Melbourne had it's first taste of wintery weather for the year over this past weekend. Hot chocolates were the perfect antidote, so our first stop was to the Chocolaterie for some sweet treats. This amazing place was only opened in December last year, and is the Yarra Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's factory.
Now I'm wondering if they take bookings for 33rd birthdays?
The other end is the cafe area where you can get everything from ice cream, hot chocolates and coffees, cakes and they have a lovely lunch menu as well.
Before we left we bought some lovely treats for Easter. The Chocolaterie will be having Easter Egg hunts and other fun activities for kids over the Easter weekend, so if you are in Melbourne and looking for something fun to do over the Easter break, this place is a winner.
Our next stop was down the road at the Farmer's Market at Yering Station. This place is a bit of a landmark in the Yarra Valley - it's a stunning winery and a popular place for weddings. I'd never been there before but now I can see why people would choose it as their wedding location - it is beautiful, and the buildings are a lovely mix of rustic and modern.
Unfortunately, this time we were disappointed. We arrived expecting a farmer's market. In my mind, I think of stalls of local people selling fresh fruit and veggies, herbs, eggs and maybe some local meat and smallgoods producers. This market was mainly gourmet oils, preserves and confectionary.
There was about three stalls selling produce, and lovely stuff too as you can see from my pics. Most of the other stall holders sold packaged products and the prices were premium.
Which is fine if that is what you are looking for, but that type of stuff isn't really of interest to us (or within our budget).
So we breezed through the market pretty quickly, hopped in the car and came home for some home made pizzas. Yum!
Do you take day trips with your family? Where are your favourite places?