Events for the beer buff

If you’re a homebrewer from way back and you relish the latest drop of craft brews at your local bottle-shop, indulge your beer obsession further with one of these events at the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, presented by Bank of Melbourne.

Grazing in the Greenhouse

Yarra Valley brewery Hargreaves Hill is the star of the show at this leisurely lunch served in the greenhouse at Yarra Valley Gourmet Foods in Seville. Start the day picking seasonal produce from the orchard, then let the team guide you through the process of turning it into a take-home condiment before you sit down to lunch.

Richmond Grain Groupies Grain Crawl

Celebrate all things grain on a crawl through Phillippa’s Bakery, Mountain Goat Brewery and Brogan’s Way Distillery to see how grains can be used to make three distinct products. From fermenting wheat for sourdough to brewing malt for beer, you’ll get to put your knowledge to the taste-test and take some samples home, too.

Mjølner x Stomping Ground: Beasts and Brews

Retro-futurist Viking restaurant Mjolner takes over the Stomping Ground Beer Hall for a Nordic night of mass proportions. Chefs Joachim Borenius and Andy Wright will serve up a five-course feast, matched with five brews by Stomping Ground. Are you ready to channel your inner thor?

Barwon Heads Beach Bash

Is there anything more relaxing than sinking your toes into the sand with a beer in your hand? Be sure to clear your diary for this afternoon by the ocean in Barwon Heads, featuring brews by Blackman’s Brewery and wine from Oakdene Vineyards to complement a menu of regional produce and the freshest seafood.

Regional World’s Longest Lunch Echuca

Unwind on a Friday afternoon along the banks of the Murray River with locally crafted beers and Heathcote wines. The Echuca region’s farming, indigenous and artistic communities will be celebrated with a grazing-style menu of local saltbush lamb, river herbs and produce grilled over a red gum fire.

Surf Coast BBQ Block Party

Anglesea restaurant Captain Moonlite plays host to this barbecue bash, where the crew from Blackman’s Brewery will pour their best brews all afternoon while you feast on the smoky creations from a collaboration between Fancy Hanks, Restaurant Igni and, all the way from North Carolina, Elliot Moss of Buxton Hall Barbecue. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Burnley Brewing Tours & Tastings

Meet the makers as they serve up brews still in the fermentation phase and walk through the brewing process. Learn about the varied ingredients that make up each beer and how this changes the shape and appearance, followed by a tasting session over two beer-inspired entrees.

What a Difference a Glass Makes

A beer glass is a beer glass is a beer glass. Or is it? The experts at Spiegelau are here to share the secret of matching the right beer styles to the right glass for maximum flavour. Through a guided tasting of three beer styles, you'll get to see what role specially crafted glasses play in complementing each style. From aroma and texture to flavour and intensity, learn how the glass makes all the difference to the brew and get a pack of craft glasses to take home.

Stomping Ground Beer Garden at River Graze

You can’t miss Stomping Ground and Asado’s brightly coloured shipping containers on the banks of the Yarra, and you certainly won’t want to miss their menu of award-winning beers and Argentinian food. Independent Melbourne brewery Stomping Ground will also be showcasing their new 'Island Time' South Pacific Ale, brewed exclusively for MFWF in collaboration with Pink Boots Society for International Women’s Day.

Rhythm and Booze

Get a taste of old-school southern hospitality at Echuca’s American Hotel. The team will put on an all-American barbecue bash, with Echuca's local craft breweries pouring their best beers and offset smokers bringing a taste of the Old South to Victoria’s deep north.

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