Just a scenic hour-long drive out of town, a visit to CherryHill is lovely way to shake off the winter blues and put a little spring in your step. There are plenty of sweet things to look forward to at the festival. First off, take a walk amongst the blossoms. The 85 acre orchard is planted with 33 different varieties of cherries. This means there will be different blossoms opening during the entire two weeks of the festival.
The setting is basically screaming out for some adorable photos. If you really want to up the ante, this year you can book photography workshops or a professional photographer to take your Instagram images to the next level.
My plus one and I also indulged in a lux breakfast picnic from Posh Palais. We lounged at low tables amongst the blossoms, sipping champagne and eating croissants, cute muesli cups, salmon, charcuterie, and a variety of cheeses. The experience was certainly a treat, but does require a minimum of four people to book.
For a more casual day out, visitors are also welcome to pack their own picnic. But be sure to save room for a scoop of cherry ice-cream at the cafe/gift shop. Coffees, sweet cherry Frappuccinos, and milk teas are also available. We heard a rumour their cherry gin cocktail might be making a comeback too.
In addition to BYO picnic, you can also BYO dog! The event is dog friendly for the first time this year. Entry for dogs is free, but remember to register their attendance when you book your ticket. On weekends, you and your pooch can browse market stalls and listen to live music. Finish off the experience with a blossom pup cup. (Whipped cream topped with freeze-dried fruit and a peanut butter dog bikkie.)
The orchards are only in bloom for two weeks, so get in quick!
Jenny Schmidt is an event adventurer. When she’s not attending live shows, you can find her sampling the latest craft beer or sipping a creative cocktail.
The CherryHill Orchards Blossom Festival runs September 17 – October 2. 474-480 Queens Rd, Wandin East VIC 3139