The Weekend Australian

Autumn Accents - Stay snug as evenings cook and leaves turn

LAKE HOUSE, DAYLESFORD, VICTORIA: Discerning T&I readers need no introduction to this award-winning property run by food and hospitality doyenne Alla Wolf-Tasker and her team, but there is always something fresh and new going on here, from the restyled interiors of the Lodge Suites to seasonal menus and events in the on-site demonstration kitchen pavilion. Autumn fare? See what could be popping up on Lake House menus at the market-style Regional Producers Day amid the gardens and orchards on April 17; the annual event is billed as a showcase of “the best producers, bakers, farmers, makers, brewers, cooks, butchers, chefs and distillers” in the region and includes food and wine tastings. On May 1, an Autumn Masterclass (10am-4pm) features demonstrations and discussions hosted by Wolf-Tasker and starring a brace of Australia’s top chefs, including Russ Lusted of Sydney’s The Bridge Room. Then there are strolls around Lake Daylesford, its shores cloaked in flaring autumn colours, or through the picturesque town proper and up to the glorious Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, where the former caretaker’s cottage is now a cosy cafe and store (high tea with scones, cream and jam, please), run by the unstoppable Wolf-Tasker, and the shady and elevated pathways are guarded by hard old elms, ashes and oaks.


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