When it comes to wine festivals, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival stands out among the rest as a massive, 16-day event packed with great wine and culinary delights. The festival features a number of tastings that showcase various wines from different viticulture regions in Australia. With events at numerous venues throughout the state of Victoria, the festival gives wine enthusiasts the opportunity to taste Australian wines paired with food from some of the top chefs in Victoria,which has developed a reputation as a global culinary destination.
Checkout the following list of five of the best events at the 2019 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
House of Food and Wine
One of the signature events during the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is the House of Food and Wine, which takes place over three days at Coopers Malthouse Theatre in Southbank. The event will feature a number of workshops and demonstrations, as well as food prepared by innovative restaurants from around the world, including Rice Paper Sister in Melbourne and Toyo Eatery in Manila, which will be serving Asian street food. Attendees can sample the cuisine along with wines from The Kyoto Protocol, a bar that serves natural wine and low-waste beverages.
Masterclass demonstrations at The House of Food and Wine will be led by a number of top chefs and culinary experts, including Afik Gal of Miznon in Melbourne, Kirsten Tibballs from Melbourne’s Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School, Nicolai Nørregaard from Restaurant Kadeau in Denmark, and Matt Abergel from Yardbird and Ronin in Hong Kong.
One of the most popular events at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is the Master Quiz, which will take place on Sunday, March 10, at Coopers Malthouse Theatre. This year’s event will be led by The Hungry Gentlemen, a team consisting of food writer Richard Cornish and wine writer Max Allen. Attendees participate in teams in a unique competition that requires a keen sense of taste. Teams must answer a series of questions about the drinks and foods they are served, and the winning team will take home the coveted Golden Tongue Award. The Master Quiz event also includes some celebrity guests and a number of giveaways.
Great Western’s Longest Underground Lunch
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival includes a number of “Longest Lunch” events with elaborate meals served in a variety of beautiful settings throughout Victoria. On Saturday, March 16, the festival will hold the Great Western’s Longest Underground Lunch at Seppelt Wines, which features a tunnel of underground cellars called “The Drives.” These cellars were dug by hand in 1868 by gold miners hired by Joseph Best, the owner of the winery at the time. The Drives are thought to be the longest cellars in the Southern Hemisphere.
At the Longest Lunch, guests have the unique opportunity to sample local cuisine from the Grampians region at a table set in the cellars. The meal will feature a selection of excellent wines made by Seppelt, which was one of the first wineries in Australia to produce sparkling wine.
Mornington Express Wine and Dine Train
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival also includes a unique opportunity to ride a K163 steam locomotive on the Mornington Branch Line. The Mornington Express Wine and Dine Train will take riders from Moorooduc to Mornington. Prior to boarding the train, guests will enjoy canapés and sparkling wine on the platform at Moorooduc Station.
Enroute, riders will have the opportunity to enjoy local produce from 100 Mile Foodie as they listen to a live traveling band. The Mornington Express Wine and Dine Train will stop at Mornington Station for guests to enjoy some wine before taking them back to Moorooduc, where still more wine and dessert will be waiting.
Asado y Vino
As a truly international event, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will feature an afternoon dedicated to Argentinean cuisine. Asado y Vino will take place at Clyde Park Vineyard + Bistro and will be hosted by the San Telmo Group, which will serve a menu with some of the best items from its three restaurants. Chefs Oliver Gould and Steven Clarke will prepare a four-course meal featuring meats cooked on an open fire and a charcoal grill in traditional Argentinean style. The meal will be paired with a carefully curated selection of cool climate wines from Clyde Park.
The above five events are just a glimpse of all that the Melbourne Wine and Food Festival has to offer. The festival offers the unique opportunity to try outstanding Australian wines while discovering why Victoria has developed a reputation as a top destination for foodies and gourmands. To learn more about the plethora of wine and culinary events at the 2019 festival, visit www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au.