Australia’s biggest and best festival of food and drink is back from 15 to 24 March – and you’re invited.

Taste of Chengdu

Presented by Singapore Airlines

15–17 March

Get your taste of true mapo tofu courtesy of Sichuan master chef Zhang Fa, live and direct from Chengdu.



(Includes GST, fees may apply)



Chef David

Level 1/462 Elizabeth St
Melbourne, 3000

The Festival is delighted to welcome a visit from Zhang Fa of the century-old Chen Mapo restaurant, one of the master chefs of Chengdu, who comes to Melbourne to share a true taste of one of his home town’s great gifts to the world of food: mapo tofu.

Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, is home to 20 million people, and was the first Asian city to be recognized by UNESCO as a City of Gastronomy. It was in Chengdu in 1862 that Chen Mapo (aka 陈麻婆) first invented and popularized the dish that would go on to carry her name to food lovers around the world. Victoria is a sister state to Sichuan Province, and nowhere is this kinship tastier than in our shared love of this classic of Chinese cuisine.

With the support of the Chengdu Municipal Government, chef Zhang will be joining the team at Melbourne’s very own Chef David restaurant to offer a taste of Chengdu cuisine, straight from the homeland, and with this most revered of Sichuan dishes a key highlight.

Note: this menu is shared and bookings for this event are taken only in multiples of two (the price listed is for two people).

We’ve partnered with Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street to offer MFWF ticket buyers an exclusive hotel room offer during the Festival. Purchase any MFWF ticket and receive 20% off the base room rate between 14 – 25 March 2024. Your purchase confirmation email will include a link to access the offer and book directly with Hilton Melbourne Little Queen Street. T&Cs apply, not valid during black out dates.


*For online purchases via, a credit card fee of up to 1.75% and booking fee of up to $4.50 per transaction may be applied. Purchases through other sites may incur different booking fees.

More information

  • Gift voucher redeemable
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Allocated Seating: Shared Tables
  • Shared plates: Yes
  • Dietary requirements: not available
  • For all event enquiries, please call 0431 169 890 or email