If you’re in need of an afternoon under the gum trees with live music and a glass of beer, wine or cider in hand, look no further than the Longwood Beer, Wine and Cider Festival.
Longwood Football Club is partnering with other community groups to host the event at the town’s Recreation Reserve on Saturday, March 3 from 2pm to 9pm.
Event organiser and Longwood Football Club Committee member Kathryn Goodall said the committee was keen to do something different that isn’t offered in the shire.
‘‘We wanted to be able to showcase the small brewers from around the region,’’ she said.
Attendees will be able to enjoy a refreshing glass from a variety of producers including Strathbogie Brewery, Tooborac Brewery, Maygars Hill Winery and The Cheeky Grog Co.
The committee has also attracted massive talent including acoustic performers Benny Walker and Tom Richardson.
There will be plenty of activities for children including croquet, Jenga and Connect Four.
Longwood CFA, Longwood Primary School and Longwood Community Centre will be supporting the event with catering, as well as a number of vendors, with wood fire pizzas, pork sliders, spit roast and gourmet burgers on the menu. The Euroa Caravan Park is also sponsoring the event, with free buses available from the campsite.
Proceeds from the event come back to the Longwood Football Netball Club in the lead up to the 2018 season.
‘‘It is going to be a great family-friendly day out where you can sit back and relax with some great music in the beer garden,’’ Mrs Goodall said.
Fellow organiser Rick Shiner said they’re hoping to draw a crowd from the local region and beyond.
‘‘We’re running courtesy buses from Seymour, Avenel, Nagambie, Euroa and Shepparton, so we’re looking to draw a crowd from all around Victoria,’’ he said.
‘‘Festivals like this are becoming more and more common around Victoria. But around us at the moment there’s nothing really like it, so that’s why we decided to put our necks on the line and have a go at it.
‘‘This is the first one, but we’re hoping it will become an annual event.’’
For ticket and courtesy bus information visit http://www.longwoodfortheloveofale.com.au/ or phone Kathryn Goodall on 0407698339.