posted on 07 Apr 20 | by

Easter will look a little different for us all this year, with many of us missing family, friends, holidays and traditions as we buckle down to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Fortunately many of our local businesses are bringing us Easter treats and making sure our home celebrations are as good as they can be at this challenging time.

Whether you’re cooking a special meal or buying chocolate for your loved ones or perhaps a small gift, look no further than some of our quality local producers, many of whom are still open, or have moved their businesses online, making it easy to shop and pick-up or receive home delivery.

Maldon Easter Fair has even turned virtual, so you can watch from the comfort of your lounge room! Read on!

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Artisan chocolates

Cabosse & Feve is a local artisan chocolaterie that handcrafts products using carefully chosen quality ingredients. Their beautifully crafted Easter eggs plus much more are available to order online. Click here to take a look.





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Virtual Maldon Easter Fair

In its 143rd year, Maldon Easter Fair goes virtual! On your staycation, you can watch from wherever you are on Facebook.

Thursday 9th April at 7.30pm – Mt Tarrengower Lookout will be lit up until Easter Monday

Good Friday – Open air church service at the Beehive Mine from 10.30am (live online)

Easter Monday – Virtual online parade from 10.30am. There are even raffle tickets to buy as well!

Tune in here for all the festivities.  



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Locally made Hot Cross Buns

Johnny Baker is famous for hot cross buns, pies, bread sticks, croissants, cakes and much more. Open 7am – 3pm this week, then closed Good Friday to Easter Monday. Pop in to their take-away store at 359 Barker Street, Castlemaine or for orders call (03) 5470 5695.


Sprout Bakery will be selling hot cross buns and fresh bread from their window at The Mill, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine from 10am until 1pm (or until sold out) on Thursday 9 April.




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Specialty smallgoods

Oakwood Smallgoods will be open every day over the Easter weekend. Offering full smoked chickens, salmon and trout, as well as all your BBQ, roasting and platter goodies including sausages, ham, prosciutto and more!

Open Good Friday from noon – 5pm and Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9am – 5pm.

The Mill, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine. For orders to pick-up or deliver call 0449 857 212 or order online here.



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Sweet treats and much more

Blackbird Café in Newstead has moved online to move with the times. Their new website has Hot Cross Buns, local produce and other goodies available for purchase and delivery. There'll be a local delivery on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 April or pick up from the store on the Saturday.

You can also visit the cafe for takeaway coffee; hot take-away food and supplies on Saturday 11 April between 10am and 2pm.

Take a look online here to order.




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Home delivered Easter feast

Le Sel Deli in historic Maldon is cooking up a storm and offering an Easter feast for home delivery in the Maldon area or pick up. Delicious slow-roasted lamb shoulder, blue cheese tart, and Belgium chocolate Easter egg cake. $45 a head. Also check out their homemade croissants, pies, gnocchi and baguettes!

Call 0414 867 850 or 0411 721 928 to order.

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Stock up with Pandemic Pantry

Castlemaine icons Mulberry’s deli and Togs Cafe have teamed up to bring you Pandemic Pantry, a home delivery service with all the things you are used to from both stores including Easter eggs from Kennedy & Wilson and Melbourne Cocoa. Includes frozen pre-prepared meals a la Togs as well as all the quality cheese and smallgoods you’re used to from Mulberry’s.

Order by Thursday for Good Friday delivery. Order here or call (03) 5472 1651.

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Felt bunnies for the kids

Tribe has their usual stunning array of giftware, ceramics, hand dyed yarns and merino socks. Back this year are their adorable little felt bunnies to delight the little ones on Easter morning.

See their excellent website here, with free delivery for Castlemaine residents.