Seeing people recover from adversity has a tremendously uplifting affect.
The World's Longest Lunch held at Maryton Park Bed & Breakfast Country Cottages was the culmination of a concept that began way back in 2002. Last years event was canceled due to the fires, so this years event was the Marysville communities way of saying, "we're back!" Thanks to the support of Tony and Penni Thompson(Maryton Park), the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, sponsors, friends and neighbors, the event was a fantastic success.
They were so back in the action, that Internationally renowned chef Jamie Oliver interrupted his commitments to drop in for a glass of wine, nibble and a chat with the locals. See what Jamie had to say in our video coverage below.
The Premier of Victoria, John Brumby was also on hand to offer his encouragement and support for the day. Mr Brumby highlighted the importance of Yarra Valley tourism in the regions recovery.
We spoke to many of the locals including Wendy Oates, Treasurer of the organising committee who said, "the event was an opportunity for people in the area to continue to move forward and leave the tragedies of the past behind them."
What was on the menu:
Canape's - presented by Holmesglen Rural Learning Centre - Chef: Rolfh Ammann.
Entree' - presented by Maryton Park B&B - Chef Tony Thompson assisted by Chef Steve Penalosa-Munoz from Lake Mountain Alpine Resort
Mains - presented by My Chef Mike - Chef: Michael Jaeger &
Ruffy Produce Store - Chef: Nigel Robinson
Dessert - presented by Marysville Patisserie - Chefs: Ashraf and Christine Doos
For listings of regional producers visit www.uge.asn.au
For listings of regional cool climate wines visit www.uppergoulburnwine.org.au
For listings of Olive growers, Olive oil and products visit www.goulburnstrathbogieolives.com.au