The mouthwatering Melbourne Food and Wine Festival comes to the Yarra Valley in the first two weeks of March 2019. It’s a time when the vines are heavy with ripening fruit, when the orchards are bursting with sweet fruits, and the veggie patches are alive with fresh produce, and through some small miracle it all makes its way to our plates as delectable dishes and fine wine, gin and cider. 

There is a connection between soil, sunshine and succulence that is unique to the Yarra Valley – our chefs perform their own particular type of alchemy to set tastebuds humming, and our winemakers are masters of the nuances of grapes.  Together, our food and wine is instinctual, distinctive and exciting in a way that mirrors the marriage of terroir and time. When you take a seat at our table, your view is that of the land that created what you are about to consume. It’s so much more than paddock to plate – it’s history, place and a little bit of magic.

The Yarra Valley program for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an invitation to stay and linger. Learn not just how but why, celebrate with banquets that go on forever and become part of our all-consuming food and wine lifestyle by staying a few days so you can immerse yourself completely. Sounds sumptuous? It is.

Enhance your regional experience and live the Yarra Valley way with these great tips for rounding out your stay. These are the places the locals know and love, and we promise you will too.

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Places for a quiet night time tipple in Healesville 

In search of soft lighting, sophisticated cocktails, relaxed entertainment?  Try Herd Bar, Graceburn Wine Room, or the Healesville Hotel.

Brunch hotspots for the day after 

Continue the theme of fresh and wholesome local produce with a late brekky and a locally roasted latte. Try Wombat’s Chai (Healesville), Habituel (Healesville), The General Food Store (Emerald), or A Local Baker (St Andrews).

Make time for some outdoors action 

The best way to work up your appetite is outdoors. Try cycling on the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, walk the wonders of the William Rickets Sanctuary, take in a view at the Kangaroo Ground Memorial Tower lookout or take your adventures further afield into the forest en route to Wombelano Falls.

Indulge your senses with a day spa

Want a delicious spa and massage experience at one of the region’s best places to ‘let it all go’. Try Miss Josie’s Beauty Parlour, Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa, or Natskin Day Spa Retreat.

The best way is to do Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is to eat, stay and play in the Yarra Valley – for accommodation options see Places to Stay.


Regional World’s Longest Lunch – Ezard at Levantine Hill, Coldstream

Regional World’s Longest Lunch – SkyHigh, Mt Dandenong

Regional World’s Longest Lunch - Nillumbik

From Abruzzo to the Yarra Valley – Giammarino Wines with Fondata 1872, Kangaroo Ground

Pour and Picnic in the Yarra Valley – Medhurst Wines Estate, Gruyere

TarraWarra’s Tribute to the Yarra Valley – Healesville

Yarra Valley’s Herb and Chille Festival – Lilydale

Yarra Valley Italian Style Pig Party – DiVino Restaurant, Dixons Creek

Take 5 at Rob Dolan Wines, Warrandyte

Gin High Tea – Mary Eats Cake, Montrose

Grazing in the Green House, Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods, Seville

Great Cheese is made in the Maturing Room – Yarra Valley Dairy, Yering

Made from Gin - Four Pillars Gin, Healesville

Artists Picnic – Helen & Joey Estate, Gruyere

Healesville Crawl – Giant Steps, Healesville 

Clash of the Cool Climates - Innocent Bystander, Healesville

Hooked on Beef and Bubbles - Holmesglen at Eildon

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