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.
"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