The Great Australian BBQ: Innocent Bystander celebrates 6th birthday with CFA charity event

To celebrate its 6th birthday Innocent Bystander cellar door and restaurant will host a Country Fire Authority (CFA) charity BBQ at its Yarra Valley headquarters on Sunday 12 March, with free wine tastings offered across the entire weekend.

Kicking off at 12pm in the lush garden space nestled alongside Grace Burn Creek, the event will feature lawn games, live music, and each guest will receive a free Innocent Bystander beanie or cap on arrival.

All sales and donations from the day will go toward securing a new fire engine for the local CFA.

Venue Manager Hugo McCorkell said Innocent Bystander was inspired to give back to the community that has shown it such incredible support since it opened in 2017.

“The team is thrilled to have been able to share great wine, great food, and great company for 6 years now at our home in Healesville. The CFA is such a huge part of our community out here too, so we thought what better way to celebrate than bringing together an old-fashioned CFA BBQ with the food and wine we love.”

As well as free tastings and a classic Australian BBQ, a celebratory prosecco margarita will be added to the menu, while guests can enjoy a delicious reimagining of the restaurant’s favourite dishes and a slice of Innocent Bystander Moscato birthday cake.

Also marking its birthday month, Innocent Bystander will launch a series of limited-edition merchandise including beanies, caps, and an exclusive t-shirt created with cult Melbourne fashion label Mr Simple. The merch will be available during March and April with Innocent Bystander wine purchases at bottle shops around the country.

Innocent Bystander’s philosophy is simple: make seriously good wine sharable (without the serious).

Where: Innocent Bystander HQ, 316-334 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777
When: Sunday 12March
Time: 12pm-6pm
Cost: Charitable donation on entry, with cash payment preferred for CFA BBQ. 

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