precint OF PLENTY

Mel­bourne’s in­ner north con­tin­ues its evo­lu­tion with a ma­jor new de­vel­op­ment that’s set to be­come the lat­est food des­ti­na­tion.

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GOURMET DELIS AND gro­cers, al fresco din­ing, and stylish restau­rants and cafes… Mel­bourne’s new­est sub­urb, Yar­raBend, is build­ing on lo­cal pas­sion for qual­ity food and di­verse din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

The new foodie hub is part of the Glenvill Group’s re­work­ing of the Am­cor pa­per mill site in Al­ph­ing­ton. Once com­plete, Yar­raBend will com­prise five precincts, with the Ar­ti­san precinct boast­ing food and din­ing op­tions picked by chef and Fair­field lo­cal Scott Pick­ett.

Pick­ett, Yar­raBend’s food cu­ra­tor and con­sul­tant, has lived in the area for 15 years and his renowned, award-win­ning restau­rants – Saint Crispin and Estelle Bistro – are just around the cor­ner.

“Mel­bourne’s north has a great com­mu­nity feel­ing,” says Pick­ett. “Streets like High Street of­fer so much va­ri­ety and that’s the feel we want with Yar­raBend.”

Culi­nary House will in­cor­po­rate about 60 apart­ments ideal for first-home buy­ers and in­vestors, while Ar­ti­san Res­i­dences will have 28 lux­ury apart­ments suited to down­siz­ing empty nesters who still want space.

Ash­ley Bramich, Glenvill’s sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, pre­dicts Yar­raBend will be­come a ma­jor foodie des­ti­na­tion for the in­ner north. “Peo­ple here are pas­sion­ate about sus­tain­abil­ity, food qual­ity and un­der­stand­ing food ori­gins,” he says. “We want to cre­ate an ar­ti­sanal food of­fer­ing that meets their high ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Bramich says Pick­ett’s con­nec­tions to the in­ner north made him an ob­vi­ous choice as Yar­raBend’s food cu­ra­tor.

“Scott is the king of food in the in­ner north,” says Bramich. “His prin­ci­ples of stay­ing lo­cal, be­ing au­then­tic, not cut­ting cor­ners and be­ing pas­sion­ate about food are what the Ar­ti­san precinct is all about.”

Yar­raBend is pro­jected to be­come the world’s most live­able sub­urb by 2025 and Pick­ett sees the de­vel­op­ment as a hugely ex­cit­ing ad­di­tion to Mel­bourne. “This will be a pre­mium ar­ti­sanal food area,” he says. “It will show­case lo­cal pro­duce and pro­vide peo­ple with an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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