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The Best of Mordi
The Mordialloc Food, Wine and Music Festival, or the Mordi Festival as us locals call it, is getting bigger and better every year. This year promises to be the biggest and best yet, with the festival selected by the prestigious Melbourne Food and Wine Festival as a "must visit" event.
Held at the Peter Scullin Reserve on Beach Road and proud of its family friendly atmosphere, it's often been the highlight of the year for the blessed locals who live in the wonderful place we all know as Mordi. Entry is by gold coin donation and then you'll find there's no better place to be as the beautiful breeze from one of Melbourne's best beaches provides a perfect accompaniment for the music tinkling the bay air.
There's no shortage of great food with marquees and tents littering the reserve offering gourmet food from around the world. Sweet and sour, Thai or Turkish, there's bound to be something that will satisfy the fussiest craving. For me, I never need to venture further than the legendary Flying Calamari Brothers van. If you haven't yet tried a cone of this perfectly moreish squid then I implore you.
Of course, after sampling this food, there'll no doubt be a need for a cold beverage and this is where the large selection of boutique, craft and local beers and other refreshments will come into their own.
Not every festival gets its own brew but the Mordi festival does, with local craft brewery 2 Brothers producing Mordi Lager, made for the festival, a perfect pale ale as the sun goes down. Six or seven of these in the tank should see you swinging over to the beach tent for some swing and salsa dance lessons.
The 2 Brothers behind 2 Brothers. image courtesy heraldsun.com.au
If this still isn't enough then stand by to be entertained by some of the finest musicians going around. The music promises to be as varied as the food and a particular treat if blues, jazz and soul is your thing, with the line-up including Saskwatch, Kylie Auldist and the Glenroy All Stars, Jimi Hocking and Bert Deivert - and who wouldn't want to see a band called Andrea Marr and the Funky Hitman or the Dirty Boogie Band?
Australian music icons Vika and Linda Bull and Stephen Cummings will also be on hand performing the hits that have made them legends.
There's also some other activities including local crafts, photography and arts and of course, the Masterchef Tent.
So what are you waiting for? How many more excuses do you need to get down to the Mordi Festival?