A NEW version of the Twelve Apostles Gourmet Trail map has been released to give people a better idea of the seasons when producers are open.
Twelve Apostles Food Artisans chairman Tim Marwood said the new map also provided information about Corangamite food and wine producers who did not have a retail outlet but could be contacted by the public.
Mr Marwood said the gourmet trail had been successful in bringing visitors to the producers, with numbers continuing to increase.
A “massive” number of people had taken the 70-kilometre trail so far this summer, particularly when it was not beach weather, he said.
“There’s been a big increase in visitor numbers over previous years,” Mr Marwood said.
“There’s a growing market niche in food tourism,” he said.
The trail goes to six producers, where people can taste cheeses, ice-cream, whisky, strawberries and other berries, wine and chocolates.
Mr Marwood said he expected the trail would continue to evolve and a further version was likely to include a Simpson snail farm.
The latest version was produced with assistance from Corangamite Shire Council.