The intention of the festival is to provide a venue where visitors (both recreational and professional), can spend time learning about herbs and chillies, how to use them, how to grow them, how they fit into our lives, and taste them and have a bit of fun along the way. The Festival features talks from experts and renowned herbalists on various aspects of the plants, cooking demonstrations and fabulous entertainment with music and dance from around the world.
The Herb and Chilli festival is really easy to find. Follow the signs from Lilydale to the festival. Take the Ringwood Bypass exit from Eastlink and head east on Maroondah Highway to Lilydale. After Lilydale turn right along the Warburton Highway for about 7km to Wandin. Turn right after the roundabout in Wandin along Beenak Road. At the top of the next hill turn left into Quayle Road. By now you should be able to see the festival!!!
From Belgrave and south follow directions to Monbulk. Turn left at first roundabout on the road to Mt Evelyn/Lilydale. Proceed to Hunter Road (9km) and then turn right – look for Herb and Chilli Festival sign. Drive down Hunter road which turns into Quayle Road and you will see the Festival!!!
Take train to Lilydale (end of Lilydale line), journey time is approximately 1 hour from Flinders Street station. There will be a bus running from Lilydale Station to the Festival leaving every half hour from 9.30 to 4.30 and returning on the hour from 10.00 to 5.00pm. Tickets are $10 return and can be bought on line when you buy your festival ticket.
Take Warburton Trail east from Lilydale Station through Mt Evelyn over Warburton Highway and up past Wandin to Burgi Hill Road (second road after Warburton Hwy) – about 13kms. Turn right up Burgi Hill Road, Left into Henderson Road then right into Wallace Road. Over Warburton Highway and along Quayle Road for 1 km. We have a dedicated area for bicycle parking.
There are many bed and breakfasts in the Yarra Valley that range from 2* to 5*. There are also a number of hotels and motels within 10 minutes drive. The Yarra Valley has several Caravan Parks.
Closest BnB: Wild Cattle Creek good venue at the end of our road 1.2km As of March 1st they have 3 cottages available
Yarra Valley Views BnB has become available – three double rooms, fantastic venue with heated pool, full house. Book on STAYZ
Closest caravan park: Lilydale Pine Hill Caravan Park modern clean park with full range of cabins, powered and tent sites. 6.5km
Closest motel: York On Lilydale is a large motel, restaurant pub and function venue. Good clean rooms easy to find and park. 9.4km
Is there on site parking? Yes we have free parking for 700+ cars.
Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome, provided they are on a leash
Yes there is a cash-out facility at the Merchandise site.
Yes we have vegan and vegetarian specific stalls plus most food outlets have options.
Yes in the centre of the event we have a set of drinking fountains.
Yes we have full time security from Friday evening to Sunday evening and St John’s Ambulance have a team on site.