Chill out at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery (YVCI) as the Yarra Valley’s sweetest destination celebrates the end of a long hot summer with their annual Ice Cream Festival throughout February.

Only 45 minutes from Melbourne, Central Business District, indulge your desire for velvety artisan made ice cream, lovingly crafted by YVCI’s own in-house team of Chocolatiers. Across 28 days of February, there’ll be 28 limited edition festival flavours in addition to classic ice creams, limited edition desserts, special ice cream tasting sessions and an abundance of different sundae combinations to explore. And visitor’s indulging in the array of ice cream creations have the chance to win a year’s supply of ice cream.

Get the scoop from February 1 when seven new festival flavours will be introduced each week plus a host of creamy concoctions will be launched showcasing the talents of the Chocolatiers, locally sourced natural ingredients and tempting classic and adventurous ice cream flavours.

“Everyone loves ice cream! This is the best time of year for all the fresh fruit flavours, and we only have step into our own orchard and kitchen garden for inspiration,” says Yarra Valley Chocolaterie’s Managing Director, Leanne Neeland.

“Our homemade varieties are hand crafted from quality local Yarra Valley ingredients – they are freshly made each day. Ice cream has come of age, and we’re constantly creating adventurous new flavours as well as adding our own touch to the classics.”
The creamy delights continue until 28 February, with an indulgent dessert spree that takes ice cream beyond the pale! Whether you prefer to spoon or lick, YVCI’s creations cater for all kinds of ice cream lovers, with seven new adventurous festival flavours of house made ice cream, introduced each week drawn from YVCI’s own Kitchen Garden, Bush Tucker chocolate range and the local surrounds. Honeycomb & Lavender, Lemon Myrtle sorbet, and a fruity and light Moscato Sorbet using Yarra Valley Moscato are just some of the temptations.

And for those who just can’t decide on a flavour, try the 15 minute hosted tasting sessions where seven mini cups of ice cream are showcased.

Have your ice cream and eat it, too! Wander the beautiful Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery with a cone or cup from the Chocolateries ice cream bar, lounge in the lush, grassy grounds with an ice cream from the outdoor cart or sit down in the Café with a sundae and then have one for the road! Keep your cool with take away 500ml packs in twelve flavours to enjoy at home.

Fast facts:
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery’s Hot Chocolate Festival runs from August 1st  – 31st with 31 different hot chocolate flavours over 31 days
Seven different hot chocolate creations introduced to the menu each week
Free entry, free chocolate tastings & watch Chocolatiers at work
16 hectares of grounds to explore

Background details:
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is an architect-­‐designed destination combining striking showroom, factory and café set amongst 16 hectares of emerging fruit and nut orchard and wetlands.

The Chocolaterie is proving to be the region’s most popular destination with over 500 000 local, interstate and international visitors since opening in December 2012. Entry is free and visitors are welcomed with generous free chocolate tastings; giant viewing windows to watch the chocolatiers at work; over 250 different hand crafted chocolate products to choose from; an all-day café specialising in sweet treats and ice creams and landscaped grounds where children are encouraged to play.

Many chocolate creations are inspired by the Yarra Valley surrounds, draw on local ingredients or use fresh herbs from the kitchen garden.

35 Old Healesville Rd (corner Melba Highway) Yarra Glen
Open every day 9am – 5pm

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