Local happenings

It may be cool during Winter in the Yarra Valley, but the unrivalled beauty of the region more than compensates. Fresh mornings make for perfect ballooning weather, one of the most popular activities in the Yarra Valley. Warburton is showcased during its Winterfest, an exciting event with something for everyone. From food lovers to families, there is something to electrify and satisfy at Winterfest. The Winter Solstice is celebrated with fine food, wine and music in the intimate, family-orientated environment of the Shortest Lunch, held at many of the boutique Smaller Wineries in the Yarra Valley. June also sees the arrival of winemakers from across Australia, who bring their finest to Yering Station for the Seize the Wine Charity Auction, which raises money for the Oncology and Haematology Department at the Royal Children’s Hospital, whose aim is to achieve a 100% cure rate for children with cancer. Since inception in 1998, the Charity Auction has raised over $500,000 towards this cause and continues to be a very popular event.Path:

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Yarra Valley Wine Tours

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Christmas in July at Rayners Stonefruit Orchard

Date: 1-31 July

Venue: Rayners Stonefruit Orchard, 60 Schoolhouse Road, WOORI YALLOCK

Contact Details: Phone (03) 5964 7654 or visit www.raynerstonefruit.com.au

Come and enjoy Christmas in July at Rayners Stonefruit Orchard. We believe it's just too long to wait to December and have planned something special to brighten up those cold winter days.

Our Christmas package includes: a traditional roast lunch; glass of homemade Champagne (non-alcoholic); mouth-watering roast peach pie and cream; and espresso coffee and an assortment of teas.

Your group can enjoy this Christmas delight while relaxing around our cozy fireplace and enjoying our peaceful views! Bookings are essential.

Cost: 29.50 per person


Kutcha Edwards Yuyukatha

Date: 17 July

Venue: Healesville Memorial Hall, 237 Maroondah Hwy, HEALESVILLE

Contact Details: Phone (03) 5965 3528

Yuyukatha is a musical and story-telling performance that takes you on a cultural journey. In the great Aboriginal tradition, Kutcha Edwards tells his incredible life's journey through a series of songs & stories - some funny, others heart rending. Kutcha shares his experience of the stolen generations as seen through the eyes of someone taken from the banks of the Murrumbidgee River as a young child. His music touches the soul and through his humour and insights we realise that with recognition of the true Aboriginal history, there can be hope of reconciliation.

Time: 8pm

Cost: Adults $24, Concession $20


De Bortoli Cooking Classes - Cooking with Porcine

Date: 17 July

Venue: De Bortoli Wines

Contact Details: Phone (03) 5965 2271 or visit www.debortoli.com.au

A pig in a day - all things porcine from the different meat cuts and how to cook them to salumi and prosciutto. Join our Head Chef Tim Keenan for a morning cooking demonstration followed by a long table lunch enjoying the results - all matched to De Bortoli Estate wines. Numbers for each session strictly limited so book early.

Time: 9.30am-3pm

Cost: $145 per person (all inclusive)


Montrose Concert Series Presents... The Pianist and The Diva

Date: 31 July

Venue: Montrose Town Centre, Mt Dandenong Tourist Road, MONTROSE

Contact Details: Phone (03) 9761 9133

The Pianist and the Diva feature the stunning young pianist Stefan Cassomenos and the golden-voiced soprano Tania de Jong. The show blends virtuosic playing and singing with humour, interaction and a touch of seduction. Repertoire ranges from Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov and Mozart to Puccini, Piaft, Gershwin and Lloyd Webber. This show has been created by Music Theatre Australia.

Cost: Adults $30, Concession $24