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by Julia Hebaiter (aka Julia Svoice) (subscribe)
Owns 'FoodLit'. Highly qualified, established food & lifestyle writer, former restaurateur, founder professional writing business, Articul8. Long, diverse writing history, passion for food culture, the land & inspired food
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Have You Got Foodism? Let's Eat By The Lake
Taste of Melbourne, formerly held indoors at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, is launching alfresco lakeside at Pelican Lawn at Albert Park Lake. It's on for four delectable spring days from Thursday November 15th to Sunday the 18th, with its move outdoors bringing Taste of Melbourne in line with Taste Festivals around the world.

Melbourne's most-anticipated spring food and wine event, Taste promises an array of culinary delights and experiences. It combines Melbourne's leading restaurants and chefs, fine food, quality wine and gourmet produce in a stunning environment.

Chefs from 15 top-notch Melbourne restaurants, including The Point, Albert St Food & Wine, MoVida, The Botanical, Mahjong and Mamasita, will prepare starter-sized dishes, including some signature dishes. This gives us the opportunity to sample some of the best food currently being served in Melbourne. Pace yourselves.
Wrap Your Lips Around That

There's an exciting range of special events and interactive masterclasses on offer too.

Then there's the boutique market comprising more than, wait for it, 100 fine food and wine stalls. Now, if that's not culinary heaven, I don't know what is. Sip, sup, sample and buy a range of high-quality fare in what has to be one of the most laid back, picturesque environments in town.

Here are some of the best exhibitors to look out for:

Exclusive Vines for some premium Argentinian wines.

Artisse Organic for all things good to eat and good for you. Their great gluten free range at Freelicious is delicious, while their Little Bellies range keeps the tiny tots happy and healthy.

Wine Selectors: Choose from a great range, chat to the experts and check out Wine Selectors Online.

180 Degrees°C Cupcakes: I'd do a 360 for these little creations.

Dal Zotto Wines, classy King Valley wine, including sensational spring Prosecco.

Some beautiful Belgravia Wines from Orange, NSW.

Nicholson River Winery - try their beautiful Bordeaux Blend.

Chef Hugh's honest-to-goodness Hughsli range of cereals, nuts, bars and seasonal foods.

Call into Blue Sky Brewery for an award-winning brew from sunny Cairns.

Or maybe a Kwencher, a premium lager with all natural Darjeeling tea & summer fruit fusions.

Tuck into Trentham Tucker, whose quality Australian products are the perfect sweet indulgence for any occasion.

Mount Avoca, which just picked up Best Cabernet 2012 at the Victorian Wine Showcase at Fed Square.

And maybe finish with some lively, colouful little balls of MiniMelts Ice Cream, enough to melt any ice cream lover's heart.

And, as they say, man - and woman for that matter - cannot live on bread alone. Good produce deserves the best equipment to chop, roll perhaps, and prepare it on. Check out Nature's Cutting Boards' Camphor Laurel, environmentally friendly chopping boards.

Taste of Melbourne is sumptuous. It's indulgent. It's deserving of a day off to go on a weekday before the weekend's busy-ness. I hope to see you at what is the hottest food event on the spring foodie calendar. I'll be the one licking my fingers. I'll also be the one with a trolley-load of yummies in tow.

Also, I have a confession to make, though to some of you, it's already screamingly obvious. I suffer from a problem I only just discovered has its own name: foodism, defined as "an exaggerated interest in the preparation, presentation and consumption of food."

On the upside, however, given I'm very selective about quality and food ethics and don't over-indulge, I'm very proud of it.

For Your Chance To Win 1 of 5 Double Passes to Taste of Melbourne 2012 at Albert Park Lake, please send an email to
with 'Taste of Melbourne' in the email subject line. Entries close November 7th.
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Why? Feed Your Foodism By The Lake
When: Nov Thur 15th to Sun 18th Nov, 2012
Phone: (02) 9332 9000
Where: Pelican Lawn, off Aughtie Drive (& beside Carousel), Albert Park.
Cost: Pre-Purchase: A $25, Kids $12. At Gate: A $30, Kids $15. Special Events / Classes extra
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