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Pirra Homestead prepares to host the 11th annual Lara Food and Wine Festival

Published: 12/03/2019

Food and wine enthusiasts can sample some of the region’s finest food and wine, meet local producers, and enjoy cooking demonstrations and a cook-off at this month’s Lara Food and Wine Festival.

Pirra Homestead will once again turn in to a food and wine lover’s paradise with more than 70 exhibitors showcasing their produce at the annual Lara Food and Wine Festival on Sunday 24 March.

Patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic rug, gather goodies from stall holders and enjoy a leisurely lunch on the lawns of the magnificent 19th century Pirra Homestead.  

Bought by Bisinella’s Managing Director Lino Bisinella in 2006, Pirra Homestead was built between 1880 and 1882. Following the purchase of the property, Mr Bisinella oversaw a six year restoration of the building which meticulously restored Pirra to its former elegance.

Bisinella proudly donates use of Pirra Homestead for the annual Lara Food and Wine Festival as well as the Lara Fun Run/Walk and the Lara Carols.

Exhibitors at the festival will include boutique beer, cider and wine-makers, award winning cheese makers and vendors dishing up sensational savoury morsels and luscious desserts. 

Celebrity Chef Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson, known for his shows such as Healthy, Wealthy & Wise, Never Trust a Skinny Cook and Huey’s Kitchen, will be on stage presenting some of his simple, yet special recipes that are easy to recreate at home.

Other highlights will include local chefs mentoring The Gordon VET in Schools culinary students in a Master and Apprentice cook-off.

There will also be a Cheese Champion Competition display, where local cheesemakers will compete to win the title of Best Cheesemaker.

The Artisan Smallgoods Award, in memory of the late renowned Lara smallgoods maker, Angel Cardoso, is also a feature of the festival.

Meanwhile, Gordon VET in Schools fashion students will display fabulous food inspired creations.

There will also be food stalls and food trucks, music and entertainment for the children including a donut eating competition, face painting and Dan the Magic Man.

When: Sunday 24 March 2019 10am to 4pm

Where: Pirra Homestead 108 Windermere Road, Lara
Cost: Entry is $5 for adults (under 18 is free) and parking is free.

Details: or Lara Food and Wine Festival on Facebook