Many of Melbourne establishments will be hosting a scrumptious lunch, a food lover's delight or a masterclass. You will be able to eat canapes and cocktails on a Melbourne city rooftop or partake in a casual, lazy and leisurely meal in one of the city laneways.
The aim of this festival is to promote quality produce, as well as the amazing talent and lifestyle of Melbourne and the State of Victoria. It is also to emphasise Melbourne as the incomparable culinary city of Australia that it is.
PROGRAM OF EVENTS On the opening weekend, Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre will change into The House of Food and Wine with top international and local chefs including Matt Abergel, Paul Carmichael, and Kirsten Tibballs. These chefs will demonstrate their signature dishes while others including Peter Gilmore from The Quay, Sydney and Dan Hunter from Brae, Victoria will debate hot topics in the hospitality industry.
The House of Food and Wine
This will be a three-day takeover of Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre. The House of Food and Wine will be a premium drinking and dining destination for the festival's opening weekend. Each day, The House of Food and Wine will feature:
Top local and international chefs demonstrating their dishes at masterclasses and these will be supported by Sanpellegrino. They will also be tackling the hottest topics in hospitality at the Theatre of Ideas supported by The New York Times.
Tastings and entertainment.
Hands-on workshops where visitors will be able to learn practical skills, taste the foods they make and talk about the future of food with great minds like Derek Dammann of Maison Publique, Montreal, Sharon Flynn of The Fermentary, Victoria and David Moyle of Longsong, Melbourne.
Food trucks offering delicious creations and cocktails from Belles Hot Chicken and Mamasita.
A daily Asian street food participation, including Rice Paper Sister on Saturday 9th March and Restaurant Shik on Sunday 10th March.
Saturday 9th March to Monday 11th March, from 12 noon to 6 pm, $45 for early bird day pass, which includes entry to The House of Food and Wine, masterclass and Theatre of Ideas with food and drink available for purchase or $99 for early bird VIP day pass, workshops are $40 each and can be added to any day pass.
The House of Food and Wine After Dark
At night time, the party really starts at The House of Food and Wine with three one-off events supported by Hennessy. Every culture has a signature chicken recipe, so organisers decided to bring them together in one menu cooked by some of our favourite chefs.
All The Chickens is headlined by Matt Abergel, who is well known for his exceptional yakitori at Hong Kong's Yardbird. Joining him will be Morgan McGlone from Belles Hot Chicken, Melbourne and Sydney, Palisa Anderson from Boon Cafe and Chat Thai, Sydney, Thi Le from Anchovy, Melbourne. This is in collaboration with Trisha Greentree and Barbados-born Paul Carmichael from Momofuku Seiōbo, Sydney.
This will be on Friday 8th March, costs $95 and includes five dishes and a Hennessy cocktail on arrival with drinks to purchase.
Kings of Quebec supported by Destination Canada - Montreal's food scene has the well-known Joe Beef. This renown restaurant earned a reputation for embracing Quebec's epicurean style of food. The Joe Beef team will be cooking a candle-lit supper of huge proportions. This will be on Saturday 9th March, cost $185 and includes five courses and drinks.
Master Quiz by The Hungry Gentlemen - Put your thinking and palate to the test in the ultimate food and wine sensory quiz, devised by wine writer Max Allen and food writer Richard Cornish.
You will be served mystery drinks to taste, charcuterie and cheese to wonder about and delicious desserts to work out. Meanwhile, Allen and Cornish will be asking the strange questions to work out which of Melbourne's supertasters will leave with the Golden Tongue Award!
This will happen on Sunday 10th March, cost $75 and include food and drink tastings with more drinks available to buy.
Global Dining Series supported by Lavazza
Top Australian and international chefs will take over the pots and pans at some of Melbourne's most popular restaurants.
- Peter Gilmore from The Quay, Sydney at Cutler & Co.
- Dan Hong from Mr Wong, Sydney
- Victor Liong from Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne
- Jowett Yu from Ho Lee Fook, Hong Kong
- Jake Kellie from Burnt Ends, Singapore at Sunda
- Daniel Puskas from Sixpenny, Sydney at Laura, Pt Leo Estate
From 15th to 17th March, the regions hold many events such as long lunches, crawls in three food hotspots and the transformation of a small town into the ultimate foodie destination. There will be 19 simultaneous regional World's Longest Lunches on Friday 15th March.
There will be Crawl 'n' Bite who will come to the region for the first time with crawls in Ballarat, Healesville and Kyneton. More than 50 other events will take place across regional Victoria throughout the weekend!
Some of these include:
Surf Coast BBQ Block Party – This overlooks Anglesea Beach at Captain Moonlite with Aaron Turner, Mike Patrick and Elliot Moss from the USA.
Great Western's Longest Underground Lunch – held at Seppelt Winery in the underground cellars dug by miners over 160 years ago. This will be on sale soon in the small town of Jindivick in Gippsland and the event will be on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March. Melbourne-based restaurants, cafes and bars will join with local culinary chefs, producers and winemakers to give you the ultimate foodie experience.