Peninsula VineHop Festival creator Lisa McGregor is hopping with happiness after a Regional Events Fund grant guaranteed the festival’s return in November for a second year.
The State Government and Visit Victoria grant is a ringing endorsement of the Seaford resident’s initiative. Just over a year ago Lisa took on two of the biggest projects of her life — caring for her newborn baby, Ferne, and putting on the festival to celebrate the premium range of beer, wine and cider created on the Mornington Peninsula.
“There was a significant risk involved with putting on my own event for the first time, especially with a new family, but I couldn’t get this idea out of my head,” Lisa said.
“I knew that the Peninsula needed its own version of the Winery Walkabout, but unlike the festival in the northeast, I didn’t want to just focus on wine. We also have outstanding beers and ciders being produced in this region.”
The inaugural festival last November attracted more than 3000 people, who boarded affordable shuttle and tour bus services to travel between participating wineries and breweries without any drink-driving concerns. And with food trucks, DJs and live music at each venue, the festival vibes continued throughout the day.
“Travelling between each venue on buses is not only a safe way to experience the unique tastes and offerings available across the Mornington Peninsula — it’s quite fun.”
Lisa is an events manager with more than 15 years’ experience, so she’s no stranger to co-ordinating and running major events, but this was the first time she had initiated and funded a major event of her own.
Dates for this year’s festival and the full line-up of participating venues will be announced soon. You can sign up for notifications at VineHopfestival.com.au