The mammoth Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, sponsored by Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino is back. The event which began in 1993 that gets bigger each year showcasing some of the best food, wine and producers throughout Australia and beyond.
There are over 200 events packed into the festival a startling figure when you see that the very first event began with just 10 events.
Chef dinners, masterclasses and a theatre of ideas will run throughout the festival offering curious food lovers the chance to learn and sample foods and dishes from some of the most exciting chefs in the world.
This year's line up includes homegrown talent like Josh Niland, Shannon Martinez, Ben Shewry, Andrew McConnell and chef visitors like Alison Roman, Fuchsia Dunlop, Ignacio Mattos, Helen Goh, Michael Solomonov and Lee Tiernan.
The Mixed Grill presented by Australian Good Meat
Saturday 21 March, 6pm-10pm, tickets $130pp
The ultimate Middle Eastern feast cooked over fire by some of the hottest names in food including Lee Tiernan of London’s Black Axe Mangal, Israel’s most celebrated chef, Eyal Shani, Michael Solomonov of Philadelphia’s Zahav, Mat Lindsay of Sydney’s Shwarmama (and Ester and Poly) and Maha’s Shane Delia.
Global Dining Series presented by Singapore Airlines: Saint Peter at Cumulus Inc
Sunday 22 March, 1pm, tickets $160pp
Josh Niland changed the seafood game when he opened his restaurant Saint Peter in
Sydney and now, with the publication of The Whole Fish Cookbook. He'll be paring up with his friend Andrew McConnell, Josh tp present an inventive four course Sunday lunch with drinks.
Attica Presents: A day exploring the idea of hope
Sunday 29 March, free entry
Australian chef Ben Shewry will lead a day of music, performance and discussion around a key issue for hospitality and the wider community: hope.
The festival ends on March 29, so if you're in and around Melbourne, we suggest you take a look.