Melbourne’s favourite foodie festival, The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, is back and is the perfect excuse to let your hair down and party it up with Melbourne’s best drinks and nibbles. Think tequila on a rooftop bar, a fiesta with sherry cocktails and champagne for days! We’ve listed the top 6 best party events of the festival!
A Savoury Sweet, Sweet Savoury Champagne Party!
April 4, 2017
Om Nom’s executive pastry chef, Jo Ward and head savoury chef, Darren Jones are partnering up to create moorish dishes with sweet twists and desserts injected with savoury flavours. Think Golden Gaytimes made with salmon and passionfruit Hollandaise, squid bubble tea and Balsamic Fairy Floss (planted in chocolate soil!). Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without some bubbly, so everyone gets a glass of champagne with each course. Cheers!
Bodega Lourinhã featuring Monster y Romeo Lane
April 5, 2017
This isn’t your grandma’s sherry, award-winning cocktail master, Joe Jones (Romeo Lane) is crafting some classic gin and sherry cocktails with a modern twist. Plus, culinary brothers Sean (Monster Kitchen and Bar, ACT) and Matt McConell (Bar Lourinhã) are collaborating on an eight-course shared feast to pair perfectly with those cocktails. Although dinner at Bar Lourinhã wraps up at 11 pm, late-night revellers can continue the fiesta into the early hours of the morning at Romeo Lane.
Sip It Don’t Shoot It
April 2, 2017
In the heart of the CBD is an urban oasis with a spectacular view. Head over to Curtin House and make your way to the rooftop garden to celebrate Mesa Verde’s 4th birthday and all things Mexican. Head chef, Paul Clarke, will be cooking up regional Mexican dishes using Melbourne produce as tequila experts pour shots and explain the finer points of the spirit reminding us that there’s more to tequila than the memories of cheap student shots.
Two Houses Collide
April 2, 2017
One of Melbourne’s most celebrated rooftop bars is transforming into a stunning Japanese garden complete with cherry blossoms. Madame Brussels is hosting her best soiree yet with Whispering Angel (Provence, France) and Dominique Portet (Victoria) rosé. There’ll be sumptuous Japanese bites from Ichi Ni Izakaya, dazzling entertainment and some cheekily dressed staff.
The Salt Kitchen Soiree
April 1, 2017
Collin’s Quarter’s Head Chef, Michael Nunn, and ex-Head Chef, Samuel Wilson (Salt Kitchen), are partnering up to create local culinary bites using the finest produce from regional Victoria. It’s a courtyard soiree and afternoon fiesta rolled into one, with charcuterie boards piled with Salt Kitchen meats, terrine and pâtés, bite-sized canapés and even a whole suckling pig spit roast. Best paired with a glass of wine, it’s a good thing there’s flowing wine and sparkling.
Burger Block Party
April 9, 2017
Australia’s most-loved burger joints are serving up all your favourites as we bid farewell to this year’s MFWF. Melbourne’s very own Raph Rashid (Beatbox Kitchen) and Casey Wall (Rockwell & Sons) will be firing up the grill alongside Sydneysiders, Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham (Mary’s Burgers), Hobartians, Christian Ryan and Sam Chang (The Standard) and Perthie, Simon Kony (Short Order Burger Co.).
Nadine is a freelance writer and PR girl. 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 else she gets up to on her Instagram.