Posted: 10 Apr 2014

5 reasons to visit Mansfield for
the High Country Harvest

Alli Walker, MansfieldAutumn in Victoria’s high country is always a treat. Sunny days and chilly nights create the perfect weather for touring the north east’s wonderful food and wine destinations.

But the best time to visit is during the High Country Harvest festival. Dozens of food/wine/beer events are planned across the entire north-east from May 16 to 25.

As a proud Mansfield local, Alli Walker (right) reckons all the best action will be in her home town. And the local farmers’ market manager knows all the best spots for food and drink. These are her five Mansfield events on the High Country Harvest calendar…

1. CWA Classics

Who doesn’t love the holy trinity of an old-fashioned afternoon tea – freshly baked scones, fluffy sponge cake and home-made jam? Learn the tricks of the trade and take home some Cunliffe and Waters inspired jam so that you can recreate your own high tea. Definitely one for the wannabe baker.

$85, 2pm-5pm, May 24, Stephen’s Fine Foods, 219 Mt Buller Road, Mansfield. Bookings: 0414 594 133

Travis Boltang from Maggies, Mansfield, High Country Harvest Festival2. Venison Masterclass

Chef Travis Boltong (right) and his wife Tracie own the newly renamed Maggie Restaurant (formerly Magnolia House). During the harvest festival, the couple will be hosting all things game. Their three intimate masterclasses will teach participants how to make venison jerky – a perfect present for the would-be hunter in your life. Or sit down to a regional game dinner paired with Ros Ritchie wines on May 24.  Make sure you book into their accommodation so that you don’t have far to walk after dinner.

$55, May 23, 24 & 25, Maggie Restaurant, 190 Mt Buller Rd, Mansfield. Bookings: 5779 1000

3. Grape to Table

Grape to Table tour, High Country Harvest FestivalThere is nothing more romantic than the thought of strolling through an autumnal vineyard with views to Mt Buller.  Listen to winemaker and owner of Delatite Winery, David Ritchie about the grape to bottle process and then sit down to a two-course lunch prepared by the incredible Megan Knapp of Pure Taste catering.  A no brainer for an afternoon out.

$55, May 17, Delatite Winery, corner Stoney & Pollards rds. Bookings: 5775 2922

4. Bushels and Bonfires

Relatively new kids on the block, the team at Tin Shed Cider is hosting a family friendly session at their apple orchard in Tolmie, set in the hills above Mansfield. Take part in a guided apple tasting, cider making demo, nibble from a shared platter and then finish it off with a bonfire under the stars while the kids toast marshmallows. Perfect.

$40pp or $90 per family, May 24, Tin Shed Cider, Table Top Road, Tolmie. Bookings: 0417 319 879

Cannoli with Nonna Josie at the High Country Harvest Festival5. Cannoli with Nonna Josie

There is nothing more delicious than REAL cannoli – handmade with love. Head over into Politini Wines in the King Valley – only 45 minutes from Mansfield – and learn about this traditional Italian craft. And then eat.

$59, May 24 and 25, Politini Wines, 65 Upper King River Road, King Valley. Bookings: 0427 567 377

The High Country Harvest is running a fabulous competition to win nine dinners at the region’s best restaurants. Make sure you enter. It’s worth $1350.

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