Exploring Victoria's High Country Harvest

Home to some of the most celebrated restaurants, wineries, breweries and gourmet food producers in all of Victoria, the high country has long been synonymous with good food and wine, and is great to visit any time of year. Food lovers have been making a beeline to Simone’s Restaurant in Bright for more than 20 years to dine out on chef Patrizia Simone's Italian fare, and to Provenance in Beechworth, which serves delicious east-meets-west cuisine that has won a swag of awards in recent years. But, it’s particularly special during High Country Harvest festival time in autumn, when the deciduous trees turn red and gold, days are gloriously sunny and nights are crisp. Exploring Victoria's High Country Harvest
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Exploring Victoria's High Country Harvest

It's time to feast and forage in the Victorian High Country, during the annual High Country Harvest in May.


Home to some of the most celebrated restaurants, wineries, breweries and gourmet food producers in all of Victoria, the high country has long been synonymous with good food and wine, and is great to visit any time of year. Food lovers have been making a beeline to Simone’s Restaurant in Bright for more than 20 years to dine out on chef Patrizia Simone's Italian fare, and to Provenance in Beechworth, which serves delicious east-meets-west cuisine that has won a swag of awards in recent years. But, it’s particularly special during High Country Harvest festival time in autumn, when the deciduous trees turn red and gold, days are gloriously sunny and nights are crisp.

High Country Harvest Festival,
Spring Spur Stables, Mt Beauty, VIC

What To Expect

Gourmet highlights in the high country region include the Italian-style wines produced by the family-run wineries of the King Valley, rich fortified wine from Rutherglen, cheese from Milawa’s resident cheese factory, and magnificent chestnuts from Myrtleford.

Drawing on these food and wine credentials, the High Country Harvest program gets bigger and better each year, with events including long lunches at wineries, brewers breakfasts, chocolate high teas, themed degustations, winery tours, farmers markets and more guided food tasting sessions than you can count.

Meanwhile, 20 of the region’s tastiest restaurants and cafés create special menus featuring regional produce in abundance. Expect to see chestnuts, foraged mushrooms, game, apples, persimmons and other seasonal delights popping up on menus.

For those who like to get hands-on in the kitchen or behind the bar there are chocolate-making workshops, cheese-making classes, bread-making, bee-keeping workshops, cooking schools, pickling sessions, pasta master tutorials and even the chance to be a brewer for a day.

The festivities are book-ended with the Bright Autumn Festival – the tree-lined streets of Bright put on one of the best is autumn colour displays in the country – and the Wandiligong Nut Festival (hazelnuts, walnuts and chestnuts are big around these parts). 

High Country Harvest Festival, High Country, VIC

When and Where

When: May

Where: High Country Harvest events are held in Mansfield, Beechworth, Bright, Milawa, Rutherglen, the King Valley and surrounding villages; the region is around a four to five hour drive from Melbourne. 

Looking For Somewhere To Stay?

Extend your experience by spending a night or two in high country at The Buckland, a studio retreat set amid 40 acres of rolling countryside. Adjoining lush bush land, the individual retreats offer amazing views over the surrounding vineyards and chestnut groves to Mount Buffalo.