The Mornington Peninsula is the place to be this Sunday 29 March with the inaugural Peninsula Picnic bringing the most extensive food, wine and music gathering ever created on the Mornington Peninsula. Showcasing the very best local chefs, resident restaurants, expert vignerons and vineyards, picnickers will discover the hidden gems from the region’s leading producers, growers, orchardists and gourmet storeowners set to the serene soundtrack of some of Australia’s finest live music acts.
The Mornington Peninsula has recently been named in National Geographic’s annual Best Trips of the World 2015 List and The Peninsula Picnic offers a perfect opportunity to visit for one unique day in the leafy and sea-salted surrounds of Mornington Racecourse. Australia’s top chefs will provide picnickers with tastes from sunset-mellowed wineries and foraging expeditions, curating a feast of locally sourced produce and decadent wines to be enjoyed whilst lounging on picnic rugs with family and friends.
As the event is run by the Melbourne Racing Club at one of their three beautiful racecourse venues in Victoria, Mornington Racecourse, leading the culinary line up is Melbourne Racing Club’s consultant chef, Ian Curley, also the owner of Kirk’s Wine bar and executive chef at the European. He will showcase his picks for the perfect gourmet picnic, alongside other chefs who will curate their gourmet picnic selections. Those chefs joining Ian Curly include, Max Paganoni (Max’s at Red Hill Estate), Barry Davis (Montalto) and recent head chef Daniel Whelan (The Long Table). Modern-European dishes will be created by Rowan and Janine Herrald (Terre) as well as delicious offerings from Matt Wilkinson (Pope Joan).
Attendees can also create their own perfect picnic on the day by visiting the bespoke stalls and selecting from local cheeses, crusty breads, home-grown olives, sweet treats and plenty more. With the region’s rich history of fresh farming, local producers will be on hand to share their passion for quality produce and provide tasty morsels to be enjoyed at the event or taken home.
Menu items have been matched with heavenly Peninsula wines from the Peninsula’s expert vignerons and vineyards, and patrons can delight in a decadent glass of wine – or two – from the sun-dappled cellar doors and wineries of Circe, Montalto, Crittenden Estate, Merricks General Wine Store, Prancing Horse and T’Gallant.
The musical menu also offers a buffet of Australian folk, blues and rock artists. Throw the rug down and relax to tunes by The Waifs, Paul Dempsey, the Pierce Brothers, Tinpan Orange and Hayden Calnin.
So to join in the fun on the Mornington Peninsula head to Ticketek for tickets to the Peninsula Picnic.