Welcome to our annual Herb and Chilli Festival.
We are long term residents and nursery operators in 'the valley' and passionate growers and users of herbs and chillies. We feel that our region is the perfect place to celebrate these exciting plants and how they fit into our daily lives, so we decided to establish an annual festival.
Since 2012 the festival has grown to become one of Melbourne's not-to-be-missed food and wine events. Every year thousands descend on Wandin in the picturesque Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia to sample and learn about the many herb and chilli varieties and how to use them. Many return year after year to enjoy the exceptional cuisine, music and entertainment.
The intention of the festival is to provide a venue where visitors (both recreational and professional), can spend time learning about herbs and chillies, how to use them, how to grow them, how they fit into our lives, and taste them and have a bit of fun along the way. The Festival features talks from experts and renowned herbalists on various aspects of the plants, cooking demonstrations and fabulous entertainment with music and dance from around the world.
We are real foodies and love the amazing array of herb and chilli products that are out there - we've hand-picked a selection of gourmet favourites to feature at the Festival. They are different, interesting and - above all - yummy!
Browse in more than 80 stalls, selling all types of delicious international dishes from Mexico, Turkey, India, South America, Europe and the list goes on! Try mouth watering chilli, Cambodian BBQ, hand made ice-cream, the freshest local berries, exotic cakes and plenty more. And to wash it down, we'll be serving real ales, chilli beer, fine local wines, speciality wines, superb juices and, of course, fantastic coffee. If you can't find a food you like you're not looking hard enough!
We want each visitor to feel they've received excellent value for money, and to have a great day learning about herbs and chillies, collecting plants, clothes and food products and simply enjoying good food, wine and entertainment in a relaxed country atmosphere. We're keen to ensure the longevity of the event and aim to make the Herb and Chilli Festival the best in the country.
We are excited about our long held vision and hope you will be too.
|Stage 1: SPEAKERS||MC: James Stephenson|
|11:00||Cr Tony Stephenson||Opening addrerss (Saturday)|
|11:15||Matt Hunt||The Aussie Smoke Bloke|
|11:45||The Gardenettes||Growing herbs and chillies at home|
|12:45||Tracey Sidewell||Bale Grow|
|13:30||Luke Whiteside||How to save our honeybees|
|14:00||Cliff Wilmsmeyer||Chillies - The real story|
|14:30||Gary Scard||Flamin' Good Chilli|
|15:00||Cleo Silva||Coffee: From crop to cup|
|Stage 2: COMPETITIONS||MC: Russ Kellet|
|11:30||Stinger Wing Challenge||Diemen's Hot Sauce|
|12:00||Captain Chilli||Hottest food item|
|12:30||Blonde Chilli Shot 'n' Holler||Skol tequila & chilli sauce then yell!|
|13:00||Stinger Wing Challenge||DIemen's Hot Sauce|
|13:40||Mexican Wrestling||Lucha Fantastica|
|14:45||Stinger Wing Challenge||DIemen's Hot Sauce|
|15:15||Blonde Chilli Shot 'n' Holler||Skol tequila & chilli sauce then yell!|
|15:45||Captain Chilli||Hottest food item|
|Captain Chilli Final on Sunday|
|Stage 3: COOKING||MC: Dani Venn (Festival Chef)|
|11:15||Lynn Terret||Authentic Cajun cooking|
|11:45||Dani Venn||Simple wholefood cooking|
|12:30||Special guest||Home cooking|
|13.00||Juanita Masterson||Mexican cooking|
|13:45||Judith Basile||Cooking with lavender|
|14:30||Special guest||Home cooking|
|15:00||Dani Venn||Cooking vegan style|
|Stage 4: ENTERTAINMENT||MC: Sandra Beynon|
|11:00||Peruvian Folkloric||Peruvian dancing|
|11:40||Body and Soul||R&B|
|12:20||Huanchaco||World fusion & Latin music|
|13:10||Peruvian Folkloric||Peruvian dancing|
|13:50||Body and Soul||Zydeco|
|14:40||Peruvian Folkloric||Peruvian dancing|
|15:20||Huanchaco||World fusion & Latin music|
|16:20||Sandra Beynon & Sean Mullen||WIllie Nelson's Love Child Show|
|10:00||Cook Off cooking||Stand 65|
|11:30||Stand award||At winning stand (Saturday)|
|12:00||Sauce award||At cookiing stage (Saturday)|
|13:30||Cook Off tasting||Stand 65|
|13:45||Cook Off judging||Stand 65|
|15:45||Cook off awards||At cooking stage|