Tasty events in Melbourne's west

Published on February 25 2019.

Photo: Some of the food on offer at Sunshine Food Fever

Banh mi, biryani, bao and beer – the eateries and bars in Melbourne’s west are a delicious entry point into the city’s diverse communities who have contributed to our thriving food city. Whether it’s Ethiopian, Italian, vegetarian or Indian you’re after, head west during this year’s Melbourne Food & Wine Festival to check out one of the events below. Make some time to stop in at one of the pubs or bars that’s set up shop in recent years and call it a day well spent.

Dumpling Showdown: Asian vs Italian

You say xiao long bao, I say ravioli but all’s equal in the dumpling universe. Or is it? Find out at this cook-off between Italian restaurant Bottega and mod-Asian diner Luxsmith, where the chefs will go head-to-head on all manner of stuffed and steamed pockets of goodness.

Even Artichokes Have Hearts

Footscray restaurant Small Graces takes a waste-not, want-not philosophy to cooking. And the team want to give you a taste of this sustainable way of eating. Over five courses of plant-based fare, you’ll be exposed to root-to-stalk cooking using both inventive and traditional techniques. There’s also the option to add matched vegan wines, spirits and liqueurs.

Sunshine Food Fever

Successive waves of Asian, African and Indian immigration have not only made Sunshine one of Australia’s most culturally diverse suburbs but one of its most delicious too. This progressive dinner is a snapshot of who’s cooking what in Sunshine right now, from South Vietnamese to Ethiopian to North Indian. Come with an appetite.

Westside Mixology

What does a Footscray Daquiri, Sour or Martini taste like? That’s a question for the cocktail whizzes at Littlefoot Bar, located in the heart of Footscray. The Littlefoot crew have set themselves the challenge of distilling the suburb’s multicultural tastes and aromas into a list of drinks that celebrate the area’s diversity and history. 

A Night on the Pier

Can you think of anywhere more fitting to taste the flavours of the sea than Williamstown's waterside restaurant Pier Farm? Watch the boats bobbing on the bay as you sit down to a four-course menu where Victorian seafood is the hero ingredient on the plate. Matched wines are included.

Where Did Veal Go?

Is there a place for veal in a sustainable food system? Many would say yes. At this informative dinner, the team at Burn City Test Kitchen will explain the misconception around eating veal and why this source of meat has taken a hit in recent years. Discover what sustainably sourced veal means and try it in a series of dishes prepared in true Burn City style.

Pigs, Pints and Pinot

Show your support for the community of Footscray at this annual event at The Plough Hotel. Back bigger and better for its third year, the event promises a barbecued Western Plains pork from the charcoal spit, beers from Footscray’s Hop Nation brewery and wines from Shadowfax. Some of Melbourne’s best local and independent musicians will be on hand to supply the tunes plus all funds raised by the child-friendly event go to Footscray’s three local primary schools. Talk about feelgood.

Ethiopian Vegan Feast

Fun fact: Ethiopian cuisine and vegan diets have quite a lot in common. And this dinner will showcase that overlap with a banquet of vegan dishes that range from mild to spicy – and even a vegan dessert. With injera and a traditional coffee ceremony also in the mix, this is one date to mark in your diary, whether you’re of the vegan persuasion or not.

Find more events in Melbourne's west during the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne.