during this two week winter festival that features country hospitality, art shows, music, kids activities, craft demonstrations and tours of the old mining town. For further event details go to www.maldon/org.au
Daylesford Macedon Produce Harvest Festival is a bi-annual celebration of the harvest, dating back to the time when the success of the crops dictated the lives of the people.
Every autumn our festival brings locals and visitors together to enjoy a showcase of unique product from the region’s best growers, provedores, chefs, restaurateurs and vignerons.
Festival goers can try experiences as varied as hands-on permaculture to sausage making; visit farm gates throughout the region and take advantage of the many special harvest week offers. Many become a ‘local’ for a night, shop with the locals at the farmers markets, or taste their way around the region with regional tasting plates and their matched local tipples. We also hold forums on sustainable communities; classes on everything from composting, preserving to bread making; to special winemaker and chef’s dinners and classes.
The 12th Annual Woodend Winter Arts Festival will commence on Friday 10th June at the start of the Queens Birthday weekend. Bringing together some of the best chamber music, jazz and world music in the country as well as visual artists, writers and political commentators. Flop House offers discounts to festival goers that stay for three nights with Flop House and purchase a festival pass.
Some of Australia’s finest artists who choose to work and live in the stunning Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region are opening up their studios over three weekends for the fifth Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios (DMROS) program, which takes place from Saturday 29 April – Sunday 14 May.
Join David Asher, cheesemaker from Canada as a guest of Natasha Morgan and Sharon Flynn of The Fermentary. David is a wild fermenter and author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking. For more information and to make a booking visit Natasha Morgan
Part of a fantastic new Masterclass program at Stockroom, this half day workshop with legendary local sculptor Jason Waterhouse presents a rare opportunity to experience the art of welding. For more details on this and other masterclasses go to Stockroom.
Part of the Castlemaine Festival, Pizzazz on Plate is described by the Muckleford Mercury as ‘quite amusing’ and Winner of the 1989 Food and Fun Award, Travelling Businessmen’s Association (rural division), Pizzazz on a Plate makes cruise ship entertainment look downright lame. With its fully functional fire plan, vegetarian options and ‘world class’ talent, Pizzazz on a Plate at the Maldon Community Centre is not to be missed.
The 2017 Castlemaine State Festival looks set to exceed expectations with an amazing program of events that can be accessed here. Please let us know when you have booked tickets for the festival and we will offer 10% off your stay if you are staying for three nights or more.
Lost Trades Australia celebrates the art of skilled manual work and ancient and traditional trades and crafts, their special tools, traditions, languages and secrets which are now threatened by mass produced products in our modern society. Unfortunately many crafts and trades have been lost to history. Traditional crafts and trades that once were the backbone to building towns, cities and industries have gone and been left in the wake of new technology.
In the past people typically worked one trade or craft all of their lives and passed the secrets of their trade or craft to their children or apprentice. So much information has been lost about the crafts and trades of yesterday, rare trades, unusual occupations and skills, while some have been captured in books written by tradesmen and craftsmen before they passed.
Glen and Lisa Rundell set up Lost Trades Australia with the aim of bringing together people that still have these skills and reignite the significance that these trades and crafts have in today’s environment, before they are lost to history. Get in touch to see which workshops give you a discount on Flop House accommodation.
Taste of Kyneton proudly showcases the best Kyneton restaurants, foodies, producers and vignerons. Spend the day sampling signature dishes from some of Kyneton’s most reputable restaurants, sipping local wines, beer and cider, and enjoy a hamper of local produce by the river or take home for later.
The original King of Pop – Norman John (Normie) Rowe AM brings his band The Playboys to SteamPacket @ Maldon Railway Station for a sensational night of entertainment. Normie is booked for an 80 minute show but his agent says our biggest problem will be getting him off the stage as he always has so much fun he goes overtime. For bookings go to Made in Maldon
The Station will be set up with our SteamPacket Blues theme with 8 tables of 10 in the central Muddy Waters Pavilion, 7 tables of 8 and 7 picnic areas in The Clapton Stand and the same set up in the Joplin Stand. Limited General Admission Tickets are also available.
If antiques and collectables are your thing and you haven't yet made it to Fryerstown Antiques Fair, then you are missing out - so give yourself a treat and visit the fair. Last year we found these gorgeous pure wool blankets in mint condition. We have accommodation nearby in Maldon and Kyneton.