Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

  

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Six events you can't miss at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Every year since 1992, the streets of Melbourne have filled with thousands of foodies for ten glorious days every March. The annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is beloved by chefs and food critics and showcases the best produce from the surrounding state of Victoria, as well as chefs from all over the region. Now in its 26th year, the iconic event has grown exponentially, and attracts food-lovers, speakers and chefs from all over the world to the city. Here are the best food-filled events that you simply can't miss at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
The House of Food and Wine
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's iconic House of Food and Wine is filled with demonstrations, workshops and talks from both Australian and global foodie talent. Michelin-awarded chefs from all over the world demonstrate their signature dishes and panel discussions on everything from coffee roasting to sustainability are held. If you're feeling hungry after watching the demonstrations, stop off at Sundae School Ice Creamery, where unusual flavours inspired by the presenters are whipped up. Then, get your hands dirty with a workshop - subjects range from fermentation to growing fungi and you'll be sure to leave with some new tricks up your sleeve.
The World's Longest Lunch
One of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's greatest traditions, the quirky World's Longest Lunch event is held annually in the charming Victoria Gardens, in Prahran. Three talented local chefs are selected to prepare the three course feast each year, which is devoured by over 1,600 diners, seated at a table which stretches more than 500 metres across the park. This is a joyful experience that you truly can't miss and showcases some of Melbourne's most exciting new culinary talent.
The Village Fest
Head out of the city and into the stunning Victoria countryside for a foodie event with a rural feel. The Village Fest is held annually in the tiny town of Jindivick, located an hour outside of Melbourne. During the festival, Jindivick's small main street transforms into a culinary wonderland, complete with a charming fairground, old school meat raffle and plenty of live music. The town is carefully set up with recreations of nostalgic shops from the past, like a green grocer, dispensary and milk bar, and as you wander through and see what's on offer you'll notice the twist - they're all helmed by the finest Australian culinary talents, who create traditional foods that you can buy - but amping them up with their cooking skills and creative flair.
Crawl n Bite
Aiming to showcase Melbourne's surrounding foodie scene area by area, Crawl n Bite organises three excellent food crawls around the state of Victoria. If you pick their Ballarat Crawl event, you'll be led around the quaint gold mining town of Ballarat to try local wines and cheese at foodie stalwart Mitchell Harris Bar and Cellar Door, and sit down for an unforgettable meal at Underbar, a tiny fine dining restaurant where every flavour is inspired by the landscape around.
Restaurant Express
The week the festival is on in the best time to try some of Melbourne's best loved restaurants. With over 70 restaurants across Victoria participating, you can get two courses and a matched wine for only $40 per person. It's the ideal opportunity to try that restaurant you've always wanted to - from New York inspired steakhouse Steer Dining Room to Spice Temple, home of exquisite Chinese cookery by star chef Neil Perry.
Global Dining Series
If you're interested in trying international fusion food, book tickets to some events in the Global Dining Series. From Korean to Mexican cuisine, some of the city's best restaurants are taken over by the world's best chefs, who showcase new innovative dishes, often invented for the festival and blending multiple culinary traditions together. If you're a fan of Korean cuisine, make sure you attend New York chef Junghyun Park's residency at Peter Jo's Melbourne restaurant Shik, and for Mexican fans, head to breakthrough restaurant Mamasita to experience Rosio Sanchez's incredibly inventive Mexican cooking.

 

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