Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by the Bank of Melbourne is an annual state-wide celebration of Victoria’s food and wine industry that attracts more than 250,000 attendees to a diverse program of 200+ events.
Run by a small not-for-profit organisation, the Festival has grown over its history from grassroots beginnings with only a handful of events in 1993, to now being recognised as Australia’s pre-eminent food and wine festival.
In March, food and wine lovers indulge in events that fill Melbourne's labyrinthine network of restaurants, laneways, lights-turned-down basements and dizzying rooftops and spill into spectacular regional Victoria.
The who’s who of the culinary world have been hosted at MFWF including Nigella Lawson (UK), Jamie Oliver (UK), René Redzepi (Denmark), Heston Blumenthal (UK), Andoni Luis Aduriz (Spain) and Thomas Keller (USA).
The Festival plays a key role in developing the reputation and brand of Victoria’s food and wine industry through visiting chefs acting as brand ambassadors and sharing their experience of our state’s food, wine, produce and people. Furthermore, the Festival continues to attract international media coverage that shines the light on Australia’s culinary credentials.
"In 2018 the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne will celebrate its 26th year, taking place from 16 to 25 March.
The Festival is unique across the world as it works directly with the Victorian food and wine industry to create a 10 day celebration of innovative experiences and sessions both in pop up venues and in our very own Victorian restaurants, wineries, galleries and public spaces. Over 200 businesses in the food and wine industry take part.
The 2018 Festival theme of community is particularly special because it captures how the Festival and the whole industry work together on this celebration of food and wine for Victorians and visitors alike.
This year 250,000 people attended the Festival and that figure just keeps on growing with both locals, interstate visitors and international visitors all joining in the celebrations. It is consistently named as one of the top food and wine festivals globally, putting Australia on the culinary map. Something that should make us all very proud.
With many new and exciting participants, the program celebrates local stories and communities, and will bring some of the world’s foremost culinary innovators to Melbourne to collaborate and share ideas.
We will be welcoming the founders of global sustainable restaurant movement ZeroFoodPrint to Melbourne. ZeroFoodPrint works with many of the world's most celebrated restaurants, including noma in Denmark and Benu in the USA, to help them drive down their foodprint. ZeroFoodPrint co-founders Chris Ying (USA) & Anthony Myint (USA) will collaborate on international chef dinners during the Festival and share their experience and knowledge with our restaurants, giving us all an opportunity to participate in something truly special.
As a team and as a State we continually need to thank our food and wine industry that have collaborated, supported and driven the festival to become so special, and the public who come out in their hundreds of thousands to support our best and brightest local food and wine businesses. We are all looking forward to March 2018, and can’t wait to see you there!"
- Georgina Williams, CEO
"An idea conceived to help a city lift itself from the doldrums has exceeded its wildest expectations and has helped to engender a sense of confidence, purpose and place. It has shown Melbourne to be a city that leads, reflects and listens to what is happening in the world of food and wine because food and wine are part of its lifeblood. And with no shortage of tenacity and vision, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will continue to be a place where the world gathers to show how truly powerful the simple act of eating and drinking together can be."
- Michael Harden, Journalist and Author of Cooking with the World's Best