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YARRA VALLEY FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL - 2013


2013 PROGRAM BURSTING WITH FRESH NEW EVENTS: Friday April 12 to Sunday April 14, 2013

The Yarra Valley's newest signature food and wine event - The Yarra Valley Food & Wine Festival - will return in April 2013 to showcase the region's fine local produce and talented producers.

After the success of the inaugural Food & Wine Festival in 2012, operators in the Yarra Valley have again provided a program packed with fresh new events - spread out over three days: April 12 - 14, 2013.

"The festival program is overflowing with amazing food and wine experiences, exclusive to this event," said Yarra Ranges Regional Marketing CEO, Mark Challis.

"This is an opportunity to experience world class dining events, cooking classes with the experts, tractor tours, tea parties and regional produce demonstrations - all in Victoria's renowned food and wine region, the Yarra Valley."

The festival will showcase the broad range of wines and produce available in the Valley as well as providing unique experiences and one-off events. Why not go on a journey through Domaine Chandon's Taste Trail or match BBQ with a Brew at Rochford Wines. The festival has something for everyone including ultimate tastings at Seville Estate, cooking demonstrations at Yarra Valley Dairy, a family fun perfect pizza search at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, and tractor tours at Rayner's Orchard. There a lots of things to fill your days before indulging in one of the festivals delectable dinners.

Presented in their historic barn, Stones of the Yarra Valley is delighted to once again host the Grand Opening Dinner on Thursday April 11, 2013. Head Chef Paul Muir will produce a stunning five-course dinner celebrating the region's freshest seasonal ingredients, all matched to wines exclusively from Yarra Valley producers.

On Friday April 12, 2013 a Progressive Dinner will highlight the best of the Melba Hwy beginning with canapés and sparkling at Fergusson Winery, a two course menu prepared by Head Chef Neil Cunningham with matched wines at Mandala Wines, finishing up with dessert and mulled wine at Balgownie Estate. With all transfers provided courtesy of Yarra Valley Winey Tours.

Oscar's on the Yarra will provide a special one-off dinner on Saturday April 13, 2013; Inspired by Thailand. Chef Mark Krueger has recently returned to Australia after eight years as executive chef in Thailand's leading restaurants and will design a six course menu that showcases classic Thai dishes blended with the finest ingredients Yarra Valley has to offer. With each course matched to Hoddles Creek Estate wine, this dinner will highlight the flexibility of Yarra Valley wines and how they compliment local and Asian ingredients.

On the last day of the festival, Sunday April 14, 2013 the region will come together for a Garden Party at the Healesville Racecourse in a day of tastings, learning and fun. The day will be highlighted by a main stage promoting local artists including Louie and the Pride, Lily and King and The Jed Rowe Band. The kitchen will be a-buzz with cooking demonstrations and children's activities will keep the littlies entertained. Not to be missed - this is a day where you can sample some of the best wines and produce the region has to offer.

A full festival program will be launched on January 28, 2013 with full details and ticket information available online at www.yarravalleyfestival.com.au

For more information visit : www.yarravalleyfestival.com.au


FOR FURTHER COMMENT:
Deborah Langley
Event Manager
Yarra Valley Food & Wine Festival
PH: 0433 331 424