This weekend, the highlight for me is going to my sister's 'Not Hen's Day'. The wedding is only a couple of weeks off, so instead of traditional bachelorette activities, my sister is spending the day tomorrow with her close female friends and family. I'm excited to be hanging out with all these wonderful women!
Given I'm heading out of town for the weekend, I thought I'd share what's going on in regional Victoria, instead of focusing on Melbourne. The weather is supposed to be pretty awesome, so if you feel like a drive, or last minute weekend getaway, check out some of these events.
If you're wanting a more active weekend, you can head to Run Geelong on Sunday. Geelong is probably the second largest town in Victoria (just my guess), and is about an hour down the west coast from Melbourne, and has a beautiful coastal atmosphere. This is the fifth year of Run Geelong, and registration and donations support redevelopment of the Special Care Nursery at Geelong Hospital, to provide better facilities for the treatment of special care babies and their families. You can join in a 12km or 6km run, or a 6km walk, with events starting from 7:40am. There is also a special 1km kids run!
Annual Strawberries and Cherries Weekend
The name of this event just made me lick my lips! Every year, Bacchus Marsh (about 40 minutes west of Melbourne) hosts a strawberries and cherries weekend to welcome in the picking season, and this weekend is it! Throughout the weekend you can hit the strawberry and cherry trail, do LOTS of strawberry picking, compete in the cherry pip spitting contents, and sample lots of strawberry and cherry inspired menus. There's even fireworks in town on Saturday night. It kind of sounds like foodie heaven!
Good Food Month events
There are a bunch of Good Food month events going on around Victoria this weekend! Here are a few that definitely caught my interest:
- Bendigo Food Fossicking tours (Saturday) - takes you on a foodie tour of Bendigo
- Yarra Glen Saturday Spring Surprise - take the opportunity to have a leisurely lunch at the amazing Balgownie Estate winery
- Mansfield Spring Harvest Market Celebration (Saturday morning) - a fresh and artisan market with stallholders from the local region
- Castlemaine 100 Mile Seasonal Dinner (Saturday night) - sample food and beverages sources from within 100 miles of Castlemaine. You could also check out Maldon in the afternoon - one of our favourite towns in Victoria!
What is your favourite kind of foodie event? Have you been to the horse races / spring racing carnival this year? Ever?