A sneak peek of the food at The House of Food and Wine

Published on February 28 2019.

Photo: Mamasita tacos

There’s plenty to tempt you at The House of Food and Wine in 2019, as we take over every nook and cranny of The Malthouse Theatre (even the courtyard!) and invite some of our favourite Melbourne bars and eateries to transform the space into a food-lover’s playground. Free rosé tastings, $12 cocktails and food trucks are just the beginning – you also get a bespoke ice-cream inspired by a famous chef included in every ticket. Read on for what you’ll be eating and drinking on the opening weekend of the Festival. Get your tickets.

Sundae School Ice Creamery

Every ticket to The House of Food and Wine includes a complimentary Sundae School Ice Creamery dessert, created in honour of four international stars appearing at the Festival. The desserts combine Sundae School’s trademark playful style with ingredients inspired by the hometowns and restaurants of four visiting chefs.

Quebec Sundae
The sundae gets an avant-garde update: brown butter ice-cream, duck fat caramel, smoked whipped cream and a cherry on top, inspired by the team from Montreal’s Joe Beef.

Cantonese Crunch
Tropical fruit plus Asian flavours: custard apple and Sichuan pepper ice-cream rolled in honey-noodle crunch, inspired by Ho Lee Fook in Hong Kong.

Baltic Float
A dessert channelling the Danish summer: buttermilk ice-cream, elderflower soda, rosehip cream, inspired by Restaurant Kadeau on Bornholm.

Seoulful Sorbet
Traditional Korean punch, remixed: Sujeonggwa (sweet cinnamon punch) sorbet rolled in pine nut biscuit crumbs, inspired by New York restaurants Atoboy and Atomix.

Ice-creams from Sundae School Ice Creamery

Belles Hot Chicken

Belles Hot Chicken will serve a mix of menu staples plus a one-off creation just for The House of Food and Wine. Can you handle the heat?

Southern fried clams with Alabama white sauce $14

Belles spicy tenders (4 pieces) and waffles $20

Belles Old Bay fries $6

Belles mixed pickles $6

Mamasita Food Truck

Melbourne’s perennially popular Mexican cantina Mamasita is setting up shop in the Malthouse courtyard, serving some of its favourite dishes, including that corn.

Chargrilled corn off the cob, chipotle mayo, queso, lime $6

Shellfish tostada, “Acapulco coctel” sauce, guacamole $7

Pickled mushroom tostada, frijoli aioli, lemon, coriander $8

Lengua & cheek tacos, house pickles, ghost chilli crema $13 for 2 (add fries $4)

Tajin shoestring fries, chipotle mayo, cotija cheese $6

Curtis Stone’s all-Australian barbecue

Curtis Stone will team up with Melbourne butcher Meatsmith to create a barbecue like no other at The House of Food and Wine, cooking over open flames and channelling the ethos of his Los Angeles butcher shop Gwen. Available on Monday 11 March only.

Grilled flank, charred shallots and crispy saltbush
Smoked mushrooms, carrot purée

Smoked pastrami, mustard and pickles
Beef fat fried potatoes, frisée and apple slaw

Grilled spinalis and bone marrow sauce
Pomme purée, charred baby broccoli and lemon vinaigrette

Rosés provided by Vintage Cellars

Rosé All Day by Vintage Cellars

Wine-lovers of all stripes can try 12 hard-to-find rosés from around the world in this free tasting included in every ticket to The House. With small group sizes and giveaways included, there’s plenty to be tickled pink about.

Some of the wines on offer include:

Sainte Roseline Perle Rosé, Provence, France 

Land of Giants Rosé, Marlborough, New Zealand

Roseline Rosé Prestige, Provence, France

Lampe De Meduse Rosé Cru Classe, Provence, France

Bar Margaux by The Everleigh

Get a sneak peek of The Everleigh team's brand new venue, Bar Margaux, opening in May in Melbourne's CBD, via their takeover of one of the bars at The Malthouse. They'll be pouring a range of French varieties grown and made in Victoria, with a bent towards the natural and low intervention. Giddy up.

Bar Kyoto Protocol

This low-waste pop-up bar by Belles Hot Chicken will be slinging cocktails and natural wine from noon until sundown every day, as well as a couple of bar snacks to complement the drinks. Using recyclable cups and ingredients that are often overlooked, the bar will aim for a low carbon footprint.

Cocktails -All $12.00

Tom Sonic
Goldy gin, meyer lemon, grapefruit, soda, tonic

Harajuku Highball
Whiskey, sake, lime, green tea soda

Hennessey VS, house peach iced tea

BasicB Sour
Vodka, watermelon, yuzu, cucumber


Digging deep into the Belles cellar, beverage director Christian Robertson and founder Morgan McGlone will showcase close to 100 natural wines from around the world from a variety of vintages. The list will change almost daily.

“Some of these wines no longer come into the country anymore so it’s going to be really fun getting them out into people’s glasses,” Robertson says.


Sardines, cultured butter, picked onion, crackers $12

Pimento cheese and ham jaffle $10