The Loddon Valley Food and Wine Expo is almost here!

Published on 07 March 2019

Sample the region’s gourmet food and wine, enjoy live music and entertainment, and savour a three-course meal prepared by an award-winning chef. All will feature at the Loddon Valley Food and Wine Expo on Saturday 16 March.

Part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the expo will take place at the Newbridge Recreation Reserve from 10am until 5pm.

Loddon Shire Mayor Cheryl McKinnon said the expo was a chance to discover the array of local produce available from the Loddon Valley.

“We are very lucky in our region to be home to a number of wonderful local suppliers,” Cr McKinnon said.

“The Loddon Valley Food and Wine Expo is a terrific opportunity to sample this exceptional range of food and wine, while showcasing our produce to locals and visitors alike.

“What’s more, it is also a chance to highlight the great opportunities that come with living in the Loddon Shire.”

One of the highlights of the Loddon Valley Food and Wine Expo is certain to be the River Feast for 160 pre-booked guests. This three-course lunch will feature local produce prepared by award-winning chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter Karen Martini.

Served grazing platter-style, the lunch will be matched with local wines, as diners overlook the expo in full swing against the background of the picturesque Loddon River.

Please note, tickets to the River Feast close on Friday 15 March, so if you’re interested in being part of the lunch, please make sure to book your tickets via 

For those not attending the lunch, entry is $10 (under 16 free) or $20 for entry, tastings of food and wine, plus a souvenir wine glass. Tickets are available from the website or at the gate on the day.

Whether attending the River Feast or wandering around the expo sampling local food and wine, the day will feature plenty of entertainment, including musical acts Oozin Blues and Silver Top.

There will also be fun for the kids including a jumping castle, Parkers Mini Circus, face painting, clowns, balloon art and homemade icecream.

Buses from Bendigo will run on the day (with stops at Marong and Bridgewater) for $10 return per person.

Two local buses will also run from Dunolly (with stops at Eddington, Laanecoorie and Tarnagulla) and Inglewood (with a stop at Bridgewater). The local buses are $5 per person including return.

Bookings for the buses are essential and each passenger must be booked individually. All payment for buses must be made on the day in cash.

To book one of the buses please use the link 

If you have any issues booking the bus, please contact Shelby on (03) 5494 1257.

For more information regarding the Loddon Valley Food and Wine Expo call the Loddon Visitor Information Centre on 5494 3489.

The expo has been made possible thanks to the tireless work and dedication of the Loddon Southern Development and Tourism Committee. The committee has overseen the Loddon Valley Food and Wine Expo from its concept through to staging the event.

Funding for the expo has been provided by Regional Development Victoria ($50,000), Inglewood and Districts Community Bank, and Council, as well as other sponsorship and in-kind support.

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