With its rich volcanic soils and maritime climate, Geelong and the Bellarine offers an incredible array of local produce crafted with care and pulled fresh from the land and sea.
Pat the goats and learn the ins and outs of cheesemaking at Drysdale Cheeses' rustic farm setting. Or head to Moorabool Valley Chocolate and spoil yourself with a selection finely crafted by a passionate chocolatier.
Fruits of the sea
Visit the local fishing cooperatives beside the wharfs at Queenscliff and Portarlington and purchase fresh seafood from the daily catch.
Portarlington is the mussel farming capital of Australia and the home of the Portarlington Mussel Festival in January, so get your fill while you're in town. Pick up fresh mussels from Advance Mussel Supply and down at the Portarlington Pier on weekends.
Pick your own berries at Tuckerberry Hill or Wallington Strawberry Farm. Fill up on cherry, truss, roma and round tomatoes at the Lonsdale Tomato Farm in Point Lonsdale, and stock up on lettuce and herbs while you're there.
Visit a peninsula market to source other great produce, such as honey, virgin olive oil, organic meat and more.