Enjoy the Swan Valley like a VIP this March and snap up a ticket to one of the four memorable experiences on offer during Pick of the Valley.
Celebrate the producers and the produce, gain an insight into the journey of each morsel before it reaches your table and participate in activities not offered to every day visitors to the region with exclusive access to the makers, right where the magic happens.
City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said the four Pick of the Valley tours would give visitors a unique chance to experience elements of its popular food and wine trails and an array of local businesses in a way that has never been offered before.
“What better way to sample so many aspects of the Swan Valley, from fresh produce to quality wines,” he said. “All of the hard work has been done; all you have to do is get on board.”
The cost of each Pick of the Valley experience is $99 per person, inclusive of transportation to and from the Swan Valley Visitor Centre, located on the corner of Swan and Meadow Streets in historic Guildford.
See below for more information about each tour. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday February 19, 2020 at 12pm from swanvalley.com.au/pickofthevalley
Saturday March 14
Day of Decadence
Weave a trail of all things naughty and nice through the Swan Valley, stopping off at the finest purveyors of sweet treats we have to offer. Experience a honey extraction and tastings with House of Honey head beekeeper Rupert Phillips, whip up a custom nougat bar at Mondo Nougat, peruse the swoon-worthy chocolate cabinets at the Whistler’s showroom and delve into the exclusive barrel room with Swan Valley stalwart James Talijancich, tasting rare and revered vintages of Fortified wines.
Your sweet tooth inspired, finish the day with a high tea at Maison St Honore.
Zen for Days
Who says being healthy has to be boring? The Swan Valley is rich with produce stands where you can select your favourite goodies minus the food miles. Pick your own bounty then transform the produce into natural sorbet for a guilt-free sweet treat at Swan Valley Sisters.
Later, go behind the scenes at Michael Brothers to get an education on all things cold-pressed juice. Enjoy some soul food with a serene guided meditation at our newest health retreat overlooking the Valley. Finish the day of vitality with sunset wine, yoga and cheese at The Cheese Barrel…because life is about balance.
Sunday March 15
Breakfast of Champions
Rise and Shine for the most important meal of the day. Join some of our growers on their morning routine, picking the Swan Valley’s finest fruit, vegetables and produce which will inspire your breakfast feast. Then, join Sittella’s chief winemaker Yuri Berns on a journey into the creation of breakfast’s bestie; sparkling wine.
You’ll be treated to tastings of unreleased and reserve sparkling, plus get your caffeine hit during a tour of the state of the art coffee roasting warehouse at Fiori. Your morning’s efforts will be rewarded with a breakfast feast a Lamont’s, where head chef Tristan Plant will demo unique and tasty breakfast dishes that will make your mouth water.
The spirit of the Swan Valley was formed long before the vines were planted when our Wadjuk Noongar people were living off and caring for the land. Some of their staple foods are revered by WA’s top chefs, their distinctive flavours a sought after addition to fine fare.
Champion distiller James Young will offer insight into his use of native botanicals in his award-winning spirits at Old Young’s. Then, enjoy a bush tucker infused cheese and preserve pairing at The Cheese Barrel. In an exquisite finale, join native food expert Dale Tilbrook for a mystery box masterclass of bush food canapes, storytelling and an unmissable long table feast among the trees at Bells Rapids (Weather permitting).