Ovae Spotlight – The Peninsula Picnic

We are really excited to be attending The Peninsula Picnic again this year. Believe us, this festival is So. Much. Friggin’. Fun!

We caught up with the team behind the event for everything you need to know about the day.


Tell us a bit about The Peninsula Picnic.

The Peninsula Picnic is an outdoor food, wine and music gathering bringing together the best parts of the Mornington Peninsula. We combine the best local wineries, restaurants and boutique craft makers, with some of the best local and domestic music acts… all in beautiful surrounds of Mornington Racecourse.

What was the inspiration for putting on The Peninsula Picnic?

The Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia’s greatest food and wine regions. It’s on the 2015 National Geographic ‘Best of the World’ list. So the magic of the Peninsula itself was the inspiration for the event.

What do you think is the best part of the day? 

The atmosphere. You can come in, set up your picnic blanket and then spend the day exploring. You can pick up anything from locally-crafted jewellery, to leather goods, or sit down to a wine tasting session from a local maker, and nibble on amazing food from award winning Peninsula restaurants. All while listening, moving and dancing to some of Australia’s best acts. It’s a perfect day.

What are the challenges of putting on the event?

Probably the biggest challenge we face is the one thing we can do nothing about – the weather! As an outdoor event we are at the mercy of the elements, but if it is looking inclement we’ll be out there putting up umbrellas and ensuring there is plenty of undercover space – the show must go on! Thankfully the past few years have seen beautiful conditions and the long range forecast says the same for March 30!

What surprises people most about the festival?

The positive feedback we receive year on year is how relaxed the vibe is. It really is a family friendly, chilled out day, with plenty of space to play in. So whether you’re coming with the kids, or are joining a group of mates for a fun day out, you know you’re going to enjoy yourself.

Ovae will be at The Peninsula Picnic with some beautiful festival accessories. What are some of the other local businesses punters can expect? 

Our market stalls are all Peninsula based and much of it is handmade or homegrown. This is the first year we are hosting Red Hill Cheese, Sunny Ridge Strawberries and Boatshed Cheese. You can also expect to see Mumma Made Preserves, Desert Travellers apparel, Old Vine Candles and Nothing Jaded jewellery.

What happens behind the scenes that most punters wouldn’t expect?

Perhaps the amount of planning that goes into the event. Even in its fifth year, a solid six months of planning and preparation goes into The Peninsula Picnic every year. 

In 15 words or less, tell us about…

The Music:

The Rubens, supported by Sarah Blasko, Tia Gostelow, Fraser M. Gorman and San Lazaro.

Food and Wine:

The region’s best! Rare Hare, Tuck’s Ridge, Montalto, Polperro… the list goes on.


The Vibe:

Chilled, diverse, there for a good time.


Toilet Situation:

Sorted! You’re at a racecourse so there’s plenty.


Essential Festival Items:

Bring a hat, sunscreen and something to sit on, leave the rest to us. 


Best Piece of Advice for Festival-Goers:

Come hungry, leave happy.


The Peninsula Picnic

Saturday 30th March 2019

Mornington Racecourse

Get your tickets here.


We’ll see you there!


Ovae’s Resident Blogger x


Awesome! Hope the weather turns it on! 👏🍷

Sez March 26, 2019

Yay!! Always a fun one, Peninsula Picnic!! Cant wait😊🎉🥂

Gyselle March 26, 2019

Sounds awesome! Might drag the kids along too, they love a good fest and this one is close to home = bonus!

Emily Brett March 25, 2019

Sounds awesome! Might drag the kids along too, they love a good fest and this one is close to home = bonus!

Emily Brett March 25, 2019

Epic weekend ahead… can’t wait for the festivities and seeing you guys at the stall… Hope I find some goodies to take home!

Tim March 25, 2019

Cannot wait for this event with a spot of shopping

Lisa March 25, 2019

Sounds great! We will see you there

Karen Jackson March 25, 2019

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