Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

It may be too late to participate in the Food and Wine Festival of Melbourne this year but it is not too late to learn about what goes on at this annual culinary experience so you can be ready next year.

This yearly festival is an internationally acclaimed celebration of food and wine. Every March, Melbourne presents a world-class program with over 250 events that express the love, respect and appreciation of food. International chefs, producers, winemakers go to Melbourne to be a part of this event.

So here is a little summary of the top events:


Flavours Human Library

4 cultural cooks of Monash University conduct, 15 minute one on one sessions to share their culinary knowledge at the Oakleigh Public Library.


A panel from the LIttle Club of Learning with Aboriginal elders, geologists and authors get together and discuss the theme of this year's festival - Earth. Talks about the connections we have to the land are all done over a meal of local produce and fermented grapes.


Urban Coffee & Brew Bar

At Southbank shipping containers were made into a coffee brew bar. 17 of the top Melbourne cafes, roasters and coffee farmers made coffee, shared their coffee knowledge in workshops, conducted coffee tastings. 14 of the top Melbourne bars made coffee-inspired cocktails by night and through the 17 days people enjoyed and embraced their daily addiction for coffee.


Tastings, cooking demos, organic food, drinks and a MasterChef judge all at the pop up night market at the Maribyrnong Boathouse.

Queen Vic Market showcased international cuisines all day long.

A street party at Middle Park for the meat lovers. Tastings of rare meat breeds.

At the Hamer Hall a 6 course lunch, using 6 dishes from 6 different cities, was served, paired with a concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Pick and eat at Lamaro's in South Melbourne. People foraged for their own food on the Mornington Peninsula and then the chef at Lamaro made a meal out of it for you.


Delicious wines from 11 different countries were out for tasting at the Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience.

The top bars in Melbourne offered an $18 for a tasting plate and beverage of choice deal for 2 weeks during the festival.

With over 250 events there was plenty to taste, see and learn throughout this month in Melbourne but with the popularity of this festival be sure to check out the Melbourne CBD hotels months in advance to make sure you get in before it's too late. Whether you're a food enthusiast, a professional in the food and wine industry or just a tourist in Melbourne this event is definitely one of the best of it's kind and worth visiting for.

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