The Marysville’s World’s Longest Lunch concept was developed in 2002 after a breakfast meeting of Mystic Mountains Tourism Inc. business members at the Blue Wren Café (later known as the Terracotta Room). The members at the meeting were brainstorming regarding hosting additional annual events for Marysville.
(*The group basically pays for the application fee annually and assists with resources and suppliers where possible in the management of the event)
The Longest Lunch concept is part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and entails
a long table in which the regions produce and wine are the main focus. The Marysville’s World’s Longest Lunch is part of 24 regional Long Lunches that are held each February/ March with the aim to encourage, showcase and reinforce food and wine tourism to regional Victoria. The event is in its eighteenth year.
They were surrounded by the English-style country garden and sampled the regions treasures. Each course was presented by a different chef and or restaurant and was matched with Upper Goulburn wines. Over the years the event had grown and evolved and with huge support from Michael and Luise McNamara, owners of Marylands Country House and their team lead by Grace Bartlett the event had become a community focused event for our region.
These businesses are showcased in the Worlds Longest Lunch supplier’s guide.
Sponsors included Lake Mountain Alpine Resort, Bendigo Bank, UGFM, Swinburne, Alexandra Secondary College and many local businesses and groups - too many to name here.
In the same year the Upper Goulburn Winegrowers Association came on board to assist with the event as a secondary sponsor, this complemented the many local groups, volunteers and organisations that made this annual event possible.
The committee, made up of representatives from Marylands Country House, Mystic Mountains Tourism Inc., Marysville Visitor Information Centre, Upper Goulburn Food Wine and Culture Group and Upper Goulburn Winegrowers Association, met on Wednesday 21 January seventeen days before the destruction of February 7. The last email regarding the World’s Longest Lunch event for 2009 was sent on February 6 at 3pm.
And back they were - a successful day !
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