They’ll flock to hear Annie

Hear from chef, author and local legend Annie Smithers at the upcoming Birds of a Feather event in Woodend.

Local culinary celebrity Annie Smithers will be the guest speaker at next week’s Birds of a Feather gathering in Woodend. One of Australia’s most well-known chefs and someone who has led the way with the paddock to plate philosophy, Annie has lived and worked in the region for more than 25 years. 

Creating award-winning fare for her Trentham restaurant, Du Fermier, from the produce from her garden and running her popular cooking masterclasses from her home in Lyonville, Annie’s name is synonymous with wholesome, French homestyle cooking. 

“Annie is a local legend, cook, farmer and author,” said Belinda Brain, the organiser of the quarterly Birds of a Feather lunches. 

“She has been blazing a trail unapologetically for decades and we are delighted to be welcoming her as our final guest for 2023.” 

Organised by Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health’s Country LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Program (CLIP), Birds of a Feather lunches are held in venues across the Macedon Ranges and offer an opportunity for adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex to come together in a safe and affirming space, to share stories and feel a sense of belonging.

Birds of a Feather takes place next Tuesday December 5 at noon at the Victoria Hotel, Woodend. Entry is free and meals and drinks are at bar prices. RSVPs are essential. To book your place go to 

Transport from Kyneton is available, as is financial support if cost prevents you from attending. Get in touch via email: or call 5421 1666 for further information.