MEDIA UPDATE | 27 November 2018
The 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (8 to 24 March) will celebrate all that’s extraordinary about eating and drinking in Victoria, with Festival-only experiences across the State on sale today.
On the opening weekend (8 to 11 March), Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre will transform into The House of Food and Wine with top international and local chefs including Matt Abergel (Ronin and Yardbird, Hong Kong), Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiõbo, Sydney) and Kirsten Tibballs (Savour School, Melbourne) demonstrating their dishes while others including Peter Gilmore (Quay, Sydney) and Dan Hunter (Brae, Victoria) debate hot topics in the hospitality industry.
Food + Wine Victoria CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha said, “Melbourne is full of extraordinary food and wine experiences so it seemed natural that we celebrate exactly that at the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
“From the perennially popular Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch which sold out in half an hour on pre-sales alone to our gastronomy program at The House of Food and Wine, the family-friendly River Graze along Southbank and a spate of bespoke gourmet dinners across the city, this program celebrates the great breadth and diversity of the Victorian food and wine experience.
“We’re really excited that top Australian and international chefs, producers and restaurateurs taking part in the Festival will be more accessible than ever before. I’d encourage all food and wine lovers to be in Melbourne come March.”
Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch
Food legend Karen Martini will lead an all-female chef line up at the 2019 Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch on 8 March to help celebrate International Women’s Day. More than 1600 diners will gather along 500 metres of table in Prahran’s charming Victoria Gardens in the City of Stonnington.
Friday 8 March, 12 noon – 3pm, sold out
The House of Food and Wine
In an immersive three-day takeover of Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre, The House of Food and Wine will be a premium drinking and dining destination on the Festival’s opening weekend. Each day, The House of Food and Wine will feature:
The House of Food and Wine After Dark
Come night, the party really gets started at The House of Food and Wine with three one-off events:
Global Dining Series supported by Lavazza
Top Australian and international chefs will take over the pans at some of Melbourne’s most loved restaurants. Highlights include:
Over three days from 15 to 17 March, the regions will come alive with long lunches, crawls in three gastronomic hot-spots and the transformation of a tiny town into the ultimate foodie destination. Celebrate Victoria’s regions in style with 19 simultaneous Regional World’s Longest Lunches in spectacular locations on Friday 15 March. Highlighting the diversity of regional Victoria’s culinary offering, Crawl ’n’ Bite supported by Victoria Harbour comes to the regions for the first time with crawls in Ballarat, Healesville and Kyneton. More than 50 other events will take place across regional Victoria throughout the weekend. Highlights include:
On sale soon, the small town of Jindivick in Gippsland will be transformed by Melbourne Food & Wine Festival into a thriving culinary destination for two days over Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March. Melbourne-based restaurants, cafés and bars will collaborate with local culinary stars, producers and winemakers to give event-goers the ultimate gastronomic experience.
Other events will be announced in early 2019 including:
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is supported by Victoria’s tourism and major events company Visit Victoria and naming rights partner Bank of Melbourne, which has supported the Festival every year since the bank was relaunched to the Victorian market in 2011.
More information and tickets available at mfwf.com.au.
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