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David Strong, the Peninsula Picnic’s Creative Director, has put together another stellar line-up of winemakers and distillers to join the 2016 Peninsula Picnic, including Circe, Crittenden Estate, Montalto, Paringa Estate, and Prancing Horse Estate, as well as artisanal spirit makers Bass & Flinders Distillery and local providore Merricks General Wine Store.

Mornington Peninsula Magazine asked David some questions.

What makes this event so unique?

The Mornington Peninsula is what makes the event so unique. While many events claim to be about food and music, The Peninsula Picnic draws on the region’s best, so it really is an event for people who truly appreciate food, wine and music.

How would you describe the vibe?

The Peninsula Picnic is a perfect summers day out bringing together all the best things the Mornington Peninsula has to offer, with a country harvest atmosphere. It’s all set to a blissful soundtrack of some of Australia’s best artists.

Are you expecting a sellout again?

Yes we are expecting a sell out so don’t miss out!

That said you better get a wriggle on.

With a hand picked selection of beautiful wine from the local Peninsula region, perfectly matched to the already announced line-up of delectable, locally sourced food from some of the region’s finest local restaurants, Montalto, Terminus at The Flinders Hotel, The Long Table, Dee’s Kitchen, Max’s at Red Hill Estate and DOC Mornington to serve picnickers delicious treats from fresh, local and seasonal produce as well as Melbourne’s finest in Pope Joan and Ian Curley. New additions to the food line up for this year’s event including The Green Olive, Cook and Norman Trattoria, Merricks General Wine Store and Paringa Estate. Three of this year’s featured restaurants were awarded ‘hats’ in 2015 The Age Good Food Guide Awards including Paringa Estate, Montalto and Terminus at the Flinders Hotel.

Accompanied by a soundtrack from some of the best music this country has to offer, with ARIA Award winner Missy Higgins, bringing with her a catalogue of sweet hits for picnickers in 2016. Joining this year’s menu of music, with his blues and roots flavour will be sonic virtuoso Kim Churchill, Powderfinger guitarist extraordinaire Darren Middleton giving the Peninsula a taste of his solo offerings, rising Adelaide folk star Timberwolf and Shoreham local singer songwriter Ruby Whiting.

The Peninsula Picnic returns after a sold-out inaugural event in 2015 that was the Mornington Peninsula’s most extensive food, wine and music gathering.

This year’s event will feature a bigger line-up, a larger site, even more shaded areas!

The 2016 Peninsula Picnic capacity is capped to ensure all of our patrons and their families have the most wonderful day enjoying the best of what the Mornington Peninsula region has to offer. 

With a country harvest atmosphere, The Peninsula Picnic takes place over one unique day in the leafy and sea-salted surrounds of Mornington Racecourse, and is the recipe for that perfect regional escape or family day out.

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