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Hungry? Not for long. If there's a food fad that's about to take off, you'll sniff out the source as you wander around Victoria's regions.

There's a reason some of Australia's best restaurants are found around Victoria, and it's not just because Victorians have impeccable taste. Fertile land, bountiful waters and unmatched creativity are the unbeatable recipe for success.

Sometimes there's an itch for fish and chips on the beach (the sand adds an extra crunchy element) or a picnic cobbled together from farm gate treasures. Other times it's pulling out all the stops for the degustation that stops the nation at Brae or taking a tipple at gob-smackingly perfect wineries in the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula. You won't suffer from menu envy when you really can have it all. We’re a compact place to be, so travelling across the state between breakfast and dinner is not only accepted, it's actively encouraged.

Whisky distilled in abandoned railway sheds, gin so strong it'll knock off ya socks, fresh veggies and eggs to make city folk weep, the creamiest cheese known to humankind, meat so tender it comes when it's called, seafood that just about jumps into boats, and a riverside BBQ battle so fierce it's guaranteed to bring on the meat sweats. Victoria's cup truly does runneth over.

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Best restaurants – Regional Victoria

Travel around regional Victoria and taste the fresh, diverse and bountiful local produce.

Regional cooking classes

Up your culinary game at cooking classes and workshops at restaurants, wineries and purpose-built schools.

Farmers' markets

Bring a basket and make new tastebuddies at farmers' markets in villages across regional Victoria.

Wineries

Build an enviable cellar with wines sourced exclusively from Victoria's 21 distinct wine regions.

Craft breweries

Tour the Victorian countryside and inner-city suburbs to discover hand-crafted and artisan beer.

Regional coffee

Regional Victoria is full of beans. Find local roasts and speciality blends in brews and bags.

Distilleries

Experience the romance of tucking into a warm whisky or a refreshing G&T in an unadorned bush shack.

Seafood

From water to waiter, beachside and lakeside restaurants and eateries serve up the freshest catch.

Bakeries

Follow your nose and the aroma of fresh bread to Victoria's mouth-watering selection of bakeries.

Cideries

Stop at cellar doors to sample an outstanding range of craft ciders at Victoria's boutique cideries.

Victoria's top pies

We've done the research so finding the best pie in regional Victoria is as easy as, well, pie.

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Restaurants

Eleonore's Restaurant at Chateau Yering Hotel

Treat yourself to a night of elegant, multi-award-winning contemporary fine dining in the historic 19th-century Chateau Yering.

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Bella Vedere

You could dine weekly at Bella Vedere in the Yarra Valley and not have the same dish, as the menu is updated to reflect what's ripe at local farms.

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Wine Bank on View

Explore a broad range of regional, national and international tipples at this wine bar and restaurant in a stunning heritage-listed bank building.

Cafes

Wombat Hill House

Make time to visit this garden, cafe and store by Alla Wolf-Tasker and the Lake House team in Daylesford's beautiful Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.

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Catfish

Set the cat among your tastebuds with an ever-changing menu of contemporary Thai curries and street food, hatted by The Age Good Food Guide.

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Craig's Royal Hotel Ballarat

Pop in for a French-inspired brekky, get together for a casual lunch, or settle in for a sumptuous evening feast created by head chef Shannon Easton.

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Festivals

La Dolce Vita Wine and Food Festival

Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and sumptuous flavours of the King Valley with authentic Italian cuisine, wine tastings and live music.

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Tastes of the Goulburn

Kick up your heels in the Goulburn River Valley. Enjoy local produce and gourmet foods, regional wines and plenty of activities for the kids.

Tastings

Toast to the Coast Geelong Wine Festival

Charge your glasses and Toast to the Coast; cool climate wines from The Bellarine and the Surf Coast, across to the Moorabool Valley and surrounds.

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Wine discovery tour and lunch

per person $75

Enjoy vineyard and winery tour, tutored tasting with a three course lunch and glass of wine.

  • Vineyard and winery tour
  • Tutored tasting
  • Three course lunch
per person $75

Dixons Creek

Midweek winter wine and dine

$45 per person

Two course lunch of Italian inspired food matched with a glass of wine and complementary wine tasting at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate.

  • Two course lunch
  • Choice of a glass of wine per person
  • Complementary wine tasting at the Cellar Door
$45 per person

Dunkeld

A royal weekend

$800 for two people

Weekend escape to Royal Mail Hotel with two nights' accommodation, five course chef's tasting dinner, breakfast and bottle of Riddoch Estate Shiraz.

  • Two nights' accommodation in a Deluxe Mountain View Room or Mount Sturgeon Cottage
  • Five course chef's tasting menu dinner
  • Full breakfast
$800 for two people
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