Top Event Picks for High Country Harvest

The annual local celebration of gourmet riches, High Country Harvest, features a delicious program of 53 ticketed events, other family friendly events, special Harvest menus, autumn warmers and village bonfires.

With so much going on, Border Cafe is pleased to seek advice from the team in the know at Scion Vineyard & Winery Rutherglen. They share some tips on where to direct your tastebuds, in this blog post.


Well hellooooo! The cool nights and blue-sky days of autumn proper have arrived – simply one of the best seasons to visit our region.

We’ve picked some of our favourite events from the upcoming High Country Harvest program (5 – 21 May).

Tweed Ride (Rutherglen) – Saturday 6 May

Rutherglen’s Tweed Ride has developed quite the following, with this year’s leisurely tweed-clad cycling adventure featuring three new food and wine experiences.

Tweed Ride. Image Credit: Georgie James Photography

Stops include the new Andrew Buller Wines, Cofield Wines and Rutherglen Estates. Don’t forget your vintage attire! 

Food for Thought (Yackandandah) – Saturday 6 May

We love Saint Monday’s ethos, which will be celebrated at this ethical, plant-based, candlelit no-waste feast. Oh, and did we mention, their feel-good food is super delicious?

Image Credit: Saint Monday

Smokin’ Hot Stanley (Stanley) – Sunday 7 May

Just beyond Beechworth, Stanley is a small village surrounded by apple orchards and nut groves in their autumn prime, and now is home to two exciting new farm-to-plate movers and shakers – Black Barn Farm and Garden State.

Join them for an abundant feast of lip-smacking local fare, basted, smoked, slow-cooked and flame-grilled over four open fires.

New Breed Feast (Chiltern) – Saturday 20 May

This delicious lunch event features some of our favourite friends of food, wine and creative pursuits – winemakers Ricky James and Simon Killeen, photographer Georgie James, and Pinchos Catering.

To be honest, they had us at succulent spit-roasted heritage roast pork.

Image Credit: Georgie James Photography

Taste Trekkers Gourmet Time Travel (Beechworth) – Saturday 20 May

Curated by gregarious local foodie Sally Lynch, this lantern-lit roving feast around Beechworth brings together some of the town’s tastiest mouthfuls with historical backdrops including the grand gold-rush era bank setting of Provenance restaurant, the Old Gaol and Tanswell’s cellar.

The Art of Cheese (Tarrawingee) – Friday 19 May – Sunday 21 May

In our book, goats cheese can add that something-something to so many meals and a beautiful hand-crafted piece of goats cheese is pure joy!

If you’re reading from the same page, here’s your chance to join the goats of Tolpuddle Farm for an immersive pasture-to-plate experience: goat milking, hands-on cheese making and a shared lunch in the garden with passionate producers Melissa and Donovan.

Image Credit: Tolpuddle Cheese

Harvest Menu at Lake Moodemere Estate (Rutherglen) 5 – 21 May

Lake Moodemere’s Cellar Door is a majestic location overlooking the lake.

The Chambers family raise their own lambs as well as growing grapes on the estate. Check out their special harvest menu during High Country Harvest, featuring lip-smacking Moodemere Lamb and other delicious morsels by the open fire.

Ciao Biscotti (Rutherglen) – Sunday 7 & 21 May

One of Rutherglen’s lovely B&B hosts, Kellie-Anne (and sometime grape picker during vintage at Scion!), is hosting intimate hands on biscotti-making workshops with afternoon tea (of course matched with local wines). Open to both B&B guests and visitors.

For full details on High Country Harvest, visit their website

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