The Farm Cafe Est. 2010

18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia

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The 100 year old barn has heaps of atmosphere and rustic style, and seats up to 100 or 150 cocktail style.
Nestled along the banks of the Yarra River, with Yarra Bend Park on one side and the Abbotsford Convent on the other, the Collingwood Children’s Farm’s 7 hectares of beautiful farmland is a secluded world away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, but is unbelievably only 4.5kms from the city.
The Lowdown
Type
Barn / Farm / Ranch
Cafe / Coffee House
Field / Forest / Orchard
Private Dining / Restaurant
Views
Farm View
River
Style
Bohemian
Casual
Country
Romantic
Rustic
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Corporate Event
LGBT Weddings
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Nestled along the banks of the Yarra River, with Yarra Bend Park on one side and the Abbotsford Convent on the other, the Collingwood Children’s Farm’s 7 hectares of beautiful farmland is a secluded world away from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, but is unbelievably only 4.5kms from the city.

Wedding ceremonies are held under the shade of 100 year old oak tree or in the paddock overlooking the river with reception following in one of the 3 unique spaces at the Farm.

The 100 year old barn has heaps of atmosphere and rustic style, and seats up to 100 or 150 cocktail style. There’s plenty of room for dancing and music on the milking floor, and huge original stone fireplace keeps things cosy. For larger weddings, the paddock is available for a marquee or tipi set up, while smaller intimate receptions are held in the Farm Cafe.

The Farm Cafe takes care of the food and event management. A wedding is the perfect excuse for a great meal, and all the food is designed to be shared, bringing people together over delicious food. Guests can help themselves, returning to platters of slow roasted meats and hearty sides for seconds, thirds and even fourths! In 8 years of running weddings, the food’s never run out.

All weddings are set up from scratch, which provides lots of scope for personalisation and tailoring the set up and styling to the individual couple. Each couple has a dedicated Event Producer to guide them through the planning process, and manage everything on the day from the bump in of the furniture to the set up of the couple’s decorations. Weddings at the Farm are as personal and unique as the couple, but what they all share is a relaxed rural setting, heaps of fun and great food.

Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $180 to $280

Insurance

Additional Insurance Is Not Required To Host An Event Here

Capacity

Seated
200
Buffet
N/A
Standing
400
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2010
Curfew
11 PM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Can Select The Caterer Of Their Choice
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
Once the farmland was farmed and tended by the nuns of the Abbotsford Convent, now it is a haven from the hustle and bustle of the city nestled on a bend of the Yarra River. Seven hectares of paddocks, gardens, orchards, rustic buildings and shady trees creates a magical environment for wedding celebrations and events of al kinds as guests relax and unwind in the beautiful natural surrounds.
Design:
The Barn is over 100 years old, and is a working barn - they still milk the cow inside twice a day! This authentic history is reflected in the cobble floor, huge stone fireplace and and wood worn smooth with age. 
Extra Perks:
Hiring the Barn or Paddock spaces includes use of the 100 year old oak tree for a beautiful outdoor wedding ceremony and post-ceremony drinks.
Celebration Locations
The Barn:
The stunning rustic barn is surrounded on all sides by farmland. With barn doors opening to the outside its a true indoor outdoor experience where guests can take advantage of the views to the Farm and Yarra Bend Park while also cosying up by the huge stone fireplace or boogieing on the dance floor.
- Max Capacity: 100 seated, 150 cocktail style
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
The Stables Paddock:
Surrounded on all sides by the Yarra River, the Children's Farm and Yarra Bend Park, the paddock is a magical open space that feels world's away from the city. Perfect for a Nordic-Style tipi, marquee or even an open-air banquet the paddock's expansive space has plenty of room for partying the night away.
- View: The Yarra River and Yarra Bend Parkland
- Max Capacity: 3000
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
The Farm Cafe:
The cafe space is Melbourne's best-kept secret for smaller weddings - surrounded by the Farm it has beautiful views and sense of space, while also being an intimate and cosy venue.
- View: Farmland views
- Max Capacity: 60 seated, 75 cocktail style
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
The Farm Cafe is located within the grounds of the Farm. We are absolutely obsessed with great food. We believe in real food made from traceable, local sustainable ingredients and firmly believe this starts with amazing produce.

Organic Schulz dairy milk, free range eggs from Burd, free-range heritage breed pork raised in Central Victoria and highest quality beef, Southdown lamb and free range chicken from Gamekeepers Meats ensure our meat, eggs and dairy are ethically raised and the highest quality.

We source as much fresh fruit and vegetables as we can from Somerset Heritage Produce. Farmers based just one hour out of Melbourne in Seymore they specialise in seasonal, organically grown heritage varieties. The difference in flavour and freshness is instantly noticeable compared with produce commercially grown using unsustainable farming techniques.

Its not uncommon for other caterers to buy many of their menu items ready made wholesale and simply reheat and plate them for a function. True to our beliefs in providing real food made with all the love of a home cooked meal, every dish on our menus is handmade fresh on site by our chefs.

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