From Pies to Pints: Explore the best of regional Victoria at the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival

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From Pies to Pints: Explore the best of regional Victoria at the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival

Words by Staff Writer

The Macedon Ranges, a jewel in Victoria's natural crown, is set to transform into a vibrant canvas of autumnal hues, hosting an eclectic festival that promises an adventure for every visitor.

From Friday 5 April to Sunday 28 April 2024, the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival invites explorers to traverse its scenic landscapes, dotted across nine historic villages, each telling its own unique story of seasonal change.

In what promises to be an unmissable celebration of fall, attendees are encouraged to embark on a self-guided tour with the Festival Map & Passport in hand. The passport not only serves as your guide to the myriad of activities but also enters you into a competition for a coveted prize, adding an element of treasure hunting to the festive proceedings.

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The festival boasts an impressive array of trails tailored to tantalize every taste bud. The Pie & Tart Trail, hailed as Australia’s largest, offers a circuit through over 40 venues, each crafting their signature takes on these beloved dishes. For those with a thirst for the artisanal, ten Tipple Trails provide a curated journey through the region’s finest craft brewers, cider makers, gin distilleries, and quaint country pubs, showcasing the rich tapestry of local produce.

This year introduces the Autumn Festival Treasure Trail, inviting families and friends to discover eight idyllic picnic spots scattered throughout the Ranges. The Treasure Trail not only offers a serene setting to enjoy the festival’s culinary delights but also weaves in clues for an added competitive edge.

The festival’s commitment to showcasing local talent shines through its Live & Local segment, which sees historic community halls play host to an array of musicians and bands, from the soulful melodies of Jarrod Shaw to the energetic beats of The Whiskey Rogues.

For the ethically minded, the Edgy Veg Trail offers a gastronomic journey through twenty plant-based meals that promise to delight the palate while contributing to a sustainable planet. This trail exemplifies the festival’s dedication to diversity and inclusivity, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Beyond the trails, the festival’s calendar is bursting with over 50 events, including farmers markets brimming with fresh produce, artisan workshops, exclusive lunches, and wine tastings. For the more adventurous, there’s night-time wildlife spotting, paranormal investigations, mushroom foraging, and the challenging Run the Rock event.

The Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival is a celebration not just of the season’s beauty but of the community spirit, local produce, and cultural richness of the region. With many events free to attend and others ticketed, visitors are advised to check the festival website for details and to ensure they don’t miss out on this spectacular autumnal journey.

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