The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) 2018 is celebrating the love of food and wine while also exploring how the way Melbournians eat impact the liveability of the communities the present and future.
Presented by the Bank of Melbourne, the event will happen from 16 to 25 March 2018, with a series of activities to look forward to.
Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch (Friday, 16 March)
With space for 1700 diners, a 500-metre table will run along the banks of the Maribyrnong River in a colourful celebration of one of Melbourne’s most culturally diverse and food-loving communities. Three decadent courses will be prepared by chefs Adam D’Sylva (Tonka, Coda) and Jerry Mai (Annam, Pho Nom), bringing together their Indian, Italian, Vietnamese and Cambodian roots into a modern-Australian feast. Pastry Chef Kay-Lene Tan (Tonka, Coda) will create a dazzling dessert course inspired by her global travels.
This is the first time since 1992 that the Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch will leave the city, and diners can look forward to a lively lunch and celebration of the diverse community of Footscray.
Regional World’s Longest Lunches (Friday, 16 March)
Celebrate our regional produce and wine by joining one of 21 Regional World’s Longest Lunches and escape the city for a long, luxurious lunch with friends among the vineyards, coastlines, plains, parks and riverbanks of Victoria. Locations include:
- Port Fairy (Great Ocean Road) – Sample produce and wine from Western Victoria on the banks of the Moyne River at Martins Point.
- Coldstream (Yarra Valley) – Celebrate the Yarra Valley and its community of producers with a generous, innovative lunch from award-winning head Chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett and Chief Winemaker David Bicknell at Oakridge Wines.
- Newlyn (Daylesford) – Feast with the local farmers under a grand Himalayan Cedar Tree, alongside a lovingly restored Bluestone Church.
In 2018, Regional World’s Longest lunches will be held for the first time in Acheron, The Artisan Hills, Bolobek, Goulburn Valley, Langwarrin South, Newlyn and Port Fairy.
The banks of the Yarra will once again be transformed into a food and wine lover’s playground for the annual event River Graze.
Discover how New York City’s famous OddFellows Ice Cream Co uses Victorian produce to create new flavours, visit the Food Truck Shop by the father of Melbourne’s food truck scene Raph Rashid, and sample many of Victoria’s best wines in the City Cellar wine garden.
Over three days, feast by the Yarra and soak up the fun and relaxed Festival atmosphere.
Sam Mason at Bar Liberty (19 March)
Pastry chef turned ice-cream mad scientist Sam Mason (OddFellows Ice Cream Co., Williamsburg) will join the gang at Fitzroy’s Bar Liberty to share a sense of fun and a love of unusual ingredients. Expect a mash-up of sweet and savoury diner classics and cocktails from Mason’s former Manhattan venue Tailor and a glimpse of never-before-seen dishes from his upcoming Soda Fountain project before it opens in Brooklyn this April.
Ron Finley at Natural History Bar & Grill (20 March)
Nicknamed the “Gangsta Gardener”, Ron Finley is an artist, designer and urban gardener who decided to take matters into his own hands in changing south Los Angeles from food desert to food forest. Ron will co-create a special menu and host dinner at Morgan McGlone’s (Belle’s Hot Chicken) exciting new CBD restaurant Natural History Bar & Grill.
Explore Melbourne’s vibrant dining scene with 13 Crawl ‘n’ Bite presented by Victoria Harbour events on offer. Each hosted by a food and wine industry icon, a crawl explores three of the city’s finest venues in one night for a signature dish and matched drink.
Take a guided tour of Fitzroy’s best wine bars, St Kilda’s classic seaside restaurants or wander through the city’s laneways.
Indian Festival Melbourne (24 – 25 March)
Indian Festival will see Melbourne’s favourite marketplace transformed into Delhi’s Chandni Chowk, with a two-day program bustling with cultural activities, Bollywood beats and food vendors serving colourful flavours from all over India.
House of Food and Wine Hotel (16 – 25 March)
Book a stay at the first House of Food and Wine hotel, with the Hotel Lindrum transformed into the home of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne for 10 days. Chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett (Oakridge Restaurant) will design the hotel breakfast, bar and in-room dining menus, while an exciting dinner series will bring the best of Victoria’s produce to the dining room in a series of sustainable dinners co-curated with global restaurant sustainability movement ZeroFoodprint.
The Market turns 140!
This year, Melbourne’s beloved market will celebrate its 140th year in style. The historic landmark will host a Birthday Street Party jam packed with live music, entertainment and delicious eats. Eager to learn more about the Market’s remarkable history? Take a self-guided History Walking Tour by downloading the Heritage Trail Map.