Great wine? Check. Yummy food creations? Check. Good company? Check.
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has everything you need to guarantee an incredible day of fun and indulgence. Sample Australia’s world-class wines, meet chefs who can teach you some unique tips for the kitchen and relax.
This year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival runs from March 8 – 24, promising many opportunities for an unforgettable culinary experience.
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Here are five must-have experiences at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
The Village Feast
Travel just one hour from Melbourne to the tiny dairy farming town of Jindivick in West Gippsland. This is where The Village Feast takes place, making for the ultimate country getaway. Several pop up stalls and big names line Jindivick’s main street with exceptional food, produce and drinks. Soak up the friendly, country atmosphere in this charming Victorian town. There’s live music, a town fair and competitions.
March 9 – 11
Chefs from across the world and Australia take the stage at the House of Food and Wine. These food masters spend three days putting on live demonstrations, sharing the tips and tricks you’ll never find in a cookbook. Some of the big names to pass on their skills include the ‘Queen of Chocolate’ Kirsten Tibballs, and Young Chef of the Year winner, John Rivera.
World’s Longest Lunch
This is the perfect day out for the ladies! The legendary Karen Martini leads an all-female team of chefs at this year’s World’s Longest Lunch to celebrate International Women’s Day. Enjoy a three-course feast with good company. You’ll be dining with more than 1600 foodies at the charming Victoria Gardens in Prahran.
Theatre of Ideas
March 9 – 11
Learn from some of the greatest in the food industry at the Theatre of Ideas. International guests talk about everything from edible inspiration to culinary evolution and the challenges facing the hospitality industry. Among those appearing at the Theatre of Ideas include one of the most famous chefs in Hong Kong, Jowett Yu, and Kate Reid, who is the driving success behind Melbourne’s Lune Croissanterie.
Crawl n Bite
Visit three hot dining venues in one night at Crawl n Bite. This is a great way to discover the best gastronomic neighbourhoods. For the first time this year, the event will be held not just in Melbourne but also regional Victoria. Crawl n Bite is also heading to Ballarat, Healesville and Kyneton… the perfect way to get out of town to try out different restaurants, cellars and distilleries!