Melbourne foodies, get ready for a gastronomical heaven at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival kicking off later this week. Since launching in 1993 with a modest program of 12 events, the festival has grown to over 200 events with something for everyone’s taste.
Here’s our pick of the top events you can’t miss which you can still get tickets for:
Sample the River Graze, kicking off the 2016 Festival’s Opening Weekend. Graze your way through the weekend along the Yarra River with a variety of culinary hot-spots, free entertainment, regional flavours, and water ferries to get you from one spot to another.
If there’s two things that Melburnians love, it is food and film so when they’re combined, it’s the ultimate Melbourne experience. Each Gourmet Cinema session will be presented by one of five iconic Melbourne restaurants (Epocha, Le Bon Ton, Mamasita, European and Baby), who will curate a cinematic food journey inspired by a film favourite (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Big Lebowski, The Great Beauty, Chef and Midnight in Paris).
Seven of the city’s star burger retailers, as well as dessert legends Gelato Messina will come together for a burger bonanza! Featuring 8bit, 1090 Burger, Beatbox Kitchen, Dude Food Man, Easey’s, Mr Burger and Gelato Messina, the Melbourne Burger Invitational will be unlike anything the city has seen before, in Melbourne’s favourite outdoor space, Welcome to Thornbury.
Step back in time at Romeo Lane – infamous for its abattoirs and dens of love. Gingerboy will be hosting an evening that will relive the early days of our beloved Crossley Street. A night of reminiscence and enticement, with a magnificent meat banquet and live burlesque show in the street, together creating a unique and exciting evening.
Let your hair down Barcelona style at a Barcelona block party on the sunny terrace of MoVida Aqui, with Moritz beer, vermouth and cava, Catalan street food, soul and music.
Who does it better? Mornington Peninsula or the Yarra Valley? Discover the unique sub-regional differences of single vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir from all corners of the Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley over lunch at Innocent Bystander.
Jump from one Melbourne rooftop to the next sipping on fancy cocktails and see see Melbourne in a whole new light.
Prepare your palate! Fromage a Trois – Cheese & Cider Festival – returns to the spectacular grounds of Werribee Park Mansion, with local cheese and cider makers, wine, beer, music and entertainment.
Want to find out more about what’s happening in Melbourne? Sign up to the We Know Melbourne mailing list here to stay in the loop.