Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, Martin Pakula – East Gippsland Food, Wine and Beer Festival

THE HON MARTIN PAKULA MP Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events

Welcome to Victoria, the events capital of Australia and proud hosts of the East Gippsland Food, Wine and Beer Festival.

Gippsland is famous for its amazing lakes, great food and wine, unique wildlife and stunning natural wonders. All of those and more will be on show during the East Gippsland Food, Wine and Beer Festival.

Victoria is home to some of the best regional events in Australia including the Meeniyan Garlic Festival, La Trobe Valley International Water Ski Championships and Hooked on Lakes Entrance Festival.

With more local and international visitors travelling to regional Victoria than ever before, these events give us a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful regions to new people and we’re proud to support them through the $20 million Regional Events Fund.

Since 2014, the Andrews Labor Government has supported over 180 regional events. These events draw visitors from far and wide keeping our bars, restaurants, and hotels busy and boosting local economies. 

That is why we’re proud to support and stage the East Gippsland Food, Wine and Beer Festival right here in Bairnsdale.

I hope you all enjoy this fantastic event and I encourage everyone to explore everything Gippsland has to offer.


Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events


2019 Festival Program


Green Space

11.30 – 11.45 East Gippsland Permaculture – What is Permaculture? An agricultural method? A revolution disguised as gardening? Something to do with chickens? Come and discover how to use Permaculture to move towards sustainable home and farm living. … and grow great tomatoes!

12:00 – 12:15 Organic Agriculture Association Inc. – A local representative will be speaking about how to control pests in your garden without pesticides

13:00 –  13:20   Clare Voitin – Clare is a lover of eclectic pursuits. Clare’s mission is to encourage greater awareness around the food space, inspiring others to become more sustainable with food – growing your own food is a great place to start. There’s so much more Clare has planned to give this world, get to the Green Space and catch up with her!

13:30 – 14:00 MediPharm Labs – A leader in cannabis extraction and purification, MediPharm Labs will be talking about the advanced methodologies used in their purpose-built facility to deliver pure, safe and precisely-dosed cannabis concentrates and advanced derivative products.

15:00 – 15:30 Gippsland Pearls – Providing advice to attendees on growing mushrooms and how it can be done at home.

16.15  Sailors Grave Brewing Giant Pumpkin Challenge weigh in.


Masterclass area

11:30 – 12:00 Country Women’s Association (CWA) – Scone making masterclass including demonstration of method with tips and tricks at home. Sample the scones with jam and cream. Free tea & coffee. $5.00 entry with all proceeds going back to the CWA

12:15 – 12:45 Tarago Cheese – Come and learn the finer points of “soft surface, and mould ripened” cheese made on a farm in North West Gippsland.

Roger from Tarago Cheese will explain the role of the “Affineur” and some critical aspects of the cheese ripening process. Enjoy cheese tasting and some discussion about the best way to store and use this unique category of specialty cheese.

13:00 – 14:00 Malting Workshop with Brendan O’Sullivan (Head Brewer of 3 Ravens)

Over the last few years, Thornbury’s 3 Ravens Brewery have been dabbling in small batch malting – the ancient art of turning grass seed (such as barley, wheat or rye) into something that you can use to make beer – or whisky. 3 Ravens Head Brewer Brendan O’Sullivan will introduce you to the general concepts and basic science of malting and show you how you can do it yourself with a can-do attitude and household items such as plastic buckets, a bread machine, a hot-air gun and a toaster oven. Brendan will demystify the malting process and show you that it’s really not that hard to turn horse feed into beer.

14:15 – 14:45 Brewers Q & A (Sailors Grave, 3 Ravens, Exit) Ask those burning questions you have for a commercial brewer while sampling some of their finest

15:00 – 16.00 Confidential Kitchen

Ticketed session (Gabriel Gate will entertain the crowd and commentate as Mark Briggs of Sardine Eatery + Bar (Paynesvillle) will create a dish from local, in season mystery produce) Get tickets here

Download our 2019 Festival Program here