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Going inside Bendigo’s intimate foodie scene

What better way to discover a city than eating your way through its streets and learning about its history at the same time? The Food Fossicking Tour of Bendigo was everything I was expecting… a lively guided tour that’ll impress any foodie and reveals a slice of Bendigo’s finest food offerings.

Starting from the historical Bendigo Visitor Centre we met our local guide, volunteer and food lover Anne, who’s introducing us today to Bendigo’s favourite foodie hot spots amongst locals.

Our first stop, Bendigo Wholefoods, is an amazingly quirky food store. We’re talking tasting plates brimming with fresh produce from around the region, not to mention their famous fudgy chocolate vegan brownies, all complimented by a tranquil nursery setting outdoor to enjoy. They even have their own peanut butter machine…if that doesn’t entice you I don’t know what will!

 

Weaving through the CBD we come to The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery & Café, located in a former Beaurepaires circular building. Owner Laurie invites us into the kitchen and explains the lengthy bread making process. Baked daily and 100% additive and preservative free…you can taste the difference, their pumpkin sourdough is the best I’ve ever had. Their name implies their bread is good, but I think it is great!

 

‘I’d be happy if I died right here’ I heard a man say as we walked into Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolates, and I couldn’t agree more!  Imagine yourself being totally surrounded in chocolate and you’re there…sampling a variety of different chocolates was absolute heaven!  If you’ve got a sweet tooth, their selection of chocolates (and rich hot chocolate) will definitely hit the spot!

 

Following our sugar overload we hit Masons of Bendigo for lunch; I’ve been excited for this all day! They have an amazing share style menu that is sourced locally and changes seasonally. I sipped local wine and ate food with an Asian influence; the best were the succulent fried zucchini flowers, the super creamy truffle potato bouquets oozing with cheese and ate the most flavoursome, tender and juicy brisket I’ve ever tasted! The food is pure art…you’ll be eating with your eyes before you even touch the plate! I’ll certainly be back in the future to enjoy their ever-changing menu.

Exposing the deliciously intertwined nature of Bendigo’s dining culture is a pure joy.  If you love food and enjoy eating, then the Food Fossickers Tour is for you. So put on your comfiest shoes and make a booking, you won’t regret it!

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