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Bass & Flinders Distillery's Gin Masterclass
Date Fri 3rd Nov 2017 to Sun 17th Dec 2017
Bass and Flinders Distillery offers one of the most unique gin masterclasses in Australia that is memorable and informative for anyone wanting to delve into the wonderful world of gin.

During the masterclass you will have the opportunity to create your own bespoke gin, blending a selection of individually infused botanical distillates to suit your taste.

You will also learn about the history of gin and how make our unique gins at Bass & Flinders. Enjoy a Bass and Flinders gin and tonic, tastings and a selection of cheeses.

Upon completion you will take home a 500ml bottle of the gin created and named by you.

Book online.
Open Garden at SummersLease in Mount Eliza
Date Sat 25th Nov 2017 to Sun 26th Nov 2017
SummersLease, created by landscape designer Andrew Stark, is a beautifully maintained garden designed for entertaining and family enjoyment. It features a series of garden rooms to maximise space - cleverly crafted through layers of hedging with variation in colour and form.

The garden has highly stylised plantings of buxus, laurel, magnolias, gardenias, jasmine and ornamental pears with hydrangeas creating a pop of colour. There is an impressive selection of European urns and pots planted with topiary buxus. The garden hosts many water features, statues and ornamentation to highlight key areas of interest.



A French potager-style vegetable garden sits at the bottom of the garden watched over by two large cast iron roosters.

The garden is a delight for the senses with beautiful fragrance, flowers and blossoms.

Garden designer, Andrew Stark, will be in the garden all weekend.

Open Garden at Nithsdale in Mount Eliza
Date Sat 25th Nov 2017 to Sun 26th Nov 2017
Come and visit Nithsdale, an open plan English-style garden behind an eighty year old hedge in Mount Eliza.

It has free-flowing garden beds, expanses of lawn, pergolas, a fish pond and a dry-gravel garden.



It exhibits informal, mixed planting of trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials – brimming with colour and contrast.

On a daily basis the owners enjoy the view in quiet moments under shady trees, watching and appreciating the abundant resident and visiting bird life.



Relax and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of this extensive garden. It is being opened to support Global Gardens of Peace.

Frog Challenge Mornington
Date Sat 2nd Dec 2017
Frog Challenge is a unique race where competitors will compete as a team of two people, in a SwimRun endurance event which will have multiple legs of run and swimming, over distances from around 20 to 45 kilometres over a very diverse range of course and surfaces.

There are only 100 spots available in each race and this will be must do race for all endurance athletes looking for their next challenge. This event is sure to challenge the most seasoned competitor. You will be racing in some of the most picturesque and diverse landscapes in Australia.

The Mornington Frogman challenge 2017 (long course) will become the Australian Championships of Frogman for 2017. To earn a spot, a team must race one the other races and gain a spot via qualifications. Entries are open for 20 spots now on the basis of first in first served without qualifying during one of the races. So get your entry in early, as these will be snapped up. There will also be a sprint frogman series where each team will earn point for races at Kangaroo Island, Queenscliff, Melbourne, and other events to be shortly announced.
Wellbeing Market Balnarring
Date Sun 3rd Dec 2017
Synchronise body, mind and spirit with local products and services for your health and well being at the monthly Wellbeing Markets across the Mornington Peninsula.

Free entry to over 30 indoor stalls to help you rest, relax and rejuvenate.
Mount Martha Sufferfest
Date Sat 9th Dec 2017 to Sun 10th Dec 2017
There is a new date and five fantastic events lined up for the 2017 Mt Martha Sufferfest Triathlon.

Join on Saturday for the popular Kidsfest and Enticerfest distances for those wanting to get a taste of triathlon. Then Sunday is the marquee event, the Mt Martha Sufferfest Long Course Triathlon. Now in its fourth year, consisting of a 1.9 kilometre swim, 90 kilometre ride and 21.1 kilometre run along the beautiful Mornington Peninsula coastline, coupled with Olyfest and Sprintfest triathlon for those not ready for the long course but wanting to race on this beautiful course.

Saturday 9 December: KidsFest and EnticerFest events, beach volleyball and beach netball, as well as a beach party and outdoor movie.

Sunday 10 December: HalfIronFest, OlyFest, SprintFest, Aquabike and DuathloFest events, as well as beach volleyball and beach netball.

Please see the website for further information.
Barefoot Cinema
Date Tue 26th Dec 2017 to Fri 16th Feb 2018
Barefoot Cinema - more than just a movie.

Barefoot Cinema is a unique outdoor cinema held over summer in three amazing locations in Victoria.

Point Nepean National park in Portsea, Seawinds Gardens State Park in Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, and Rippon Lea Estate, a heritage listed mansion in Elsternwick, Melbourne.

Barefoot Cinema is more than just a movie,

When you arrive at Barefoot Cinema you will be greeted by beautiful views from every angle.
Bar and food truck area. The live music being played by some great local artists only adds to the experience.

As the sun tucks itself away into the ocean, the lights come on and the venue is transformed into a truly magical outdoor cinema. This experience will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your summer.

Gates open at 6:00pm for a 8:45pm movie start. On-site parking strictly limited. Shuttle bus service offered from Sorrento and Portsea

Shakespeare in the Vines
Date Sun 14th Jan 2018
How about some Shakespeare and wine for a little midsummer magic?

Essential Theatre is proud to bring its 16th summer of Shakespeare in the Vines and Crittenden Estate is delighted to be its Mornington Peninsula destination to perform Twelfth Night.

These passionate theatre makers re-interpret the classic texts for modern audiences, guaranteeing you a night to remember.

The cast will take you on a joyful ride as Crittenden Estate is transformed into the magical land of Illyria. You are invited to join this journey and be delighted by the unforgettable characters and thrilled by the adventures that this strange yet wonderful story has to offer. Shakespeare beautifully balances the anguish of unrequited love and the high spirit of clever comedy in this hilarious tale.

You can bring your own picnic and there will be food vans onsite for those wanting a little something extra. A range of Crittenden wines will be available by the glass and bottle as you settle in for an afternoon of joy and entertainment on the rolling lawns overlooking the estate's picturesque lake (no BYO alcohol please).

Settle in for a summer evening of fun, theatrics, food and wine.

Gates open 4:00pm. Performance commences 5:00pm.
Australian Beach Games Frankston
Date Fri 26th Jan 2018 to Sun 28th Jan 2018
With live music, food trucks, drinks and entertainment, paired with sports played on and around the beach, Australian Beach Games is an absolutely incredible multisport festival held over one mammoth weekend on January 26 to 28, 2018.

With thousands of participants and spectators expected, an exceptionally wide range of sports are on offer to cater for all ages and abilities. Register a team for anything from netball to frisbee to table tennis.Visit the website to see what is on offer.

If sport is not your thing, that's okay. With free entry for the weekend, just head down for a bite to eat, bring the entire family, and enjoy the amazing atmosphere.
Safety Beach Sufferfest
Date Sun 28th Jan 2018
Formally known at Martha Cove, Olyfest has been renamed Safety Beach Sufferfest. It will have the same great course and locations. This year there are some changes to the races to include RushFest (two races in one day) and EnticerFest only. This will be a must do race and will sell out.

This year will see this event being part of the Australian Beach Games in Frankston from 26 - 28 January, and therefore all placegetters will be recognised also as the 2018 ABG Victoria Champions.

Here is your chance to race like the Profesionals did back in the 90's in Formula One style. You will race two races in the one day. Race one will consist of a Sprintfest, and then one hour and 45 minutes after the start of this race, you will be back on the start line to do it again over the Enticer distance.

The person with the quickest combined time will be crowned the RushFest Champion. You will have the chance to get three podiums for the day as your times in the Sprint and the Enticer will also count as overall podiums in the race.
Sunset Sailings - Sorrento
Date Sat 24th Feb 2018
Cruise the Bay and along the coastline and enjoy the spectacular bay sunsets, whilst enjoying food, wine and live music.

If you have ever dreamed of sailing off into the sunset, then now is your chance. The Summer Sunset Sailings are the perfect way to relax, unwind and enjoy some down time with family and friends. Passengers on the Sunset Sailings will receive a complimentary drink on arrival, continuous finger food prepared by Head Chef, Brent Love, using local and regional produce, live music, roving entertainment and of course spectacular views of the bay and along the coast.

Regional wines, ciders and ales will be available at bar prices.
Peninsula Piers and Pinots
Date Sun 11th Mar 2018
Peninsula Piers and Pinots is held on the Sunday of the Victorian Labor Day long weekend on the Flinders foreshore.

Twenty Mornington Peninsula Vignerons will showcase maritime cool climate Pinots with tastings by the sea in an intimate gathering. Wines will be matched with local food and live music at the event which will be at the finish line of the Piers and Pinots Yacht Race.

Peninsula Piers and Pinots at Flinders will feature Peninsula Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio - follow the flags from the pier and taste more than 60 wines with fantastic local produce to match. Entry includes complimentary glass and wine tastings, then purchase wine by the glass or bottle.

Come along and enjoy local music to set the scene and treat yourself and friends or family to a day to relax, enjoy and remember.
Peninsula Busking Festival
Date Sat 31st Mar 2018 to Sun 1st Apr 2018
If you are a music fan, or simply love to be entertained, then you can enjoy a a selection of more than 50 performers as part of the Briars Food Truck Carnivale, including over 20 food trucks, free outdoor cinema, kids' rides and more.

An Invitation is open to all contortionists, magicians, musicians and more to appl now to be crowned the Mornington Peninsula's best busker of 2017 and win $1,000 cash.
Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk
Date Sat 5th May 2018
Mornington Peninsula Winery Walk takes participants alongside local vignerons and friends to celebrate the end of harvest and experience current vintage wines.

Taste a variety of wines along the way complemented by a fine selection of food from Red Hill, to Merricks. A beautiful meandering historical rail track provides the perfect way.

The group will proceed to amble along a purpose built walking track to Red Hill South. After stopping at Red Hill, you will walk along a beautiful historic rail trail to a private vineyard to meet winemakers showcasing a range of wines and then down to Stonier and Merricks General Wine Store in Merricks.

Join local vignerons to celebrate the end of the 2018 harvest from Red Hill to Merricks; around ten kilometres.
18th International Cool Climate Wine Show - Public Tasting and Awards Dinner
Date Tue 22nd May 2018 to Fri 25th May 2018
The International Cool Climate Wine Show is recognised worldwide as Australia’s foremost show for inspirational cool climate wines. Many of them are from smaller vineyards where grapes are handpicked and wines handcrafted by winemakers with a passion for exploring terroir and the true expression of the grape.

Each year the ICCWS attracts more than 600 wines in over 35 competition classes from around the world, including sparkling wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. They are judged by a highly experienced team. The 2018 Chair of Judges, will be Robert Paul.

For fine wine retailers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine educators and wine enthusiasts, this is an opportunity to taste an extraordinary breadth and depth of cool climate wines.

The Public Tasting and Awards Dinner are events where you can explore wines from 2014 – 2017 (and older vintages in some classes), compare wines of the same grape variety from different regions, or focus on wines from specific regions or vintages.

Tickets and information can be found on the website.
Winter Wine Weekend
Date Sat 9th Jun 2018 to Mon 11th Jun 2018
Winter Wine Weekend is held during the Queens Birthday long weekend in June every year.

The opening event is the Winter Wine Festival - an exhibition and tasting which traditionally marks the beginning of the extensive Winter Wine Weekend program.

One place, on one day. All undercover, where you can taste more than 200 premium wines from around 50 wineries.

Tickets include all tastings, Riedel wine glass, tasting book which includes all wines on exhibition and two entree size dishes.
Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show 2018
Date Sun 26th Aug 2018
Come down to the open amateur wine making competition organised by Frankston amateur Winemakers Guild, showcasing home-made wines from fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs and red white grape wines. Competition categories to be judged include still, sparkling, fortified wines and liqueurs.



Tasting the many wines available, you may meet the winemakers and learn the techniques required to make your own wine. Wine making information is available and applications for new members are most welcome.



Sample wines made from citrus fruits, stone fruits, berries, guavas, carrots, parsnips, herbs and many other exotic ingredients. Red and white wines such as Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Muscat are usually well represented.