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Melbourne's Taste Spectacular
2017 represents 25 years of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, this year running from March 31st to April 9th. To celebrate the milestone event the program includes some outstanding highlights including RIVER GRAZE presented by Melbourne Water, Flemington Grazing Trail and Cellar Door, The Night of Irreverent Pleasures, A Very Special Lunch at Stonefields, Surf, Turf and Bolli In The Park, MoVida Moritz Laneway Fiesta and For The Love of Sake – just a mouth watering sample of some of the great events lining up to tempt your taste buds and palate.
25 years on the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is still one of Australia's great culinary events. Photo: stockimages - freedigitalphotos.net
More than 20 Longest Lunch events will be staged throughout Victoria celebrating fabulous local produce matched with some outstanding local wines and craft brews. Venues include Ballarat, Bass Coast, Bellarine, Bendigo, Cranbourne, Creswick, Echuca, Eynesbury, Falls Creek, Gembrook, Grampians, High Country, Inverleigh, Mornington, Mount Dandenong, Nagambie, On The Bay, Queenscliff, Woodend, Wyndham, Yarra Valley, Daylesford, Geelong and Red Hill. The Daylesford, Geelong and Red Hill events are already sold out so you will need to get in quick to secure a place at one of the other venues.
Chefs from around the world will present special Master Classes throughout this years Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Photo: stockimages-freedigitalphotos.net
A particular highlight for 2017 will be a series of Master Classes hosted by 8 chefs whose restaurants have featured on The World's 50 Best Restaurants List. The featured chefs are Carlo Cracco, David Thompson, Wylie Dufresne, Zaiyu Hasegawa, Jorge Vallejo, Ashley Palmer-Watts, Gaston Acurio and Grant Achatz. You'll need to get in and book early as these classes will sell out quickly with prices starting at just $35.
Your taste buds will be tempted by an amazing array of fine foods ..... Photo: hin255-freedigitalphotos.net
.... and your palate by some incredible wines. Photo: Carlos Porto-freedigitalphotos.net
The golden era of steam travel will be showcased with the Central Goldfields Railway running its very popular Ales on Rails program as part of the festival. Guests will board the steam train at Castlemaine and travel in indulgent style in the luxurious 1920's Club and Lounge cars to Maldon and return while sampling some of Central Victoria's finest craft beers.
Lunch will be served at the Kangaroo Hotel in Maldon.
The service will operate on Saturday 1st and Saturday 8th April and connects with V-Line services to and from Melbourne so you can leave the car at home and enjoy this experience to the full. Tickets cost $110 per head and are available through Victorian Goldfields Railway at www.vgr.com.au
The Victorian Goldfields Railway will run its very popular Ales on Rails tours on two weekends during the festival. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
The House of Food & Wine will host 13 events including an Opening Party, The Breakfast Club and A Taste of the Ocean.
The Melbourne Wine and Food Festival is one of Australia's signature culinary events and attracts rave revues year after year.
You'd be a fool to miss it so get onto the website at www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au to check out the full list of incredible events, pick one that excites you and get on down for the time of your life.