Every year, hordes of food and wine lovers flock to the city to indulge in over 300 events that are spread around the maze that is Melbourne’s culinary network. With that many events to choose from, one is easily spoilt for choice! And probably a little overwhelmed…
Decisions be gone, and pant buttons undone – whether you’re a wine lover or a die hard gastronome, or just simply looking for an impressive date spot, we have you covered! Here is The Tailored Man’s guide to navigate the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival so you can hit the ground running:
If vino is your pièce de résistance, the Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience is a must! Expert winemakers, tick. Wines from across the globe, tick. Vinous debate, tick. Wine in hand, big tick. It seems they have it all covered!
Just add food:
What goes better with wine than a damn good spread! With wine expert Matt Skinner as your host, joining with some of Australia’s leading chefs and winemakers to share their secrets (and their produce), its like Tinder… for wine and food. That’s a definite ‘swipe right’!
Check it out here.
The gloves are off… 7 of the best burger builders go head to head to battle it out for the title of Melbourne’s Best Burger. With a pint of Melbourne Bitter in hand, you’re invited to sample some of the best buns going around…. Who will take the title?!
– 1090 Burger
– Beatbox Kitchen
– Dude Food Man
– Mr Burger
– Gelato Messina
More info here.
Night for two:
Looking to impress on that first date? Look no further than a food crawl. Yes, we all love an activity date, but throw food in the mix and you’ve definitely ensured yourself a goodnight kiss – if not a second date!
At each of the three destinations on your crawl, you’ll receive a signature tasting plate with a matching beverage. Choose from 11 themed Crawl’n’Bites to suit your taste-buds (or your dates), and cruise your way through some of Melbourne’s most tantalizing restaurants and bars.
Choose your crawl here.
Bang for buck:
There’s no denying we all love a bargain. Our pick for the best bang for your buck is the River Graze. Food and wine lovers will be like kids in a candy shop as the banks of the Yarra turn into a playground of culinary hotspots.
Sample the free entertainment while you wander through the numerous pop-ups like the Beer Hub, the Seafood Market or Food Truck Alley and soak up all things local and seasonal that the festival has to offer! There are even water ferries to get you from one spot to another.
Big on the brew:
All aboard brew enthusiasts! If beer is your forte, get yourself to the James Squire Voyage Down Under, a beer-filled journey across the continents that brought beer pioneer James Squire to Australia. Over 5 courses, enlighten your taste-buds and sample the flavours of each continent, while sipping ales and ciders expertly matched to the locally sourced produce.
More info here.
If you’re a sucker for anything sweet, get yourself to this master class by Peruvian chef Alejandro Saravia (Pastuso) and sample some mouth-watering South American caramel, while learning the tricks of making your own heaven on earth – Dulce de Leche! Warning: this stuff is seriously addictive!
Buy tickets here.
So clear your schedules and get ready Melbourne! Running from March 3rd till 13th, its time for you round up your friends, family or first dates and get in on the food and wine action!
For more information on events and tickets, get over to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website: http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au