From Market To Paddock To Plate

From Market to Paddock to Plate 2018 tour dates now released!

After receiving many requests, the tours next year will not include accommodation at the wonderful Schaller Hotel. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Amy, Arrisje and team Schaller for their support over the years with this tour – I could not have launched it without their support. Thank you!

Saturday March 10 2018
Saturday May 12 2018
Saturday September 8 2018
Saturday November 10 2018

Cost: $250 per person and spaces are strictly limited!

Book your spot via the Bendigo Information Centre:…/from-market-to-paddock-to-… or by calling 1800 813 153.

The journey will include a stop at the local community farmers market where many of the top producers gather and then a round trip to local farms such as McIvor Farm Foods in Tooborac (where the Hagan’s rear their pigs ‘beyond free range’ on a farm that has been in the family for generations).

Seasonal produce is picked up which may include home grown pears, apples and local vegetables.

McIvor Farm Foods tour lunch2

Next is a stop at one of Heathcote’s renowned cellar doors to sample the region’s finest wines, meeting and speaking directly with the winemakers.  That evening guests can enjoy the fruits of the booty at Sonia’s own home.  One of the four represented Heathcote winemakers will join the crew and give expert tips and information on the wines chosen to enjoy with dinner.  They're also happy to talk about their journey and experiences.   Fridge bags will be provided for you to purchase your own goods along the way.  

How the day unfolds:

                9.30am – 10.45am   

                 The Bendigo Community Farmers Market, Bendigo

Allow Sonia to introduce you to Central Victoria’s local champions – the producers – and enjoy tastings and tips on the wide variety of seasonal produce available. Complimentary fridge bags will be provided – a taste of Sue’s triple brie and you’ll be craving to take a wheel or two home!

11.00 – 11.50am    B & B Basil, Bendigo


A quick stop in to meet George Bobin, owner of B & B Basil (Victoria’s largest micro green grower) with a tour of the farm whilst Sonia collects some herbs for the evening’s dinner.

McIvor Farm Foods

12.30 noon – 2.45pm    McIvor Farm Foods, Tooborac

A comfortable 40 minute drive through Axedale and Heathcote will bring you to McIvor Farm Foods where you’ll meet Farmer of the Year, Belinda Hagan, who will take you on a tour of the farm, followed by a light lunch in their farm gate shop. Hear all about their farming philosophy and discover why their pork, and other goodies they grow, tastes so good.  Pork is available to purchase from the shop, and depending on the season, purchase plump, juicy strawberries or crunchy home grown pears.

3.25pm –4.30pm      Heathcote Wine Tasting

Osicka Shiraz 2016

Meet the winemaker & discover why Heathcote has become one of Australia’s premium wine regions. Unearth the flavours and tastes of Heathcote’s world class smaller, independent labels. Wines will be available for purchase.

Alison Phillips/Simon Osicka – Bull Lane, Paul Osicka Wines

Emily McNally  – Lo Stesso, Occam’s Razor, Jasper Hill 

Adam Foster – Syrahmi, Foster e Rocco

Liam Anderson – Wild Duck Creek Estate

4.30pm  – 6.45pm     Time for a rest, freshen up or lazy afternoon drinks before dinner.


7.00pm – 9.30pm Home of Sonia Anthony, Bendigo

An extension of Masons of Bendigo’s hospitality.  Masons was Awarded One Chef Hat, The Age Good Food Guide 2018 and were National winners in the 'Restaurant and Catering' category in this year's Tourism Awards.

Allow Sonia to welcome you into her home for a truly Bendigo food and wine experience. A local hero will be joining us for dinner with local wines, matched to the food Sonia will be preparing. Hear the local stories, ask the questions and immerse yourself in a unique seasonally produced feast.



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