Celebrate Chinese New Year in the Yarra Valley. Gather the family together to bring in the Year of the Earth Pig and the wealth and good fortune Pig represents. It’s the perfect time to treat your family and enjoy life among the hills, rolling vineyards and trees that make the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley such a picturesque destination.
For a traditional, yet modern, interpretation of Chinese New Year, the Yarra Valley is proud to introduce three exclusive destinations that are offering authentic celebration experiences.
SHARE AN ABUNDANT BANQUET AT OLINDA TEA HOUSE, OLINDA
There’s plenty of good fortune at the Olinda Tea House with their exquisite banquet menu which honours the best of Chinese culture and both traditional and modern Chinese dishes. The Chinese New Year menu offers a unique dining experience that creates unforgettable memories with your family. Every dish is beautifully presented and unique flavour combinations are a highlight, offering a sensory experience never to be forgotten.
The Crab Set Menu and Lobster Set menu feature inspired dishes such as Sea Cucumber and Scallop Soup, Spring Onion and Ginger Crab, Pan Fried Honey Roasted Eye Fillet with Abalone, Signature Lamb dish with Cumin, Steamed Murray Cod, and special Pork Rib and Pork Belly dishes, with vegetable and rice accompaniments. The dessert cabinet is a treat with delicate handmade cakes and traditional celebration desserts.
Set among pretty sculptured gardens that are perfect for a pre-lunch drink, or evening stroll, the beauty of Olinda Tea House will be enhanced and given a festive feel with traditional Chinese New Year decorations. Authentic teas are always on offer, and the extensive wine list features quality reds, whites, bubbles and rosé to enhance every dish. (Set Menu, Chinese New Year Menu)
Celebrate with Traditional Handmade Dumplings at Greenstone Vineyards, Yarra Glen
Join Greenstone Vineyards and celebrate Chinese New Year with their handmade Dumplings. These delicious dumplings (you can choose Pork or Vegetarian) are handmade by Yanan Xuan using the recipe from the Harbin, Hei Long Jiang province, in north east China. The dumpling celebration is available from 12pm to 4pm on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th February. (Takeaway Dumplings subject to availability).
A dumpling feast is not complete without a glass of wine. Greenstone Vineyards will be serving their excellent range of wines on their deck so you can enjoy your ‘just like home’ dumplings with a glass of their sparkling Estate Methode, Estate Rosé, a classic red such as a shiraz or sangiovese, a pinot grigio, pinot noir or chardonnay. Cellar door sales will also be available.
EXCLUSIVE POP-UP MENU AT ROCHFORD WINES, Coldstream
Rochford Wines will feature an exclusive Chinese New Year celebration dish in their Isabella Restaurant throughout February. Enjoy Sichuan-style whole duck, rice noodle salad, cucumber sesame and toasted peanuts (GF) and bring the whole family to welcome the year of the Pig. (Shared between two people - $90).
Rochford Wines have an award-winning range of wines to complement your meal, with a core focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines you enjoy with your meal are all available for purchase at the cellar door to take home.
Bookings are essential at these venues at this exclusive holiday time. We wish you and your family a happy new year and send our best wishes that you have the good fortune to return to the Yarra Valley again and again.