I'm a freelance writer living in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. I'm a lover of theatre, soccer and making the most of life.
So many choices so little time
I love the Yarra Valley. It's only an hours drive from the CBD and yet it's a world of its own. The air is fresh, the views are beautiful and at this time of year, the weather is perfect for spending a day outdoors. Festivals are great opportunities to do this and luckily for the Yarra Valley, it will be hosting the Yarra Valley Beer and Cider Festival on Saturday April 14th.
The festival will be held at the Lilydale Showgrounds and promises to have something for everyone. This is an all ages event and children are allowed free entry as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult. The festival also offers discounted entry to designated drivers, but if you are not fortunate enough to have a designated driver, don't worry, as the train station is only a short walk from the showgrounds.
This is the third year the festival has been held and while there are new exhibitors every year, many of the food, beer and cider exhibitors have been with the festival since its conception in 2016.
For those who are planning to sample the cider and beer, tokens will be available on the day and sample tastings, which are 80ml will only be available in exchange for a token. The tokens cost $2.00 and are only available if you have purchased a full ticket.
The festival starts at 11am and last drinks are served at 5pm with the festival closing at 5.30pm. Early Bird Tickets are available online and are $30 plus $1.86 processing fee and include entry and 5 tasting tokens. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets on the day but this will cost you an extra $5.
This event will showcase just how far Victorians have come in the beer and cider business and give you a chance to try different beers and ciders that you wouldn't ordinarily try.