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Some of the best things about a weekend away in the country are the little gems you discover while wandering: an impeccably brewed, wintry stout from a local craft brewery, scenic family-owned wineries and homemade delicacies from generations-old family recipes.
In partnership with Tourism North East, Broadsheet is offering you and three friends the chance to recreate that feeling of discovery with an online interactive experience from High Country at Home, an initiative connecting businesses in regional Victoria to those in the city.
They’ve rounded up some of the region’s best chefs, brewers, winemakers and more to create the following five iso-compliant interactive activities that are fun, informative, and a treat for the senses.
Bright Brewery Barrel Aged Beer
This one’s for craft beer lovers looking to delve deeper into the tastes of a darker, more layered brew. You’ll join Bright Brewery’s head brewer Reid Stratton for a 60-minute tasting session that includes a virtual peek into Bright Brewery’s brewhouse and cellar. There’s a beer tasting segment, plus advice on cellaring and food matching to ensure you’re getting the absolute best out of your beer.
The event pack includes four 330ml bottles of each featured beer, a bottle opener, a glass and a tasting card with food matching suggestions.
Sessions are held Saturdays in May from 5 to 6pm and 6.30 to 7.30pm; and Saturdays in June from 6 to 7pm.
Reed & Co. Friday Night Cocktails
Create three of Reed & Co’s most-requested cocktails – the Quarantini, Negroni and Nightwalker -– under bartender Adam Eaton’s expert guidance in a 30- to 40-minute Zoom session. Discover the history of these cocktails and why there’s a real difference between being shaken and stirred; explore the mysteries of the ice cube; and learn how a humble garnish can bring out the hidden flavours in your drink.
The event pack includes 100ml Quarantini (dry martini), 100ml Negroni, 100ml Nightwalker (Espresso Martini), dried garnish and a recipe card. You’ll need your own glasses and cocktail shaker.
Sessions are held Fridays from 4 to 5pm, 5.45 to 6.45pm and 7.30 to 8.30pm; and Saturdays 1.30 to 2.30pm, 3.30 to 4.30pm and 5 to 6pm.
The Spa Beechworth Foot Therapy
Self-care has never been more vital. And with this 30-minute guided treatment, The Spa Beechworth has created a home experience to connect and calm your mind and body. You’ll sip herbal tea as your feet soak in essential oils before your therapist guides you through your exfoliation and foot massage using the spa’s signature techniques. After that, you’re free to add a manicure or pedicure using their how-to guide.
The treatment pack includes hand-picked High Country eucalyptus leaves, The Spa Beechworth beautiful blended essential oil (15ml), body oil (200ml), body scrub (150g), Bath soak, Well herbal tea (10g), and a ‘how-to’ treatment manual. You’ll need to provide towels, clippers and nail file, and a tub for your feet.
Sessions are held Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm to 5pm; and Saturdays from 11am to 12pm, 2pm to 3pm and 4pm to 5pm.
Katrina Pizzini's Art of Gnocchi Making
Not all gnocchi are created equal. And as winter looms, the warming flavour of those tasty potato pillows becomes ever more tempting. Katrina Pizzini’s cooking school A tavola! at Pizzini Wines has been spreading the art of northern Italian cooking for a decade. Now she’s here to guide you through a 70-minute interactive session on how to make exceptional potato gnocchi and two different sauces – Napoli, and burnt butter and sage.
The event pack includes recipe cards, some special equipment and all the main ingredients to make potato gnocchi and the two sauces. The pack also comes with two bottles of Pizzini Wines – an arneis and a Nonna Gisella sangiovese – the perfect accompaniments for the dishes you are about to create. You just need a few basic ingredients (such as eggs, butter and olive oil) and cookware.
This session is held twice a day from Thursday to Saturday; the lunch session is from 11.30am and the dinner session is from 5.30pm.
This article was produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Tourism North East.