Taste of Melbourne is back again and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet with a collective 11 hats, 12 icon dishes, and 13 must-dos. There’s a one-off collaboration between two of the hottest Mexican restaurants in Melbourne, a chance to rub shoulders with Melbourne’s finest chefs and a virtual reality experience that will leave you hungry for more. Get ready to start hashtagging #foodgasm #foodporn and #getinmybelly.
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
11 Hats & 12 Icon Dishes
Eat your way to foodie heaven as you sample dishes from Melbourne’s best restaurants and chefs. They’ll have all your favorites like Movida, Gazi and Fancy Hanks among others. However, we recommend grabbing a nibble at Lume or Estelle Bistro where dinner typically sets you back at least $70-80. With dishes starting at $6, it’s a steal!
Mamasita x Hotel Jesus
For one weekend only, Mamasita and Hotel Jesus are joining forces to create a mouthwatering menu of all our Mexican favorites. They’ll be serving up tacos, ceviche and elote. But we can’t wait to grab their icon dish: BBQ octopus!
Lines too long? Or maybe just feeling a tad lazy? Get on Deliveroo. The ROO crew will happily take your order and deliver your meal so you can enjoy the festival without all the fuss.
Lume Looking Glass VR experience
In an Australian-first and Taste exclusive, Lume will take you on an immersive and multisensory dining experience. See through the eyes of a chef, smell the citrusy Yarra air and feel the breeze whoosh through. Expect some serious Meyer Lemon Tree cravings after. Tickets are going fast, so book in quick. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
Mamasita Mezcaleria & Masterclasses
This is tequila for the grown-ups. Head to the mezcaleria to sip on distilled agave and other agave-based cocktails. You can even join a Masterclass led by Australia’s only certified mezcalier, Nick Peters, that’ll have you sipping on everything agave from aged tequilas to loads of mezcal variants. Be sure to reserve a spot on the day!
Estrella Damm Bar
Take your taste buds on a Mediterranean journey as you pair an ice cold Estrella Damm beer with beef tartare courtesy of Cumulus Inc. Salud!
Yarra Valley Regional Showcase
Wine lovers, this is an important PSA announcement. Yarra Valley has come to you! Sip, sample and swirl your way through ten award-winning wineries, including Seville Estate and Mandala Wines. You can even pick up a few bottles to bring home.
Electrolux Chef’s Secrets & Lurpak Cookery School
Looking to get your hands dirty with the best of them? Check out Electrolux Chef’s Secrets and Lurpak Cookery School for hands-on master classes that’ll have you whipping up some great dishes alongside Scott Pickett (Estelle), Jo Barrett (Oakridge Winery) and Reuben Davis (Press Club). You’ll feel like a total masterchef!
Electrolux Taste Theatre & Meat and Livestock Theatre
If you’re more about nibbling on tasty treats while enjoying a glass of wine, the Electrolux Taste Theatre and the Meat & Livestock Theatre have got you covered with masterclasses from Melbourne’s best chefs and butchers. Think the likes of Darren Purchese (Burch & Purchese), Perry Schagen (Supernormal) and Robin Wickens (The Royal Mail Hotel). You’ll walk away with all the hot insider tips and tricks. We also hear there are lamb ribs and a Hawaiian poke bowl on the menu!
Artisan Market & Producer Collection
Take the Taste experience back home with you and explore the Artisan Market with over 80 local, regional and international producers there’s something for everyone. You can also discover Australian hottest up and coming brands at the Producers’ Collection.
WHAT: Taste of Melbourne
WHERE: Albert Park, Pelican Lawn
WHEN: November 10, 2016 – November 13, 2016
HOW MUCH: from $18
MORE EVENT INFO: http://onthelistmelbourne.com.au/event/taste-of-melbourne-2016/
Nadine is a recent graduate of media communications and psychology from the University of Melbourne. In her spare time, you’ll typically catch her reading a good book, hitting up Melbourne’s coolest restaurants and bars, or finding her next adrenaline rush. She also can’t say no to a good scoop of gelato or pizza slice. See what she gets up to on her Instagram.