Embrace the spring sunshine and take a day trip or a weekend getaway to the Yarra Valley for Shedfest. In celebration of the event’s 20th anniversary, 11 wineries will open their cellar doors and sheds for wine tasting, live music and delicious food. The wineries stretch all around the Yarra Valley, in locations like Seville, Healesville and Yarra Glen. Check it out on Saturday October 14 and Sunday October 15.
Each winery at Shedfest will offer flights of their handcrafted wines, as well as cellar-door specials, tasty food and excellent entertainment. This year, the festival will take place two weekends after Daylight Savings begins, so you can enjoy longer hours in the sunshine.
Taste over 100 wines at the festival, with new and vintage releases, as well as sparkling, rosé, red, white, orange, pét nat and dessert wines. If you’re after a change, there’s also ciders and beers on offer.
Each winery also has curated menu offerings, with tasty treats like homemade apple pies, cheese platters, slow-cooked meats, tacos and pork pies. Most of the wineries cater for both children and those with special dietary requirements, so everyone can join in on the fun. Some of the venues are also dog-friendly!
This year, Tokar Estate is also cooking up a sizzling competition. If you love chilli, try their Next-Level Spicer Burger. If you can finish it, you’ll win a bottle of their cool-climate wine.
The participating wineries are:
- Billanook Estate
- Boat O’Craigo
- Fin Wines
- Seville Hill
- Soumah of Yarra Valley
- Steels Gate
- Sutherland Estate
- Tokar Estate
- Warramunda Estate
- Whispering Hills
- Yering Farm Wines
A daily ticket costs $35 per person. This will allow you to enjoy tastings at each winery for just one day, and you’ll get a complimentary Shedfest tasting glass. Meanwhile, a weekend ticket costs $50 per person. For the ultimate experience, grab a VIP ticket for $100, and enjoy access to tastings at every winery over both days, a complimentary tasting glass, a $20 meal voucher, a glass of wine and a bottle of wine to enjoy at the festival.
Children, non-drinkers and designated drivers have free entry. A percentage of the proceeds this year will go towards local community groups.
For more information about what’s happening at each venue, click here.