More than 250 events across Victoria are primed to tempt the palates of fun-loving foodies when they flock to Melbourne Food and Wine Festival this March.
Now in its 19th year, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is a contagious expression of Victoria’s vibrant food and wine industry, as it brings food and wine to the streets over 11 days. The 2011 Festival celebrates three central themes: Women of the Kitchen, Paddock and Vine; The Lost Arts and Stars of Spice, each inspired by heritage and tradition.
Women of the Kitchen
Learn the secrets and taste the creations of Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer (together!), or Irish cooking queen Rachel Allen, among 100 of the world’s biggest and brightest chef and wine personalities at Langham Melbourne MasterClass.
Not to forget, the divine Nigella!
The Lost Arts
The Festival is a foodie’s ticket to the Lost Arts, forgotten culinary skills and traditions that are as much about the unhurried journey as they are the destination. Preserving, pickling, smoking and even jelly sculpture pop up in both traditional (Metlink Edible Garden, Preserving the King Valley Way, Sparkling Winemakers Wanted) and contemporary (Bompas & Parr at Theatre of Ideas presented by LifeStyle FOOD Channel) guises.
Stars of Spice
We celebrate the rich, colourful and fragrant legacy of spices on cuisine, culture and politics. Food lovers are invited to explore flavours from Peruvian spice masters to Michelinstarred Indian cuisine at the Festival’s night of extravagance Stars of Spice – The Gala Dinner, to flavours from the Indian sub-continent to the Middle East that make Melbourne a unique culinary destination (Making Magic with Malouf, Afghan Spice Banquet).
La Luna’s Adrian Richardson and cheese personality Will Studd join Victorian winemakers and other chefs and producers for the Festival’s new Perfect Match masterclass, all about the art of matching food, wine and other tipples. Available as single sessions ranging from Spice and Wine to Red Meat and Big Reds, and designed to inform, challenge ideas and offer delicious food and wine tastings in a convivial setting.
From Melbourne’s original boutique wine market (Cellar Door & Farm Gate, in its new grassy location at South Wharf) and behind-the-scenes winery days to global benchmarking tastings (Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience), the Festival offers more wine than you can shake a corkscrew at. In an Australian exclusive, Return to Terroir touches down in Melbourne after sparking hype as this special wine tasting has moved around the globe. Try some of the purest wines on the planet and meet revered biodynamic winemakers including Spain’s Telmo Rodriguez.
All senses will be stimulated as food smells from Air Aroma waft over Federation Square at HOSTPLUS Foodie Films, released to time with the sights and sounds of the kitchen on the big screen. Pull up your deck chair to enjoy lively dish demonstrations and free outdoor cinema. Foodie Family Day is then just around the corner on Sunday, with big-screen family favourites, a mini-market, spud hunting and more for kids and the whole family.
World's Longest Lunch
Grown-ups, rally your darlings to relive the glamour of the French Jazz Age at World’s Longest Lunch in the surrounds of the World Heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Buildingand Carlton Gardens to enjoy three courses designed by Melbourne treasure Gabriel Gaté and brought to life by Peter Rowland Catering. Simultaneously, 25 Regional World’s Longest Lunches will be relished in spectacular locations across the state, among more than 80 regional events at which to unearth
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
4 – 14 March 2011