On Saturday March 17th, in an iconic heritage listed building in Melbourne, Meat Market in North Melbourne will be holding a Wine and Cheese Festival. For the sixth year running, a great selection of wine and cheese from over 30 different local and international producers will be there for your tasting. Due to the festival selling out the last two years, this year the festival will be split into two sessions for you to enjoy comfortably. The first session runs from 10.30am to 2.30pm and the second session starts from 3.30pm- to 7.30pm.
Learn about cheese making while tasting wines throughout the day. There will be demonstrations, including organic wines from Mount Avoca, and a live demonstration experience of mozzarella making by Giorgio Linguanti from That's Amore Cheese.
If you can't ever have too much wine and cheese, then enter the Grape Stomp Comp where every contestant gets a bottle of wine. If you've got some stomping in you, then first prize is 6 bottles of wine, second prize is 4 bottles of wine and third prize is 2 bottles of wine. This competition will run at 1pm during the first session.
Kids' Zone While the adults enjoy their wine and cheese tastings, the kids will be entertained in the Kid's Zone with a range of games and activities. Here's a tip, the first 15 children in the first session, get a FREE face painting.
Shopping With many stalls on the day, you can meet the wine, beer and cider makers, the cheese producers, and also take home a selection of local hand-made products, olive oils, and small goods.
Tickets to this event cost $25 online which includes a festival glass to keep and entry, and $30 if you pay at the door. There will be a token system where tokens pre-purchased online or on the day are redeemable for 30ml to 50ml of wine or cider piccolo glass, or one cheese tasting.
Festival Packages Wine Indulgence - includes entry, festival glass to keep, 15 tasting tokens and a bottle of boutique wine to take home (Total value of over $90) This can be purchased online for $65 or $80 at the door.
Total Wine Indulgence - includes 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). Purchase this package for $95 online or $120 at the door.
Cheap Last Minute Entry
If you're looking for a cheaper option and want to experience this event, there is Last Minute Entry for the last 30 minutes of each session. Purchase this online for $12.50 online or $20 at the door. This is a great chance to do some fast shopping to take away.
Purchase tickets online to receive discounts and experience a day filled with wines and cheeses from local producers and all around the globe.