Daylesford is as much about the spas, outdoors and wombats as it is about culture and artistic pursuits. Home to so many artists and artisans it draws people from afar to share in their cultural events. One such event this year is “Words in Winter”. This is a feast for the mind and the appetite and centred in Daylesford.
The theme this year is Food. Food is something that brings all of us together in every culture. Sitting around the table with family and friends is what bonds and goes across all boundaries. Just think about the expression “Food for Thought” and the significance of these words and you realize the significance food plays in our lives. The festival centres around food, drawing on four locals with wide experience as writers and growers, including renowned food critic for The Australian, John Lethlean; Claude Forell, former reviewer for The Age and now local resident and blueberry farmer; Kate Berry, blogger and magazine editor of Lunch Lady; and Rohan Anderson, a modern-day hunter-gatherer, and book author of Whole Larder Love join this festival.
Words in Winter runs from 5 to 7 August at a wide range of venues across Hepburn Shire.
Log on to www.wordsinwinter.com for more information on this event and ticketing options. Combine a few days away whilst staying at Town View www.daylesfordtownview.com.au or the magnificent www.centralspringsinn.com.au and feed your mind, body and soul.
I spoke with Melissa and Michael from Daylesford Central Springs Inn 2 weeks ago and they were delighted to awaken to a soft powdering of snow. This is not a regular event, so there were many excited young ones making the most of seeing snow in their backyards. Maybe not enough to make a snowman, but it definitely put a smile on a lot of faces.