Strawberries & Cherries Trail Details
Our 2013 Bacchus Marsh Strawberries & Cherries Weekend is our most exciting program yet
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This year we promise an even bigger and more exciting line up of events and participating businesses. This event is a Trail - there are activities all across town as opposed to just one central precinct.
Pick up the official 2012 Strawberries & Cherries Trail event program and map from all participating outlets from early November
Visit 3 or all 23 stops. Many free activities and competitions along the way.
1. Hopetoun Pioneer Cemetery Sat/Sun 11-3 weather permitting.
Bacchus Marsh Road Merrimu, opposite Flanagans Drive 0408 589 647
Visit an original Catholic pioneer cemetery. Greeting cards for sale featuring local historic properties. 6 cards for $5. Funds towards cemetery preservation. Access to cemetery location is by car only.
2. Naturipe Fruits – Pick Your Own Strawberries Sat/Sun 9 til 5*
638 Bacchus Marsh Road 0419 340 363
Strawberry picking & cherry picking if cherries arrive in time!* Dora the Explorer jumping castle. Strawberry jam and vinegar. Pick your own, or buy freshly picked for your convenience.
* Cost apply. Please note that in the event of high visitor numbers, the strawberry farm may run out of supply. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.
3. Mona’s Café Sat/Sun 9-5
432 Bacchus Marsh Road
House-made strawberry, cherry & rhubarb pies using local produce. 20% off all art especially for the event weekend! Artists Leianne Ivankovic (Sat) and Brian Lawrence (Sun) are on-site especially for the festival. Market stalls.
4. Jeff Jones Plants & Produce Sat/Sun 8 til 6
388 Bacchus Marsh Road 5367 5250
Pucker Up! Jeff & Glenda Jones host the cherry pip spitting competition!
Locally grown burgsdorff cherries in season. Country Women’s Association market stall – books & crafts
Sausage sizzle fundraiser for Relay for Life. Sunday only: Horse & carriage rides, $5pp PLUS Ballan & District vintage machinery display.
5. Paynes Boutique Orchard Sat/Sun 10 til 4
372 Bacchus Marsh Road
Visit a boutique cherry orchard along the Avenue, and meet the grower. Cherry picking available if in season – costs apply.
6. Visitor Information Centre Bacchus Marsh Sat/Sun 9 til 5
Lerderderg Library, Cnr Main & Lord Streets 5367 7488
7. Bacchus Marsh Historical Society Sat/Sun 10 til 4
Historical Society Room, Lerderderg Library 215 Main Street 5367 2737
Doors to the historical archives are open to the public especially for the Strawberries & Cherries Weekend. Enjoy the Society’s photographic showcase featuring local Champions.
8. Outside Lerderderg Library 215 Main Street Sat/Sun 9 til 5
Telstra Countrywide – learn about the NBN within Bacchus Marsh and how to connect. Saturday only
Rotary Sausage Sizzle – support Rotary at their annual festival sausage sizzle! Sunday only
9. Bacchus Marsh RSL Sub-Branch Sat/Sun 10 til 5
203 Main Street 5367 1855
Visit the historic Bacchus Marsh RSL Sub-Branch Hall. Memberships available. Country Women’s Association serving Devonshire tea.
10. Angelo’s Bakery Café Sat/Sun 8 til late
170 Main Street 5367 2360
Strawberry petit fors made using local strawberries. Delicious house-made tarts, short-cakes, macaroons and more.
11. Cones n Candy Sat/Sun 9 til 5
154 Main Street 5367 0115
Sodas, spiders, smoothies, sundaes (topped with a local cherry), milkshakes and hot waffles made from fresh local strawberries. Jukebox pumping 1950s tunes.
12. Tribalo Studio Gallery Sat/Sun 10 til 5
154 Main Street (near the Cones & Candy entrance)
See unique artworks by local Solomon Islands artist Jimi Nare
13. Flanagans Border Inn
139 Main Street 5367 2016
Historic Flanagans Border Inn Hotel. Free local strawberry with every glass of sparkling. Live music Sat night and Sunday afternoon.
14. Bacchus Marsh Farm Supplies Sat 9 til 1 / Sun 9 til 12
126 Main Street
Visit a real farm supplies store. Bring the kids along and say hi to our popular pet parrot.
15. Studio Crafts by Karen Sat 10am til 4 / Sun 11 til 4
114 Main Street 5367 6561
A Trail favourite. Browse the beautiful range of gollies, teddies, scarves, jewellery, and country wares. Enjoy the Xmas window display; bring along your Xmas shopping list with gifts for all ages.
16. The Stomp Factory – Art & Creative Gallery Sat/Sun 10 til 5
8 Church St 5367 6611
Heritage printing works 1860-66, including art exhibition and antique printing presses. Cherelle Pisani is the on-site creative director.
17. Baby Black Espresso Bar Sat/Sun 8 til 5pm
10 Church St 5367 5156
Sip quality Genovese coffee, any way you like it, whilst enjoying delectable event-inspired strawberry and cherry inspired cakes and muffins. Eclectic setting / historic cottage.
18. The Blacksmith Cottage Sat/Sun 10 til 4
100 Main Street
Gold coin entry. Tour through the historic Blacksmith Cottage. See the airing of the quilts. Strawberry jam for sale.
19. The Forge Book Barn Sat 10 til 2 / Sun 12 til 3
100 Main Street
Second hand books for purchase within the historic Forge.
20. Catholic Museum of Bacchus Marsh – Sunday only 1 til 3.30
St Joseph’s Oratory (A short walk up the hill from the Blacksmith Cottage)
Enter via driveway opposite the CFA, in Main St; Discover the hidden treasure that is the Catholic Museum with its beautiful stained glass windows, Catholic history and memorabilia.
21. Little Lucky Café Sat/Sun 8.30 til 3
3 Grant Street 0400 695 787
Visit Little Lucky for a special event menu, pancakes with strawberry compote & ice cream, as well as strawberry sorbet
22. Darley Bakehouse Sat only til 3.30pm
Shop 8, Darley Plaza 151 Gisborne Road Bacchus Marsh
Strawberries & Cherries Weekend strawberry tarts and cherry danishes
23. Bacchus Hill Winery Sat/Sun 11 til late Sat night outdoor bar opens 5pm
100 O'Connell Road, Bacchus Marsh 0418 808 176
Both days: Lunch available, bookings essential. Wine & cider tasting, provender tasting, giftware, guess the cork competition, face painting, kids painting table, Ian Pertzel cake decorating demonstrations 11.30 til 2, Kerryn Wells jewellery, and Le Art. Sat only: Live music by Jules Hutcheson 12.30 til 4.30, Jam Judging 2.30, Farmyard visit 3.30, Pete the Magician 6-7pm, Johnny Stingray & the Wanderers 7.30 til 10.30pm, 9.30pm Telstra Country Wide Fireworks. Sunday only : Live music by Mehaye 12.30 til 4.30, Pie/Flan Judging 2.30, Farmyard visit 4.30, Dinner from 5, bookings essential.
Free Trail Shuttle
10 til 5 both days* Start and finish across from V/Line station.
Shuttle circuit takes in the entire Strawberries & Cherries Trail. Hop on hop off as you like. Shuttle will appear every 15minutes or thereabouts.
Two mini buses take in the trail circuit and are signed as Strawberry shuttles.
Each bus holds approx 22 people.
Stop 1: Station St, Across from V/Line Station
Stop 2: Naturipe Fruits Pick Your Own Strawberries
Stop 3: Mona’s Café
Stop 4: Jeff Jones Plants & Produce
Stop 5: Near the Bacchus Marsh Visitor Information Centre
Stop 6: Main Street, Eddie Toole Reserve
Stop 7: Bus stop outside Blacksmith Cottage
Stop 8: Darley Bakery (Sat only)
Stop 9: Bacchus Hill Winery
Stop 10: Main St, Bacchus Marsh (near Cones n Candy)
And then back to V/Line to start the circuit again
* Bus service is a pilot program. Seats are not guaranteed/no bookings.
Horse & Carriage Rides – Sunday
Sunday only: departing from Jeff Jones Plants & Produce.
$5 per person. Step back in time with a horse and carriage ride, taking in a section of the Avenue and along Main St and back. A unique experience not to be missed.
Music on Main Street – Saturday and Sunday Feature
See the magnificent Australia Fair Grand Concert organ and request one of your all time favourite songs. Live performances. Performers to be announced shortly.
Saturday Night – Music & Fireworks* sponsored by Telstra Countrywide
At Bacchus Hill Winery 100 O’Connell Road
5pm: gates open – Gold coin entry for charity. Everyone welcome
6pm til 7pm - Pete the Magician
7.30 til 10.30pm - Live music, Johnny Stingray & the Wanderers
9-9.30pm approx: Fireworks Show
Bring the family, a picnic blanket and even a picnic basket! (no byo alcohol permitted). Drinks at bar prices from al fresco bar.
For the kids – jumping castle, face painting and plaster funhouse.
Set yourself up on the lawn area beneath the winery, and enjoy the best views available of the Bacchus Marsh valley and township. Enjoy live rock n roll music and a relaxed evening with family and friends as you gaze across the valley awaiting the breathtaking fireworks spectacular at 9pm. Fireworks will go ahead, rain, or shine. However in the event of a total fire ban we will be unable to conduct the fireworks show.
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