MEDIA UPDATE | March 6, 2018
The south bank of the Yarra River will soon be transformed into a food and wine lover’s playground, as
River Graze kicks off the opening weekend of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank
From 16 to 18 March, River Graze will feature more than 60 Victorian producers and winemakers, food
trucks and stallholders from Federation Square to Crown Riverwalk.
Food + Wine Victoria’s Executive Director Jane Brook said: “This year’s festival is all about community and
River Graze will act as a vibrant hub for patrons to come together in a fun, relaxed and most importantly,
delicious focal point for the opening weekend.
“Victorian producers, restauranteurs and winemakers are all set to put on an amazing show, so mark the
dates in your diary and enjoy a great day by the river.”
Supported by City of Melbourne, River Graze is free to enter and will be sure to wow Melburnians and
visitors alike with the array of culinary delights on offer.
Renowned pizza maker Johnny Di Francesco welcomes a line-up of talented pizzaioli from Naples cooking
in authentic ovens for Gradi Presents AVPN Melbourne Pizza Festival, with live entertainment and plenty of activities for the kids.
Barbecue and beer fans won’t want to leave Queensbridge Square, which will be a hub of flame and coals with a popup beer garden by Collingwood brewery, Stomping Ground Brewing Co and an outback diner-themed ultimate saucing station by Heinz.
Experience barbecue styles from around the globe with traditional Texas BBQ by Bluebonnet Barbecue,
South American-style meats by CHE and Filipino BBQ by Hoy Pinoy. Choose your sausage at the River
Graze Sausage Sizzle – Chicken & Thyme from Bertie’s Butcher, Honey Lamb & Rosemary from Gary’s
Quality Meats, French Toulouse Sausage from Hagen’s Organics or Wood Smoked Pork Kransky from
Meet up with friends at City Cellar where you can enjoy wines from around 30 of Victoria's brightest wine makers accompanied by live music as well as the Left Bank Melbourne seafood bar, Mount Zero Olives and Salt Kitchen Charcuterie. Transport yourself to Paris with a rendezvous at the inaugural St- Germain Spritz Bar, complete with waterfront views anda team of coiffeurs offering complimentary French braids.
Get your sweet fix at Sweet Alley, where New York City’s ice cream masters Oddfellows Ice Cream Co.
will be serving up a custom designed menu showcasing Victorian produce in every scoop, plus treats from
The Crux & Co, Short Stop Donuts and Smoothie Planet. Enjoy informative talks, live demonstrations and
family friendly entertainment at the neighbouring Community Stage, including composting
demonstrations by Closed Loop and a bush tucker presentation by Indigenous artist Cassie Leatham.
Melbourne’s father of food trucks Raph Rashid has curated Food Truck Stop, which will see eight food
trucks – Greek St Food, Melbourne Paella Company, Nem n Nem, Soul Kitchen Pizza, Taco Truck, Twisted
Fisherman, Yo India and Rashid’s own Beatbox Kitchen – lined up against the city skyline. Stop by the
Sanpellegrino Beach Club for a taste of southern Italy with thirst quenching drinks made
from clementine, pomegranate and orange, an accordion performer and social media snappers to capture
For a celebration of all things seafood, visit the Southgate Seafood Feast where five pop up restaurants will be serving up a taste of the ocean overlooking the Yarra River.
Discover your green thumb and learn how easy it is to grow produce at home by visiting Bank of
Melbourne’s Edible Garden, a lush pop-up oasis created by Broadsheet and The Little Veggie Patch Co
and filled with edible vegetables, herbs and over 400 plants. Wander through River Graze Market and
celebrate producers from around Victoria.
There’s something for everyone at the Arts Centre with Victorian cheeses, cured meats, beers, wines and,
of course, fabulous entertainment at Bombini Buzz.
Cross the river to visit Arbory Bar & Eatery and their floating sibling Arbory Afloat for a tipple alongside
their Festival charcuterie collaboration between executive chef Nick Bennett, Meatsmith speciality butcher Troy Wheeler and, from Sydney, LP's Quality Meats head chef and owner Luke Powell. Enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds of the Thai Culture and Food Festival at Federation Square.
Throughout River Graze, MFWF is working with City of Melbourne to reduce waste and introduce new sustainability measures such as a team of volunteer Waste Warriors to help patrons understand what to recycle, with food waste collected at River Graze to be composted by recycling specialists Closed Loop.
River Graze opening hours are:
Friday 16 March, 4pm – 9pm
Saturday 17 March, 12 noon – 9pm
Sunday 18 March, 12 noon – 8pm
* Bank of Melbourne’s Edible Garden and Thai Culture and Food Festival are open on Saturday and Sunday only
Find the full program online at MFWF.com.au/program/river-graze-opening-weekend
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