Our region: a foodie and creative hub

One of the strengths of our region is the great diversity of what we produce here. The ‘gastronomy region’ we refer to in our application spans from the Murray River to the Macedon ranges, and comprises the North Central Catchment area, the Loddon Campaspe region, as well as the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung and other Traditional Owner Groups. In recent years our City and region have transformed into a foodie and creative hub, with art, food, music and innovation inspiring the community and attracting visitors and new residents. We are home to award-winning produce and restaurants, as well as many successful grass-roots initiatives to reduce food poverty, adapt to climate change and champion creativity.

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395+

Small-scale, niche and artisanal producers in the region

16

regular community and farmers markets

130+

food and wine events across the year (some currently postponed due to COVID-19)

6,467

employed in creative industries in Greater Bendigo

5000+

artworks at Bendigo Art Gallery – one of Australia’s largest regional galleries

1858

Australia’s oldest working pottery opened

1871

Australia’s oldest ongoing festival began – Bendigo Easter Festival

Across our region we are know for our

Apples, pears, stone fruit
Wine and cider
Award winning sheep, beef and pork
Dairy and cheese
Bread

Winner Outstanding Region in Australia

‘Delicious’ 2020 Produce Awards recognise Bendigo as an outstanding culinary destination

Good Food Guide Hatted Restaurant

Masons of Bendigo awarded one hat in The Age Good Food Guide

1st Place

The Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph 2018 Apprentice Category

Best Steak Restaurant

Woodhouse awarded the Savour Award for Best Steak Restaurant 2018 for Victoria and Tasmania

Australia’s #1

regional Chinese restaurant

National

Young Grower of the Year Award

1st Recognition and Settlement Agreement in Victoria between Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation and the State of Victoria
40,000 ha of regional, state and national parkland – 130 play spaces and over 50 sports fields
Australia’s only Regional Sustainable Agriculture Strategy
The region boasts National Young Grower of the Year 2018 and Victorian AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award winner 2019