For the first time the grounds of Feathertop Winery estate will be transformed into a cosmopolitan market and foodie lovers heaven with a new event, SpringFest.
With the return of sunny days and the vibrancy of spring’s new season produce, Feathertop Winery is inviting locals and visitors to come together and feast on the freshest seasonal artisan produce at the inaugural SpringFest on October 6, 2018.
The family friendly event will include a range of local producers from the Alpine and surrounding Valleys on their picturesque estate as well as plenty of fun filled activities for all ages to enjoy.
Stall holders confirmed so far include Mt Buffalo Olives, Blizzard Brewing Company, Peak Pantry, Reed & Co Distillery, Sixpence Coffee and Gamze Smokehouse with more to be announced. Program events include:
- Photography exhibition by award winning landscape photographer Mieke Boynton (October 6-31).
- Spring release of Feathertop Winery’s new vintages
- Kids cooking and cake decorating classes
- Kids face painting
- Food Stalls
- Coffee and house made sweets
- Live music by Adam Lindsay
- Meet and greet with the Feathertop winemaker
- Wine samples/ tastings
- Cooking demonstrations
- Vineyard tours
In addition to the SpringFest program of events, Feathertop's cellar door, Providore and Alfresco Restaurant will be open as usual so visitors are welcome to stay for lunch and soak up the carnival atmosphere.
Organiser of the event, Courtney Rossiter, said “the response from local businesses has been so positive. We are excited to be launching a new event that showcases the range of food and wine experiences that we do here at Feathertop.”
“It's going to be a great opportunity for the community to shop locally and enjoy the excellent produce that we have available right here in Bright and surrounds. We're also excited about the exhibition space we have for local creatives where they can showcase their talents; and with loads of entertainment for the whole family, we look forward to welcoming everyone for a fantastic spring day out!”
Admission is by a gold coin donation to Feathertop's Spoil Me Trust Fund which goes towards our pampering days for local women on the cancer journey.
"Summer followed on from our very late spring and I am happy to say the vines responded with a catch up, grow fast and don’t be late for harvest attitude. We are right at the point of harvest and I have snapped off a photo of our Pinot Noir vineyard with its beautifully formed bunches of tasty plump black berries. I just know that this will be an exceptional year.."
The warmer than average summer has been fantastic for our young vines that I planted this spring. The frequent rains kept them in heightened activity, consequently the amount of growth has been exceptional. The Cabernet Sauvignon that I talked about in my summer newsletter (the Reynella clone and the Haughton clone) have reached the wire in their first year of growth and will be strong enough to carry a small crop next season. I’m excited!"
"Hello from the prettiest place in Victoria, perhaps Australia. We have just witnessed the latest start to spring in the 30 years I have been growing grapes in and around Bright. My vines generally burst their buds around the 21st of September with the earliest being the 16th and the latest being the 26th. This year it was the 8th October! People were still snow skiing in October! My guess is that this lateness will follow on right through the growing season until harvest. Just when we were getting used to early vintages (harvests) and global warming, the weather gods throw in a couple of cool yorkers to confuse everybody."