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MFWF – Tastes of Rutherglen & El Dorado’s Moving Feast

As part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the quaint little down of El Dorado in Victoria's North East put on a moving fest, highlighting some of the region's best.

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MFWF – Tastes of Rutherglen & El Dorado’s Moving Feast
March 19, 2014

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MFWF – Tastes of Rutherglen & El Dorado’s Moving Feast

Accommodation was hosted by Vera & Don; who let us stay at Yellow Cottage. The place was a delight, with fig, peach, pomegranate, apple, pear, you name it, they had it growing in the surrounds. 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, open lounge and dining area made for the perfect base camp for an eating weekend.

I miss getting up early and standing in the middle of the road in my PJs, catching the sunrise and the amazing #cloudporn. The middle of the road was one of the places I was guaranteed phone reception too ;) 

As part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, we enjoyed the Tastes of Rutherglen and El Dorardo’s Moving Feast. Tastes of Rutherglen was a bit like Taste of Melbourne, but more spread out, as you drove or caught a shuttle bus to each winery. You could dine on an entree sized dish with matching wine, take part in a activity, or sit around and soak up the live music. It was a great way to spend the day, and exploring the different wineries.

El Dorado’s Moving Feast was the first of it’s kind in the quaint town of El Dorardo where we stayed. Due to weather, the moving part from creek, to orchard, to historical monument didn’t go to plan, but we had a trip to the Dredge, then canapés and archery at Eldorado Pottery (archery and beer ….. not a good mix!); main course at the Eldorado Memorial Hall, which was decorated with lovely charm and fairy lights; then dessert followed at the Museum.

Most of the food was sourced from within a 20km radius; lambs were from the property next door, garlic from our accommodation hosts Vera & Don; it gave a great sense of the community of El Dorado. We had ales from Bridge Road Brewers (<3) and cider fromBeechworth Cider, wines from local wineries, including our intended location for dinner Mt Pilot. 

Despite the weather, it was a great night, catching up with old friends and making new ones! Paris the MC was a ripper, and I would have a party just to have him entertain the crowd. I’ve included a little video as a special treat :)

Sandy, you did an amazing job; and I do hope you find the strength to do it again next year!

Disclaimer: Iron Chef Shellie dined and stayed as a guest of Tourism North East. 


5 comments on “MFWF – Tastes of Rutherglen & El Dorado’s Moving Feast
  1. Padaek

    Looks like such a magical place! Your photos are superb!

    March 19, 2014 at 11:42 pm
  2. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I’ve been to the dredge too. Not a whole lot to see but it’s a lovely drive down there. The only place I wasn’t familiar with was Scion. I’ll have to check that out next time I’m back ‘home’.

    March 20, 2014 at 8:13 am
  3. Ling

    OMG that beef cheek and doesn’t everyone stand in the middle of the road in PJs?

    March 21, 2014 at 7:29 am
  4. GourmetGetaways

    What beautiful photos Shellie.
    Well done.

    March 25, 2014 at 8:22 am
  5. Sara

    Stunning photos! What a wonderful feast.

    March 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

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