A MAJOR food and wine festival in the North East will go online again this spring owing to ongoing coronavirus restrictions.
High Country At Home will offer scores of informative and interactive online experiences presented by the region's makers, roasters, distillers and chefs.
Hundreds of Melburnians have joined these virtual escapes since the first round of experiences launched in April 2020.
Bright-based Sixpence Coffee owner Luke Dudley will share the secrets behind brewing the perfect cup of coffee.
He said there was a growing thirst for knowledge even before restrictions impacted people's access to their favourite cafes.
"You can achieve a lot with a little bit of guidance," he said.
"Equipment always makes a difference but knowing how to drive it helps too; recognising if you're pouring too fast or too slow."
Bridge Road Brewers founder Ben Kraus and head brewer James Dittko will offer in a virtual tasting of their new release, NEeD Vol.5 Virtual Tasting.
They will delve into recipe development, brewing techniques, hop selection and the emergence of their controversial new IPA Cold style.
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Bright-based Hatted chef turned gin distiller Hamish Nugent will lead High Spirits by Reed & Co Distillery.
These online tastings will be timed perfectly for knock-off drinks at 5pm and 7pm on Thursday, September 9 and 16.
Wahgunyah-based Pfeiffer Wines Muscat Master Blender will return again this year.
Tasting a range of drops guided by the winemaker in the century-old barrel room, participants will learn the art of blending at this exclusive True Muscat Experience.
A Tavola Cooking School's Katrina Pizzini will bring a taste of the King Valley back to High Country at Home with the Art of Gnocchi again this year.
Maker and distiller Dirk Bester, of Glenbosch Wine Estate near Beechworth, will return with his Gin Appreciation sessions.
Mr Dirk will also reprise his 101 in how to concoct a Prohibition Era-style moonshine.
High Country at Home will have a treat for children who can Zoom with the resident meerkats at Mansfield Zoo.
For tickets visit victoriashighcountry.com.au, book a session and wait for the High Country at Home pack delivered to you ahead of any online classes.
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