In 2013, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival continues to show its commitment to culinary innovation with an exciting program that reflects the quality and diversity of Victoria’s food and wine industry.
Presented by the Bank of Melbourne, this year the festival focuses on the central theme of ‘earth’, with more than 200 events across Victoria that explore topics including the provenance of food and wine, food security and sustainability, all while celebrating our talented food and wine producers.
Every year Victoria’s food and wine industry goes above and beyond to create an outstanding program of events that continues to push the boundaries and showcase the industry’s innovation and creativity.
With more than 200 events across 17 days, here are just a few highlight events from the program:
(Visit www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au to view all events)
The Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar
The centrepiece of this year’s festival, the Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar will sprout for 17 days to celebrate our city’s love affair with the coffee bean.
This world-first installation reinterprets a terraced coffee farm with 120 coffee trees growing over an undulating hill to give visitors a glimpse of the story of coffee while wandering through the farm. All building materials point to the journey of the coffee bean into Melbourne, including shipping containers from Melbourne’s own port, timber pallets and packing crates.
Taste some of the best coffee in Australia as the nation’s top baristas take turns at the brew bar, sample a coffee flight featuring beans from across the globe or join a coffee workshop led by representatives from some of Melbourne’s best cafés.
11 March, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, $45
Now in its second year, Chef Jam, proudly supported by HOSTPLUS, is designed to inspire and engage individuals and businesses across the food, wine and hospitality industry, presenting an exclusive opportunity to learn from some of the world’s industry leaders.
Culinary experts from around the corner and across the globe will take to the stage including leading locals Ben Shewry (Attica, Melbourne), Dan Hunter (Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld) and Michael Ryan (Provenance, Beechworth), alongside international guests Jancis Robinson MW OBE (UK), Nick Lander (UK) and Ed Kenney (Hawaii, USA).
Put Victoria on Your Table: Cellar Door & Artisan Market
2-3 March, Como House & Garden. Adult with wine tasting: $45, child/youth (12-17): $10, under 12: free, adult general admission $20.
Two days dedicated to music, food, wine, beer, cooking demonstrations and picnicking on the lawns at Como House & Garden. This event gathers winemakers, brewers and producers from all corners of the state for a festive garden party in the heart of Melbourne with two days dedicated to the best of Victoria’s produce.
Visit www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au to view all events >