A Foraging Frolic – Mushrooms

by essjayeats on April 10, 2012

What: Tutored mushroom foraging, including lunch
When: Saturday 12th May
Where: Meet at Bress Winery, Harcourt.
How much:   $85 a person plus $0.30 booking fee
Booking:  Sorry – SOLD OUT but you can join the waiting list for cancellations or future foragings  HERE 

(Please do not contact the venue about this event.  All enquiries to fringefoodfestival@gmail.com.)

It’s mushroom time!

Those lucky vegetarian attendees at our Bress Cider day were lucky enough to taste some of the first pine mushrooms of the season courtesy of Matt from Mushrooms Anonymous. They were delicious and many of you wanted to know more, so we’ve organised a tour  with Matt, and Jo from The Commoner in Fitzroy, to identify, collect, clean and cook wild mushrooms.

Meet us at beautiful Bress Winery in Harcourt, 80 mins drive from Melbourne or get the train to Castlemaine – just 12 km away. We’ll enjoy morning tea (with a glass of cider) before heading off for a stroll in a pine forest with expert advise on looking for, and identifying mushrooms.

We’ll head back to Bress around 1pm to cook the spoils and add them to slow cooked beef cheeks for a delicious lunch, with a sneaky glass or two for those inclined.

We can look after vegetarians as well, so dress warmly, wear comfy shoes and come and join us for a day of fun and education.


Bress is situated at 3894 Old Calder Highway, Harcourt and is less than an 80-minute drive from the Melbourne CBD.

Coming from Melbourne on the new Calder Freeway take the Harcourt exit and turn right at the stop sign. Proceed through the roundabout and travel straight ahead, taking the left fork at the Old Calder Highway towards Bendigo. We are 3kms out of town on the right hand side. You will see the ‘Winery/Cidery’ sign 300 metres before the entrance.

Coming from Bendigo on the new Calder Freeway turn off at the North Harcourt exit (it is only a small sign and can be missed) and continue on the Old Calder Highway for approximately 4 kms. We are 600 metres past the  North Harcourt signpost on the left hand side. If you do miss this turn off and come to the Harcourt exit, follow the directions above but turn left at the first stop sign.


If you wish to travel via train to Castlemaine let us know and we’ll give further advice.  Transfers can be arranged.



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