MEDIA UPDATE  |   March 16, 2018



For the first time in its history, Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch today takes place outside the city – along the banks of the Maribyrnong River in Melbourne’s west.

Marking the start of the 2018 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (16-25 March), 1,700 diners will gather around a 500-metre long table for a scrumptious long lunch designed by chefs Adam D’Sylva (Tonka, Coda), Jerry Mai (Annam, Pho Nom) and Kay-Lene Tan (Tonka, Coda) and brought to life by Peter Rowland.

Local musicians and entertainers will add to today’s vibrant celebration with African drumming, traditional West African music and lion dance performances.

Food + Wine Victoria’s Executive Director Jane Brook said: “This year’s festival is all about community. Food is intrinsically connected to what we understand as community, so it’s fitting that this iconic event will take place in one of Melbourne’s most culturally diverse and food-loving communities.

“At one long table, people from all walks of life will come together and celebrate what makes Melbourne such a special city and a global destination for foodies,” Ms Brook said.

Bank of Melbourne’s Chief Executive Michelle Winzer said: “We’re thrilled to partner with the festival for the seventh year in a row. The festival is a celebration of Victorian businesses – the makers, producers and growers – who are the real drivers of this important sector.

“The festival’s theme of community is close to our heart, as we pride ourselves on being part of the communities where we operate,” Ms Winzer said.

Key Facts:

  • Over 150 Peter Rowland staff, as well as nine chefs, and 75 William Angliss volunteers
  • 1,200 bottles of Tahbilk wine, 600 bottles of sparkling wine and 5,400 wine glasses
  • 1,830 litres of Sanpellegrino and Acqua Panna waters
  • 3,000 shots of Lavazza coffee
  • 110 cases of Stella Artois and 6 kegs of Stella Artois draught beer
  • 426kg of Luv-a-Duck duck, 220kg of seafood and 460kg of vegetables
  • 5,400 plates and 9,000 pieces of cutlery

Peter Rowland’s Group Executive Chef Matthew Haigh said:So much goes into making the Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch happen, with plans kicking into action over six months ago. The final two weeks are crunch time with a brigade of chefs working around the clock to bring the famed lunch to life. From the planning to the preparation, the excitement and pressure of bringing thousands of meals to life in the space of a few hours are what we thrive on at Peter Rowland!”

City of Maribyrnong Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam said: “Our City is a fascinating blend of cultures, so we have a great range of cuisines, glorious temples and lush parks along our riverfront. We are thrilled to be able to showcase it to food and wine lovers at this year’s Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch and encourage everyone to stay a while to explore the area and all that it has to offer.”

Victoria also sits down to lunch today, with over 20 Regional World’s Longest Lunches held in spectacular locations across the State. Lunches are taking place next to a heritage Bluestone Church in Newlyn, on the banks of the Murray River in Echuca, overlooking the fishing boats of Port Fairy and in other unique Victorian settings.

The 2018 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne takes place from 16-25 March, with over 300 events all across Victoria. More at


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