Melbourne’s favourite foodie festival, The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, is back for its 24th year from March 31 to April 9. There are over 280 events that span the festival but some of them are here for only one day!! So, check out the list below so you don’t miss out on wagyu cheeseburger macaroons, fine dining food trucks or the best breakfast martinis.
The Breakfast Club
Sunday, April 2
There are only a couple of things more sacred to Melburnians than brunch…coffee and booze. And the House of Food and Wine is serving up all three! It’s pretty much foodie heaven with MoVida, Magic Mountain Saloon, Tokyo Tina, Marios Café, Top Paddock, Higher Ground, Longhorn Saloon and Om Nom teaming up to create the breakfast of your Instagram dreams. MoVida will also have all your wine and sherry needs covered while award-winning Romeo Lane will be offering specially crafted breakfast martinis and Bloody Marys. After this brunch, we promise you’ll be pumping your first in the air a la John Bender.
High Society Supper Club
Saturday, April 1
Belleville and The Broken Bones Crew are teaming up to create a late-night five-course gastronomic feast for Melbourne’s most adventurous eaters at the intimate Red Door cocktail bar. Think suckling pig s’mores, wagyu cheeseburgers macaroons, smoked bacon popcorn ice cream and more! – all served alongside a matching cocktail.
Food Truck Fine Dining
Thursday, April 6
The Noble Experiment is throwing a Street Food Fiesta featuring all your favourite childhood food truck classics with a grown-up twist. Over five gourmet courses and three ‘adult’ cocktails, you’ll be transported back to all the best bits of being a kid from carnivals to country fairs while still having all the perks of being over 18 (ahem, booze).
Best of the Beast: Offal vs. Primal
Wednesday, April 5
We know offal dishes can be intimidating, but on occasion (and this is one of them) it’s worth moving out of your comfort zone and really trying something different. It also helps that Northern Git’s Head Chef, Michael Slade is a nose-to-tail culinary genius. He’ll be serving up ten courses in five rounds that’ll have you salivating over the best cuts of meat and drooling over surprisingly delicious offal dishes paired with matching wines. You’ll get to play judge and determine which cut of meat wins. Be courageous and give it a go!
The Melbourne Burger Invitational 2.0
Thursday, April 6
Welcome to Thornbury is hosting some of Melbourne’s biggest and juiciest burger joints. 1090 Burgers, Beatbox Kitchen, Mr. Burger, YOMG! and Royal Stacks will be setting up shop and competing for the title of Melbourne’s Best Burger. Interstate burger haunt, BL Burgers will also be there repping Sydney. Plus, you can enjoy your burger (or if we’re being honest, burgers) with free flowing beer, wine or cider. But get in quick, last year’s event was completely sold out!
If you can’t make this event or you just missed out, you can still catch Australia’s best burger makers at the Burger Block Party.
Sagra del Formaggio
Monday, April 3
For one-night only, join Giorgio Linguanti from That’s Amore at the historic Queen Vic Market Dairy Hall for a Victorian cheese and wine exploration. Meet Victorian cheese producers as you sample their creations and discover the history and style behind each cheese as well as the best wines to match.
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.