McDougall Winery – Mildura

I had the pleasure of spending a Sunday afternoon here!

On a Sunday afternoon the winery offers live music (on the afternoon it was blues artist Rusty Bonnit, lol), and a lovely setting to enjoy some drinks and simple food.

Having lived in Mildura, I felt like you are having a drink at the back of someones fruit block, it is homely, kitsch, and quirky.

Tables are outside, and a mix and match of old dinning tables. They are all under vines, which would be beautiful in summer. There are a few pot belly stoves around to keep everyone warm.

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It’s also a great place to take kids, there is an old yellow school bus to play on, a few bits of junior place equipment and a friendly dog named Sally wandering around.

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There also other old things lying around to have a look at, including cars, old farm machinery and even an old piano.

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Wines are offered by the glass or bottle, and you can get beer, spirits, soft drink as well.

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There is a small menu of shared platters and simple traditional pizzas.

The platters were generous, and the breads that can with,  were yummy!

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Pizzas were also good, with some interesting toppings such as beetroot and beef, and also the classics like Margarita and Hawaiian for the kids.

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Keep in mind this is not a restaurant, its fairly relaxed, and you go and order and pay at the bar as you go, go when you have a few hours to spend with friends.

Here is a link to there facebook page https://www.facebook.com/McDougallWines

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Sunraysia Farmer’s Market

Sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while. I have had laptop and back problems!

I’m currently away in Mildura, and this is a short post about the farmers market that is ran here.

Mildura is a region in Victoria that has traditionally been associated with citrus, dried fruit and  wine production, which has grown extensively in the last 20 years or so. More recently it has become a gourmets paradise with fine restaurants, olive oil production, Murray river pink salt and beautiful boutique fruits and vegetables becoming available.

Monthly, a Farmers market is ran on the lawns opposite the river. Volunteers also put on a great breakfast full of local seasonal produce. We got the big breakfast for $12, which consisted of a poached egg, bacon, sausage, toast, orange and read roasted beetroot, greens in a bechamel sauce, fritatta and mushrooms.

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Also  on offer beautiful Robinvale estate olive oil and vinegar to add to you breakfast for free, and a selection of pink Murray river salt and homemade preserves  made by stall holders to add to you breakfast. this is a great opportunity to try some of the products available at the market.

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Also available is freshly squeezed orange juice and good coffee from the Grinders van.

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Unfortunately, it was FREEEZING when we went down ,so I didn’t get many photos of the stalls as we left after a quick lap of the market of get out of the cold. They has many stalls selling oils, preserves, baked goods, local meat and many other products.

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It’s also in a beautiful setting.

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Lily demonstrating how cold it was!

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If you find yourself in Mildura and the market is on, it’s really worth going down for a delicious breakfast and  to sample what is available locally.

Tx