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Of Cherry Picking & Afternoon Tea

Cherry picking. Afternoon tea. What comes to mind when you think of these words?

A perfect summer’s day in Melbourne, perhaps? 😉

Summer's the season for cherries!
Summer’s the season for cherries!

Ms Gan and I seem to have done a lot of summer activities in 2014, with us traipsing around Europe in July…

Throwback to our European Summer Adventure (Barcelona, July '14)
Throwback to our European Summer Adventure (Barcelona, July ’14)

It just so happened that it was the beginning of summer as I was preparing to leave Melbourne. So I guess to add 1 more for the memories, Ms Gan decided to take me out on 1 last day trip.

There is a number of cherry farms in Victoria but we managed to find one in Seville, which was not too far away from central Melbourne.

At that time, UPick Cherries was also having a special of waiving the admission fee so that settled our pick!

So with the perfect weather, convenient location and free admission, we were all set for some cherry-picking!

Basically, you pick a box (priced according to its size) and fill it up to your heart's content!
Basically, you pick a box (priced according to its size) and fill it up to your heart’s content

Ms Gan was having a huge craving for cherries and initially wanted to go for the 2kg box ($16). But looking at the size of it, I figured it would take awhile to fill that up so I dissuaded her and told her to go for the 1kg ($8) box instead.

Aiming to pick the good ones
Aiming to pick the good ones

Wow it was a good thing we went for the smaller box. We didn’t realise how big the farm was and with the sun high up in the sky, cherry-picking turned out to be hard work!

Finally getting our fill of cherries!
Finally getting our boxes filled

Believe it or not, we sweated it out for 45minutes eeps. Cherry-picking is fun but it can be pretty tedious, especially if you want to pick the good ones!

Anyway, after getting our dose of cherry-picking, we went to our next stop, the Piggery Cafe – which I was pretty excited about!

The Piggery Cafe, which was just a 15min drive away from UPick Cherries
The Piggery Cafe, which is just a 15min drive away from UPick Cherries

I guess it’s a girl thing but I’ve always relished the idea of an afternoon tea with the company of good friends. But afternoon teas are usually pricey and it’s hard to find time in the day to do one.

But this time round, with both of us having the afternoon free and to spend some time before my pending departure, I guess the occasion was pretty justified!

Also, check out the price tag…

That’s right. For $25, you get savoury and sweet treats, scones and a hot drink – how’s that for value??

And to top it off, this cafe is opened by Shannon Bennett, head chef of Vue de Monde, so expectations of the food quality are naturally running high!

Ms Gan doesn't take coffee/tea so she was allowed to get hot choc instead - brownie points for flexibility!
Ms Gan doesn’t take coffee/tea and she was allowed to get hot choc instead – brownie points for flexibility!

Now you get my excitement??

How good do those platters look??
How good do those platters look?? And love the rustic ambience

Naturally, we started with the savoury…

L-R (from memory): PâtÊ sandwiches, smoked chicken sandwiches, potato croquettes, jamon & smoked salmon sandwiches
L-R (from memory): PâtÊ sandwiches, smoked chicken sandwiches, potato croquettes, jamon & smoked salmon sandwiches

Isn’t it exciting that we get to sample so many types of sandwiches?? I personally liked the smoked salmon ones 🙂

To be honest, we were getting full by the time we reached the end of the savoury platter. And we were hungry to start off with! That goes to show how filling the platter is.

But we had to make room for the sweets…

There were bites of dark choc tart, lemon tart, choc-caramel slice, lemon meringue & sticky date pudding.. with scones at the end of the platter!
There were bites of dark choc tart, lemon tart, choc-caramel slice, lemon meringue & sticky date pudding.. AND scones at the end of the platter!

My personal favourite was the chocolate-caramel slice. I adored the contrast between the bittersweet dark chocolate and sweet caramel, finished off by the buttery tart. Mmm.

However, as delectable as they were, we actually struggled to finish the sweets – oops. They were getting abit too rich for us towards the end.

So my advice? For the ladies, perhaps skip lunch for this! It’s totally worth it!!

For the lovely cafe setting, good selection of treats and affordable pricing, I highly recommend The Piggery Cafe‘s afternoon tea (and yes, it has made it to my Top Picks).It is a bit of a drive out from the city but if you’re looking to do a day trip out, I would suggest making a stop there!

Piggery Cafe on Urbanspoon

And that concludes 1 of my last summer afternoons in Melbourne. With it being spent with a close sister-in-Christ and having a heartfelt talk over afternoon tea, that certainly added to the good summer memories of 2014 🙂

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