The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is back

The 2021 edition will have signature favourites such as the World’s Longest Lunch as well as new additions such as neighbourhood crawls and over 50 special events in partnership with the city’s restaurants, bars and cafes.

The path ahead, as the world starts to recover, is exciting. A sign that we’re moving on from the gloom of the pandemic, is the return of big-ticket events and festivals. Such as the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Scheduled to run from March 12th – 31st, the two weeks will witness signature events that have wowed attendees over the years along with more than 50 events in partnership with restaurants, bars and cafes across the city.

Supported by the Bank of Melbourne and Visit Victoria, the festival kicks off on March 12th with one of its most popular draws, the World’s Longest Lunch. The feast will cater to over a thousand guests at Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens and will showcase the prowess of three of Melbourne’s superstar chefs – Stephanie Alexander, Philippe Mouchel and Jacques Reymond. With a view to drive business for venues hardest hit by the pandemic, the lunch attendees will also be recommended a list of bars in the city’s central business district.  

A new option that the organisers hope will garner as much popularity as its signature events, is the World’s Longest Brunch, which will be held on Saturday, March 13th, at the same venue as the lunch. For this, Kate Reid from the renowned Lune Croissanterie and café supremo Nathan Toleman, have been roped in.

Street party
The festival will showcase the best the city has to offer in terms of not just food but also culture and vibes.
Photo courtesy: D Castano

Yet another new addition would be the Westside Crawls, 12 routes that pass through various suburbs, highlighting local favorites and showcasing each neighborhood’s distinct identities.

Among the other events will be wine tastings, picnics at picturesque locations and cooking classes, all designed to showcase the best the city has to offer. Given than tickets to many events (available online) are already sold out, it’s evident that people are ready to go out and celebrate.

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