HUNDREDS of people are expected to enjoy some of Bendigo’s best drops at this year’s Big Hill Food and Wine festival.
Now in its second year, organisers of the food and wine festival are hoping the event can attract tourists from Melbourne as well as local wine enthusiasts.
Belvoir Park Estate’s Greg McClure said it would be a fantastic event for the region.
“There will be 13 wineries in attendance on the day and we will also have 10 food vendors,” he said.
“There will be everything from pizza to pudding.”
Mr McClure said the aim of the event was to showcase Bendigo wineries and what they had to offer.
“There was a lack of wine festivals in Bendigo,” he said.
“There isn’t another wine festival until Easter time and we thought Bendigo needed to have another wine festival in between.
“The only other wine event is Bendigo Uncorked and that wasn’t held at a winery like this event.”
Mr McClure said organisers had strategically situated the event on the Melbourne Cup long-weekend.
“A lot of people come up to Bendigo on the long-weekend,” he said.
“We are hoping to draw on that and that people come to the event.”
Mr McClure said this year’s festival would also see wineries show off their boutique beers.
“If you look at all the other popular wine events in the Yarra and Barossa Valley’s they are all featuring boutique wines,” he said.
Mr McClure said there was only a limited amount of tickets available for the popular event.
“There are only 2000 tickets available so we are encouraging people to get in quick,” he said.
The event will be held at Belvoir Park Estate on November 2 between 11am and 5pm.
Tickets cost $25 per person, which includes free wine sampling and glass, or $15 per person without the glass.
Children under the age of 16 enter free.
A bus service will also run between the Wine Bank on View Street and Belvoir Park Estate every 30 minutes.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.bendigotourism.com or by calling the Bendigo Visitor Centre on 1800 813 153.