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Yarra Valley Garden Party

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by Fiona Anderson (subscribe)
A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
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Spring brings out the best of the Valley
The Yarra Valley normally hosts beautiful spring floral festivals, including the iconic Tesselaar Tulip Festival, and the Blossom Festival at CherryHill Orchards. Instead of these festivals, this year will see a virtual weekend of 'reimagined events' in the Yarra Valley Garden Party.

Yarra Valley Garden Party
Bring the blossoms to your lounge room this year on the weekend of 3-4 October. (Image supplied.)

Taking place on the weekend of 3-4 October, you'll be able to visit the beautiful Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges from the comfort of your home and celebrate the region's food, wine, people, music and gardens.

Amongst the FREE activities on offer are a yoga class set in the award-winning Alowyn Gardens, to help you get ready for the weekend ahead. Follow on with a morning 'walk' with Elder Murrindindi at Healesville Sanctuary.

Head to CherryHill Orchards on Saturday afternoon, and virtually wander the avenues of blossom laden trees in a tour-guided walk. Under the blossom trees, the High Tea Mistress will deliver a workshop themed on how to cater in spring with the perfect bespoke picnic or modern high tea setting.

No party is complete without live music - and the Yarra Valley Garden Party is no exception. A line-up of Melbourne acts will take over No7 Healesville via livestream, with bands matched to Yarra Valley wines and spirits for a perfectly harmonised night of bands and brews.

On Sunday 4 October, take part in a virtual cooking class with Lisa Gifford of Yarra Valley Pasta and special guest and prominent food writer Julia Nishimura. Recreate a recipe from Julia's latest book, A Year of Simple Family Food.

Yarra Valley Garden Party
Take part in activities amongst the tulips - virtually this year. (Writer's image)

Enjoy an afternoon drink in the tulip fields of Tesselaar, and finish up with a recital from the Yarra Valley Opera Festival, performing live from the tulip fields.

Head to the website to view the full schedule of activities, and follow the Facebook page for updates.

Experience a more immersive version of the Yarra Valley Garden Party - and support regional Victoria - by ordering your Yarra Valley Garden Party pack.

Yarra Valley Garden Party
The Yarra Valley Garden Party Pack includes six regional wines and all you need to get your garden party started. (Image supplied.)

The pack contains six regional wines:

- Coombe Farm Sparkling

- Soumah Estate Savarro

- Mac Forbes EB52 Rose

- Innocent Bystander Arneis

- Greenstone Vineyards Gusto Pinot Grigio, and

- Seville Estate Estate Riesling.

Jessica Nguyen, known for her recipes online and foodie appearances on pop culture podcast, Shameless, will guide a live tasting of the Garden Party six-pack on Sunday afternoon.

The Yarra Valley Garden Pack also contains:

- recipe cards to help you create your own spring garden party at home

- Tesselaar Tulip Bulbs (will arrive in January as they are currently in full bloom)

- the items you need to cut out and make your own spring garland

- a packet of Diggers Club seeds to plant your own sweet peas

- a Spotify spring soundtrack inspired by the wines and the Yarra Valley region

- a list of the most 'Instagrammable' places in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, and

- notes on winemakers' favourite dishes to go with their wine.

Valued at $195, this pack is well priced at $165.

All Garden Party activities will stream online via and the Facebook page. Enjoy a taste of regional Victoria from the comfort of your lounge room.

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Why? Bring the blossom of the valley to your lounge room
When: Weekend of 3-4 October 2020
Where: Virtual event
Cost: Virtual events are free, Yarra Valley Garden party pack (includes six bottles of regional wine) is $165.
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