Exploring our region’s creativity and innovation in the face of global challenges through our stories


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…

by admin • June 25, 2020
Gastronomy Sustainability

Östersund and Bendigo: a creative foodie friendship

Two very different cities with some big things in common

by admin • June 19, 2020
Agriculture Creativity and Innovation

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 […]

by admin • June 5, 2020

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.

by admin • June 5, 2020
Agriculture Creativity and Innovation Lifestyle

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), […]

by admin • May 29, 2020
Creativity and Innovation Sustainability

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 […]

by admin • May 21, 2020
First Nations Gastronomy

How one Bendigo restaurant is supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs

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

by admin • May 14, 2020

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.

by admin • May 7, 2020

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