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Published February 16th 2015
Tempt your taste buds with these food & wine festivals
A state famous for its culinary delights, it is only fitting that the year is filled with food & wine festivals to get your taste buds indulging...
Below are the top Food & Wine Festivals in Melbourne and across Victoria that are a must add to your event calendar.
1. Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
When: 27 February 2015- 15 March 2015 Where: Various venues across Melbourne- See website. Cost: Tickets vary depending on event- See website for all ticket pricing and purchases. Details: 17 days of foodie fun! Food events galore ranging from Artisan Bakery & Bar Festival, World's Longest Lunch, Global Chef & Wine Dinners, Restaurant Express, Open Kitchen and plenty more. Plenty of kids activities, workshops, masterclasses, talks, cooking demos, workshops and much more... Click here for website.
2. Apollo Bay Seafood Festival When: 21 February 2015: 10am-9pm Where: Apollo Bay Foreshore, Apollo Bay
Cost: See website Details: Seafood Lovers will love this event! Celebrating all things seafood with local produce to try, beers and wines, cooking demos from local and celebrity chefs, live entertainment, market stalls, and plenty more to indulge in... See website for all information.
3. Flavours of Asia Market Festival When: 28 February 2015
Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 22, Station St, Caulfield East
Cost: Adults: $20pp & Child: $10pp
Details: Coinciding with Chinese New Year celebrations this festival will celebrate the Flavours of Asia Market. It will be filled with cooking demos, live entertainment, range of delicacies from across the continent to try, taste and experience, and plenty more of culinary activities. Click here for website.
4. Melbourne Tomato Festival
When: 1 March 2015: 10am-6pm
Where: Farm Vigano, 10 Bushmans Way, South Morang
Cost: Adults: $25pp, Children (6-13 years): $10pp.
Details: Taste of Italy's annual tomato harvest is here in Melbourne this March. The festival is all about tomatoes of course! There will be plenty of things to do and see with interactive tomato activites, passata-making workshops, cooking demos, talks on produce, Italian-inspired market offering meals, fresh produce and take-home treats. There are plenty more of culinary experiences to be enjoyed... Click here for website.
5. Taste of Rutherglen
When: 7- 8 March 2015
Where: 57 Main St, Rutherglen
Cost: Tickets start from $40pp- See website for all ticket pricing & purchase.
Details: This is one not to be missed, the event showcases Rutherglen's outstanding wines & food with behind the scenes experiences, workshops, classes, and much more culinary activities.
6. Melbourne International Coffee Exhibition
When: 13- 15 March 2015
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale Rd, Flemington
Cost: Tickets start from $20pp – See website for all ticket pricing & purchase.
Details: This 3 day event is one for all the coffee enthusiasts. With exhibitions, activities, workshops, demos, giveaways and tastings to experience this one is not to be missed! Click here for website.
7. The Herb & Chilli Festival
When: 14-15 March 2015
Where: Renaissance Herbs Victoria, 125 Quayle Rd, Wandin East
Cost: Tickets start from $22pp – See website for all ticket pricing & purchases.
Details: This is a great regional festival (only an hour's drive from Melbourne) filled with a variety of cuisine and cultural elements from around Melbourne & beyond. With talks, demos, classes, tastings, music & dance, competitions and plenty more this is one festival not to miss! Click here for website.
8. Bendigo Craft Beer & Cider Festival
When: 28 March 2015
Where: Tom Flood Sports Centre, Bendigo
Cost: Tickets : $40pp – See website.
Details: Take in a full day with some of the best handcrafted beers & ciders. The festival will include a range of award winning craft beers & ciders from all over the state and beyond, entertainment, gourmet foods, live music, activities and more. Click here for website.
9. Daylesford Macedon Produce Harvest Festival
When: 25 April 2015- 3 May 2015
Where: Vincent St, Daylesford
Cost: See website.
Details: A week festival filled with a celebration of harvest from Central Victoria, showcasing the region's abundant food & wine as well as celebrating their producers, farmers, provedores, restaurants and vignerons. There will be plenty of things to do and see ranging from talks, chef demos, demos, cooking classes, samples & tastings and other culinary activities.
10. High Country Harvest Festival
When: 15-24 May 2015
Where: Various locations across Melbourne & Victoria – Check website.
Cost: Ticket pricing vary depending on event- See website for all ticket pricing and purchase information.
Details: This autumn celebration festival is all about the finest food, wine and beer in Victoria's spectacular North East. Sip, sample and savour the delights created by chefs, artisan producers, craft brewers and winemakers. There are around 40 culinary events over 10 scrumptious days... Click here for website.
11. Good Food & Wine Show
When: 5- 8 June 2015
Where: Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Melbourne
Cost: See website.
Details: It is back! Celebrate hundreds of the country's finest food produce and wineries. With a line-up of 15 celebrity chefs, 300 food and wine producers, exhibitions, shows, cooking demos, talks, masterclasses, cooking classes, tastings and much more to indulge in...Click here for website.
12. Weekend Fit for a King Wine & Food Festival
When: 6- 7 June 2015
Where: King Valley Wineries, King Valley
Cost: Tickets $20pp
Details: This festival is certainly fit for a king! With an amazing range of authentic foods, premium wines, great music, variety of activities and more to be enjoyed... this event is a must! Click here for website.
13. Zest Fest
When: 1-8 August 2015
Where: Mildura City, Langtree Mall, Mildura West
Cost: Free entrance
Details: Zest into this festival with an eclectic mix of regional living, with citrus-inspired cooking demos, market stalls, live entertainment, kids activities, classes and the competition for the best Marmalade with judges and everyone tasting the marmalades!
14. Taste of Melbourne
When: 13-16 November 2015: See website for times.
Where: Pelican Lawn, Albert Park (festival is located right beside the Carousel off Aughtie Drive)
Cost: Tickets start from $25.49 pp – see website for all ticket pricing & purchase.
Details: This is a stunning celebration of Melbourne's unique and progressive dining scene, with over 4 indulgent days of the city's latest, greatest and hottest restaurants coming together to bring to you exquisite signature dishes in 'taste' sized portions. There will be plenty of culinary activities, samples & tastings, exhibitors, shopping, interactive foodie activities, chef talks & demos, cooking classes and plenty more... Click here for website.