Five picks from the Yarra Valley

How do you make the most of the fleeting summer weather in March? Head for the Yarra Valley.  Barely an hour outside of Melbourne, the region’s lush green hills, dedicated producers and reputation for fine wines make it a no-brainer of a destination.

TarraWarra’s Tribute to the Yarra Valley

What happens when two winemakers and one local chef get together? Great things, especially if Yarra Yering’s Sarah Crowe and TarraWarra’s Clare Halloran and Mark Ebbels are involved. Together they’ll present a tribute to the Yarra Valley, with a four-course menu prepared by chef Ebbels and matched with wines specially selected by Crowe and Halloran.

A Night in an Argentinian Tavern

Join the team at The Independent Gembrook for dinner inspired by Argentina’s bodegóns, where family and friends come together for a great feast. Enjoy classic Argentine dishes influenced by Spain and Italy with traditional drinks available for purchase and lots of tango dancing.  

Pour and Picnic in the Yarra Valley

Settle down at the Medhurst Wines Estate for a relaxing picnic overlooking the picturesque Yarra Valley hillside. You’ll be armed with a Cookes Food tote filled with condiments and house-baked bread while the grazing table will be loaded up with roast beef, trout and an array of local farmgate produce for you to create your perfect spread.

Great Cheese is Made in the Maturing Room 

Join two accomplished Australian cheesemakers Jack Holman (Stone & Crow, Yarra Valley Dairy) and Nick Haddow (Bruny Island Cheese Co., Glen Huon Dairy) as they guide you through an in-depth tasting of cheeses matured in different ways and different places. They will take you through the art and science of maturation – the process that turns good cheese into great cheese.

Yarra Valley Herb and Chilli Festival

In a celebration of all things herbal and spicy, the Yarra Valley Herb & Chilli Festival supported by Renaissance Herbs offers you the chance to learn how to master these cornerstone ingredients and how they work across a variety of cuisines and cultures. Come to see, smell, taste and even drink chillies and herbs in their various forms with demonstrations, tastings and entertainment all day long.

Find more events in the Yarra Valley during the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne.