Our Own Road Trip for Good
As a family, only last week, we were deciding on a charity to donate to so we could support people affected by the devastating fire events in Australia. As business owners in the tourism industry with Epicurean Day Tours we know only too well the slow winter months and the opportunity that comes with tourists and school holidays in summer. We understand that the ‘make hay while the sun shines” now rings loud as a cruel joke to many regions in this beautiful, sunburnt country replaced with tourism warnings and evacuations. We are fortunate, so far, in the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula wine regions where we tour to only be complaining about the days when smoke fills the air and blocks the bright blue sky and adds a haze across to the now fire threatened French Island over Westernport Bay and obstructs City views on Port Phillip Bay.
So campaigns to help communities deeply affected by fires spoke to us. Road Trip For Good
We harnessed this one and jumped into the car and began our road trip to the High Country, Victoria’s North East, visiting Rutherglen, Beechworth, Yarrawonga and Corowa and towns along the way from the Melbourne. We spoke with business owners and locals and stayed in their hotels, swam in the rivers and local pools, drank in their pubs, ate in restaurants, bought fresh and local produce, sipped local coffee brews, drank way too much Muscat’s and Fortified wines and have enough olive oil, honey, gin and cordial Empty Esky to last us well into 2021. We spoke the businesses praises in the next town and shared the love on google, tripadvisor and Instagram so people know that the towns are safe and open for business. So well done to these ground level initiatives. You inspired us and we felt like we have connected with people that are really suffering. We were also reminded of how breathtakingly beautiful this country is and that we need to spend more time exploring our own back yard. Re-building and encouraging tourists to get back into these regions can be painstakingly slow but in most cases they are open for business.
If you can’t get there look to the virtual purchasing platform It’s My Shout and Spend with Them on Instagram, (with a massive 194k followers since January 6th) and really make a difference financially and emotionally to these businesses. We loved our few days on our very special road trip and hoped that we helped, in our very small way, some small business owners having a really hard time…
So who did we visit?, Audra and Andrew, from De Bortoli’s Rutherlen, Sally and Lou from Scion Wine, Tuileries Restaurant Rutherglen, Ellen from Campbells Wines, Bob from Stanton and Killeen Wines, Ernie from Brown Brothers, Morris Wines, All Saints Wine, the girls from Billson’s Brewery, Beechworth Honey, Parker Pies, Gun Pies, (yes we like a pie for breakfast), Beechworth Bakery, Bridge Road Brewers, Old Beechworth Gaol, Beechworth Lake Sambell Caravan Park, Rich Glen Olive Estate Yarrawonga, and Corowa RSL