Sunday, March 6, 2011
A Sparkling Feast & French Market at Dominique Portet , Coldstream
870 Maroondah Highway
AS part of the Food an Wine festival, I decided to drive 70km out of the city to the Yarra Valley Shire to surround myself with Frenchy stuffs. Its still in its infant stage of a big event. I was expecting Cheese and Bread but none were there. It was more wine tasting, Crepes, French Limonade in jars, Sausages, and a few French looking stuffs. It can be seen as a disappointment as I brought 2 more friends with me and they were surprised how small scale it is. I do not mind the scale of it somehow but truly enjoy the scenery.
Dominique Portet is located in the middle of the Yarra Valley amongst the many vineyards of that region. One can be definitely be overwhelmed by the beauty of the surroundings of plantations, mountains and blue skies on a good day.
There, I ate some Macaroons, Smoked Salmon on bread, Limonade and one of the yummiest bag of fresh expensive caramelised macadamias. All brought from many Victorians small gourmet related businesses. Good way to find things closer to your home.
There were also free wine tasting for anyone interested in buying some home.Apparently very good bourgeois wine!
The festival of food and wine is happening allover Victoria for the next couple of weeks, I suggest anyone here to go search for a good event to enjoy and eat. On the way back we also decided to stop in Warburton and bought some homemade Strawberry and Plum jam off the roadside. :P