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Those with a palate for some of the state's finest food and wine will be heading to our most picturesque valley for Yarra Valley On The Palate this Saturday. Be prepared to savour tantalising events, activities and food and wine experiences offered by some of our very best wineries in what is undoubtedly one of the state's most picturesque regions.
So, how does it work? There are a host of exciting events at various wineries, so you can pretty much graze the valley to your palate's content. Choose from masterclasses, indulgent breakfasts, lunches and winemakers' dinners, and barrel tastings at cellar doors.
You might like to try your hand at pasta making, learn about wine and cheese-matching, chill out with some jazz amongst the vineyards, or pair some Pinot with Pa's Home Made Apple Pies – with double cream, naturally.
While On The palate was originally planned for a two-day event, Sunday festivities were unfortunately cancelled due to flooding and rain damage at the Yarra Glen Racecourse. However, there is such a wide range of gorgeous Saturday events, I'm personally finding it hard to choose!
Don't procrastinate like I am. These events will book quickly so secure your place (or places) soon. Not only are you bound to enjoy yourself, you'll also be supporting a region too-often challenged by nature's sometimes wild ways over recent years.
If you'd like to make a weekend of it (and who wouldn't if the opportunity avails itself?), here's a handy link to Yarra Valley accommodation. You might also like to explore more of the sumptuous spoils on offer, so have a squiz at this enticing Yarra Valley food. While there's plenty to choose from, perhaps a spot of first-of-the-season berry picking might hit the sweet spot.