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  1. A group of women posing at the entrance to the Wine and Cheese Fest.
    Photograph: Supplied / Wine and Cheese Fest Melbourne
  2. Men and women stomping grapes in barrels.
    Photograph: Mile Manev
  3. Four ladies stomping grapes in barrels.
    Photograph: Mile Manev
  4. Wine experts giving a masterclass to a seated audience.
    Photograph: Mile Manev

Time Out says

Our favourite dairy-based festival returns with more cheese and more wine

It's hard not to love Melbourne's annual Wine and Cheese Fest, an event that brings together all the best cheese producers, wine and cider makers and other small goods producers. And for its eleventh iteration at Timber Yard in Port Melbourne this March, it's back bigger and better than ever. 

The one-day festival is set to be a 'gouda' time, with more than 50 local wineries, cheesemakers and artisan producers gathered under one roof. Learn techniques from on-stage masterclasses conducted by experienced chefs and cheesemongers and enjoy plenty of free tastings throughout the day. 

This year, the likes of That's Amore Cheese, Schulz Organic Dairy, Boatshed Cheese, L'Artisan Cheese, Pizzini Wines, Rob Dolan Wine, Clarnette Wines, Pizzini Wines and John Gehrig Wines will be exhibiting their goods, among many more exciting names on the lin-up. DJS and roving artists will also be around to keep the vibes high, and your little ones can hang out in the dedicated kids' zone complete with face painting, lawn games and more.

Best of all, the annual Grape Stomp Competition is back. If you're up for some fun and want to try your hand at making some wine the traditional way, sign up here.

Tickets to the Wine and Cheese Fest are on sale here and start at $60, and this year attendance will be split between two sessions: one from 11.30am to 3pm and another from 3.30pm to 7pm. Tickets include free tastings, a tote bag and a festival glass. 

After more fine vino? Here are the best Yarra Valley wineries and cellar doors to visit.

Lauren Dinse
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Lauren Dinse


0420 976 847
from $60
Opening hours:
11.30am-3pm, 3.30pm-7pm
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