The Queens Birthday long weekend here in North East Victoria tends to become a celebration of food & produce as the region hosts what is called the "Winery Walkabout". Around Rutherglen, Bundalong, Wangaratta & Glenrowan lies an area that has many wineries, olive groves & various other farm pursuits. It has become so popular over the years with tourists coming from interstate & even some overseas visitors that busloads carry many from one lot of wineries to another.
Some wineries are so close that visitors are able to walk from one to the other - hence the name "Winery Walkabout". - Unfortunately they tend to forget it is a Highway they are crossing over on some accounts & so ..... tradiion now also incorporates signs for the motorists to warn them -
However - On the Sunday (today) Rutherlen hosts a very large Farmers Market that covers just about everything you could think of - olive oils to taste & buy, soaps, cheeses, clothing, handcrafts, bunches of flowers, wooden crafts, plants, herbs, & the list continues.
Stacey & I took to the market this morning - it covers not only the main street (which happens to be the Murray Valley Highway), but also the cross over street. Traffic is detoured around the back streets for the day - which can be very interesting with narrow local streets that have cars parked both sides & wandering market goers!
here we are tasting some of the cheese bread sticks, which were Really, really tasty!! - should have got more of those! But we did buy a nice looking loaf of fresh baked bread from the same stall.
I also picked up a fleecy lined jacket for just $15 & Stace got a nice coat for $29! Here are some of the other items I managed to buy........ including the cute little "Tiger" (Aussie Rules) booties for Nemo!
The pottery item is actually a windchime decorated with "gumleaves & blossoms". I've already sampled the orange blossom honey....YUM! The cheese can wait till tomorrow....... a nice treat while I plant out the onions & thyme :)