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The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2016 hits our streets between 4th and 13th March. With more than 200 events on the program, it can be difficult to select which to attend. Here are some suggestions for the best of the best.
1. Latin American Street Food Fiesta at Lady Carolina
Lady Carolina's street food festival will be an exciting exploration of the four corners of Latin America, taking you on a culinary journey from the fertile highlands of Argentina, the magical jungles of Brazil, and the coastal regions of Peru, through to the forests of Colombia and the markets of Mexico. Steering the ship will be Cameron Dening and Blair Williams in the kitchen.
Go on a five country journey through Latin America at Lady Carolina
Your food journey will include barbecued meats, street foods, Mexican paletas and Peruvian picarones.
Chill out to Afro-Caribbean beats while sipping on refreshing cocktails and celebrating the best of Latin America.
For the 10 days of the festival, Queensbridge Square, 3 Queensbridge Street, Southbank, will be the home for the 2016 Festival Hub. There will be a daily rotation of events and menus from expert cheese and ice-cream makers from around the globe, including Big Gay Ice Cream, Gelato Messina and more.
Internationally renowned French baker, Gontran Cherrier, will be taking up residence at the boulangerie during the Festival. Start your day with a steaming coffee and warm crusty bread fresh from the oven, or treat yourself to a buttery baked item, best eaten on the spot - yum!
Renowned French baker Gontran Cherrier will be found at the Festival Hub bakery
The bakery is open each day from 7.30am - 4.00pm during the Festival.
The Plaza Ballroom presents a lavish evening of food, wine and entertainment at 6.30pm on Wednesday 9th March.
Truly, Madly, Deeply Melbourne offers a rare opportunity for guests to experience the iconic Plaza Ballroom at the Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne, showcasing a unique blend of historic beauty and contemporary elegance. In an extravagant celebration, diners can look forward to a decadent four-course dinner from Executive Chef David Ricardo, accompanied by matching wines from locally sourced Punt Road Wines in the Yarra Valley.
On the menu will be such delights as seared scallops with preserved lemon puree, hazelnut crumb and caramelised apple, and Moroccan spiced quail with Israeli couscous, pomegranate and roasted pumpkin.
Have your champagne poured by acrobats at the Plaza Ballroom
The splendid Rococo surrounds of the Plaza Ballroom will host a range of entertainment acts throughout the night, including the Champagne Acrobats suspended from the roof, pouring champagne for guests upon arrival.
Tickets to this event are $153 per person, which includes a four-course dinner with matched wines. Click here to buy your ticket.