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Get your veg on!

Now’s a super delicious time of year within our region; think tomatoes, beans, strawberries, lettuce, sweetcorn, zucchini and more…

Dynamic soils – How regenerative agriculture is revitalising farms

The Bendigo gastronomy region is seeing a new breed of farmers – those who are focusing on regenerating the land.

Bendigo wins ‘delicious’ produce awards 2020 Outstanding Region title

The Bendigo region has won its first-ever Australian food industry award, taking out the Outstanding Region category in delicious. magazine’s Harvey Norman Produce Awards 2020.  The award recognises an Australian region or place that has successfully established itself as an outstanding culinary destination. Judges for the national award include renowned chefs Maggie Beer, Alla Wolf-Tasker, Shannon Bennett, […]

Five farmers’ markets you don’t want to miss in the Bendigo region

From fresh micro-dairy milk and vegan donuts to fresh seasonal fruit, the farmers’ markets in the Bendigo region are outstanding.

Welcome to our October newsletter

Spring has well and truly sprung and there’s so much going on in our city and region of gastronomy. Check out the latest news, videos and opportunities here… Get our latest news straight to your inbox

Farm Gate to Front Door

Artisan, gourmet, pure and organic: the Loddon Valley is rich with unique, creative products and eco-friendly microbusinesses. With its Mediterranean climate, rich soils, open plains and ancient granite outcrops, wetlands and forests, the area has long attracted innovative and eco-conscious creators, farmers and artisans with a passion for high-quality and sustainable production. Now, thanks to […]

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Get your veg on!

Now’s a super delicious time of year within our region; think tomatoes, beans, strawberries, lettuce, sweetcorn, zucchini and more…

Dynamic soils – How regenerative agriculture is revitalising farms

The Bendigo gastronomy region is seeing a new breed of farmers – those who are focusing on regenerating the land.

Bendigo wins ‘delicious’ produce awards 2020 Outstanding Region title

The Bendigo region has won its first-ever Australian food industry award, taking out the Outstanding Region category in delicious. magazine’s Harvey Norman Produce Awards 2020.  The award recognises an Australian region or place that has successfully established itself as an outstanding culinary destination. Judges for the national award include renowned chefs Maggie Beer, Alla Wolf-Tasker, Shannon Bennett, […]

Five farmers’ markets you don’t want to miss in the Bendigo region

From fresh micro-dairy milk and vegan donuts to fresh seasonal fruit, the farmers’ markets in the Bendigo region are outstanding.

Welcome to our October newsletter

Spring has well and truly sprung and there’s so much going on in our city and region of gastronomy. Check out the latest news, videos and opportunities here… Get our latest news straight to your inbox

Farm Gate to Front Door

Artisan, gourmet, pure and organic: the Loddon Valley is rich with unique, creative products and eco-friendly microbusinesses. With its Mediterranean climate, rich soils, open plains and ancient granite outcrops, wetlands and forests, the area has long attracted innovative and eco-conscious creators, farmers and artisans with a passion for high-quality and sustainable production. Now, thanks to […]

Bendigo’s bush tucker

For tens of thousands of years, Australia’s First Nations people lived off the land. Now they’re sharing their knowledge and wisdom in an exciting new food project.

Welcome to our September newsletter

And welcome to Spring! Although things are still difficult in Victoria under coronavirus restrictions, a bit of sunshine, warmth and new growth is bringing some cheer. Get our latest news straight to your inbox

What it’s really like to open a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic

Step inside Castlemaine’s newest arts and social enterprise hub – Cream Town.

Meet the gin distillers keeping spirits up

Australia’s craft gin scene is booming. We go behind the scenes with three local gin distillers in Echuca, Kyneton and Newham.

How crowdfunding during the pandemic led to Cafes for COVID

Has any good news come out of the pandemic? We speak to Bendigo Foodshare’s Bridget Bentley to find out.

Welcome to our August newsletter

There are hints of Spring in the air – which we’re relishing along with some welcome wet weather – and lots of beautiful flowers beginning to bloom. As always, there’s plenty of seasonal produce to enjoy in our region, with farmers’ markets continuing to keep us supplied with great local food and drinks. Get our […]

Engineering hospitality: new Bendigo restaurant’s focus on sharing and collaboration

Bendigo’s new restaurant Alium Dining is championing local produce and a fresh approach to hospitality

Creative small producers calling Loddon home

The Bendigo gastronomy region is seeing an explosion of creative small producers growing a diverse range of crops.

Creative Cities of Gastronomy Responding to COVID-19

Bendigo is connecting with cities around the world to share ideas and ways to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcome to our July newsletter

Hoping this finds you well, staying warm and hunkering down with some wonderful local food, drinks and cultural delights (online). 

Le grand fromage – French experts to make cheese in Castlemaine!

The region of gastronomy is about to get its very own artisan cheese school and production facility, headed up by two highly skilled French cheesemakers…

Östersund and Bendigo: a creative foodie friendship

Two very different cities with some big things in common

From wheat to heat – a spicy change of direction for a Loddon Shire farm

Jude Hannah is a Wedderburn local who has returned to the area after many years away – bringing with her a wealth of experience… and a taste of chillies. Reconnecting with an old friend from 30 years ago, local farmer Neville Tonkin, led not only to romance, but to a new business venture: growing peppers […]

Welcome to our June newsletter

As Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease, it’s exciting to see many of our region’s food businesses opening again, and more people able to get out and about. It is still a challenging and uncertain time, however, as we try to adapt to change and learn from the last few months of lockdown.

Finding a way into farming – Cultivate Farms and the power of social media

Sam Marwood is always creating content. Videos, blogs, photos, podcasts…you name it. When, at the Start Up Meet Up in May (a virtual event organised by a number of Bendigo organisations to support the Start Up community), Sam describes posting five times a day across four social media platforms (and having a presence on seven), […]

Why food and wine co-operatives are thriving in the Bendigo gastronomy region

When Tim Sproal first started making wine, it was in the self-professed “garage-style” of winemaking. “I started with two mates, bought a second-hand milk vat and a tonne of grapes,” Tim says. “It was a scrappy set up, but I was hooked from the beginning. I quickly saw a model where if you have a […]

How one Bendigo restaurant is supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs

The taste of the Australian bush is captured beautifully in the Dja Wonmuruk teas.

The Heathcote wineries going off-grid

One of the things that makes the Heathcote region so exciting for wine lovers is how local winemakers are prioritising the environmental sustainability of their vineyards.

Welcome to Australia’s only UNESCO City and region of gastronomy.

And welcome to our first newsletter – designed to keep you up to date with all that’s going on with the UNESCO Creative City designation and the opportunities that arise from Bendigo’s membership to this exciting global network.

All abuzz: How Bendigo Tech School is helping solve food challenges

Saving the world’s bee population may seem like an lofty goal, but a ground-breaking partnership between Victoria’s Tech Schools and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, is turning the impossible into the possible.

Inside PepperGreen Farm – a healthy food hub

Close to the heart of Bendigo and set on an immensely significant and historic five-acre site, PepperGreen Farm is a social enterprise that employs around 100 people with disabilities.

Behind the scenes: How Bendigo’s artisans are responding to COVID-19

It was watching the news and seeing the lengthy queues outside Centrelink offices that prompted Dave Jenkins into action. “I saw what was happening to everyone as a result of the coronavirus and I got extremely emotional and started crying,” he says. “I asked myself what I could do to help that was quick and […]

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