MEDIA UPDATE | 26 November 2019
The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival paired with principal partner Bank of Melbourne will take place from 19 to 29 March 2020, with some of the most exciting local and international names in food and drink descending on the city for an unmissable 10 days.
The new program will take place exclusively in Melbourne in March, with a dedicated festival in regional Victoria set to launch in spring 2020, showcasing more of the state’s abundance of great food and drink than ever before.
Food + Wine Victoria CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha said: “This year we’re bringing the Festival fun to the Queen Victoria Market – the new home of the festival’s feature events in 2020. We’re excited for festivalgoers to join us in celebrating all that’s great about this city’s food and drink culture at Melbourne’s much-loved marketplace.
“We’ll be welcoming some of the world’s hottest talent to Melbourne, including Alison Roman, Fuchsia Dunlop, Ignacio Mattos, Helen Goh, Michael Solomonov and Lee Tiernan along with our local heroes including Josh Niland, Shannon Martinez, Ben Shewry, Andrew McConnell and Pamela Clark, just to name a few.”
Food + Wine Victoria Creative Director Pat Nourse added: “We invite you to choose your own adventure at Queen Victoria Market, whether it’s the spiciest Sichuan food outside Asia, or the city’s best plant-based eating and drinking. If pasta is your thing, bring the whole family to The Big Spaghetti, or feed your mind with talks from some of the biggest movers and shakers in the business.”
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said: “The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is the best celebration of its kind in the country and one of the reasons is that the program continues to be fresh and innovative. We’re proud to be backing the festival to grow at its new home at the Queen Victoria Market in March, and look forward to the first regional festival to be held later in the year.”
The much-loved Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch returns on Friday 20 March, bringing together three of Melbourne’s culinary masters, Stephanie Alexander, Philippe Mouchel and Jacques Reymond, to deliver an outdoor feast for more than 1,600 guests in Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens, set against the backdrop of the city skyline.
Bank of Melbourne Advisory Board Chairman Elizabeth Proust AO said: “The Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch is always a highlight on the Melbourne calendar and Stephanie, Philippe and Jacques are the perfect chefs to deliver an unforgettable event that celebrates our local produce and draws guests from all over the world.”
Feature Events at Queen Victoria Market:
Other program highlights include:
Highlights of the 2020 Global Dining Series presented by Singapore Airlines:
Josh Niland changed the seafood game when he opened his restaurant Saint Peter in
Sydney and now, with the publication of The Whole Fish Cookbook, he is bringing a
new way of thinking about cooking to the world. Teaming up with his friend Andrew
McConnell, Josh will present an inventive Sunday lunch comprising four courses with
matched drinks. Sunday 22 March, 1pm, tickets $160pp.
Join Helen Goh – Ottolenghi chef, pastry virtuoso and co-author of the bestselling
cookbook Sweet – in a culinary conversation with Neil Perry. It’s a one-off
meeting of two great chefs from different food backgrounds who share a global
outlook in their search for compelling and beautiful flavours. Monday 23
March, 6.30pm, tickets $150pp.
Highlights of the 2020 Crawl + Bite Program presented by Estrella Damm:
Tickets for the 2020 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and Bank of Melbourne’s World’s Longest Lunch are on sale from 9am on Tuesday 26 November 2019.
For the full 2020 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival program and all ticket sales please visit mfwf.com.au.
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