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The Peninsula Picnic 2016 - Music, Wine, Food and a little Giveaway

It's that time of year again, the trees are slowly turning a slight shade of orange and red but the Melbourne summer doesn't seem to quite want to leave just yet. It's supposed to be autumn but with the scorching hot days we got here last week it certainly felt more like the middle of summer.
While out for a run the other day, I was thinking about what my favourite season is. I find it hard to say, I always thought summer. But then again, summer is often just so hot you seem to spend a lot of time hurrying from an air-conditioned apartment to an air-conditioned office and back. It's often just too hot outside. Winter on the other hand is too cold and dark I find. It's lovely for cosying up on a couch in front of a fire to read a book, but how often do we actually get to do that?!
Spring and autumn on the other hand are filled with a sense of change. The air is crisp and invites you to spend as much time outside as possible. I love riding my bike to work on those mornings when it's still cool, but the sun is out. It's just so beautiful riding along the Yarra. So I think spring and autumn are my favourite seasons! One of my favourite things to do in autumn it to visit the wineries around Melbourne. They are busy harvesting this year's grapes and you can feel the anticipation and business in the air.

Last year The Peninsula Picnic happened for the first time (read all about it here). The team behind it had done a magnificent job transforming the Mornington Racecourse into a foodie's dream with lots of food stalls and an open space in front of the stage to put your picnic blanket down to enjoy those tunes while nibbling on a cheese platter.
After it sold out last year, it's back on again this year on March 20! And jeez, the menu and line-up look AMAZING! The twelve food stalls confirmed include Mornington Peninsula favourites such as Flinders Hotel, Max's and Montalto plus many others. It will be hard to choose between Duck Confit Salad, Pulled Slow Roasted Main Ridge Lamb Burger or Grilled Squid in a Ciabatta Roll with Estate Apple and Fennel Slaw. How good do all these dishes sound?! And that's just a fraction of what's on offer! Each stall offers between two and three dishes including some delicious sounding cheese boards and the Antipasto Picnic Box from DOC. There is so much choice that I think you definitely need that picnic blanket to maybe have a little snooze in between courses. 

Missy Higgins is headlining this year and I think that in itself basically makes the trip to the Peninsula worthwhile!
Below are the planned set times, so you don't miss your favourite act:

Ruby Whiting – 11:50am – 12:40pm

Timberwolf – 13:10pm – 14:00pm

Daren Middleton – 14:30pm – 15:30pm

Kim Churchill – 16:00pm – 17:00pm

Missy Higgins – 17:30pm – 18:45pm
So you can enjoy the next Sunday even more, the lovely Peninsula Picnic team have given me a double pass to give away
 to one of my readers (valued at $157)! To go into the draw, simply head on over to my Facebook page or Instagram, comment on my Peninsula Picnic post by telling me about your favourite picnic food and tag the person you'd like to take with you to picnic. Please enter by midnight on Wednesday 16 March. The winner will be announced on Thursday! Multiple entries are permitted.

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