Guide to the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
A ten day celebration of life’s finest formulations.
Melbourne’s 25th Food & Wine Festival is showcasing over 300 events across Victoria, from March 31 – April 9. With Melbourne ranking as the second most fun city in the world, cramming all these events in just over a week should be an absolute breeze for Melbournians. This year there will be ‘Olympics of the Foodie World’ – The World’s 50 Best. So, prepare for some of the most innovative, exclusive and exciting events as Melbourne shows off the foodie sanctuary that it is.
With locations sprawled all over the state, home base will be known as ‘The House of Food and Wine‘, where one of the CBD’s hidden laneways will be called home. Sit-down dinners, wine tastings and block parties will take place, while the bar is open every day from midday.
The opening party will kick off the festivities with a good old fashioned house party. With chef Morgan McGlone catering, you’ll be transported from Paris to Mexico as a welcoming taste of what’s to come. Tickets are $125, and include six dishes and six drinks. More events will be held at the House of Food and Wine, including a Burger Block Party, an Italian street party, a Winemakers’ Feast. Find the rest of the program HERE.
One of the most acclaimed events in the world of food, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, is being happening Wednesday 5 April. To celebrate, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is holding a series of Masterclasses, with eight chefs whose restaurants have made the World’s 50 Best list. You’ll be able to watch the nominees in action, and learn the skills and secrets behind the award. Chefs include, Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana (you may have caught his documentary on Netflix), Zaiyu Hasegawa of Den, Ashley Palmer-Watts from Dinner by Heston and MORE.
The best way to explore Melbourne’s iconic bar scene is crawling. The Crawl ‘n’ Bite events take you adventuring to three venues in one night to taste a signature dish and complementary drink from each individual location. From loitering in hidden laneways, dining in Paris, to discovering secret bars until sunrise, Melbournians are the pioneers of pub crawls and have created over 12 for you to partake in.
Things are also heating up in South Wharf, where the riverside atmosphere will be host to a number of events. The first weekend (1-2 April) will ring in the festival accordingly, with the South Wharf Craft Beer Weekend. Food is sorted too with the Progressive Culture Celebration on April 1, and a very rare collaboration of popular South Wharf restaurants, Akachochin, BangPop, Bohemian and Meat Market, will treat you to a flavoursome, exotic and multicultural meal. The second weekend (8-9 April) in South Wharf will add a bit of spice with a Spanish Street Fiesta for your Saturday afternoon, while the final day of the Festival in South Wharf will conclude with a traditional Sunday arvo BBQ with The Meat Market and Common Man restaurants will join forces to cook, grill, sizzle and smoke up all kinds of delicious meats.
The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is a huge event, and with so much too celebrate, there is something that will suit absolutely everyone.
Head to the website for details on all the events.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
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