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Published March 3rd 2020
Make the Most of March
If you haven't visited the delightful Alowyn Gardens, then I urge you to put this on your To-Do list, it really is a stunning garden and you can easily make a full day, or weekend of it by indulging all your senses at nearby restaurants, wineries, orchards, gardens, art galleries. The options are truly endless in the Yarra Valley!
Happening on the 28th March, you'll see over 40 types of pumpkins on display, including a Giant Atlantic pumpkin with a 'guess the weight competition'. There will also be 30 market stalls, local craft, and art displays, produce prizes, hot food (vegan options available), and local wines/beers.
Alowyn Gardens in winter
Alowyn Gardens & Nursery is located at 1210 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen. The event is from 10am-3pm, with live entertainment from 11:30 - 2:30.
Entry to the garden is usually $10 adults, free for children, though I believe entry is free for this event (I could be wrong though). Read my full review on Alowyn Gardens here.
Red Hill Show 7th March is a standout event on the Mornington Peninsula. Now in its 92nd year, it has grown to include more events and activities than ever. Check out the woodchop competition, animals galore, carnival rides, show bags, art & craft stalls, sheep shearing, working dogs, music stages, wildlife encounters, Australian Mountainboarders display, tractors, and Cider show to mention only a few things.
Entry costs $20 adults, $10 children aged 6-17yrs, $10 students/pensioners, or $60 for a family (2 A 3C) Location: Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill. For more info visit the Red Hill Show website here.
Yarra Valley Herb & Chilli Festival 14th & 15th March sounds a little different to the 'usual festival', but the 2019 event attracted 7,000 visitors! Enjoy shopping, browsing and taste testing various gourmet delights across 80 stalls. Food available on the day includes some gourmet, locally sourced produce, along with various international dishes from Mexico, Turkey, India, South America, Europe and more. Drinks list includes ales, chili beer, fine local wines, speciality wines, juices and, naturally it wouldn't be a Melbourne festival without coffee.
The festival is on from 10am-5pm both days. Address: 125 Quayle Road, Wandin. (Off the Warburton Highway.) Tickets are $26 Adults, $20 concession, kids under 14 are free, family tickets $70 (if you have kids aged 14-18yrs). For the event program or for more info, click here.
Warrandyte Festival 20th-22nd March is a great community event held at Stiggants Reserve, Warrandyte each March. This festival began in the '80s as an art show and has grown significantly over the years to include a billy cart derby, kids' market, battle of the bands, a film feast, rides, food & beverage stalls, a street parade, water slides, and much more. For more info visit Warrandyte Festivals website here, or facebook page here. Entry is free.
Celebrate Mooroolbark festival is on 20th & 21st March. This event is set to celebrate the 40th year of the festival's inception. From humble beginnings in 1980 when the Mooroolbark Community Centre celebrated its opening with a 'Red Earth' festival. So popular was the opening festival that it became an annual event and grew to become the biggest festival in Victoria. The last Red Earth festival was held in 2001 and Celebrate Mooroolbark took its place in 2002. You can expect plenty of music, food, wine, stalls, parades, competitions, entertainment.... And so much more! Location: Red Earth Park & Mooroolbark Community Centre. Entry is free for all.
For more info visit Celebrate Mooroolbark website page here.
Grow Autumn Fair & Open Day 21st March offering a great opportunity to purchase some plants, have a tour and learn more about their therapeutic horticulture programs. For more details visit Kevin Heinze website here.
Holland Festival 7th March at Akoonah Park in Berwick will delight Dutch food and music lovers. For more info visit the Holland Festival website here.
KaBloom Festival of Flowers 28th March - 19th April is a stunning show of flower fields full of colour. There are also kids' activities, entertainment, workshops, storytelling and more! For more info visit the KaBloom Festival website here.