Bendigo: Turning Gold into Food

  • Posted by Julian Bradder
  • July 8, 2011 12:26 AM AEST
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150 years after the gold rush provided the catalyst that made it, food now puts the inland city of Bendigo, Victoria on the map. Of 91,000 inhabitants, Bendigo is enjoying something of a reinvention. Whilst the area has long been known for great wine, food was not always the first word that came to mind when the visitor or local thought of the town. A town with significant Chinese influence and hosting one of Australia's oldest and largest art galleries, we feel that the traveler can really enjoy some time in this very real Australian town.

"There was a real lack of food culture here," says Tim Baxter of The Dispensary Enoteca, one of Bendigo's more sophisticated eateries. "Bendigo was seen as a wilderness as far as food and wine go but that's all changed."


Visitors to Bendigo hunting for savoury delights may first wish to visit Lyttleton Terrace may first wish to head to Flemish inspired T'Hooft. Here, uber-cool staff, serve great food, great coffee in a similar atmosphere. Old Green Been hosts a different but unique atmosphere where coffee lovers can imbibe their favourite view whilst enjoying a menu influenced by local produce.


The Balgownie Estate. Here you can savour mezze and panini dishes and desserts, tasting the local Kyneton Olive oil. Victorian cured meats and cheeses abound and make for a very pleasant culinary experience.


Those from the west of England will feel at home in this area with a visit to Bress Wine, Cider and Produce. Here you can sample biodynamic cider and wine whilst enjoying delicious food from the garden kitchen.


For somewhere fine to spend your evenings, the Empyre Boutique Hotel provides fine dining at night with cake and coffee served throughout the day.


If you are there on the second Saturday of the month then don't forget the farmers market. This can be found at Sydney Myer Place 9am - 1pm.




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  • Peter Richards
    Peter Richards this place looks great - so little time and so many places to visit. How do you prioritise ?
    July 8, 2011