A weekend away with Tourism Victoria

A few weeks ago now, I was lucky enough to spend a weekend travelling around some of the regional towns of Victoria, as part of the Wander Victoria campaign, a government initiative to encourage more Melbournians to get out there and see more of our state. I will fully admit that I hadn't set the bar overly high - as someone with dietary requirements, my experience of eating in regional towns hasn't always been that great. Cut to memories of me eating three days worth of potato chips and cheese in regional France. 

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However, as is always the case, I was most pleasantly surprised by the foodie and creative delights that exist under two hours drive away from Melbourne. Which I guess is the aim of the campaign. Lucky I don't work in marketing really. 

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In Kyneton, our first stop was Source Dining. I was particularly excited because I had heard great things, and I wasn't disappointed one bit. The food is locally sourced (as the name may suggest to you, astute readers) and the care put into each dish does not go unnoticed.  

Zucchini flower risotto at Source Dining

Zucchini flower risotto at Source Dining

I have to say that Daylesford was my favourite of all the places we visited on our roadtrip. The town itself had just the right amount of bustle and things to do, while still being charming and country. We stayed at Frangos and Frangos in the centre of town, which was perfect and allowed us to have multiple cocktails at Belvedere social next door, without truly leaving the hotel. My idea of a good time.

Dessert at Sault restaurant, Daylesford

Dessert at Sault restaurant, Daylesford

Lake views at Sault, Daylesford

Lake views at Sault, Daylesford

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Morning caffeine hit/dog patting at Larder, Daylesford

Morning caffeine hit/dog patting at Larder, Daylesford

Breakfast at Larder, Daylesford

Breakfast at Larder, Daylesford

Hotel Frango

Hotel Frango

Florian tomatoes, basil, burrata and a black olive crumb at Lakehouse Daylesford

Florian tomatoes, basil, burrata and a black olive crumb at Lakehouse Daylesford

Heirloom beetroot and goats cheese salad at Lakehouse Daylesford

Heirloom beetroot and goats cheese salad at Lakehouse Daylesford

Banana, peanut butter and black sesame dessert at Lakehouse Daylesford

Banana, peanut butter and black sesame dessert at Lakehouse Daylesford

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Happy hour at Belvedere Social, Daylesford

Happy hour at Belvedere Social, Daylesford

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Cute little shops in Daylesford

Cute little shops in Daylesford

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Two lovers having a moment

Two lovers having a moment

Vegetarian offerings at Belvedere Social, Daylesford

Vegetarian offerings at Belvedere Social, Daylesford

No such thing as too many espresso martinis

No such thing as too many espresso martinis

Iced lattes and treats at Vegas and Rose, Ballarat

Iced lattes and treats at Vegas and Rose, Ballarat

Gluten free and vegan biscuits at Vegas and Rose

Gluten free and vegan biscuits at Vegas and Rose

Websters Market and Cafe

Websters Market and Cafe

A whirlwind trip of eating with a gorgeous girlfriend, what more could you ask for?