MEDIA UPDATE  |   March 22, 2018


The spotlight is on Victoria’s winemakers on the second weekend of the 2018 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (16-25 March), as an exciting Wine Program supported by Sanpellegrino begins tonight.
In addition, foodies can choose from over 100 events taking place across Melbourne and regional Victoria this weekend. The 2018 theme of Community will be celebrated on the Closing Night as MFWF partners for the first time with the Welcome Dinner Project and the Victorian Multicultural Commission to welcome new Australians to Melbourne at a Community Welcome Dinner.

Find images here from some of our highlights of the festival so far 
Find our festival videos here for a snapshot of the Opening Weekend

MFWF Wine Program supported by Sanpellegrino
Vino Rapido
Snap up one of the last tickets to this speed dating-style event, where you’ll have three minutes to talk, taste and learn as much as you can from one wine expert before moving onto the next.
Thursday 22 March, 6:30pm to 8pm, $55
The Winemakers' Feast
Sit down with the women shaping the future of wine in Australia over five courses prepared by Chef Danielle Alvarez (Fred’s, Sydney). Each table will have a unique wine pairing selected by their very own winemaker and sommelier.
Friday 23 March, 6:30pm to 10pm, $285
Victoria & the World Tasting Room
The cellar door meets the maturation room in a tantalising tasting session featuring some of our favourite wine producers and cheese makers from home and abroad. 
Saturday 24 March, SOLD OUT
Chinese Laundry Yum Cha
Dim sum and Riesling are a match made in heaven, so meet the winemakers crafting one half of this unlikely but perfect marriage and join some of Australia’s best chefs with some serious dumpling genius for a laneway party. 
Sunday 25 March, SOLD OUT

House of Food and Wine Hotel
Don’t miss your chance to visit the House of Food and Wine Hotel, the Festival’s home at Hotel Lindrum on Flinders Street featuring a temporary installation imagined by the creative minds at Fiona Lynch and managed by En Pointe Events. Pop into the bar for snacks designed exclusively for MFWF by Oakridge co-head chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett, cocktails by Melbourne’s best bars, and Meet the Maker sessions with Victorian producers each day from 5pm to 6pm. Experience dinner with some of Australia’s best chefs, James Viles (Biota, New South Wales) on Friday 23 March and Paul Iskov (Fervour, Western Australia) on Sunday 25 March. On Saturday 24 March, Ben Shewry (Attica, Victoria) will join forces with Matt Orlando (Amass, Copenhagen) in a dinner that sold out upon launch.

Highlights on the industry program include:
Long Chim Bangkok Markets
David Thompson and the team at Long Chim will bring the energy and colour of Bangkok’s street food scene to life on the Crown Riverwalk with a diverse line up of food stalls, floating lanterns, bars and live entertainment.
Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March, 12 noon to 10pm, free to enter
Club Munchies
VICE’s food channel Munchies has partnered with a roster of young chefs, bartenders and DJ friends to take over the inner-city dive bar Spleen Bar. Choose a pop-up restaurant like Karaoke Fried Chicken with Morgan McGlone (Belle's/Natural History) and Kimchi Pete (Shik) on Sunday 25 March or stop by Club Munchies’ specially curated bar and snack spot.
Daily during MFWF, bar is free to enter
The Bridge Hotel Cellar Door Experience
The Bridge’s iconic laneway will be transformed into a vineyard cellar door right in the heart of Richmond, with barrel tastings from Scotts Family Wines and the ultimate grazing table.
Saturday 24 March, 12 noon to 4pm, $79
Fancy Hank's x Licha's Cantina
Mike Patrick from Fancy Hank's is teaming up with Daniel Brooks from Licha's Cantina in Austin, Texas for a very special collaborative Tex-Mex lunch, which will feature a combination of classic slow cooked BBQ and Mexican flavours.
Saturday 24 and Sunday 24 March, 12 noon, $62
Moritz y Movida Laneway Fiesta
Movida and Barcelona’s favourite beer Moritz are once again turning Hosier Lane into a Spanish street party with tortilla, oysters, paella, lamb pinchos, chorizo and bocadillo.
Saturday 24 March, 12 noon to 4pm, $123
Dandenong World Fare
Over 50 food trucks and stalls will showcase delectable dishes from all over the world at Dandenong World Fare, a wonderful community celebration of multicultural food hosted by Dandenong Market.
Sunday 25 March, 10am to 4pm, free to enter
Lume Progressive Dinner With Local Spirits
Renowned South Melbourne restaurant Lume are setting up shop at Starward Whisky for one night only for a progressive dinner that will take you through parts of the distillery normally inaccessible to visitors.
Sunday 25 March, 6pm to 9pm, $133

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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