Visit the farms of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges and put together a picnic lunch to beat them all. Sample local produce and tuck into regional delights, including fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, poultry and decadent ice creams.
Follow the trail
Criss-cross the region on the Yarra Valley Food Trail or the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges U-Pick Trail. Stop at sign-posted gastronomic hotspots to sample local flavours or hit the orchards and pick your own. Pull over at farm gates and roadside stalls to buy local produce directly from the grower.
Tuck into a tempting array of specialty seasonal produce introduced to the region from generations of immigrant settlers, including pasta, cheese, chilli, capsicum, persimmons, smoked fish, salmon, and of course, fine wine.
Celebrating 'slow food'
Dine at welcoming farm cafés and regional restaurants that produce gourmet sensations with the region's bounty, matching it all to the cool-climate wines for which the region is famous.
Take a stroll among the stalls laden with fresh produce and homemade delicacies at monthly markets, including the Yarra Valley Regional Farmers' Market, Hurstbridge Farmers' Market and the Yarra Valley Permaculture Organic Market. Chat with the makers and get informed about the provenance of your food.
Field of dreams
Conjure up visions of France on a wander through stunning lavender fields at Warratina Lavender Farm. Follow it up with an indulgent Devonshire tea in the tearooms.