What’s On in the Region in April and May

Autumn events in Daylesford, Hepburn Springs and surrounds.
Garden of St Erth - Blackwood

Garden of St Erth – Apple Festival
8 April 2017

Meet the Pommes and indulge at the Hidden Garden of St Erth, taste, sip, enjoy.

Wander the heritage fruit orchard and be inspired, taste the best of heritage fruit and learn to cultivate your own organic produce at the free mini workshops and buy produce from local stallholders.

Take inspiration from the food forest and dine on food and fruit that has only travelled a few metres from the organic garden to the Fork to Fork Café

Book into the Heritage Apple Masterclass and learn how to grow apples and fruit the natural way with expert Pete the Permie (additional cost, booking essential).

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Creswick Woollen Mills - Meet the alpacas

8 – 9 April 2017

Creswick Woollen Mills will have alpacas visit their stores on Saturday 8th (Creswick) and Sunday 9th  (Creswick & Daylesford) April 10am-3pm. Bring your friends and family to feed them and have a photo to post to Facebook or Instagram! The best social media post over the weekend will win a $500 voucher.

Alpaca fleece is known as ‘fibre of the gods’ and offers superior softness due to its fibre size. While offering similar warmth to wool it is much lighter in weight. Its semi-hollow fibre structure and unique thermal properties enable it to release heat in warm conditions and trap warmth when it is cooler.

Creswick Woollen Mills is a great Australian Story. Celebrating 70 years manufacturing in Australia the company is still family owned and run by the founders’ grandchildren. Since 1947 Creswick Woollen Mills has been a leader in Australian natural fibre design, sought after in Australia and around the world.

The Mill was a Gold Winner of the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards in 2016.

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Greg Mallyon - DMROS 2017
Greg Mallyon - DMR Open Studios 2017

Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios 2017
29-30 April, 6-7 May & 13-14 May 2017

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.

Drawing over 4,000 visitors in 2015, the Open Studios program showcases the extraordinary cultural community of central Victoria, an easy day visit from Melbourne. 30 artists have been selected to participate and will open their studio doors for six days, offering the public the opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ of the creative process, meet the artists in their creative spaces and to learn about their work and inspiration.

Be sure to visit the DMROS 2017 Group Exhibition at The Convent Gallery, Daylesford, run in tandem with the Open Studios, for a preview of the work of each of our participating artists.

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Clunes - Booktown
Image courtesy Visit Victoria

6 – 7 MAY 2017

The annual Clunes Booktown Festival is back on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May, with 18,000 people expected to join the most amazing whole town bookshop experience in Australia. Headline authors this year include Clementine Ford, the Hon. Tim Fischer AC, Hannah Kent, Kate Grenville, A.S. Patric and Annie Raser-Rowland.

Along with author talks, panel discussions and literary luncheons, festival-goers can discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books in Australia, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, watch street performers, take a horse and cart ride, try their hand in a scrabble tournament and immerse themselves in the State Library Victoria’s display, which includes one of Samuel Johnson’s original dictionaries from 1755!

There’s also the Magazine In A Weekend program for students, which includes writing, editing and design workshops and culminates in the launch of an online magazine. Offering insights are the people behind literary magazines including The Lifted Brow and Kill Your Darlings.

The Clunes Booktown Festival is all about celebrating books and the great conversations and big ideas that come from them. Join the conversation during the first weekend in May in Clunes

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Lavandula Harvest Festival

21 MAY 2017

Lavandula’s harvest season is not only a time for bringing in the quinces, olives and apples, but also a time for preparation and production. It’s a busy time for making jams and sauces, for pickling and bottling, and for preserving meats for the long winter ahead. It’s a time for celebrating the bounty of the autumn harvest with good food, wine and music.

On Sunday the 21st of May, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm will be celebrating the season with an Autumn Harvest festival. Artisans will demonstrate how to turn ripe fruit into jams and chutneys, how lavender flowers are distilled for their oil, and how the region’s abundant chestnuts are roasted to perfection. Join the olive workshop and visit the grove to see how olives are harvested and processed. It’s a time when the wood-fired oven produces mouth-watering fare.

Artisan stallholders will display their skills and have their hand-crafted wares for sale. Meet the original descendants, Fay and Boyd Thompson, giving tours of the historic 1860’s farmhouse. Ticino travel slides will be shown all day in the old cellar.

It’s a great day for the whole family to celebrate rural skills, open spaces and the bounty of the earth.

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