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After a sold-out inaugural event, the Mornington Peninsula’s most extensive food, wine and music gathering, The Peninsula Picnic, is returning on March the 20th with a bigger line-up, a larger site, plus even more gourmet restaurants, decadent wineries, fresh local produce and quality artisan wares. Playing times and menus have now been announced so it is officially time to start planning your Peninsula Picnic 2016!

The Mornington Peninsula is well-known for being one of the best spots for budding food and wine critics in the country, and The Peninsula Picnic is offering everyone a chance to sample a little of everything from the area in one day.

Chefs from each restaurant have worked together to ensure there is variety in the entire menu, including Charcuterie and Cheese Platters from Merricks General Wine Store, Green Olive’s famous Main Ridge Lamb Meatballs, Ricotta Gnocchi with Braised Pork shoulder from Paringa Estate and to celebrate the stunning coastal location of the picnic Montalto’s signature Grilled Squid in a Ciabatta Roll with Estate Apple and Fennel Slaw.

They’ve sat down with each restaurant and sommeliers to create a few delectable suggestions that will ensure your palette will be enjoying every delicious flavour the picnic has to offer (see below).

And don’t forget our friends at Fat Yak will be setting up a bar to cater for those people who prefer an ice cold brew.
As for the music line-up, Mornington Peninsula local Ruby Whiting will be getting the day started followed by the rising star of the indie scene, Timberwolf.

After lunch, Powderfinger’s Darren Middleton will get things going before Kim Churchill – who is well-known for playing a number of instruments simultaneously – takes to the stage for what is sure to be one of the many highlights of the day.

Missy Higgins will take the well-fed and watered picnickers into the early evening with songs from all her albums as well as her most recent song ‘Oh Canada’, a heartfelt tribute to three-year-old Syrian asylum seeker Aylan Kurdi.

With a country harvest atmosphere, The Peninsula Picnic takes place over one unique day in the leafy and sea-salted surrounds of Mornington Racecourse, and is the recipe for that perfect regional escape or family day out.

A menu of music (set times)

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

The 2016 Suggested Menu:

* Merricks Picnic Platter w/ Charcuterie: Cheese, House Made Chutney and Pickles $16
Prancing Horse Estate Pinot Noir, 2012
* Duck Confit Salad w/ Roasted Vegetables, Pomegranate Dressing $15
Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir, 2015
* Caramelised Onion Tart w/ Olives, Toasted Pinenuts and Goats Cheese $12
Elgee Park Family Riesling 2015

Ian Curley
* The Peninsula ‘Ploughmans Platter’, Corned Silverside, Cheddar Cheese & Flinders Pickles $14
Prancing Horse Pony Chardonnay, 2012
* Port Phillip Mussels w/ Fat Yak Ale, Shallots and and Baker Boys Turkish Bread $15
Montalto Pennon Hill Chardonnay, 2015
* O’Connors Free Range Pork Belly ‘Bahn Mi’ $12
Paringa Estate, Pinot Noir 2012

Green Olive (all lamb bred on their farm site.)
* Main Ridge Lamb Sausage Roll, Green Olive at Red Hill Capsicum Relish, farm grown rocket, cheese $14
Baillieu Estate Rose, 2015
* Main Ridge Lamb meatballs, Green Olive at Red Hill Puttanesca Sauce, Farm Grown Rocket, Ciabatta $14
Baillieu Estate Shiraz, 2013
*Pulled Slow Roasted Main Ridge Lamb Burger, Garden Vegetable Coleslaw, Green Olive at Red Hill Beetroot Relish $14
Crittenden Estate Gepetto Pinot Noir 2015

Paringa Estate
* Smoked Fillet of Rainbow Trout, grain Salad & Gribiche $16
Montalto Pennon Hill Rose, 2015
* Duck Terrine, House Pickled Main Ridge Vegetables and Paringa Sourdough $12
Circe Pinot Noir, 2015
* Ricotta Gnocchi, Braised Pork Shoulder, Orange & Wild Peninsula fennel $14
Paringa Peninsula Shiraz, 2014

*Antipasto picnic box
Crittenden Estate, Pinoccho Sangiovese 2014

* Grilled Squid in a Ciabatta Roll with Estate Apple and Fennel Slaw $13
Ballieu Pinot Gris 2015
* Lamb, Zucchini and Haloumi Skewers (3 per serve) $9
Montalto, Pennon Hill Pinot Noir, 2015
* Panzanella Salad late season estate Tomatoes and Garden Harvest Olive and Olive Oil Salad $10
Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Grigio, 2015

* Pulled Pork Roll w/ home grown Pickled Fennel (from Max’s vege patch) $15
Elgee Park Pinot Noir 2012
* Westernport Bay Snapper and Sweet Corn Ceviche in House made Savoury Cannoli $8
Paringa Estate, Estate Pinot Gris 2014
* Black Rice Freekah and Red Hill Mushroom Arancini w/ Chop Salad of Home Grown Basil Mint Dressing $12
Paringa Estate, Estate Pinot Noir 2012

Flinders Hotel
* Steamed Lamb Shoulder w/ Couscous and Mango Chutney $13
Paringa Estate Peninsula Shiraz 2014
* Spiced Chicken Sliders – Chicken and Grilled Pineapple Sliders on House-baked Brioche Buns $13
Prancing Horse Estate Chardonnay, 2012
* Salad Nicoise – Smoked Ocean Trout, Green Beans, Boiled Egg & Congo Potatoes $13
Prancing Horse Estate Pinot Gris, 2015

Cook and Norman
* Prosciutto Panini San Daniele Proscuitto, Main Ridge ‘Caprinella’ Cheese, Peporanata, Rocket $13
Circe, Pinot Noir 2015
* Smoked Trout Potato Salad Hawkes Potatoes, our own Smoked Ocean Trout, Mayonnaise and Fresh Herbs $11
Crittenden Estate, Peninsula Sauvignon Blanc, Fume style 2014
* Calamari Fritti – Fried Local Calamari, Fennel Salt, Lemon Aioli $16
Prancing Horse Pony Chardonnay

 Dee’s Kitchen
* Pomegranate & Walnut Lamb Meatballs served with Jeweled Freekeh $15 word
* Falafel with Tabouleh & Dee’s Kitchen Dips $14
Gepetto NV Brut
* Chicken Drumettes with Harissa Aioli and Slaw $14
Paringa Peninsula Chardonnay|

 Pope Joan
* Peninsula Organics Corn on the Cob, Smoked Butter and Herb Salt $5
Montalto Pennon Hill Chardonnay, 2015
* Toasted Pastrami, Pickled Cucumber and Blue Bay Gruyere Sanga $8
Circe, Chardonnay 2015
* Jerk Chicken roll, Mr Wilkinson’s Pineapple Chutney, Slaw $8
Elgee Park Family Reserve Delice, late harvest Riesling 2010

The Long Table
* Crispy masterstock Chicken, Fragrant Thai Basil Salad & Miso Mayonnaise $15
Circe Chardonnay, 2015
* Korean style BBQ beef Brisket, Smoked Cabbage & Apple Slaw & Spicy Peach Ketchup $15
Circe, Pinot Noir 2015
* Nima’s spiced Cauliflower, Labneh, Grains, Almond & Mint Salad $15
Paringa Estate Pinot Gris, 2014

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