Wine and dine at inaugural festival

Regional wine will be showcased at the inaugural Gippsland Food and Wine Festival.

The inaugural event will be held on Sunday, 6 November from 11am to 5pm at the Moe Racecourse.

Wines of East Gippsland chair and Glenmaggie Wines owner and winemaker Tony Dawkins said the Gippsland Wine Show had recorded strong results for wineries across the region.

“We’re delighted to be able to showcase so many of the major prize winners – we’ve got almost all of them – and medallists at the Gippsland Food and Wine Festival,” Mr Dawkins said.

“It’s a great start for what we believe is going to be a fantastic annual event.”

Emergency service volunteers are encouraged to apply for State Government grants to assist with their daily operations.

The Emergency Services Volunteer Sustainability Grants Program will offer $15 million in grants available to volunteers in 2016-17.

The grants are open to volunteer brigades and units across the state, along with organisations that fall under the Emergency Management Manual Victoria.

Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said the grants could be used for a range of purposes such as safety and operational equipment, facility upgrades and maintenance and training and development.

Volunteer organisations interested in applying for the grant can visit