Marysville’s Worlds Longest Lunch is one of more than 250 food and wine experiences on offer across Victoria during Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
A former Australian Rules footballer and Melbourne Football Club captain, Garry Lyon is now a busy media personality, featuring on television, radio and in newspapers mainly in association with his continuing passion of football.
“It will be nice to catch up with Marysville and its community again and see how the community is recovering; I look forward to enjoying a quiet afternoon enjoying the region’s finest food and wine at Maryton Park,” he said.
Lyon is recognised as a credible and knowledgeable football broadcaster and in 2010 confirmed his standing as one of football's most respected experts when he was awarded the Alf Brown Award for his excellence in the football media in addition to winning the best print columnist category.
As a co-host of The Footy Show, along with James Brayshaw, the program on the Nine Network continues to set the benchmark in AFL entertainment programming. Lyon also became host of the Monday night analysis program Footy Classified on Nine in 2007, this program continues to receive praise from all involved in the game for its hard-hitting format and analytical component.
On radio, his media portfolio was strengthened with his involvement in Melbourne's first dedicated 24-hour Sports Radio station - SEN 1116. After a stint with Melbourne's premier AM station, 3AW, his excellent live radio skills are now a feature of Triple M's awarding winning AFL coverage. Garry also continues to write for The Age newspaper, where he also wrote throughout his playing days.
A father of three, Garry embarked on a new football journey in 2010 joining the AFL in a Game Development role. As part of it, Lyon was involved with the AIS-AFL Academy and coached the Vic Country side at the 2010 NAB AFL Under 16 Championships. It added to Lyon's coaching experience, having been at the helm of the Australian team for the International Rules series against Ireland between 2001-04.
Lyon will attend the Longest Lunch, via an association with the Beacon Foundation.
Through authoring the children’s series Specky Magee, Lyon understands the importance of literacy and education at an early age, and admires the work the Beacon Foundation is doing to prepare older students for the world of work, and to realise their potential.
“We’ve got to be able to give our kids a red hot go at being the best they can be and Beacon is doing tremendous work in this area,” he said.
Beacon’s mission is to influence the attitude and culture of all Australians, so that each young person can develop an independent will to achieve personal success for themselves and their community. Working closely with local business, industry and community, Beacon helps equip students in 120 Schools across Australia with the practical skills, knowledge and confidence they need to reach their full potential, and to open their eyes to the many opportunities in the world of work.
Beacon has a connection with Murrindindi via Yea High School who has been a Beacon school for many years, running the Beacon program usually with the year 10 cohort. One of Beacon’s most popular programs is the one day work ready program ‘Polish’ that teaches young people all the “one percenters” they may need to navigate the world of work. Yea High School is planning to run a Beacon Polish day in June this year.
On the day, the Marysville’s Worlds Longest lunches’ annual auctions will provide lots of fun with local auctioneer Andrew Embling OAM, the proceeds will be going to Victorian Flood Relief, we are looking for any donations – If you can help phone 03 5772 3227.
So its not too late to gather your friends and join in the celebration of food and wine at Maryton Park B&B Country Cottages in Maryton Lane, Marysville on Friday 4 March – some tickets still available by phoning Ticketmaster on 136 100.