In 2017, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will celebrate food, wine, hospitality, design and art at the new House of Food and Wine presented by Sensis.
Tucked down a laneway off Little Lonsdale Street in the heart of the CBD, the House will offer up creative collaborations and curated food and wine experiences for the full ten days of the Festival (31 March – 9 April).
Moving away from the Festival’s traditional pop-up Hub, the space will be reflective of a true home, complete with a dining room (event space), a lounge room (the House bar), a garden (laneway) – even a gallery.
Gallery: Will exhibit a food-meets-art collection by illustrator Anna Vu of Good Food Crap Drawing. Vu will create a body of work profiling iconic dishes from the last 25 years. The gallery is open to the public daily from 12pm, and entry is free.
Bar: The House bar will offer Victorian wines from artisan producers and small plates inspired by chefs from past Festivals. Victoria’s front-of-house experts, chefs, producers, winemakers and distillers will be consulted to bring the bar to life. Open from 12pm every day.
31 March: Italo Disco & Dining Club, $150
Maurice Terzini, a MFWF Legend, and Giovanni Paradiso are returning to Melbourne to throw a disco party – Italian style. Their love of music, incredible produce and fine wine will be centre stage as these two friends behind some of Sydney’s most iconic hot spots (Icebergs Dining Room and Bar) show everyone a great time.
April 2: The Breakfast Club, $65
Breakfast might be the closest thing Australia has to a national cuisine, and nowhere does it better than Melbourne. Celebrate with an assortment of breakfast dishes and brunch-friendly drinks from our city’s top cafes and restaurants including Movida, Higher Ground, Top Paddock, Tokyo Tina and more.
April 2: Fire 2.0, $125
We revisit 2012’s Fire MasterClass, bringing back some of the original crew, including Paul Carmichael of Momofuku Seiobo (Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year 2017) and inviting some new friends, including Embla’s Dave Verheul. Experience food cooked over fire by some of Australia’s best chefs.
April 3: Monday Family Dinner, $125
Inspired by chef Dan Hong and his mum Angie’s Monday Hong Dinners, we’ve invited the first families of hospitality to cook us dinner. Chefs (and their family members) include Dan and Angie Hong, the Ayubi family (Parwana, Adelaide), Amy and Palisa Chanta (Chat Thai & Boon Cafe, Sydney), and Kate and Cameron Reid (Lune Croissanterie).
April 5: A Taste of the Ocean, $195
Seafood-guru and author John Susman will host this oceanic feast, inspired by his cookbook Australian Fish & Seafood Cookbook. With chefs Josh Niland (Saint Peter, Sydney), Brent Savage (Cirrus, Sydney) and Ben Williamson (Gerard’s Bistro, Brisbane) on the pans.
April 7: Rootstock Sydney x MFWF, $125
Sydney’s sustainable food and wine festival leaves its namesake city for this first-time MFWF collaboration. Expect some of the biggest names in food and natural wine including David Moyle (Longsong), Tom Shobbrook and Aaron Turner (IGNI). No sulfites allowed.
April 8 & 9: Makes & Muses, $55
Australia’s wine industry is connected by more than just terroir. Marriages and births, mentorships and friendships, have woven together a complex family tree more intricate than the vines themselves. Join the matriarchs and patriarchs of Australian wine, taste their seminal vintages, and explore their influence through the wines of their protégées.
April 9: Burger Block Party, $25
We wrap up the Festival by bringing the country’s best burgers to Melbourne for one night only. The lineup includes Mary’s Burgers (Sydney), Rockwell & Sons and Beatbox Kitchen (Melbourne), and Short Order Burger Company (Perth).
For further information and to book tickets for the House of Food and Wine visit http://www.MFWF.com.au/program/the-house-of-food-wine