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by Vanessa (subscribe)
WeekendNotes Chief Editor / Chief Writer / PR & Communications.
Good wine, good cheese and a few of life’s other pleasures

The always popular Wine and Cheese Fest comes to the Meat Market in North Melbourne on Saturday 17 March '18! Tickets are now on sale.

This is the sixth annual festival and organisers are promising their biggest event yet, with a jam-packed programme of fine wine, delicious and tantalising cheese, fabulous live jazz music and DJ sets, and great interactive activities for all the family to enjoy!

Set against the stunning backdrop of the iconic heritage-listed Meat Market building, the Wine and Cheese Fest will feature a fantastic selection of local and international producers, including local wine and cider makers, cheese producers, local beer brewers and olive oil, charcuterie and other smallgoods producers.

During the day-long event, you will get to taste fine wine and enjoy cheese tasting, without any of the stuffiness! You are also sure to find your new favourite drop among the dozens of showcased Australian wine, beer, and cider brands. The festival also supports local, hand-made products - come along to find out how they are made and how to best enjoy them!

Round out the experience by heading to one of the Masterclasses (entry is included in your ticket).

You'll also get to enjoy great live jazz on the main stage while sipping on wines and eating delectable cheese and can then head to the courtyard area to dance the calories away with some awesome DJ beats.

The kids can also get stuck into games, arts and crafts in the designated Kids Zone, while the more adventurous can take part in the exciting Grape Stomp Comp and go into the draw to win wine and cheese prizes to take home - why not enter today!

The Wine & Cheese Fest is a celebration for the senses, which will tantalise any palate and entertain in a vibrant atmosphere.

To assist festival exhibitors, organisers have created a token system. Tokens are redeemable for 30ml to 50ml of wine/cider piccolo glass or one cheese tasting. This is to ensure the festival vendors are reimbursed adequately for their effort and festivalgoers have the opportunity to enjoy a bit of everything that's on offer.

Tokens can be purchased as part of the discounted tickets online or at the venue on the day. You are welcome to opt in for a full glass or bottle of wine or a cheese platter at the festival to enjoy or take home.

Due to the sell-out events over the last few years, the 2018 festival will comprise of two sessions to allow for a more comfortable experience for all attendees.

Session #1:

10.30am - 2.30pm

Session #2:

3.30pm - 7.30pm

Masterclasses will be presented throughout the event - in both Session #1 and #2. The Grape Stomp Comp to be held at 1pm during Session #1.

Tickets (including all fees and taxes) for both sessions are on sale at the following prices:

  • Entry & Festival Glass* to keep = $25 online or $30 at the door.

  • Entry, 10 Tokens (worth $20) & Festival Glass* to keep = $40 online or $50 at the door.

  • Wine Indulgence (including Entry, Festival Glass* to keep, 15 tasting tokens & bottle of boutique wine** to take home - total value of over $90) = $65 online or $80 at the door.

  • Total Wine Indulgence (including Festival Glass to keep, Voucher for 4 glasses of wine at the courtyard bar, 20 tasting tokens & bottle of boutique wine** to take home - total value of $145) = $95 online or $120 at the door.

  • Last Minute Entry (last 30 minutes of each session) = $12.50 online or $20 at the door - Great for last minute takeaway shopping.

    Discounted tickets are now available from Eventbrite. To avoid disappointment, buy early! Discounts of up to 20% are available on limited tickets purchased before 31st December 2017, unless sold out prior.

    Don't miss your opportunity to be part of this year's Wine & Cheese Fest! For all the latest on what's on and ticketing options, please visit the website and Facebook page.

    *The Festival Glass is of high-quality BPA free material, reusable and dishwasher safe.

    **The boutique bottle of wine can be collected on the way out of the festival. The bottle (RRP $25-$35) will be provided by one of the festival partners for 2018.

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    When: 17 March 2018 / 10.30am or 3.30pm
    Where: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street Melbourne, VIC 3051
    Cost: $25-$95
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