PLANNING for one of Victoria’s newest events, the Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival, is charging ahead, promising a program that celebrates the region’s uniqueness with events, activities, nature experiences, autumn produce and creativity across the shire.

The festival, from March 26 to April 25, includes two works commissioned through Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Autumn Festival Artistic Experience expression of interest.

The successful works include an interactive sound and lighting experience in the Malmsbury Botanical Gardens titled ‘A Journey’, and a pair of gentle life-like puppets ‘The Gardeners’, that will entertain audiences in various locations during the festival.

Artists Kirri Buchler, Thomas Campbell and indigenous artist Tashara Roberts (Dja Dja Wurrung/Yorta Yorta) will create an interactive sound and lighting experience in the Malmsbury Botanical Garden.

Along with the event’s program, the region’s food and wine businesses will feature, presenting the best of the Macedon Ranges’ produce via the eat and drink promotions and the Autumn Pie and Tart Trail.

Mayor Jennifer Anderson said she was looking forward to the upcoming festival’s diverse offerings and thanked the shire’s business and community groups for responding to the call to get involved.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to reconnect, to encourage visitors back to the Macedon Ranges and support businesses that have had a challenging time over the last two years,” she said.

“We’d particularly like to thank our major sponsors TCC Real Estate, Macedon Ranges Home Furnishings, The Block, Channel Nine and the State Government for their amazing support of the festival.”

People who would like to be a part of the program can submit their autumn inspired activity, food or drink at mrsc.vic.gov.au/autumn-fest to be considered.

People wanting more information about the festival can visit www.visitmacedonranges.com/autumn-festival.