MEENIYAN GARLIC FESTIVAL

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A celebration of all things garlic at Victoria's only Garlic Festival, winner of the South Gippsland Community Event of the year and now in its third year! It’s so good that Visit Victoria has provided Regional Event Funds for the expansion of this great festival… thank you!

Come prepared to tantalise your taste buds with garlic beer, garlic ice cream and even garlic milkshakes… be pleasantly surprised, it can do your head in!

Enjoy regional wines and cheeses while listening to a great program of live music all day and learn how to grow and cook garlic from special garlic-loving guests, including Peruvian chef Alejandro Saravia (Pastuso restaurant and his new venture, ‘Farmer’s Daughters’) and Trevor Perkins from Hogget Kitchen at Warragul You can also learn how to plait, ferment, smoke and roast garlic! Julie Weatherhead will show you how to make pesto with bush foods and Leanne Langkopf will explain the health benefits of kefir and show you how to make it.

Australia’s garlic guru Penny Woodward will be back with some fabulous speakers at the Garlic Institute in the main street and internationally acclaimed The Maes Band will be playing to knock your socks off at 2pm. John Rees (ex Men at Work) will be playing in two groups throughout the day, so check the event program to catch him performing.

The Garlic Festival marketplace is home to more than 90 stallholders, offering 3000 kgs of the new season’s crop for your kitchen or paddock, pantry products to make your mouth swoon, and lunch and snack takeaways from a dozen different cultures.

There’s lots of free family entertainment for all ages and abilities! Entry is free for kids under 16 and they can indulge in dozens of activities: an all-day magic show, billy cart time trials, sack races, veggie sculpture competitions, balloon soccer, story time in the shade, colouring in, mini golf and more. A new addition this year is the abseiling wall. There’s also inexpensive food for the kids that won’t break the bank.

Another old fashioned event is being introduced this year.. the sheaf toss. Flex your muscles and have a go at this in the middle of the oval.

We’re just 90 minutes to the southeast of Melbourne and we offer free parking and shuttles from the Stony Creek Race Course 3 kms to the east of Meeniyan.

Entry is $10 per adult, children free (under 16). Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gates to the Reserve or at the Meeniyan Hall in the main street near the shuttle drop off.

Help us make the festival even more sustainable. BYO water battle and we’ll top it up for free! Throw in a hat, a shopping bag and some sun protection – this is February after all. You can even bring well behaved dogs on a lead!

There’s several events on the next day in the surrounding region, so make it a fabulous weekend with lazy long lunches etc Meeniyan Square will feature live music into the evening with lots of delicious tasting plates and vino to enjoy after the festival ends. Local restaurants will also feature special festival dinners , so stay around in Meeniyan in Meeniyan and enjoy the fun.

Check out our website to explore all that is on offer for your pleasure and to find special access information for those with limited mobility.

We’re a friendly bunch at Meeniyan and look forward to welcoming you!!
Date/Time: Saturday 16 February 2019
9am - 4pm
Cost: Entry is $10 per adult, children free (under 16). Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gates to the Reserve or at the Meeniyan Hall in the main street near the shuttle drop off.