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Taste of Melbourne 2013

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Chance to taste Melbourne's finest restaurants
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Taste of Melbourne is a chance to taste dishes from a number of Melbourne's finest restaurants without having to travel all over town for your gastronomical experiences.

It's a bit like an ultra modern-take on the progressive dinner except there are a lot more options and you only have to move a few metres for your next culinary adventure.

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I guess it is a bit like being a cow out to pasture but knowing you have the best damn feed on the range. There are specially created dishes from many of Melbourne's best and foremost restaurants including: Movida, Taxi Dining Room, Mamasita (Mexican) St Food and Wine, B'Stilla (North African) , Bomba (Spanish), Burch & Purchese, (amazing sweets studio) Chin Chin, Huxtable, Huxtaburger (American) Longrain (exquisite Thai) Saint Crispin, Sarti, The Botanical, The Smith, Tonka (modern Indian) and Uncle.

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Gosh, last time I tried to eat at Movida it was booked out at least five weeks in advance.

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If you want to put the calibre of these restaurants into perspective Tonka, St Crisipin, Taxi and Huxtable were all awarded the highly coveted one hat in the 2014 Good Food Guide. Saint Crispin was named best new restaurant of the year while offerings from Movida and B'Stilla were named in the top ten dishes of the year.

Famous chefs have been working hard to create 'icon dishes' for this festival which reflect their philosophy and showcase premium seasonal ingredients.

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But it is not just the fantastic dishes that are a drawcard -- there are lots of foodie panels, chefs giving demonstration and over 100 artisan food producers with tastings and goods for sale. I plan to take a shopping basket and take home some delectable goods that you just can't get in your regular supermarkets.

65532;The four day tasting extravaganza takes place from the 14th-17th November 2013.

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The event goes ahead whatever the weather. Although fortunately looking at the forecast there are some pleasant sunny Melbourne spring days on the horizon.

A few years ago this event was always held in the Exhibition buildings but now the venue is outside on the Pelican Lawns on the banks of Albert Park Lake which is a lot less boxed in and lets you graze to your heart's content.

Tickets vary in price but general entry is $30 if you buy a ticket at the door or $25 online if you pre-purchase through Ticketek. However if you look around online you should be able to get two adult passes for $40 as most of the food bloggers have codes you can use or try this site click here. Tickets for children (6-17 YEARS)
costs $15.
Under 5yrs are free

Tickets include entry into the festival, access to the many attractions such as masterclasses and demos. To purchase the fantastic signature dishes drinks from bars and products from exhibitors you need to purchase crowns. These are used instead of money at the event. Again you can purchase these at the event or at one of the Crown Banks placed strategically throughout the venue.

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One crown equals roughly one dollar. The average dish costs between 6 – 12 crowns although some icon dishes may be priced between 15-25 crowns.

Servings are generally tapas style portions – this allows you to create a tasting menu of several courses from the amazing array of special dishes on offer.

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Taste of Melbourne takes place in 6 sessions across 4 days (14-17 November 2013). See below for more details.

You can see a clip of one of the previous events below.

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Why? Melbourne's finest restaurant dishes all in one place
When: Thursday 14th November 5.30pm – 9.30pm Friday 15th November 12.00pm – 4.00pm 5.30pm – 10.00pm Saturday 16th November 12.00pm – 4.00pm 5.30pm – 10.00pm Sunday 17thd 5.30pm – 9.30pm Friday 15th November 12.00pm – 4.00pm 5
Phone: Ticketek on 132849.
Where: Pelican Lawn, Albert Park. The festival is located right beside the Carousel off Aughtie Drive.
Cost: At least $50 a head with food and ticket
Your Comment
Not really impressed with the venue-we attended last night and with the recent rain-the grass and a lot of the temporary flooring was slippery. I slipped a couple of times-getting back onto the flooring from the restaurant grassy area. There were attendants veering you away from slippery areas-but it wasn't pleasant watching where I was walking all the time. Also quite cold by the end of the night-why was it moved outdoors?
by janin (score: 0|5) 1857 days ago
I am going on Sunday and hoping for better weather!
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5360) 1857 days ago
A fantastic day on Sunday couldn't have been more impressed.
by cress0 (score: 1|83) 1854 days ago
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