Those in search of an adventure through the glorious local wine country should look no further than the annual Rutherglen Tweed Ride to be held on Saturday, May 5.
The 20 kilometre cycling adventure is interspersed with three incredible food and wine experiences.
Now in its eighth year, the Tweed Ride will begin at 10am and feature bubbles and brunch inspired by wild food flavours at Rutherglen Estates’ new Cellar Door, a picnic of local and foraged produce by The Pickled Sisters Cafe with handcrafted wines at Valhalla Wines, and a sweet and savoury afternoon tea with Correll and Muscat spritzers at Jones Winery.
All chaps, dandies and bon vivants are invited to join in a weekend of cycling revelry, divine food and vintage fashion.
Attendees are encouraged to embrace the theme and step out in vintage style - tweed jackets, plaid skirts, bowler hats and retro bikes are all welcome.
The Tweed Ride in Rutherglen is part of the North East Victoria’s High Country Harvest, which runs from May 4 to 20 and involves a series of events to suit all taste buds.
Among the events on May 4 is an evening of shiraz.
Join Valhalla’s winemaker Anton for a light-hearted evening of shiraz designed to dial up your senses.
Ever tasted wine blindfolded? Felt the texture of the drink and smelt the bases of the flavours?
Experience wine through a whole new lens – tune into its smell, feel and taste as Anton guides you blindfolded through a bracket of shiraz.
Ticket includes a glass of (trust-building) Valhalla sparkling shiraz on arrival with a wander through the vineyard, before the blindfolds go on.
Those after a truly immersive dining experience can book a seat at The Edible Table on May 4.
Get hands-on setting the scene, creating a spectacular, interactive table centrepiece using edible herbs, plants and flowers, guided by florist and stylist Katie Massari from Poppy Emporium.
Cook with The Pickled Sisters Cafe chef Stewart Gilchrist using unusual and delightful flavours from nature.
Mix your own wine cocktails with Cofield Wines flavoured by botanicals to create unique and delicious combinations.
Finish with lunch with your co-creators.
Other events include Jones Campfire cooking, The Art of Harvest, To Oak or not to Oak, Yoga: Bubbles and Brekkie Bliss.
For more information on the Tweed Ride and all events in Rutherglen as part of High Country Harvest go to www.explorerutherglen.com.au or call the Rutherglen Information Centre on 1800 622 871.
For tickets visit Eventbrite and search for Rutherglen Tweed Ride, while tickets to the High Country Harvest events can be purchased at www.highcountryharvest.com.au