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

World’s Longest Lunch 2024

Presented by La Trobe Financial

15 March



(Includes GST, fees may apply)



Kings Domain

Linlithgow Avenue
Melbourne, 3004

The World’s Longest Lunch 2024, presented by La Trobe Financial, doubles down on the maximum-Melbourne quality of the setting, inviting Andrew McConnell, one of the city’s most lauded culinary talents, to bring to the event some of the magic that has made venues such as Gimlet, Cumulus Inc, Supernormal and Cutler & Co essential highlights of the contemporary Australian dining landscape.

More than three decades on from its humble beginnings on the turf at the MCG in 1993, meanwhile, the World’s Longest Lunch now kicks off the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival each year with food from a celebrated chef served across more than 600 metres of table winding through Melbourne’s superb Kings Domain, in a spectacular dining experience that must be seen to be believed.

Andrew McConnell is the quintessential Melbourne chef, as interested in art, design and culture as he is prime produce, sustainable farming and switched-on service. After years of cooking in Shanghai, London and Hong Kong, the venues he opened on his return have defined our city’s style and shaped the tastes and expectations of a generation of its chefs, waiters and diners, from his early days at Diningroom 211 and Three, One, Two through to such contemporary benchmarks as Cumulus Inc, Cutler & Co, Marion and Supernormal, and, that restaurant of the moment, Gimlet not to mention its new little sister, The Apollo Inn, and his Meatsmith butcheries and Morning Market provedores.

“It’s a great pleasure to be part of the World’s Longest Lunch this March,” says McConnell. “It’s going to be a great way to open this year’s festival.”

Every ticket for this year’s World’s Longest Lunch, presented by La Trobe Financial, includes a three-course lunch designed by Andrew McConnell and prepared by MFWF’s official catering partner, Peter Rowland Group, with premium poultry from Aurum, wines by Tahbilk, beers from Brick Lane Brewing, still, sparkling and flavoured waters from Capi, coffee from Melbourne’s own Inglewood Coffee Roasters, all served by a team of waitstaff dressed to the nines by Cargo Crew. With thanks to our beauty brand partner, Mecca Cosmetica, every guest receives a 150ml bottle of its luxuriously whipped To Save Body SPF30 Radiant Sun Mousse.

If you’d like to turn up the dial even further on your World’s Longest Lunch experience, this year’s event also includes the option of a VIP package, which, for $525 a head, includes a cocktail on arrival, premium seating with city views, a dedicated VIP bar and staff, premium wines from our wine partner, Tahbilk, and a signed copy of Andrew McConnell’s new book, Meatsmith.

The standard menu is free of shellfish and beef. Vegetarian, low-gluten, and pork-free options are available.

Exclusive offer:
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 and 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; this offer is not valid during blackout 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: Please call our customer service team if you require accessible seats. 03 9823 6100
  • Allocated Seating: Yes
  • Venue Directions: Train – Lunch is a 10-minute walk or short tram ride up St Kilda Road from Flinders Street Station. Trams – The closest tram stop is stop 17 – Grant Street on St Kilda Road. Parking - Limited metered street parking is available.
  • Low Gluten
  • Pork Free
  • Vegetarian
  • For all event enquiries, please call (03) 9823 6100 or email