A few weeks ago, I heard about an “ice cream festival” happening in the Yarra Valley. I, of course, investigated further, and found that it was not actually like the road lined with ice-cream tasting stalls on both sides with balloons and maybe an animal farm as well because why not that I had imagined. It was, in fact, just one single business claiming to be holding a festival. You can imagine my skepticism and mild disappointment about the lack of animal farm. Nevertheless, I love a good road trip and pretty country side, so I thought I’d go and check it out.
After inevitably taking a few wrong turns (navigation is not my shiz), we eventually turned into a much larger and busier car park than expected. Turns out this one business is a massive ice creamery and chocolaterie (Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
to be exact) – think brewery in terms of size and popularity, but for ice cream and chocolate. And more kids. Probably less drunk adults, too. I’d hope.
The lines were huuuuge – there was free ice cream tasting, after all – and inside the shop section there was a constant loud hum of everyone talking and children running mad on sugar. It was so loud, I actually saw one shop assistant lean across the counter and tell the customer she would have to speak up because she couldn’t hear her order from half a metre away.
There were walls of so many different types of chocolate. Too. Much. To. Process.
|The sign says no hands…but can I just dive right into the bowl of chocolate chip goodness??
There was a section of the shop where you could watch the people making the chocolates behind a huge glass wall (hence the awful glare). For some reason, I felt supremely awkward watching them like animals in a zoo. Very talented, chocolate-making animals.
|Dance, monkey, dance! And pass me that jug of chocolate while you’re at it…
Despite driving all the way out there, neither my boyfriend, Mathew, or I felt like ice cream OR chocolate, which was a) highly unusual for me, and b) a little bit unfortunate/awkward given where we were. We walked around for a bit to get the lay of the land and then took a stroll through the orchards growing just outside.
I think I actually enjoyed the view more than anything – it really was quite stunning, and the perfect day for it as well.
So even though it was just a short one-day trip, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I think it’s nice to get away for a bit of a break and a change of scenery, don’t you? I’d love to make these kinds of trips a more regular thing that I do because it really helps to break up the routine of constantly doing and seeing the same things. Have you been on any road trips recently? What was the last place you explored?