Wine and food festival…better loosen up!

One of Australia’s greatest racehorses will be celebrated at an event to showcase the wine produced in the Sunbury wine region.

Better Loosen Up is expected to be the star attraction at the Legendary Wine and Food Festival, on Sunday 25 October 2015 from 11am until 5pm, at Living Legends, 207 Oaklands Road, Greenvale.

It is 25 years since Better Loosen Up won both the Cox Plate and the Japan Cup, and memorabilia from the horse’s racing career will be displayed at the festival.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said there would be something for everyone at the Legendary Wine and Food Festival.

“It will be a great family day in the beautiful gardens that surround the Woodlands Homestead,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Buddy England and his good time band will take centre stage to entertain people on the lawn, and I’m sure many people will want to reminisce about the years when Buddy was a member of The Seekers.

“Children under 16 shall be able to enter the festival for free, and there will be lots to enjoy, like pony rides, a jumping castle, and face painting.”

Living Legends features one of the oldest thoroughbred properties in the southern hemisphere, and is home to some of Australia’s most successful racehorses.

It is surrounded by 1700 acres of bushland in Woodlands Historic Park.

Hume City Council is a supporter of the event, and will offer free shuttle buses for attendees with pick-ups at Sunbury Railway Station and the Broadmeadows bus interchange, on Tanderrum Way, Broadmeadows.

Council’s Sunbury Visitor Information Centre will present a display at the festival, so that people can learn more about Hume’s attractions in the local region.

Cr Atmaca said the Legendary Wine and Food Festival would celebrate the successes of the Sunbury wine region.

“The wineries in areas like Bulla, Clarkefield, Sunbury, Yuroke, Keilor, and Diggers Rest employ many people and help to grow Hume’s thriving tourism industry,” he said.

“The renowned cool climate region is known for its award-winning shiraz, as well as varieties of chardonnay, Riesling, pinot noir, and cabernet sauvignon.

“Wineries have been a part of the Sunbury region since the 1860s, and I’m sure visitors to the festival will enjoy sampling the area’s wines.”

Festival goers will be welcome to visit Living Legends’ champion racehorses, with the day perfectly timed, being just one week before the start of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Tickets to the Legendary Wine and Food Festival cost $25 at the gate or may be purchased online for $22 via

Attendees will not be allowed to bring their own food or drink into the venue.

Further information is here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 7 October 2015

Updated : 12:30 PM, 7 October 2015

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