If summer isn’t the best excuse to consume lots of ice cream, then we don’t know what is.

The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is hosting a 12-day ice-cream festival where visitors can participate in tasting sessions, try new flavours, watch chocolatiers at work and basically eat their weight in frozen goodness.

On each day of the festival 12 new flavours will be introduced – meaning there are potentially 144 new ice-cream flavours to try across the whole festival.

There will be the traditional chocolate, vanilla and strawberry for lovers of the classics (or fussy kids), but it’s the exotic flavours, such as honeycomb and lavender; lemon-myrtle sorbet; and Moscato sorbet made from Yarra Valley Moscato, that will tempt you.

All the flavours are created by the Yarra Valley Chocolatiers who use natural ingredients, such as mint grown in their kitchen garden.

The Chocolaterie itself is an hour from Melbourne and is surrounded by 16 acres of stunning orchards and extensive greenery. So visitors can have their fill of ice creams, chocolate and sundaes before going for a walk through the picturesque grounds.

Entry to the festival is free and it’s up to you how much ice cream you want to buy – with a single-serve cup or cone setting you back $4.50. For people who have trouble deciding, there’s also the option of a 30-minute tasting session. These run daily and give you the chance to try 12 different flavours for $12.

To tide you over until next year there is also a competition to win a year’s supply of ice cream to share with your friends (who are we kidding, to eat all by yourself). You just need to fill out a form when you get there.

The Yarra Valley Ice Cream Festival runs from February 18 to March 1, 9am–5pm.
35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen

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