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Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2018

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We are all powered by food. It's the life source of this earth; so when the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival comes along from 16-25 March 2018, this state-wide celebration presented by Bank of Melbourne will see over 300 events all across Victoria. Bespoke events will be played out in restaurants, laneways, lights-turned-down basements, and dizzying rooftops, spilling into spectacular regional Victoria. It's the perfect way to shine a light on, support and cultivate the very things that makes Victoria a world class gastronomic destination.

One of the most anticipated events has to be Bank of Melbourne World's Longest Lunch. For the first time since 1992, this event is leaving the city for the banks of the Maribyrnong River frontage, Footscray on Fri 16 Mar from 12pm. Sitting around a 500 metre long table will be 1700 diners, waiting to savour and wolf down three decadent courses prepared by Adam D'Sylva (Tonka, Coda) and Jerry Mai (Annam, Pho Nom). Indian, Italian, Vietnamese and Cambodian roots will be transformed into a modern Australian feast, with a dazzling dessert inspired by global travels. Matched wines, still and sparkling water, coffee, talented artists and musicians who call Footscray home will complete the picture and help you celebrate in style.

Regional Victoria is putting on their own World's Longest Lunch - Ballarat and surrounds also on Fri 16 Mar from 12-4pm at Hop Lane, Ballarat Central. The laneway feast of produce straight form the paddocks, patches and vines is a degustation menu hero'd by local ingredients and developed by Ballarat's inner city circle of restaurants like underbar, The Pub with Two Names, Moon and Mountain, Peter Ford, The George Hotel and The Forge Pizzeria.

A brand NEW event added to the 2018 lineup is the Victoria & the World Tasting Room on Sat 24 Mar from 12-3pm in White Lane, Melbourne and again at 5.30pm. This taste-a-thon features wine producers and cheese makers from home and abroad. Mingle with them and taste their wares produced from 20 plus vineyards and cheeses made with the environment, community and animal welfare in mind. All wine and cheese tasting is included in your ticket, and if you taste something you just can't live without, the onsite pop-up crèmerie is the place to visit to take home your favourites from the day. There'll also be an antique cart from which you can purchase melting, grilled, and deliciously oozy snacks with the star cheeses.

Such an intense program with events in the hundreds deserves your full attention. You'll be spoilt for choice whether it be food and drink, or to fulfil your penchant to celebrate out of town.

If it's food for the mind you're after, there's talks and classes, tours and food and art events to look forward to. Be it multicultural, outdoors and markets, laneways and block parties or events you can take the whole family to, you'll find it all on the website with filtering options by calendar and more. Check out the recipes on the website to start whetting your appetite. You'll find more recipes in the 2015 and 2016 recipe books on the Bank of Melbourne's Social Feed as well. The Facebook page is a good source for updates. Bon Appétit!
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Why? Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2018
When: 16-25 March 2018
Where: Various venues in Victoria
Cost: See website for ticket prices
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