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Cherryhill Orchards Blossom Festival 2023

This Yarra Ranges orchard is getting into the swing of cherry blossom season with cherry ice cream, cherry vodka and paint-and-sip sessions.
By Libby Curran and Sarah Ward
September 15, 2023
By Libby Curran and Sarah Ward
September 15, 2023

Spring in Victoria means one gorgeous thing: the stunning annual Blossom Festival descending upon Cherryhill Orchards for two weeks of quintessential springtime revelry.

From Saturday, September 16–Sunday, October 1, the Yarra Ranges orchard will come alive to celebrate the new cherry blossom season — though there's much more on offer here than an abundance of beautiful blooms. Visitors will be able to enjoy cherry-infused sips, cherry ice cream and plenty of live tunes while they stroll through the rows of blossoming trees.

Once you've worked up a thirst, you can soak up some spring sunshine while sipping cherry vodka, which uses the orchards' cherries; cherry blossom gin, for something else boozy and on theme; and both cherry blossom frappes and cherry blossom tea. Or, opt for high tea among the blossoms as hosted by Mary Eats Cake.

If the superb scenery has inspired your creative side, there's also a program of hands-on family-friendly workshops running through the festival, covering everything from flower crown creation and candle-making to beekeeping basics. And if you're in the mood for romance, you can precede your visit with a sunrise hot air balloon ride, thanks to the folks at Global Ballooning.

Only for over-18s: the sip-and-paint workshop, which'll unleash your creative side over drinks across a 2.5-hour session.

Adult general admission is $12.50 on weekdays and $15 on weekends, with various experiences and food packages available to add to your booking. And just like in 2022, dogs are welcome to join your blossom adventures.

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