Community Partners

We are a small not-for-profit who believes in contributing towards a better community.

Food is the fabric of our society. It can act as an agent for social change, and together we can make our community stronger.

Each year we work with our Community Partners to celebrate and elevate their good work within our local community. In turn, they contribute to the depth and breadth of our program through hosting an event for free during the Festival. 

Our Community Partners are carefully selected based on small-scale/local initiatives with a strong food connection.

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Administered by SKYS, HEAT (Hospitality, Employment and Training program) is a youth re-engagement program which provides training, skills and strategies for young people aged 16 to 25 who have been disengaged from mainstream education. Since 2005 over 360 students have taken part in the program which offers a Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations). Guy Grossi has been the patron of HEAT since 2007.

The HEAT Homeless Longest Lunch is an event for people affected by homelessness. It runs each year as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and highlights the issues surrounding homelessness and disengagement. Since 2009 over 1,600 members of the homBuckley5eless community have dined on HEAT

Welcome Dinner Project

Welcome Dinner Project by Joining the Dots

For the first time, the Welcome Dinner Project partners with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and the Victorian Multicultural Commission to welcome new residents in this exciting outdoor family event.

 The Sandridge Bridge is situated near the old Yarra Falls site - a meeting place for Aboriginal people for thousands of years and just upstream from the landing point of Melbourne’s first white settlers (Enterprize Park). Sandridge Bridge is also where thousands of immigrants first landed in Australia in the 1800s search for a better life and a new home. We'll be dining against the backdrop of artworks that celebrate the origins, growth and diversity of the place we now call Victoria.

 A Community Welcome Dinner provides opportunities for new and established Australians, people from all walks of life, to share delicious food and make new connections. Cook your favourite food or bring a dish from your culture and share it with us at a pot luck-style dinner. Be touched and entertained by stories of life, love and change from the people you meet. Find out how much our multicultural and multifaith communities have in common. You will be surprised!