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The 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne takes place from 8 to 24 March, offering Festival-only experiences across the city and state.

From a delicious coup d’état at Attica to a souva-lucky dip at George Calombaris’ Press Club – Projects, we’re thrilled to announce an amazing line-up of events across Melbourne that showcase the passion and creativity that’s so prevalent in our city.

Food + Wine Victoria CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha

Highlights of the Melbourne umbrella program include:

Anarchy at Attica – Be a part of the mutiny as the staff at Attica unite to feed their fearless leader, Ben Shewry and everyone else dining that night on an eight-course menu with matched drinks showcasing their shared histories, cultures and what they have learnt during their time at Attica.18 March, dinner, $395 per person

Carnevale at Trattoria Emilia – Celebrate the bacchanalian fun of ‘Carnevale’ in the alleyways of Melbourne with Italian street food, spritzes, masks and music. 24 March, afternoon, $33 per person

Pasta Pasta Pasta at Tipo 00 – Andreas Papadakis and Pasi Petanen collaborate on a five-course pasta degustation showcasing unique seasonal pasta dishes, served with your choice of a sulphur free wine match by Giorgio de Maria or a more conventional match by Luke Skidmore. 10 March, lunch and dinner, $160 per person.

Salty Jime’s Fish & Chips at Iki-Jime – An ode to endless Australian summers by the beach, the freshest fish in town will be gently fried to perfection and served with crispy hand-cut chips dusted in Iki-Jime’s signature clam salt. 22 March, lunch, $20 per person




Sauce Day with Neil Perry – Join Neil Perry and head chef of Rosetta Ristorante Paul Easson for a communal sauce bottling fiesta at Alfred Place. They’ll share inside tips for turning your bottled tomatoes into delicious sugo and passata and then create a shared Italian feast, where passata and sugo take centre stage. Dishes will be matched to a glass of Victorian wine. Take home your bottled tomatoes as well as a recipe card from the chefs. 22 March, lunch, $85 per person.

Souva-Lucky at Press Club – Projects – Visit the pop-up souva bar at Press Club – Projects and roll the dice as they serve up a new souva innovation each day. 20-22 March, evening, $31 per person.

Super Garden Party – At Flemington’s Super Saturday, indulge in dishes from Atlas Dining and Colours Kitchen, sip on locally brewed craft beers at the Hop Harvest Bar, boutique Victorian wines at the Grapevine Bar and botanical-inspired cocktails in the Cocktail Quarter. 9 March, admission to the Super Garden Party is free with a Super Saturday ticket.

River Graze

On the Festival’s Closing Weekend, the south bank of the Yarra River will be transformed into a food and wine lover’s playground for the perennial crowd favourite, River Graze.

From 22 to 24 March, River Graze will feature more than 60 Victorian producers and winemakers, food trucks and stallholders from Federation Square to Crown Riverwalk. Highlights include:

  • City Cellar – Enjoy wines from around 25 of Victoria’s brightest wine makers, accompanied by cheese platters, rolls and cannoli from That’s Amore Cheese and seafood from Leftbank Restaurant.
  • Food Truck Stop – Benny’s Burgers, Happy Camper and Twister Fisherman trucks will be joined on the river’s edge by Dazey Pops and N’Cannuolu dessert carts, where visitors can taste Sanpellegrino’s sparkling fruit teas.
  • Full Moon Party – A three-day festival bristling with tropical brio, Long Chim’s Full Moon Party brings the spirit of a Thai beach to Crown’s Riverwalk.
  • Marketplace – Discover Victorian artisans and producers at the Marketplace. Taste Barker’s sauces, chutneys and relishes, including on a delicious toastie.
  • Southgate’s Boardwalk Bites – Southgate restaurants will showcase four of their signature dishes with a street food twist. Each dish must come in a box, in a cone, in a bun or on a stick.
  • Starward’s Whisky Garden – Sample Melbourne’s own Starward Whisky and learn the art of the perfect whisky brew with BBQ goods from Hoy Pinoy and Bluebonnet and delicious desserts from Bibelot.
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden – The Stephanie Alexander Foundation hosts a seasonal garden built by the Little Veggie Patch, showcasing herbs, fruits and vegetables in season. Children can take part in a free preserving workshop run by Fowlers Vacola using veggies from the garden, while parents can relax with a Lavazza coffee and a Herald Sun newspaper.
  • Stomping Ground Beer Garden – You can’t miss Stomping Ground and Asado’s brightly coloured shipping containers, and you certainly won’t want to miss their award-winning beers and Argentinian grilled food. The Melbourne craft brewery will also be showcasing a new beer brewed exclusively for the Festival in collaboration with Pink Boots Society.

Supported by City of Melbourne, River Graze is free to enter and will be sure to wow Melburnians and visitors alike with the array of culinary delights on offer.

Author Jason Manderson

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