The Village Feast
This year, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is heading east to transform the tiny Gippsland town of Jindivick. On Saturday March 30, The Village Feast will see some of Australia’s best chefs take over the main drag.
Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters, Smith & Deli) will reimagine a typical country green grocer, using local produce to create inventive vegan dishes. Matt Moran (Sydney’s Aria, Barangaroo House, Chiswick) is collaborating with the owner of the only cafe in town, Jindi Caf, to create a one-off contemporary country-style menu. Victor Liong Lee Ho Fook will bring a modern edge to the classic country Chinese restaurant.
The old general store is currently closed, but will be given new life as a bottle shop serving local Gippsland wines. Melbourne’s Bad Frankie and Loch Distillery in Gippsland will come together to create The Dispensary, a bar styled on a pharmacy. Meanwhile, at an old-school town fair you’ll find snow cones, barn dances, meat raffles and a CWA cake competition. Melbourne’s hypnotic indie queens Broads will be performing, too.
On Sunday March 31, local producers will open their gates to visitors and share what goes on in Gippsland’s local cheeseries, wineries and breweries. Glamping company Under Sky will be pitching luxury bell tents for visitors to hire, complete with queen mattresses, bedding, rugs, lanterns and a phone-charging station. Guests can also take part in milking local cows in the morning.
Entry to The Village Feast is $25 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Food and drink is in addition. A two-person bell tent costs $615 for the minimum stay of two nights.
This article was updated on Saturday March 9 to reflect a date change.