Two of top 100 gourmet experiences right here

Alpine Mayor, Cr Nino Mautone said it’s no wonder so many people choose to live and holiday in the Great Alpine Valleys when the valleys offer two of Australia’s top 100 gourmet experiences – as determined this week by Australian Traveller magazine.

Australian Traveller editor, Greg Barton said regional Victoria has more great gourmet experiences than any rival state's regional producers according to the magazine's panel of food experts.

Mayor, Cr Mautone said while the news of the experts' findings is very welcome, it really only re-inforces what residents of the valleys already know.

"I offer my congratulations to the two experiences that made the top 100 because they are truly quality experiences and in both cases a lot of hard work and attention to detail has been required to get them recognised on a national scale," Cr Mautone said.

"Simone's of Bright came in at number 83 on the list and has a long-standing history of being recognised across the country. In fact, it was Simone's that first helped put the region on the map for it's local produce, so this acknowledgement is fitting reward," he said.

"At number 95, the Pedal to Produce tours are a whole new product which allows visitors to explore the region on a bicycle and sample local produce.
Visitors hire a bike and/or a basket for a day from the Visitor Information Centres and receive a touring map and discount coupons for participating Pedal to Produce businesses.

"Pedal to Produce covers North East Victoria, not just the Alpine Shire.
In the Alpine Shire, Pedal to Produce primarily follows the Rail Trail from Gapsted to Bright with side routes to Rosewhite, Buffalo River, Mount Buffalo, Wandiligong and the Buckland Valley and then extends into the Kiewa Valley from Mount Beauty to Dederang and Kergunyah and up to Falls Creek."

"These two experiences are part of why we continue to attract thousands of visitors each year. We have so much to offer in the Great Alpine Valleys and there's something for everyone," Cr Mautone said.


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