Supermarkets serve their purpose. They’ve made our lives simpler as a one-stop shop for almost everything. However, when it comes to the food we buy in order to cook and serve our friends and families, how many of us know where it actually comes from? Unfortunately, supermarkets have created a disconnect from the source of our good times around the dinner table. But that can change on one of these Farmgate Experiences.
On your countryside adventure to the Yarra Valley or the Mornington Peninsula, you’ll hit the road and meet the growers, farmers and producers of the ingredients you’ll need to make a tasty roast dinner, which sounds just delish as the colder weather blows in. There’s even wine or cider to collect on your adventure plus clues, games and puzzles to play along the way to make it not only an exciting day out but also a great night in.
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It’s time for an adventure with a friend, a date, or the family with Farmgate Experiences.
Where Is Your Farmgate Experience?
Thanks to Amazing Co., who are obsessed with creating unique experiences that bring people closer together as well as giving people the opportunity to discover the world around them, you have the chance to explore two stunning Victorian regions: The Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula.
Head east and the Yarra Valley looms with the superb cool-climate wines that it is well known for. But that’s not all you’ll find because generations of migrants have and continue to produce local specialties including the valley’s famous handmade pasta, farmhouse cheeses, chillis and peppers, salmon and even wine made from blueberries.
Go south and you’ll find one of Victoria’s most popular summer holiday destinations, the Morning Peninsula where there are more than beaches and beach houses. Skip from vineyards to orchards and pop into food stores with artisanal products, you’ll be enamoured by all that you come across. This includes a large range of seasonal produce, lamb, beef and chicken farms as well as heaps of locally harvested mussels, truffles and olives.
Everything You Need To Know
On the day of your adventure, you’ll set out from home so as to collect all the ingredients you need to cook a lovely roast dinner, including meat (or a very delicious vegetarian option), veggies, herbs and spices, from a bunch of different places in either of the two regions you choose to visit. To do that, you will need a car to get around and there is some light walking to do.
But, before you start gathering up everything you will need later in the kitchen, your first stop will be for a spot of morning tea—think scones or apple pie—plus a hot drink to kick start the day. Amazing Co. suggests that a good time to start your journey would be at your first stop between 9-10am.
During The Day
From there, you get to meet growers, farmers and producers, and hear about all the local farming practices and sustainability initiatives that you wouldn’t have a clue about if you had stepped foot into a supermarket. You might even get to taste test along the way. Then, once you’ve picked up all that you need, explored the area and laughed your way from here to there, it will be time to head home and get to work in the kitchen.
You, your friends or your family, are going to have a phenomenal day out experiencing the best of what these regions have to offer no matter which region you choose to visit. And it’s a whole-day adventure as well, with the collecting artisanal ingredients part of your journey taking about five or six hours once you arrive at stop one.
Your Roast Dinner
If you’re no Masterchef, then that’s okay because Amazing Co. will provide you with an easy-to-follow recipe to cook your roast dinner. In just a couple of hours your home will be smelling absolutely delicious. And they haven’t forgotten about dessert, either. You’ll have picked up a ready-made sweet treat on your travels as well as a bottle of locally-produced wine or cider.
But you could also save all the ingredients for the next day and spend even more time out in the countryside because there is plenty to do. And with curated recommendations from Amazing Co., there’s no shortage of what you can get up to while making use of their conversation prompts or playing one of the many games included in your experience. The only thing that isn’t included in your adventure is lunch. Everything else will already have been paid for.
Farmgate Experience Details
There are two ticket types available for these Farmgate Experiences, with a Family Ticket for two adults and two kids as well as a Couples & Friends Ticket for one. However, there is a minimum purchase of two with the Couples & Friends Ticket so you won’t be going out alone.
The Farmgate Experiences take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and start times can be tailored to suit your needs. Dietary requirements can also be catered for and the type of produce you collect will depend on the season—remember, this ain’t a trip to the supermarket.
Instead, Farmgate Experiences is an adventure worth remembering and the memories you create will be cherished and talked about over dinner for years to come. It might even spark new connections with growers and producers, and your trips to the supermarket become less frequent.