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Australia Day Long Weekend at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie

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It would be un-Australian not to


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.



The Aussie long weekend will see the food celebration begin from the 25th - 27th of January with the great Aussie breakfast between 9-11 am with the Mighty Aussie burger.

You may also want to taste the Australian inspired macarons that resemble a lamington, I wonder if they taste as good as they look?

Yarra Valley Chocalaterie Aussie inspired macaron


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.

Free chocolate tastings


Inside the Chocolaterie it's hard to go past 3 gigantic bowls filled with white, milk and dark chocolate buttons that are free to test try as much as you like.

Choosing chocolates to take home is a little more difficult with 250 varieties to choose from. I suggest you start at the great wall of chocolate and go from there.

View chocolates being made


Just past the chocolates you will come to the cafe which is open for breakfast from 9 am-11 am and follows with the lunch menu.

If you love ice cream then you must try the selection on offer here, they offer big serves at reasonable prices.
Ice cream at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie


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.

Junior Chocolaterie workshop


Last but not least if you join their chocolate club here you can go into the draw to win great prizes such as this months $100 voucher to spend on products in store.



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.

Looking towards the indoor cafe seating
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Why? For chocolate and ice cream on Australia Day
When: All year round
Phone: 0397302777
Where: 35 Old Healesville Rd Yarra Glen
Cost: Free to look and taste
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Stop tempting me with chocolate!
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