Melbourne Food and Wine Festival for kids

There are plenty of great ways to keep the kids amused at this year’s Festival.

This year, we’re making it even easier for you to get out and about with the little ones with a collection of our top picks for beginners, budding MasterChefs and everything in between.

Opening Weekend, 28 February – 1 March:

During the Festival’s opening weekend join in countless free activities in the heart of the city from Birrarung Marr right through to South Wharf at Open Kitchen. Let the kids get their hands dirty at cooking lessons, scarecrow-making workshops, and fun-filled picnics.

There are lots of opportunities to learn new skills (and enjoy the benefits immediately!), from hands-on cooking workshops aimed at primary-school children, and a few free spots left to the Festivals’ signature Little Foodies Corner happening every weekend of the Festival. Get in quick!

And, if you go down to the Karralyka Gardens on Saturday 28 February, you're in for a big surprise: they're holding a Teddy Bear's Picnic, encouraging people of all ages to bring their favourite plush toy to the party.

Middle Weekend, 7 – 8 March:

It’s time to let imaginations run wild during the middle weekend of the Festival at Morning Tea with Alice, where the dress code is an outrageously large hat and teapots are curiously ginormous. Learn the Lobster Quadrille and join Alice in a feast on scrumptious cakes and other delights.

Or head out of town for a relaxing bush barbecue and yummy local Yarra Valley produce at Healesville Sanctuary's Family and Fauna Picnic.

Closing Weekend, 14 – 15 March:

For youngsters who prefer a gentle stroll, there is plenty of fun to be had at Breakfast Around the Tan Presented by Diabetes Australia - Vic. A fantastic way to get the whole family out together and explore Melbourne’s iconic Botanic gardens. Take a brekkie break at the five nutritious and delicious stations scattered throughout the grounds. Book here.

Celebrate the end of the Festival with a hint of magical Wonderland fun at Picnic with the Mad Hatter. With thirty of the region’s very best food producers, restaurants, wineries and breweries there’s sure to be something for even the fussiest eaters in your family.

There are masses of kid-friendly events to choose from this year; browse for more ideas and why not let them decide for themselves?

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