MEDIA UPDATE  |   31 August 2021


The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, served by principal partner Bank of Melbourne and destination partner Visit Victoria, has today announced that, due to the uncertainty presented by the current COVID-19 situation, MFWF is unable to run its Winter Edition and Regional Edition in 2021.

“The challenges around lockdowns and restrictions related to COVID-19 continue to affect event planning and it is with a heavy heart that we have made this decision. We rescheduled the Festival twice this year to try and find a place on the calendar where we can run the event safely and with some certainty but these plans are no longer workable in the current environment,” says Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO of Food + Drink Victoria, the not-for-profit parent company behind MFWF. “We are devastated, naturally – the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is here to support and celebrate the food and drink community of this city. We will be back in 2022 with an exciting line-up of events and we very much look forward to raising a glass with everyone to celebrate what will be the 30th anniversary of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.”

While this year’s remaining Festival events are unable to proceed, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and Food + Drink Victoria remain committed to championing Victoria’s world-class food and drinks industry.

The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival will return in 2022 to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

In the meantime, the Festival will work through the ticketing arrangements, including refunds, with guests and partners in the weeks to come.

The Festival will continue to support the industry across its channels. For news and updates, visit @melbfoodandwine.

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Further updates will be issued via @melbfoodandwine.