Springtime in the Yarra Valley is all about festivals and beautiful spring blooms, but this year the Yarra Valley is coming to you. Running over a whole weekend from 3–4 October 2020, the Yarra Valley Garden Party will become a virtual event to celebrate the region’s food, wine, people and gardens.
Adults can enjoy a fun and uniquely Yarra Valley schedule of online events that feature flowers, festivals, food and the loved wine of the region – plus meeting the local talent behind them. There are also a number of kid-friendly events available over the weekend.
Friday 2 October 2020
Virtual Cooking Class
Spring Rose and Garden Party Cooking: a virtual cooking class with Rochford wines.
Saturday 3 October 2020
9am Alowyn Gardens Yoga Class (kid-friendly)
Start the weekend right with a live yoga class with local yoga studio, Yarra Zen in the award-winning Alowyn Gardens. Wake-up and stretch to a glorious back-drop of crab apple blossoms, and look out for the beautiful wisteria blossoms known to bloom later in the season.
10am Healesville Sanctuary Virtual Morning Walk (kid-friendly)
Walkthrough Country at Healesville Sanctuary in a virtual morning walk with Elder Murrindindi. Explore the significance of Wurrundjeri culture and learn about the indigenous plants found around the property.
11am Blossom Blast– CherryHill Orchard (kid-friendly)
Virtually wander the avenues of blossom laden trees at CherryHill Orchards in a tour-guided blossom walk.
11.30am Alowyn Gardens Succulent Wanderings (kid-friendly)
Garden workshop from the garden designers at Alowyn Gardens.
12.30pm Sourdough making class (kid-friendly)
Still Kneading Sourdough tips? Sourdough making class.
4pm Animals at Gumbuya World (kid-friendly)
Meet Cute Aussie animals from Gumbuya World.
4pm Explore Seville Estate
Explore the beautiful Seville Estate with winemaker Dylan McMahon and landscape designer Phillip Johnson.
5pm Four Pillars Spring Cocktail Class
Four Pillars Spring Cocktail Class with Jess Nyugen.
Sunday 4 October
9am Wake Up And Win
Coffee making at home with Silva Coffee.
10am Girt By Dirt (kid-friendly)
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 (kid-friendly)
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 talk about 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 Plant Workshop (kid-friendly)
Tesselaar Tips Plant 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. For more information on how to purchase the Yarra Valley Garden Party pack click here.
6pm Tesselaar with Yarra Valley Opera Festival
A dreamy way to end the weekend with tulips, song and sips.
Date: 3 & 4 October 2020
Time: please check the Visit Yarra Valley and Dandenong Facebook page for event details, due to COVID timing may change slightly.
Location: all activities will stream online via Visit Yarra Valley and through Visit Yarra Valley and Dandenong Facebook page.