Celebrating Mother’s Day with Holden Australia

Last Friday, I was invited to a pre-Mother’s Day function at Oakridge Wines in the Yarra Valley with Holden Australia and a select group of Melbourne Bloggers.Oakridge.jpg

We met at Holden HQ in Port Melbourne to pick up our vehicles and learn more about Holden’s important safety features, such as the new Isofix car seat system. The cars available for test-drive were the Cascada, Captiva, Trax, and Insignia and as we are in the market for a 7-seater I chose to take the Captiva for a spin.Holden Captiva at Oakridge Winery.jpg
We were all welcome to bring our children along, but as Alegría was at school, I opted for a peaceful drive and stress free lunch so Isaac stayed with our friend Payno. Thank you, Payno!Oakridge Winery 1

I drove out to the Yarra Valley with Christie from Kids Business (who worked with Holden to organise this fantastic day). The Captiva is equipped with the MyLink entertainment system with Apple CarPlay so Christie plugged in her IPhone (I’m an android user) and after figuring out the handbrake (don’t judge … it’s so easy, I found it tricky! For the record, it is a simple push/pull button!) we were off.

The car itself was easy to drive and has features such as a touch screen, reverse camera, USB connectivity and blind spot alert. My favourite feature was the keyless entry and ignition. You simply leave your keys in your handbag, touch the button on the door handle and turn the knob next to the steering wheel and you’re away. Perfect for when you have your hands full!

The weather was amazing – on a day surrounded by rainy days, we were blessed with sunshine. wine barrels.jpg

Once we arrived, we settled into a barrel room and had a pickling class with celebrity chef Matt Stone. Matt taught us how to make homemade vegan kimchi. Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish made of fermented vegetables with a variety of seasonings. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi, however, ours was made with fermented chilli paste, wombok cabbage, carrot, ginger, garlic, spring onion and pink lake salt (which is harvested by Mount Zero Olives and traditional land owners, the Barengi Gadjin Land Council, from a crater-like pink salt lake near the Grampians in Victoria). After getting our hands messy making the kimchi we all filled a jar so we could take home some of this goodness – I can’t wait to try it.Kimchi with Matt Stone

I’m sorry I can’t post the recipe here for you to enjoy, however, Matt has a cookbook coming out later in the year which will feature the recipe. Put it on your Christmas list!

After the masterclass, we went into the main building to a private dining room set up with beautiful flowers, a view of the Holden range and vineyards that went on forever. Those children who did attend were spoilt with a special guest appearance from Cinderella who made balloon animals and flowers, painted faces and played games. I did feel a little guilty for not taking Alegría and Isaac. Just a little.Holden at Oakridge

The food, as you would expect, was yummy. I could eat the entrée antipasto platter everyday and be a happy, happy lady! As we bid everyone goodbye, we were give a beautiful bunch of flowers and gift bag with a bottle of Oakridge chardonnay. What a special day it was.Entree at Oakridge

On the drive back, I joined Olivia from House of White and Tara from Branche and No Cake for Breakfast. They are both such nice people, but I made the error of sitting in the back and got terribly carsick. The lovely Tara swapped with me but the damage was done – it was all I could do to not spew in front of my new friends!!! Thankfully, I held it together but it was a long trip home!! Sorry that I wasn’t my chatty self ladies!

Kidding Around Australia will be working with Holden again in the future – we will be taking one of their vehicles on a road trip and we can’t wait to share that with you!

Thank you Holden for inviting me – I had a fantastic day!



Please note all details quoted are correct at the time of publishing. All details are subject to change without notice and Kidding Around Australia takes no responsibility for information contained in this post. Please check the appropriate website to ensure that information is still correct and current.


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