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Worlds Longest Lunch

By Connie Lambeth

Melbourne’s sitting pretty with a taste of things to come at this year’s 23rd Food & Wine Festival, Friday 27th February to Sunday 15th March. Marvellous Melbourne is not the only shining star during this gourmet extravaganza, as more than 300 events will be staged throughout the CBD and suburbs, as well as regional areas around the state. Several big ticket events are already sold out, however there’s heaps more, so jump on the website to plan a menu of culinary adventures with friends and family.

A huge platter of goodies includes: World’s Longest Lunches, master classes with chefs of inspirational status, wine tastings, multicultural food experiences, cooking workshops, barbeques, ‘in conversation with chefs’, global chef and wine dinners, pop up kitchens, food trucks, bio dynamic and fresh food events, picnics, high teas, artisan bakers, markets, regional food and wine festivals, and of course desserts…all kinds of sweet indulgences, including chocolate and gelato!

There’s an appetising selection of events for everyone in the 2015 line-up. TAT Foodies took a sneaky peep at the program to share just a few of the hundreds of taste encounters available. Let’s hope the weather dishes up as many fair offerings as the Festival Calendar promises! So plate up at the upcoming Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and have a sensational time.

Free Events:

MCEC Food Truck Jam

Pier to Plate at Seaworks

Grazing by the River

Dandenong World Fare

A Global Gathering

Southgate Food and Wine Fiesta

 

The Weird and Wonderful:

Pigs Do Fly

Pirates and Pimm’s – Adventures for Friends and Family

The Tallest Burger in Town

Weirdy Beardy Natural Wine

Crawl n’ Bite Bars

Game of Clones

 

Multicultural:

Ethiopian Soul Food

The Spanish Experience

Asian Market Tour and Dumplings

A Night with Pavarotti

Celebrate French Cheese and Wine

It’s all Greek to Me

The Love of Argentina

Creole Kitchen Pop Up Soiree

 

Meat Lovers:

Rocking Ribs and Sizzling Sliders

Paddock to Plate Lamb Adventure

The Sausage: A Multicultural Journey

Suckling Pig Banquet

Beach Barbeque and Barefoot Bowls

 

Alcohol:

Bubbles on the Bay

Battle of the Sommeliers

Gin Masterclass

 

High Teas:

The Ultimate High Tea (Skybar and Lounge)

Janice Wong High Tea (Singaporean Food at The Langham)

 

For the Kids:

Food and Fun with your Granny @ Artplay

Family and Fauna Picnic at Healesville Sanctuary

Kids Raw Food Culture

Teddybear’s Picnic goes to the Circus

 

Chocolate and Coffee:

Chocolate Couverture Journey

Let’s Talk Coffee

 

Fresh:

Fresh is Best

Think Eat Talk Grow

Pick and Eat: Edible Trees (Heide)

 

Regional:

World’s Longest Lunches

Swan Hill Regional Food and Wine Festival

Paint to Plate Bendigo Art Gallery

 

Other Events:

Sunday Family Lunch

Advance Australia Fare

Autumn Flavours Exchange

Heat’s Homeless Lunch Luna Park

(lunch for 200 who have experienced homelessness –

ph: (03) 9696 5340 for enquiries and donations)

 

  • Vegetarian and Vegan options available at many of the events
  • Check website for loads more food and wine events

www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au

Image courtesy of Daniel Mahon