Bringing the best of the festival talent to the heart of Melbourne – for free. 

Roll up to the Brosa Main Stage at Queen Victoria Market on the weekends of 26 and 27 March and 2 and 3 April during the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival for free demonstrations by some of the best and most interesting cooking talent from around Australia and the world. Hosted by celebrated Melbourne food identities Sofia Levin, Cam Smith and Kara Monssen, these free, family-friendly sessions offer everything from a new way to make dinner to a new way of thinking about the world. Grab a bite and a drink from Snacktown, The Big Spaghetti or The Convenient Store, and then feed your mind and imagination at the Brosa Stage each weekend: come one, come all.

Saturday 26 March

  • 11am - Emmylou MacCarthy, presenter, influencer, author and designer, Melbourne, on the perfect grazing platter  
  • 11.45am - Dave Pynt, Burnt Ends, Singapore, on grilled leeks with hazelnut brown butter
  • 12.30pm - Fuchsia Dunlop, author and Sichuan food expert, London, on mapo tofu
  • 1.15pm - George Calombaris and Sarah Todd, chefs and presenters, Melbourne, on The Roti That Wants to be a Souvlaki
  • 2pm - Diana Chan, presenter and influencer, Melbourne, on char kway teow
  • 2.45pm - Hamed Allahyari, Cafe Sunshine and SalamaTea, Melbourne, on dadami labne dip
  • With host Sofia Levin

Sunday 27 March

  • 11am - Eric Wareheim, comedian, winemaker, musician and author of Foodheim, Los Angeles, on parms, parmas and Nonna sauce
  • 12.30pm - Jowett Yu, ex-Ho Lee Fook, Hong Kong, on oil-splashed noodles
  • 1.15pm - Iain Ling, Hotel Lincoln/Super Ling, Melbourne, on fragrant eggplant and mapo tofu jaffles
  • 2pm - Isaac McHale, The Clove Club, London, on buttermilk fried chicken with pine salt
  • 2.45pm - Lennox Hastie, Firedoor, Sydney, on dry-aging meat the Firedoor way
  • With host Sofia Levin

Saturday 2 April

  • 11am - Dani Valent and Katrina Dunnett, Fareshare ambassadors, Melbourne, and a mystery-box challenge
  • 11.45am - Paul Carmichael, ex-Momofuku Seiobo, Sydney, on pork schnitzels and Cuban mojo
  • 12.30pm - Skye Gyngell, Spring, London, on pappardelle with cavolo nero and anchovy
  • 1.15pm - Durkhanai and Farida Ayubi, Parwana, Adelaide, on leek and feta bolanis
  • 2pm - Emiko Davies, author, Florence, on cicchetti and instant entertaining, Venetian-style 
  • 2.45pm - Joe Vargetto, Mister Bianco, Melbourne, on the Sicilian pastie
  • With hosts Cam Smith and Kara Monssen, and DJ Clem Donohoe

Sunday 3 April

  • 11am - Andreas Papadakis, Tipo 00, Melbourne, on pasta perfection
  • 11.45am - Karen Martini, Hero, Melbourne, on spaghettini with crab, chilli and soft herbs
  • 12.30pm - Guy and Carlo Grossi, Grossi Florentino, Melbourne, on the joy of tortellini
  • 1.15pm - Brandon Jew, Mr Jiu's, San Francisco, on cheong fun with salami XO sauce 
  • 2pm - Julien Royer, Odette, Singapore, on the art of cooking with vegetables
  • 2.45pm - Giorgio Linguanti, That’s Amore, Melbourne
  • With host Cam Smith, and DJ Clem Donohoe


The program takes place on the Brosa Main Stage on Queen Street at Queen Victoria Market from 11am-3.15pm Saturday 26 March, Sunday 27 March, Saturday 2 April and Sunday 3 April. All sessions are free and unticketed. This program is correct at time of publication but is subject to change; check the screens at the market for details on the timing of the demonstrations on the day