Our Guide to Opening Weekend

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is just around the corner!

More tickets have just been announced to the previously SOLD OUT Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch.


Here’s our guide to the first 72 hours of MFWF and how to plan your ultimate foodie weekender.



Friday 16 March:

Kick off the Festival with the Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch.

Returning this year and for the first time outside of the CBD, join the feast along the banks of the Maribyrnong River for a celebration of one of Melbourne’s most culturally diverse communities. With a chefs Adam Dsylva, Jerry Mai and Kay-Lene Tan drawing on their Indian, Italian, Vietnamese and Cambodian roots, enjoy a decadent three-course feast showcasing local flavours. The newly released tickets will sell fast so don’t miss out!


Upgrade your Festival experience with the House of Food and Wine Hotel, where the Hotel Lindrum will transform into a foodie hotspot for the duration of the Festival. With help from local and international friends, we’re taking over the kitchens to showcase the best of Victoria’s produce in a series of sustainable dinners co-curated with ZeroFoodprint.

Co-heads at Oakridge Wines Matt Stone and Jo Barrett have devised an innovative bar menu pulled straight from the Victorian regions, with expert sommeliers and cocktail pros popping corks and pouring concoctions from a list exclusive to the Festival. You can also extend the festivities late into the evening, with rooms to stay in, and explore the in-room dining menu curated by Matt and Jo.


Saturday 17 March:

After breakfast at the Hotel, start your afternoon with the visionary re-inventors who are changing the way we eat with a thought-provoking series of talks at Deakin Edge. The Theatre of Ideas has two sessions that will explore Community and Sustainability, with international guest presenters from the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom sharing their experience and knowledge of sustainable food practices and community building.

 After your some food for thought, it’s just a short walk down to the Yarra to taste Victoria at  River Graze. Visit each zone to sip, sample and be surprised by the diversity of Victorian food and wine on offer.



Sunday 18 March:

You’ve got options. Lots of them. Here are some of our favourites:

A Historic Cocktail Journey

Explore the Dinner By Heston Blumenthal cocktail list, the history behind its imfamous concoctions and sample snacks from the kitchen with your tipple.

The Best Butter Chicken Pop-up

MasterChef judge, award winning chef and restaurateur George Calombaris is flying out his favourite dish straight from Mumbai along with the man who makes it.

Bayside End of Summer Beach Picnic

Pick up your hamper full of locally sourced goodies and head down to the beach for a picnic to farewell the summer.

Club Munchies

VICE food channel Munchies has teamed up with MFWF to bring you a taste of all our favourite Melbourne hangouts under one roof. Each night a rotating roster of chefs and bartenders curate everything from the menu to the tunes.

The Golden Triangle

Visit one of Melbourne’s up and coming dining strips dominating the food scene. Three culinary success stories that call this gastronomic hot-spot home will collaborate on a progressive dinner. Visit Tokyo Tina, Hanoi Hannah and BKK in one night, trying the best of each at every stop.


Extending your stay?

Kick on after the weekend at Restaurant Express supported by OpenTable. Two courses and a wine at 80 of Melbourne’s best and brightest for only $40!

Explore Melbourne’s culinary neighbourhoods and Crawl ‘n’ Bite supported by Victoria Harbour. Visit private dining rooms, take a look behind the scenes or a tour around the world in just one night!


 Check out the rest of the 2018 program and further your Festival pleasures.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne, Friday 16 to Sunday 25 March.