In Port for food, wine and merriment for latest installment of Winter Weekends

Tanya Connellan, chef and co-owner of the Merrijig Inn, lines up the French wine for tastings as part of Port Fairy’s Winter Weekends.

Tanya Connellan, chef and co-owner of the Merrijig Inn, lines up the French wine for tastings as part of Port Fairy’s Winter Weekends.

SAVE your appetite for Port Fairy this weekend. 

Not to be deterred by miserable weather, Port Fairy is making a pitch to tourists with food and wine. 

The latest instalment of the Winter Weekends will attempt to tap into a market of parents patiently watching their children at Warrnambool’s Fun4Kids Festival. Everything from artisan buffalo cheese to just good old fish and chips will be on offer. 

Port Fairy will also launch its first local gourmet food group to better market the district’s local produce. 

“It’s very much a food theme this year. That’s why we’ve timed it with the launch of our new food group,” Winter Weekends co-ordinator Ross Morey said. “It’s called Gourmet Port Fairy and it consists of eight local restaurants and producers around town.” 

The Merrijig Inn fronting the wharf precinct is also offering a novel take on the Tour de France, giving tastings of French wine from along the cycling race trail. More than a dozen other restaurants in town will also offer everything from sangria to ice-cream. 

“There’s lots of things happening all around the place,” Mr Morey said. 

“We’ve got Fun4Kids and we’re giving parents an opportunity to escape and do something they’d enjoy doing.” 

The first events kick off tonight with sangria and tapas at Rocksalt, blues group Eddie and the Exciters at the cricket club and the screening of documentary Rising From the Ashes at the Reardon Theatre. 

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