Melbourne Food & Wine Winter on hold

6th August 2021 | Eativity editors

After a week of cancellations that has seen major food and agricultural events called off due to the current multi-state COVID outbreak, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) has now announced it will postpone its Winter Edition program, which was scheduled to run from August 20-29. It will now be held from October 1-10.

“The current COVID-19 restrictions do not allow us to run the program in its intended format to ensure a successful festival for industry partners and a safe event for our guests,” says Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO of Food + Drink Victoria, the not-for-profit parent company behind MFWF. “While we’re naturally disappointed, we look forward to celebrating the very best this city has to offer with a program of more than 150 events across 10 days in October around Melbourne, including our new festival hub at the Queen Victoria Market.”

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
Venues such as Chancery Lane (above) and Le Bon Ton (at top) will feature in the program.

The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival has been a mainstay of Melbourne’s major events calendar for more than 29 years. And it remains committed to celebrating the food and drink of Victoria. The festival will work through the ticketing arrangements, including refunds, with guests and partners in the weeks to come.

“The festival has played an important part in telling the stories of Melbourne’s world-class food and drink experiences,” Loucas Bosha says. “After what has been a difficult time for our hospitality operators, we look forward to bringing Melbourne’s best chefs, restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes together for this festival celebration.”

Further updates will be issued via the festival website at and @melbfoodandwine on Instagram.