The next stop on our December Victorian adventure was Bright, a beautiful town (there’s even a sign telling you so) in the Ovens Valley in Victoria’s north-eastern alpine region. It’s quite the food and wine destination, with vineyards, hop fields, orchards, and nut farms dotted throughout the area, all providing the local cafes and restaurants with some seriously good beer, wine, and produce.
While there wasn’t anywhere near enough to sample everything the region had to offer on this trip, I was able to sniff out of few good venues to share here, along with a few photos of this lovely slice of Victoria. Food Wine Friends on Ireland St has a wonderful breakfast and lunch menu, with a focus on local produce and wines. They even do take-away picnic hampers! For dinner and a drink, you can’t go past the gorgeous river-side setting of Bright Brewery for a seriously good craft beer and a wood-fired pizza. Just down the road, Ginger Baker has a pretty expansive menu of food and wine, but the freshly ground, locally roasted coffee beans are where it’s at. Bright is not without its fair share of gourmet sweet shops, the jewel in the crown being Le Blanche Ice Creamery, where everything is made on site with fresh ingredients, including fruits and nuts from the surrounding farms. When you’re nicely fed and watered, the chilled-out riverfront and shady streets can be explored on foot or by bike, and there are plenty of hikes to be had in the surrounding mountains.