Flavours of the world come to Melbourne
The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival has announced its Winter Edition program. The program will run for 10 days, from August 20-29, with 150 events ranging from a family-friendly pasta feast and an epic showcase of the power of hot chips to a rock ’n’ roll celebration of plant-based eating and a series to showcase our top culinary talent.
As part of its push to be more accessible than ever, this edition of the festival has a new home at the much-loved Queen Victoria Market. The market will host a range of events, workshops and demonstrations, both ticketed and free. Among the free events are The Remixed Grill – a day of fire-fuelled eating and drinking with 10 leading chefs, cool-climate wines and campfire stories – as well as The Big Spaghetti, a family-friendly celebration of Italy’s favourite food, and The Convenient Store, a retail pop-up like no other.
The Signature Chef Series is a festival highlight, bringing together some of Australia’s most talented chefs – including Paul Carmichael, Brent Savage and mother and daughter team Farida and Durkhanai Ayubi of Adelaide’s celebrated Afghan eatery, Parwana – to collaborate with and cook at some of Melbourne’s favourite eateries.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing our core Melbourne Food & Wine Festival programming to winter, and our festival home to Queen Victoria Market,” says Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO of Food + Drink Victoria, the not-for-profit parent company behind festival. “Across the Winter Edition we’ll have 150 events over 10 days, and across Melbourne we’ll be serving more than 1500 martinis, 8000 bowls of pasta and 200,000 hot chips.”
Festival Creative Director Pat Nourse says the Winter Edition is about exploring how much fun and adventure you can have at the table, and the power of hospitality to transport you.
“Take a trip to Barbados with Paul Carmichael’s fried fish sandwiches and rum punch, boil up some prawns New Orleans-style at Le Bon Ton, ski the Italian Alps with Marameo, join a Georgian polyphonic choir at Gray & Gray, or get your taste of Sicily, Tokyo, Oaxaca, Corsica, Bangkok, Kabul or Athens at restaurants and cafes, parties and workshops right across Melbourne,” he says. “We’ve got incredible talent leading the conversation, including Christine Manfield, Ben Devlin, Jonathan Barthelmess, Brent Savage, Arabella Douglas, Shannon Martinez, Andrew McConnell, Martin Benn and Scott Pickett.”
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is supported by Victoria’s tourism and major events company Visit Victoria and principal partner Bank of Melbourne, which has supported the festival every year since 2011. Tickets go on sale from 10am on Thursday, July 15. Pre-sale tickets are available for 2020 festival ticket holders and subscribers from today. For full program details and all ticket sales, head to mfwf.com.au