Food and wine fest at Tinamba

MORE than 2000 people are expected to turn out for the Winemakers of East Gippsland’s fourth annual Tinamba Food and Wine Festival this Sunday at the Tinamba Hotel.

Winemakers and Gourmet Food producers from across the region will share their passion for wine and food, with a feast of the very best local fine wine and food.

The festival promises to be the biggest and best yet, providing an opportunity for people to meet the producers and taste many of the gourmet delights produced in Gippsland.

Local wineries including Avon Ridge, Blue Gables, Glenmaggie Wines, Lightfoot and Sons, Nicholson River, Narkoojee, and Mt Moornappa will talk all things wine and offer a tasting of their latest vintages.

Local restaurants and gourmet food producers, the Tinamba Hotel, Rosedale 3847, Duart Homestead, East Gippsland Eats, Victoria Rose Garden, Seaspray Heights, Ploughman’s Pantry and Alloway Olive Oil will also showing their wares. Produce will be available to taste, and lunch will be available from the many food stalls.

Local musicians Harry Hookey and the Briagolong Bush Band will provide music throughout the afternoon.

Alistair Hicks of Blue Gables Vineyard, one of the organisers of the event, said there would be lots of tables and chairs and lots of room for people to sit down, relax and enjoy what would be a great day.

“It’s all local, and best of all entry to the event is free,” he said.

“Souvenir wine glasses will be available on the day for $5, from which $2 goes to the Tinamba CFA.”

With expectations of a big turnout, the street will be closed off to traffic.

The Tinamba Food and Wine Festival will be held on Sunday, April 14, at the Tinamba Hotel between 11am and 4pm.

Buses are available from Traralgon, Heyfield, Sale, and Maffra.

For more information phone Sarah Gray (Avon Ridge) on 0409 038 148, Rob Lightfoot (Lightfoot and Sons) on 0400 519 464, or Alistair Hocks (Blue Gables Vineyard) on 0411 079 073.

A feature on Glenmaggie Wines will appear in this Friday’s Gippsland Times.