Fresh regional produce, flavoursome cuisine and some of the finest wine in the state combine to create food and wine excellence in the Goldfields region that will dazzle your palate. Enjoy perfect lattes in Castlemaine's cafes then escape into the countryside for a picnic, stocking up on fresh produce at farm gates and local markets along the way. Sample the local bull boar sausages, try Mediterranean delicacies like locally-pressed olive oil and buy crisp apples and juicy pears straight from the growers. Lunch among the vines at winery restaurants and after a busy gourmet day, relax for dinner at one of the award winning Hotels and Restaurants.
Experience the quality local wines and specialty foods, flavours and experiences of the Goldfields at the many venues listed below or at one of the great food and wine events coming up in our in our area.
Bress Wine, Cider and Produce - A picturesque and idyllic winery and restaurant featuring biodynamic, handcrafted and authentic wines and produce. James Halliday Five Red Star Rated Winery 2010 - 2017, 8 years in a row! The Age Good Food Guide Rated Restaurant. Open Sat & Sun from October to May. Winery open Fri to Sun 11am to 5pm. 3894 Harmony Way, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2262
Boomtown Winemakers Co-operative - A shared winemaking space and home to Minum Wine and Little Reddie. Boomtown is driven by a philosophy of making small batch, honest, natural wines sourcing fruit from great Central Victorian sites. Cellar door open weekends 12 - 5 pm at The Mill, Castlemaine. Shed 10, 9 Walker Street, Ph: 0417 237 155
Shedshaker Brewing Company - The Taproom is home to Shedshaker Brewing Company, producers of small batch, hand crafted quality beer. Serving a range of 10 craft beers on tap as well as local cider, wines, juice and soft drink. Freshly made pizza and locally procured cheeses complement your drink and dine experience. Open Tuesday to Sunday at The Mill, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine. Ph: 419 365 308.
Harcourt Valley Vineyards - Handcrafted estate grown and made wines and boutique beer. A James Halliday 5 Star Rated Winery. Open 7 days 11am - 6pm and for weekend lunches from November to March. 3339 Harmony Way, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2223
Henry of Harcourt Real Cider - A family run orchard situated at the foot of Mount Alexander. Meet the cidermaker and taste some "Real Ciders" utilising the best local fruit and traditional methods. Feed the chooks and ducks whilst sitting on the verandah enjoying a cool libation. Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm. Sat-Sun 10am - 5pm 219 Reservoir Road, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2177
Taradale Wine & Produce has delicious wood fired pizza, art, wine, coffee, cakes and large range of produce and collectables. Sit inside by the cosy fire or enjoy the beautiful garden with plenty of space to run wild. Open Thurs - Sat 11am - 6pm, Fri & Sun 11am - 9pm. 120 High Street, Taradale. Ph 5423 2828
Sundays at Sutton Grange Winery - Wine sales & tasting, live music and regional tasting platters. 11am - 5pm Sundays. Carnochans Lane, Sutton Grange. Ph 9261 9919
BlackJack Wines - Drop in and taste some excellent award-winning full bodied reds and talk about the joys and despairs of grape growing and wine making in historic Harcourt. Open Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 11am - 5pm. Calder Highway, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2355
Mount Alexander Winery - located in an ideal position on the north-eastern slopes of Mount Alexander. Cellar door is open on weekend and public holidays from 11am - 5pm. 410 Harcourt Road, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2567
Chappels Cairn Curran Estate - overlooks Cairn Curran Reservoir and is situated between Maldon and Newstead. 329 Seer Road, Welshmans Reef. Open daily 11am - 5pm, please ring first. Ph 5475 1039.
Limestone Track Vineyard - Open most weekends and public holidays 11am - 5pm. 48 Limestone Track, Guildford. Ph 5476 4266
Welshman's Reef Winery - Open weekends 10am - 5pm. Maldon Newstead Road, Welshmans Reef. Ph 5476 2733
Visit the local Wesley Hill market held every Saturday morning 7.30am to 1pm. Here you will find organic coffee, traditional brewed chai like you've never had before, food from all countries and organic fruit and vegetables, all whilst listening to the local buskers and enjoying the colorful parade of people wandering past.
Sample local produce and fill your basket with goodies at the Castlemaine Farmers Market held on the first Sunday of each month.
Or take a drive to a regional market held in the towns and villages surrounding Castlemaine such as Daylesford, Kyneton, Maryborough, Trentham, Glenlyon and Maldon.
Come to the many Food and Wine Festivals held around Castlemaine. See our Events Calendar for dates and plan ahead!
Harcourt Annual Applefest - March Long Weekend.
Bendigo Winemakers Festival - April
Barrel Wine Tasting Weekend - July
Bendigo on the Hop, Craft Beer Festival - August
Heathcote Wine and Food Festival - October
Fresh Produce and Farm Gates
Ice Cream Social - makers of small batch icecream, gelato and sorbet from fresh local ingredients in the Goldfields of Victoria. All their flavours are made from scratch, and use no artificial colours or flavours. They have a super schmick icecream parlour at 12 Hargraves St Castlemaine where you can enjoy icecream, crepes, burgers, cakes, coffee and booze. Over the winter months, they're open Weds-Fri 2pm-8pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am-8pm. Pop in and try the latest greatest flavours!
Chocolate Mill - for the serious Chocoholic. The home of the Ultimate Hot Chocolate and over 90 selections of Belgian couverture chocolates made fresh and sold on site only. Open 7 days 10am - 4.45pm, closed Christmas and February. 5451 Midland Highway, Mt Franklin. Ph 5476 4208
Colliers Chocolates - Handmade chocolates situated on farming land in scenic Sutton Grange. 1221 Bendigo - Sutton Grange Road, Sutton Grange. Open Sundays 10am - 5pm.
Mt Alexander Fruit Gardens - Certified organic orchard. Pick your own and farm door sales of cherries from mid November until end December. 69 Danns Road, Harcourt. Ph 5474 2808
Peelers Family Orchard - come and see Trevor Peeler, a sixth generation Harcourt born and bred fruit grower for your best quality apples, pears, cherries, stone fruit and other local produce. Open 8.30am - 6pm, 7 days, February to December. Old Calder Highway (opp. 123km post), Harcourt. Ph 54744033
Maldon Cherry Farm - Organically grown cherries and apricots of impeccable quality. Drive in for the most wonderful tasty fruit picked fresh on the day. Open 8am-6pm daily (mid November until January) cnr Bridgewater & Watersons Road, Maldon. Ph 5475 2178
Cherry's Ice Creamery - Gourmet ice creams and gelato all made on premises in Maldon with all natural ingredients. Open all year round. 22 High Street, Maldon. Ph 5475 2652
Pud For All Seasons - the Passionate Pudding People. Visit Kelly and her staff making traditional and contemporary hand-made gourmet puddings for us to enjoy all year round. Kitchen door sales open Mon to Fri 9.30am - 3pm. Bus tours welcome. Rm 24, I Halford Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 6128
Olive Branch Preserves - Traditional jams, chutneys and sauces with wholesome ingredients and old style goodness. Harker Street, Maldon. Ph 5472 4418
Goldfields Honey - Producers of quality varietal honey and pure natural beeswax candles. Open Mon to Fri 10am - 5pm. 106 Diamond Gully Road, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 3988
Newstead Butcher - These butchers are makers of bull boar sausages, a traditional food brought to the area by Swiss-Italian migrants that arrived during the gold rush era. Lyons Street, Newstead. Ph 5476 2217
Great Coffee, Country Hotels, Funky Cafes and Stylish Restaurants - we have it all!
Listed below are some of the many cafes, hotels and restaurants in Castlemaine. This is just a sample of the gastronomic delights awaiting you!
Das Kaffeehaus - A taste of Vienna in Castlemaine. Small batch micro roastery and licensed coffee house situated in the historic Woollen Mill opposite the Castlemaine Botanic Gardens. Open Mon to Fri 6am- 5pm, Sat & Sun 8am - 4pm. at The Mill, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 6270
Taste of the Orient Yum Cha House - the best yum cha you will ever have! Hand made using organic, free range, gluten free ingredients. Open Mon and Wed to Sat 11am - 8.30pm, Sun 11am - 3pm, Closed Tue. 223 Barker Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 5465.
Skydancers Cafe - Enjoy a coffee, snack or light meal in the pleasant surroundings of this delightful Gift Shop and Garden Centre. Open 7.30am - 5pm weekdays, 9am - 5pm Sat & Sun. Cnr Blackjack Road and Midland Highway, Harcourt. Ph 5474 3800
Railway Hotel - Welcoming and inviting hotel for locals and travellers. A range of local beers and ciders on tap. Golden Plate award winning meals. Open Mon - Fri 3pm - 11pm, Sat & Sun 12 noon to 11pm. 65 Gingell Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 1250
The Bridge Hotel - Fantastic food, great range of beers and ciders on tap, amazing atmosphere and live music to boot. You can't go past this great little venue. Lunch and dinner Wed - Mon 5 - 9 pm . 21 Walker Street, Castlemaine. Ph: 5470 6426
Shedshaker Brewing Company - The Taproom - open six days a week serving delicious beverages, yummy food and beaucoup conviviality. The Taproom is home to Shedshaker Brewing Company, producers of small batch, hand crafted quality beer. Serving a range of 10 craft beers on tap as well as local cider, wines, juice and soft drink. Freshly made pizza and locally procured cheeses complement your drink and dine experience. Tues - Thurs 2pm to 8pm-ish, Fri: 2pm to 10pm, Sat: 12pm - 10pm, Sun: 12pm to 8pm. Fabulous house-made pizzas are available Thursday and Friday (5pm-8pm) and Saturday and Sunday (12pm to 8pm). Ph: 0425 323 005 or 0438 042 901
Saffs Cafe - Enjoy Saffs famous big breakfast, lunch and anything in between. Indoor and outdoor dining. Open 7 days from 7.30am - 4pm. 64 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 6722
Run Rabbit Run - Comfortable, cosy and familiar cafe with espresso bar downstairs and gallery upstairs. Open 7 days Sun - Thurs 8.30am - 4pm & Fri - Sat 8.30am - 6.00pm. 24 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 5712
Bella Fresca Pizzeria - Woodfired pizzas using simple flavours, authentic cooking techniques and beautiful fresh ingredients. Open Wed - Fri from 5pm, Sat from 3pm. 219 Barker Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 1898.
Cadillac Shack - American inspired international menu including award winning burgers, steaks, ribs, burgers, salads, shakes, sundaes and more. Comfortable, cosy and spacious with a great American feel. Mon - Fri 11.30am - 3pm and 5pm - 8pm, Sat 11.30am - 9pm, Sun 11.30am - 8pm. 113 Mosytn Street, Castlemaine.
Ph 5416 1486.
Fig Cafe - Good Coffee, good food, good atmosphere and the best salads anywhere in Castlemaine. 8.30am - 4pm Tues - Sat. 31 Templeton Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 5311.
Johnny Baker - A drive-through patisserie in true French style offering a range of freshly baked goods - croissants, cakes, tarts and pies along with take-away coffee. Open 7 days 6.30am - 4pm. 359 Barker Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 5695.
Lunchbox Sushi - Authentic homestyle fresh Japanese food. Tues - Fri 11am - 4.30pm. Shop 6, Geo Clarke Arcade, 203-205 Barker Street, Castlemaine. Ph 0484 625 339
Margot Wine Bar - Tucked away in the heritage listed Buttersworth Building, Margot Bar & Kitchen is a lush place to gather, graze and quaff. Tues - Sat 4pm - 11pm. 14 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine. Ph: 5470 6900.
Theatre Royal - Bistro Lola - Dining situated in the heart of Castlemaine within the historic Theatre Royal. Offering european style food and wine that focuses on local producers. Tues - Sat from 5.30pm. 30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5472 1196.
Phamily Kitchen - Modern, fresh and flavoursome Vietnamise cuisine. Run by sisters Lani and Nhung, Phamily Kitchen's menu is based on the delicious food that they grew up on. Lunch Thurs - Sat 11.30am - 2pm, Dinner Tues - Sat 6pm - 8.30pm. 188 Barker Street, Castlemaine. Ph 5470 6051.
Naam Pla - Delicious Contemporary Thai restaurant offering many vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. Warm inviting atmosphere and a hit with the locals. 36 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine. Ph 0457 785 042.