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Sam Kekovich says it's un-Australian to not have lamb on Australia Day. So how do the good folk at Yarra Valley Chocalteier put lamb on the menu? Well, they cook up a Choc-o-Licious sausage sizzle that features lamb sausages with chocolate, mint and caramelised onions served in a mini roll. It sounds a bit odd but who I am to say that chocolate can't work in a sausage, especially when they're doing such a good job at bringing lamb to a chocolaterie.
For those of you that have never visited the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie let me give you a run down of what to expect.
The Chocolaterie is located just outside the quaint town of Yarra Glen, a quiet town that becomes popular with tourists and day trippers on the weekends exploring nearby wineries. What will be unexpected is the shear size of the Chocolaterie which is more or less placed in the middle of a paddock (a nice one at that with lovely views) but seemingly in the middle of nowhere.
The gardens are well cared for and the lawns are a great place for the kids to run a muck and play ball games which is actively encouraged by staff. The car park would probably accommodate 200 vehicles if not more.
If your kids cant resist getting their hands dirty then the chocolate making classes could be perfect for them. I must warn you though that they are extremely popular and are limited to 12 children per session, so you need to book in advance. You can find out more about the chocolate making workshops here.
Although the Chocolatrie can be a little overwhelming with crowds, the kids will still love it and the chocolate tastes great. I have never ordered anything from the cafe but it seems to have mixed reviews, mainly aimed at customer service, hopefully these issues are resolved now and running smoothly because it's a great place to visit. Let us know what your experience was like at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and to all our readers, have a great Australia Day.