Yarra Valley Garden Party is a free virtual event on the 3rd and 4th of October and brings springtime in the Yarra Valley into homes across Australia. Featuring experiences of the Tesselaar Tulip Festival and the Blossom Festival at CherryHill Orchards, the complete program is now available.
Join Chef Julia Busuttil Nishimura, home cook Jess Nyugen, winemaker Dylan McMahon, along with bakers, gardeners, designers, celebrants and wonderful tour guides as they share their love of the Valley and its riches, both in nature and in produce.
Events during the Party season include:
Friday October 2
Spring Rose and Garden Party Cooking: a virtual cooking class with Rochford wines
Saturday 3 October
9am: Live yoga class at award-winning Alowyn Gardens with local yoga studio, Yarra Zen
10am: Walking into our culture with Elder Murrindindi at Healesville Sanctuary
11.30am: Succulent Wanderings. Garden workshop from the garden designers at Alowyn Gardens
12.30pm: Still Kneading Sourdough tips? Sourdough making class
2pm: Micro Weddings are go. CherryHill Orchards, Off Peak Wedding and High Tea Mistress present a workshop on catering for the new micro wedding
4pm: Wine, Food and a Good Garden. Explore Seville Estate with winemaker Dylan McMahon and landscape designer Phillip Johnson
5pm: Drink Your Spring. Four Pillars Spring Cocktail Class with Jess Nyugen.
Sunday 4 October
9am: Wake Up with coffee making at home with Silva Coffee
10am: Girt By Dirt. Ride the Aquaduct Trail with owner Adam Horgan via his bike mounted GoPro
11am: Dress For Success. Learn how to set the perfect table for a garden party with Jess Nyugen
12.30pm: Secret Gardens. Explore secret corners of the Dandenong Ranges and wander through treasured gardens in this guided tour with the team behind the Secret Gardens annual event.
1.30pm: Pass The Pasta with Lisa Giffard of Yarra Valley Pasta and Julia Busuttil Nishimura of Ostro fame to talk food, family and cooking
3pm: How Can I Say I Love You (and not sound like an idiot), a conversation with celebrants about what makes great vows. Sponsored by Off Peak Weddings
4pm: Tesselaar Tips workshop on keeping your new plants alive
5pm: Level Up Your Wine Tasting Game. Jess Nyugen guides guests through tastings of the wine in the Yarra Valley Garden Party pack
6pm: Tesselaar with Yarra Valley Opera Festival, a dreamy way to end the weekend with tulips, song and sips.
Lovers of the Garden Party can enhance their experience at home by getting their hands on a Garden Party six-pack.
The Yarra Valley Garden Party six-pack consisting of:
Coombe Farm (NV bubbles)
Soumah Wines (Savarro)
Mac Forbes (Rose)
Innocent Bystander (Arneis)
Greenstone Vineyards (Gusto Pinot Grigio)
Seville Estate (Estate Riesling)
Six recipe cards matched to each wine
A spring garland DIY kit
Diggers Club seeds to plant your own sweet peas
Tesselaar tulips voucher valid in January 2021
Spotify playlist inspired by the wines and region
List of 'Instagrammable' spots in the Yarra Valley
Not just a box of wine – it is a whole Yarra Valley experience delivered to your doorstep. Designed to inspire future visits to the region, the at-home six-pack presents a one-stop shop inspired by local wines paired up with creative add-ons that evoke the spirit of the Yarra Valley.
Valued at $195 but available to the public for $165 through The Regional Pantry, you can order it here!
The Yarra Valley Garden Party is a virtual weekend of reimagined events inspired by iconic ‘bloom’ festivals of the region. Visit the beautiful Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges from home and celebrate the region’s food, wine, people, music and gardens. All activities will stream online through their Facebook page here, or via their website, making regional travel more accessible than ever.
Yarra Valley Garden Party Dates: 3 - 4 October 2020
Location: Online event