MEDIA UPDATE | March 9, 2018
It’s almost time to come together and celebrate Victoria’s love of food and wine at the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (MFWF), which kicks off next week on Friday 16 March.
Tickets are still available at MFWF.com.au, with around 165,000 food and wine lovers expected to gather across Melbourne and regional Victoria at more than 275 events.
MFWF gets underway on Friday 16 March with Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch to take place on the banks of the Maribyrnong River – the first time this iconic event has left the city. 1,700 diners will gather around a 500-metre long table for a decadent long lunch prepared by Adam D’Sylva (Tonka, Coda), Jerry Mai (Annam, Pho Nom) and Kay-Lene Tan (Tonka, Coda) and a colourful celebration of one of Melbourne’s most culturally diverse and food-loving communities.
On the same day, Victoria sits down to lunch with over 20 Regional World’s Longest Lunches held in spectacular locations across the State. Dine next to a heritage Bluestone Church, on the banks of the Murray River or overlooking the fishing boats of Port Fairy, and raise a toast to the communities that make our State an internationally renowned foodie destination.
Over the opening weekend, the banks of the Yarra River will be transformed into a food and wine lover’s playground. Free to enter, River Graze will feature more than 60 Victorian producers and winemakers, food trucks and stallholders all the way from Federation Square to Crown Riverwalk.
At Theatre of Ideas, meet the big-picture thinkers, the grass-roots movers and shakers, and the visionary re-inventors changing the way we eat in these two thought-provoking sessions at Deakin Edge.
Hotel Lindrum will be transformed into the Festival’s home as the inaugural House of Food and Wine Hotel. Grab a seat at the bar where House Sommelier Louisa Chalmers and House Mixologist Sebastian Raeburn have designed a wine and cocktail list exclusively for the Festival, accompanied by Oakridge co-chefs Jo Barrett and Matt Stone’s innovative bar menu showcasing Victoria’s regions. Book a stay at the Hotel so you can enjoy Barrett and Stone’s breakfast and in-room dining menus, and party like an industry insider courtesy of House Concierge Carmen da Silva. In the dining room, a series of sustainable dinners co-curated with ZeroFoodprint will see international and interstate chefs creating one-off menus using the best in Victorian produce.
On the second weekend, an exciting Wine Program supported by Sanpellegrino features speed sessions with experts, matching sessions with cheese and dumplings, and a Winemakers’ Feast with the women shaping the future of wine in Australia.
Victoria’s food and wine industry has planned over 200 exciting events across Melbourne and the State that are inspired by the Festival’s 2018 theme of Community. Some highlights include a cocktail event in a Williamstown boat shed showcasing local seafood, a Spanish party for 500 people in an iconic Melbourne laneway and the transformation of Queen Victoria Market into one of Delhi's oldest and busiest markets, Chandni Chowk.
Book now at MFWF.com.au.
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