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FOOD & DRINK

The Yarra Valley Is Getting a New Wine and Food Festival

The two-day event is the first time that the region's big and small wineries have come together to showcase their tipples.
By Sarah Ward
December 10, 2016
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By Sarah Ward
December 10, 2016
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Eating, drinking and being merry is what heading to the Yarra Valley is all about; however, come April 2017, nosh and booze-loving visitors will have even more reason to be happy. That's when the region is holding their first wine and food festival showcasing everything it has to offer. And yes, it really is about time.

Yarra Valley Wine and Food Festival will take over Rochford Winery from April 1 to 2, 2017, marking the first time that the area's big and small wineries have come together to showcase their tipples. Names such as DeBortoli Wines, Hanrahan Vineyard, Balgownie Estate, Oakridge Wines, Squitchy Lane and Sutherland Estate will feature among more than 50 producers of plonk. And if you're keen on specific varietals rather than individual winemakers, you'll be able to explore your favourite kinds of drop at the event's dedicated laneways. Fancy a wander down Pinot Noir Lane or Sparkling Lane, anyone?

Beer and cider lovers will also be catered for with their own laneways, too, as will many a hungry stomach. In total, over 100 food and drink artisans are slated to take part — including some of the best food trucks from both Melbourne and the Yarra Valley region.

The two-day event will also boast a masterclass program that'll teach aficionados the tricks of the trade and let eager drinkers taste rare drops that can no longer be purchased, a wine barrel art competition showcasing the talents of local creatives, live music and entertainment, and segway rides. Plus, every attendee will receive a free commemorative wine glass with their ticket, in case you need any help remembering the occasion.

Yarra Valley Wine and Food Festival runs from April 1 - 2, 2017, at Rochford Winery. For more information and to buy tickets, visit the www.yarravalleywineandfoodfestival.com.au or the festival's Facebook page.

Published on December 10, 2016 by Sarah Ward

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