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Discover the Best Events of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2020

Treat yourself to culinary excellence and indulge at the MFWF.

Bringing together locally and internationally renowned chefs, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival celebrates delicious dining. Take your tastebuds to gastronomic heaven and feast at the remarkable Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2020.

The annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will have foodies exploring all corners of the city between the 19th and 29th of March. Showcasing an extensive program of cooking classes, tasting menus and unique dining experiences,  MFWF is the perfect way to explore the delicious tastes of Melbourne. This year’s program highlights three main categories: Feature Events, Crawl + Bite and the Global Dining Series. Feature Events vary from educational culinary classes to lively parties at iconic restaurants and venues. The Crawl + Bite celebrates Melbourne’s diverse neighbourhoods, where guests sample a few different eateries in one suburb. Finally, the Global Dining Series welcomes 12 international chefs for a limited dining experience.

Food and Wine Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation which champions Victorian food and wine. We work with the industry to promote and grow the value of the food and drink sector in this state through various programs including our signature event, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

- Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO Food and Wine Victoria, the organisation behind the iconic Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
World's Longest Lunch at Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne
Join the crowd at the World’s Longest Lunch. Image credit: Tourism Australia

World’s Longest Lunch

When: Friday, 20th March
Where: Treasury Gardens, East Melbourne
Cost: $185
Join over 1,600 guests at the annual World’s Longest Lunch, this event has returned for another year and will be bigger than ever. Bringing together three iconic Melbourne-based chefs, Stephanie Alexander, Jacques Reymond and Philippe Mouchel, who will deliver a three-course menu prepared by the Peter Rowland team. This communal effort will be reflected in the large-scale dining experience that is the World’s Longest Lunch. Running through the perfectly manicured Treasury Gardens, this meal will take place outside in the Melbourne sunshine. This is a standout event of the festival that should not be missed.  
British pudding for Brilliantly British 2.0, Hotel Lindstrom
Discover classic British dishes reimagined at Brilliantly British

Brilliantly British 2.0

When: Thursday, 26th March
Where: Felt Restaurant at Hotel Lindrum, CBD
Cost: $173
Paying homage to his heritage, well-renowned chef Matthew Bentley takes a modern approach to all your favourites in British cooking with Brilliantly British 2.0. Featuring six courses accompanied by a selection of Victorian ciders, ales and wines, this menu celebrates the contrasting fusion of traditional with the avant-garde. 

Woman buying spaghetti at Queen Victoria Market.
Witness Queen Victoria Market transform into an Italian party

The Big Spaghetti

When: Saturday, 28th March
Where: Shed X, Queen Victoria Market, CBD
Cost: FREE
Satisfying the fussiest clients, The Big Spaghetti is perfect for children, bring the whole family and experience the cheesy joys of fresh pasta. From a Bolognese masterclass with Matt Preston and Sam Pang to learning the secret to creating perfect pasta, this is one of the Featured Events of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. With plenty of different activities, witness Queen Victoria Market transform into a lively Italian street fair. 
Chef cooking steak over open flame grill
Learn to cook the perfect steak at Meet the Meat

Meet the Meat

When: Friday, 20th – Sunday, 29th March
Where: Pretty Boy Italian Steakhouse, CBD
Cost: $173
Join an exclusive masterclass with chef Michael Smith and learn the best ways to prepare and cook meat. At Meet the Meat, you will be in a group of only 10 guests, allowing for an intimate demonstration followed by a five-course menu paired with drinks from Campells Wines. Learn from the best and enhance your skills at this immersive dining experience.
Man tasting red wine at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
Discover the taste of tradition at this Docklands MFWF event. Image credit: Tourism Australia

Pranzo con la Famiglia

When: Sunday, 22nd March
Where: Tom Thumb Lane, Docklands
Price: $63 - $163
Located in the heart of Docklands, this Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event will have you thinking you’re holidaying in Italy. Pranzo con la Famiglia is set to deliver an unbeatable ambience this year - expect live music, delicious food and superb wine. Hosted by the leading Italo-Australian chefs, Saluministi Boys, Frank Bressi and Peter Mastro, it’s a feast that any nonna will approve of. 

A Wild Sunday Roast

When: Sunday, 22nd March
Where: The Cliveden Bar & Dining, East Melbourne
Cost: $78
Reimagining the classic Sunday roast and dare to walk on the wild side, this one-off banquet provides a menu of wild meats and sides. Sample the selection of slow-roasted venison and wild-boar prepared by Cliveden Bar & Dining. A Wild Sunday Roast offers perfectly-cooked game alongside Fowles Wines and Victorian Cheeses.
Pasta Chef, Chef Scott Pickett, of Pastore Restaurant in Chadstone.
Pastore Chef Scott Pickett

Pasta Making with Scott Pickett

When: Saturday, 21st March
Where: Pastore, Chadstone
Cost: $183
Become an Italian pasta maestro with this exclusive pasta-making masterclass at newly opened Pastore. Bringing you the best pasta-making techniques and tricks to impress your guests this MFWF event will make you the ultimate dinner party host. Experience a hands-on pasta course, followed by a four-course lunch (of pasta, of course) accompanied by selected wines. Hosted by renowned chef Scott Pickett, this event will be a festival highlight.

FAQ

What are the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2020 dates?
The MFWF will run from 19th – 29th March 2020. 

Where can I see the full Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2020 program?
You can access a full itinerary of all the MFWF events on their official website.  

How do I buy Melbourne Food and Wine Festival tickets?
Each of the listed events will have their own page to purchase a ticket, simply go to the event’s page and purchase tickets through the official MFWF 2020 website. Find more info on MFWF tickets and plan your trip here

Where is the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival?
The festival takes place all over the city of Melbourne, different restaurants and venues host special events in the CBD and surrounding suburbs. There is a regional Victorian food festival taking place in Spring (17-25th October 2020), more details will be announced closer to the event.  

Does the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival have vegetarian and vegan options?
Yes, the MFWF caters to several dietary and allergic requirements, learn more about the festival’s vegetarian options

What’s on Beyond the MFWF

If you’re visiting Melbourne and want to discover what the city can offer beyond its gastronomical delights, plan your trip with some of Melbourne’s unmissable activities. 
Melbourne is host to some of the world’s best art and culture, explore the infinite alleys of street art hidden around the city. Follow this guide to uncover Melbourne’s best street art locations. 
Take your passion for wine even further and escape the city to discover some of Victoria’s best wine regions
If you want to explore the produce behind all the incredible food, discover Melbourne’s world-renowned market scene. From food and flowers to clothing and souvenirs, Melbourne markets have everything you need. 
Explore beyond the CBD and wander through Melbourne’s suburbs, uncovering the charm that makes Melbourne such a great city. Learn more in this guide to Melbourne’s North and South sides.

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Come home to an Accor hotel after your busy day of exploring and eating the city of Melbourne’s finest. Discover hotels with fine dining options and make the most of your culinary holiday, plan your trip and explore hotels with award-winning restaurants and bars across Australia. Accor offers hotels and accommodation for every type of visitor, from budget-friendly to luxury stays, there are excellent facilities for everyone’s needs. Find accommodation close to all the action this Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2020.

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