Deciding which events to devour at the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival can be tricky – there’s more than 200 over 17 days, each as inviting as the next. Never fear, we’ve whipped up our top six Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Events.
1. Regional World’s Longest Lunch – Bellarine
Relax amongst the vines at Bellarine Estate while indulging in local produce, perfectly matched to beers and wines from the region. The first course? Local Angasi Oysters washed down with a glass of Bellarine Sparkling wine. Enjoy the sights with the sounds of local musicians playing for your entertainment. The best bit? It’s all in the name of charity with all proceeds going to Barwon Health via Our Women Our Children. Book here.
2. Urban Water Harvest
Ever wondered what an aquaponic system looks like? Aquaponics is a sustainable farming method where fish, crustaceans and plants are grown together in water. The Bohemian have partnered with Melbourne based aquaponic professionals to bring you Urban Water Harvest – a five course dinner where you can see an aquaponic system in action and then taste dishes featuring the produce harvested . Educational AND yummy. Book here.
3. Nautical Long Table Dinner
Ahoy there! This is a feast not to be missed – a delightful nautical long table dinner featuring fresh local produce washed down with Woods Crampton wine in a spectacular riverside setting. You’ll start with a glass of sparkling before heading to the boardwalk for a seafarer’s feast created by Boatbuilders Yard Head Chef Anthony Thompson, followed by vintage maritime movies and fun nautical themed games to finish off the evening. All aboard! Book here.
4. Gin Masterclass
Think you know your gin? Think again. The Gin Masterclass at Bass & Flinder’s Distillery will trace the unique history of gin production all the way back to the 1700s, offering a taste of the various gin styles that have been developed over its long history. Learn the secrets of gin distillation and then create your own unique gin that will be delivered to you a week later with your own personalised label. Book here.
5. Little Foodies Corner
Calling all mini budding chefs! Queensbridge Square will host a number of free, hands-on workshops over the opening weekend of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival for little ones interested in dipping their hands into Melbourne’s delicious culinary culture. Bring the children (aged 3 – 11) along to learn about cuisine from across the world and create three mouth-watering dishes from Greece, Japan and Vietnam. Book here.
6. Squizzy Drinks Windsor Water – Orange
Join in an evening of cocktails made using the Prohibition-inspired bootlegging process of turning water into vodka. Witness the process using local Windsor rain, and turn this wonderful element into Windsor vodka – crystal clear, distilled on premises. Join everyone at one very long table and try six courses of cocktails built with one of the world’s favourite spirits. Book here.