A relaxing drive from many regional areas and less than 2 hours from Melbourne is Victoria’s very own Pyrenees, a spectacular region well removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and best known for its award winning wineries, arts, agriculture and the Avoca Races.
Those who enjoy a journey of the senses to a destination off the mainstream tourist track will love discovering PYRENEES UNEARTHED, an all-new festival that brings together Wine, Art & Racing, held on the ANZAC Day long weekend.
PYRENEES UNEARTHED will come alive on Saturday the 23rd of April with the launch of the Avoca Art Exhibition and Sale. Located in the newly renovated town hall the two-day show will also hold the Taltarni Gala Award Ceremony on Saturday evening.
Festival goers will also be able to enjoy intimate cellar door experiences on the Saturday where in true Pyrenees style you will be able to meet the winemaker and enjoy many other activities on offer such as Chocolate & Wine Pairing, Live Music and complimentary cheese platters.
The day’s adventures won’t stop there with Mount Mitchell Estate opening their garden for the second time in fifteen years. Stroll around the property taking in the views of the Pyrenees while appreciating the rich history and amazing architectural features and gardens of the homestead. Historic tours will be conducted and guests can enjoy art in the garden with a Devonshire tea.
On Sunday meander through the Avoca Riverside Markets en route to the feature event, the Avoca Wine Festival, where it will be time to unearth wines from around fifteen local wineries. Located along the banks of the Avoca River, the festival will have plenty to drink, eat and do with Live Music all day starring Demi Louise and Gretta Ziller, FREE kids’ fun, Petanque Activities, Table Games and much more.
The relaxed and unearthed festival vibe will continue into the night at the Avoca Racecourse where campers and anyone else can join P.W Billy & Trevor Moore around the bonfire for a good ol’ fashion sing-a-long. A ticket to The Bonfire Bash also includes a barbeque dinner, marshmallows and access to a pop up games room.
Monday the 25th of April will see the dawn service at the Avoca RSL followed by the Jayco ANZAC Day Races, a day full of entertainment with traditional ANZAC Day activities including 2-Up, along with live music, free pony rides, art & sports activities and costume brumby races, Pyrenees wine stalls and country thoroughbred racing at its finest.
By bus or by car, getting there is easy, but for those wanting to spend the weekend under the Pyrenees stars, the Avoca Shire Turf Club offer camping at the racecourse for only $15 per night per site. Ballarat residents can also take advantage of a 2 for 1 return bus offer to the Avoca Wine Festival for just $24 in total.
So come fall in love with a region ready to be discovered and be greeted with a warm welcome and a smile at PYRENEES UNEARTHED
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