A plethora of activities is sure to attract strong interest to the 2022 Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival, from March 26 to April 25.

On offer are multiple ticketed events, including the Cidersong Autumn Picnic at DV Cider, Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival at Hanging Rock, Gin Afternoon Tea at Big Tree Distillery and Celebration of Harvest featuring Macedon Ranges winemakers among many other activities.

Many events will feature live music as well as local food and drink to encourage people to get out and enjoy the season. Unique local products will also be a feature.

A range of food and wine-related events will also be on offer, including Soulfood and Soul Tunes at Hunter-Gatherer Winery, Acoustic Pizzas at Parkside Winery and Farm, Force of Nature and Wine Experience at Lyons Will Estate including a five course tasting menu, and DV Cider’s Tastes of the Region Sourdough and Crumpet Masterclass and Cider Brunch.

Events for creative people will also take place, including a traditional straw weaving workshop at the Old Auction House in Kyneton, botanical art classes held by the Mount Macedon and District Horticultural Society, a beginner’s blacksmith class at Dromkeen and unique autumn inspired acrylic painting workshops with Malmsbury artist Tia Alysse.

Multiple free events will be on offer, such as immersive art displays, interactive light shows, guided nature walks, open art studios, chalk art and New Orleans style street bands.

Prizes on offer

The festival kicks off a series of Instagram competitions, with prizes provided by businesses from across the shire.
Residents are encouraged to enter the ‘My Macedon Ranges’ giveaway by sharing their special memories and favourite things to do during autumn, with a $600 top prize on offer.

Residents and businesses can also decorate their front doors or windows with an autumn wreath during the festival for a chance to win $200 gift certificates from Macedon Ranges Produce.

Entries for the Instagram giveaways close on March 31.

More Instagram giveaways will be promoted for the duration of the festival, including a ‘My Naturally Cool Autumn Adventure’ worth more than $2000 to encourage people to get out and enjoy the festival program.

A children’s colouring competition will also take place, designed by Woodend illustrator Chris Roy Taylor.
For more information about the 2022 Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival program and competitions, visit the Visit Macedon Ranges website.