The iconic Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is coming back, and celebrating its 30th anniversary. The festival program is full of incredible events, including a pasta fair, a Friday night party in celebration of the hot chip, and a special lunch with Nigella Lawson. General sale tickets will open to the public on Thursday February 17 at 10am. Pre-sale tickets are on now.
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
After cancelling its events last year due to COVID, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is coming back with a bang. One of the highlights of the festival this year is a three-course lunch with Nigella Lawson. At $285, this event will treat you to a cocktail and snacks on arrival, as well as a three-course lunch designed by Nigella, along with matched drinks. This event will be followed by a fireside chat and Q&A session with Nigella, hosted by Matt Preston.
“I’m thrilled and honoured to be joining the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in March – the 30th birthday of a great festival in a great food city deserves a great celebration, and that’s exactly what the Festival will be,” said Nigella Lawson. “I so look forward to seeing you there!”
“Outside, inside, big or small, meat-based or plant-centric, top-dollar or free, wild, family-friendly or both, this festival has a food and drink adventure for you,” said Creative Director Pat Nourse. “With Melbourne as the setting, and powered by this city’s passion for hospitality and good times, the sky’s the limit.”
On top of the March program, this festival will continue to celebrate its 30th anniversary over the course of the year. There will be a special event in winter, and a regional program in November.
Events at Queen Vic Market include:
Maximum Chips – A Friday night party that appreciates all things fried and chippy. However you like them, shoestring, crinkle cut, even potato gems, will be there for you to try. On top of that, there will also be a welcome drink and entertainment to get the party going.
Welcome to the Jungle – Party with plants like never before in this unforgettable, animal-free event at Queen Vic Market. Enjoy plant-based foods from places like Smith & Daughters and Fancy Hank’s. There will also be a zero-alcohol bar, as well as live music and entertainment. Of course, all food and drinks during this event will be free of animal products.
The Big Spaghetti – Get ready to be fed by some of Melbourne’s best Italian eateries and bars. Expect 20 pasta dishes, plenty of cheese, delicious cocktails and more. This event is completely free to attend.
Snacktown – This will be a two-day showcase of the best global snacks. Think halloumi pie from A1 Bakery, the Pastrami Mami bagel from Migrant Coffee, and plenty of boreks, dumplings, cannoli and roti to go around. Entry to this event is free.
Other events include:
World’s Longest Lunch – This signature lunch event, which started at the MCG in 1993, is taking over Treasury Gardens this year. Attica chef Ben Shewry will headline the event, and serve delicious food across over 600 metres of table.
World’s Longest Brunch – This fantastic brunch event will treat you to contemporary Middle Eastern cuisine. Once again, this long dining event will take place in Treasury Gardens. Enjoy a three-course brunch, with the culinary talent of Shane Delia of Maha, Joseph Abboud of Rumi and Babajan’s Kirsty Chiaplias.
Greenstone and Gold – Explore Indigenous and Asian ingredients over a five-course feast. Arabella Douglas, Minyunbal food activist and educator, invites you to discover the ingredients and traditions that were traded along the east coast before colonisation. This multicultural feast will take place at Rockpool Bar & Grill.
Crawl and Bite – go on a fun foodie adventure, and take a tour of a handful of amazing venues. This year, there will be food tours through the CBD, Armadale, South Yarra, Fitzroy, Footscray, Collingwood and more.
When: March 25 to April 9
Tickets: Available to purchase from Thursday February 17 at 10am.
For the full program, dates and details, click here.