Updated 15 January 2020
Celebrate Lunar New Year in the Yarra Valley. Gather the family together to bring in the Year of the Metal Rat. It’s the perfect time to treat your family and enjoy life among the hills, rolling vineyards and trees that make the Dandenong Ranges and Yarra Valley such a picturesque destination.
For a traditional, yet modern, interpretation of Lunar New Year, the Yarra Valley is proud to introduce some exclusive destinations that are offering authentic celebration experiences.
LUNAR NEW YEAR AT CHERRYHILL ORCHARDS
CherryHill Orchards invites you to a Lunar New Year Festival on 16 – 19 January 2020. Celebrate the beginning of the New Year on the traditional Chinese calendar in a picturesque setting, surrounded by the stunning orchards.
There will be traditional Chinese lion dancing, ceremonial drumming, martial arts and calligraphy demonstrations onsite. There will also be a number of workshops on offer for those who want to get involved first-hand by learning some Kung Fu moves and how to play the Chinese drums.
For the foodie lovers, there will also be a number of Asian-inspired food trucks onsite, serving up a variety of delicious meals for festival-goers. BUY TICKETS
SHARE AN ABUNDANT BANQUET AT OLINDA TEA HOUSE, OLINDA
There’s plenty of good fortune at the Olinda Tea House with their exquisite banquet menu which honours the best of Chinese culture and both traditional and modern Chinese dishes. The Lunar New Year menu offers a unique dining experience that creates unforgettable memories with your family. Every dish is beautifully presented and unique flavour combinations are a highlight, offering a sensory experience never to be forgotten.
On 24 January 2020, there will be a Lion Dance celebration in the evening with a special New Year's Eve Banquet dinner. Book now.
Set among pretty sculptured gardens that are perfect for a pre-lunch drink, or evening stroll, the beauty of Olinda Tea House will be enhanced and given a festive feel with traditional Chinese New Year decorations. Authentic teas are always on offer, and the extensive wine list features quality reds, whites, bubbles and rosé to enhance every dish.
Celebrate with Traditional Handmade Dumplings at Greenstone Vineyards, Yarra Glen
Join Greenstone Vineyards and celebrate Lunar New Year with their handmade Dumplings. These delicious dumplings (you can choose Pork or Vegetarian) are handmade by Yanan Xuan using the recipe from the Harbin, Hei Long Jiang province, in north east China. Dumplings will be available through the cellar door all weekend on 25&26 January and every Sunday up unitl and including 9 February 2020.
A dumpling feast is not complete without a glass of wine. Greenstone Vineyards will be serving their excellent range of wines on their deck so you can enjoy your ‘just like home’ dumplings with a glass of their sparkling Estate Methode, Estate Rosé, a classic red such as a shiraz or sangiovese, a pinot grigio, pinot noir or chardonnay. Cellar door sales will also be available.
EXCLUSIVE POP-UP MENU AT ROCHFORD WINES, Coldstream
Rochford Wines will feature an exclusive Lunar New Year celebration 'pop-up' dish in their Isabella Restaurant for one month from Chinese New Year. Enjoy Eight Treasure duck - a whole duck stuffed with pork, shiitake, chestnut & barley served with garlic roasted eggplant & fried tofu $95pp.
Rochford Wines have an award-winning range of wines to complement your meal, with a core focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines you enjoy with your meal are all available for purchase at the cellar door to take home.
Puffing Billy Railway
Those travelling on board Puffing Billy Railway between January 20 – February 7 will receive $10 in Lucky Money to use at any one of the Belgrave, Lakeside or Gembrook retail outlets* when spending $50 or more.
*Excludes Food & Beverage and cannot be redeemed in conjunction with any other offer.
Rayner’s Orchard is a popular destination during Lunar New Year as there is an abundance of ripe stone fruits for picking and eating, many of which symbolise positive virtues for the year ahead. Want immortality? Eat a peach!
According to Chinese symbolism, peach fruit is a sign of immortality and staying young. Peach blossoms are considered lucky, the peach tree is a symbol of longevity and peach petals symbolise love and happiness.
Because of their gorgeous colour, apricots are often used to symbolise wealth and gold.
Plums are also symbolic of good luck, wealth, fortune, gold, prosperity and fertility. At Lunar New Year they are used in cooking, and gifted among families.
A visit to Rayner’s Orchard this Chinese New Year will not only have your taste buds singing, it will also provide luck and prosperity for the year ahead! Take a Fruit Adventure tour on their tractor and celebrate!
CHINESE NEW YEAR LION DANCE AT CHATEAU YERING
Welcome in the Year of the Rat with your family at Chateau Yering Hotel on Saturday 8 February 2020 for the New Year Lantern Festival. Two lucky lions supported by a full live musical percussion team will performance from 1:00pm with audience interaction in celebration of family, community and society.
Lunch is available in Sweetwater Cafe from midday to 4:30pm, and High Tea is available in Eleonore's Restaurant from 1:00pm (bookings essential for High Tea). MORE INFO
Bookings are essential at these venues at this exclusive holiday time. We wish you and your family a happy new year and send our best wishes that you have the good fortune to return to the Yarra Valley again and again.