Calling all foodies, wineos, crafties and sun-lovers!
From March 31 - April 9 2017, the gorgeous and eclectic city of Melbourne is hosting a festival to celebrate the incredible produce the city has to offer. The festival offers more than 250 events spanning across the city of Melbourne, out to the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and beyond.
There is something for everyone, with family friendly events by the Riverside, educational masterclasses, gourmet food and more, so to help navigate through the enormous list of events, we’ve picked our top recommendations to guide you through the festivities in Melbourne.
Over the opening weekend of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, more than a kilometre of the Yarra Promenade will be dedicated to the River Graze - 9 different events celebrating the diverse taste of Melbourne. Incorporating family friendly activities and a whole lot of food and wine, there is something to keep everyone happy.
Our top River Graze event pick, is City Cellar.
Explore some of Victoria’s top wine regions and producers, all in the one sun soaked spot by the water. Over 30 different producers per day, including Handpicked Wines, will be pouring an eclectic mix of wine varieties and styles for you to try, as well as offering cheeses, charcuterie and delicious seafood to purchase and pair.
Grab a souvenir Festival glass for $10 to enjoy wines by the glass, or fill up the boot and stock your home cellar. Chat to the producers and learn something to impress your friends when you bust your new discovery out at a dinner party. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new, or a wine you can’t pronounce.
We recommend the Handpicked Regional Selections Yarra Valley Rosé. Don’t be fooled by it’s pretty coral appearance - this unique and savoury style packs a punch and will awaken your palate.
Food Truck Stop
Also a part of the River Graze, the Food Truck Stop transforms Yarra Promenade into a fiesta of the city’s best food trucks, delivering the sweet and savoury signature dishes created specially for the Festival.
This event is free to attend, and runs for the opening weekend of the Festival - March 31 to April 2.
Ned Kelly’s Last Meal
Switching from an Old Western American Honky Tonk to a Victorian Gold Mine Era Bushranger Saloon, Longhorn Saloon in Carlton is hosting a four course feast to showcase the food and history of Victoria.
All ingredients for the meals will be sourced from within 150km and grilled over native woods to provide an authentic dining experience true to Ned Kelly’s era. Match that with local wines and brews, and will feel as though you have been transported to another time. Hipster beards encouraged.
Tickets are $102 - for more info, visit - Ned Kelly’s Last Meal.
Did you know Australia’s honeybees are currently under threat, yet their survival is critical to the pollination of a whopping two-thirds of our agricultural produce such as fresh fruits, vegetable, nuts and seeds.
Support the Bee Cause, and learn how to start your own hobby beekeeping and a hands on class with an experienced beekeeper from Beechworth Honey.
Light lunch, transportation and a bottled of the honey you collect is all included in the $250 ticket price. More info here - Hobby Beekeping.
The Heat Homeless Longest Lunch
The Hospitality Education and Training (HEAT) program is a 12-week pre-employment hospitality training course delivered by Melbourne City Mission which is designed for young people (aged between 16–25 years) who are unemployed or disengaged from mainstream education.
Under the guidance of culinary genius Guy Grossi and HEAT Executive Chef Arnold Grenier, students will prepare, cook and provide service to the event, providing them with industry experience as part of their Certificate II in Hospitality.
Celebrate a great afternoon of delicious food, celebrity chef appearances and local bands, while helping to highlight issues surrounding homelessness.
Tickets are $55 and include a three-course meal at the iconic Luna Park - The HEAT Homeless Longest Lunch.
You can also get involved by shouting someone lunch, a rare treat for those doing it tough by visiting hhllunch.org.au.