Feast on food, wine

By Country News

The Swan Hill Food and Wine Festival will return for another year next month.

The town’s Pioneer Settlement will once again play host to this highly popular event comprising three days of festivities, tastings and live entertainment for the whole family.

‘‘The Swan Hill Food and Wine Festival is all about celebrating all those things in addition to our proud heritage as a pioneer city and warm country hospitality,’’ Swan Hill Inc’s marketing co-ordinator Julie Wiggins said.

Held across the March 9 to 11 long weekend, the festival will begin with an opening night cruise along the Murray River on the Friday evening and conclude with a produce and design market and a closing night cruise on the Sunday.

On both nights, participants will board the PS Pyap and take in a spectacular Mallee sunset while enjoying wines from local winemaker Andrew Peace and finger food from the award-winning Spoons Riverside.

Throughout the weekend, many Swan Hill businesses will be organising food and wine-related events, with highlights including a tasting menu with matching wines at Spoons Riverside, a special signature dinner at Java Spice and a four-course Italian feast by Quo Vadis called Festa di Trent’anni (Festival of Thirty Years) to commemorate the Tripodi’s three decades of involvement with the business.

The weekend, however, won’t just be about food and wine.

A live entertainment stage will be set up for Saturday’s festivities, featuring an impressive line-up of popular musicians including Ross Wilson, Peta Evans-Taylor and Jeff Gibson.

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