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THE annual Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival is on again this Easter Sunday (20 April) with Bendigo wines, gourmet foods and live music being held at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.

The event will give wine lovers the opportunity to meet the winemakers of the region and sample the best Bendigo wines in a festive, garden setting.

“The event has become a favourite for wine enthusiasts from far and wide,” Bendigo Winegrowers Association’s Bill Blamires said.

“With up to 20 wineries represented, this is a great chance to hear about the latest vintage firsthand.

“To give the event a family atmosphere, we’ve got live music, face-painting, an Easter Egg Hunt and kid’s performer Tim Tim to bring fun for the whole family.”

Performing on the stage will be Castlemaine-based singer Meg Corson and her band.

Corson has fronted jazz bands, big bands and orchestras and has performed with James Morrison, Don Burrows, Abdullah Ibrahim, Marcia Hines, Jose Feliciano, Vince Jones and Guy Sebastian.

Also on stage will be Crosswind, a four-piece band from Castlemaine.

They play an energetic variety of music, whether it’s bluegrass, folk, classic rock ‘n’ roll or jazz.

Locally-produced foods will also be available at a wide variety of stalls.

Free buses will operate between Bendigo and Castlemaine and free home delivery courtesy of Fastway Couriers.

will be available for wine purchases of more than half a dozen bottles.

Tickets are available on the day, with adult tickets costing $35. Children under 18 are free and strictly no BYO alcohol.

As a new feature this year, patrons can pre-book their tickets for a discounted price of $30 by visiting www.trybooking.com/EGDW.

Strategem, accountants, advisors and wealth management firm is proud to be the major sponsor of the event again this year.

For details about the event and the region visit www.bendigowine.org.au.