MEDIA UPDATE  |   November 28, 2017


Highlights announced for the 26th Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (16 to 25 March 2018)

Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch
Friday 16 March 2018

With space for 1700 dinners, 500 metres of table will run along the banks of the Maribyrnong River in a colourful celebration of one of Melbourne’s most culturally diverse and food-loving communities.

Three decadent courses will be prepared by chefs Adam D’Sylva (Tonka, Coda) and Jerry Mai (Annam, Pho Nom), bringing together their Indian, Italian, Vietnamese and Cambodian roots into a modern-Australian feast. Pastry Chef Kay-Lene Tan (Tonka, Coda) will create a dazzling dessert course inspired by her global travels.

This is the first time since 1992 that the Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch will leave the city, and diners can look forward to a lively lunch and celebration of the diverse community of Footscray.

More information about the Bank of Melbourne World's Longest Lunch can be found at

Regional World’
s Longest Lunches
Friday 16 March 2018

Celebrate our regional produce and wine by joining one of 21 Regional World’s Longest Lunches taking place on Friday 16 March. Escape the city for a long, luxurious lunch with friends among the vineyards, coastlines, plains, parks and riverbanks of Victoria. Locations include:

  • Port Fairy (Great Ocean Road): Sample produce and wine from Western Victoria on the banks of the Moyne river at Martins Point.

  • Coldstream (Yarra Valley): Celebrate the Yarra Valley and it’s community of producers with a generous, innovative lunch from award-winning head Chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett and Chief Winemaker David Bicknell at Oakridge Wines.

  • Newlyn (Daylesford) - Feast with the local farmers under a grand Himalayan Cedar Tree, alongside a lovingly restored Bluestone Church.

In 2018, Regional World’s Longest lunches will be held for the first time in Acheron, The Artisan Hills, Bolobek, Goulburn Valley, Langwarrin South, Newlyn and Port Fairy.  

More information about the Regional World's Longest Lunch events can be found at

House of Food and Wine Hotel

16 to 25 March 2018

Book a stay at the first House of Food and Wine hotel, with the Hotel Lindrum transformed into the home of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne for ten days. Chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett (Oakridge Restaurant) will design the hotel breakfast, bar and in-room dining menus, while an exciting dinner series will bring the best of Victoria’s produce to the dining room in a series of sustainable dinners co-curated with global restaurant sustainability movement ZeroFoodprint.

More information about the House of Food and Wine can be found at

River Graze
16 to 18 March 2018

The banks of the Yarra will once again be transformed into a food and wine lover’s playground for the annual event River Graze.

Discover how New York City’s famous OddFellows Ice Cream Co uses Victorian produce to create new flavours, visit the Food Truck Shop by the father of Melbourne’s food truck scene Raph Rashid, and sample many of Victoria’s best wines in the City Cellar wine garden.

Over three days, feast by the Yarra and soak up the fun and relaxed Festival atmosphere.

Crawl ‘n’ Bite supported by Victoria Harbour

19 to 21 March 2018

Explore Melbourne’s vibrant dining scene with 13 Crawl ‘n’ Bite presented by Victoria Harbour events on offer. Each hosted by a food and wine industry icon, a crawl explores three of the city’s finest venues in one night for a signature dish and matched drink.

Take a guided tour of Fitzroy’s best wine bars, St Kilda’s classic seaside restaurants or wander through the city’s laneways.

More information about Crawl ’n’ Bite supported by Victoria Harbour can be found at


Lis Davies
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