Almost over but not out: the best of the festival happens this weekend!
The streets of Melbourne are alive with the heady scents of spices and fresh produce as well as the bouquet of world-class local wines. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s been perking up palates across the city since the end of February and it comes to a spectacular close this weekend both in the city and at Festival’s highlight event, the Regional Weekend. Need a break from city life? Leave the hustle and bustle behind to enjoy the Melbourne Food and Wine Show’s Regional Weekend.
The Regional Weekend
Are you a lover of all things food and wine? Join with other foodies and oenophiles at the Regional World’s Longest Lunch. On Friday 14 March, over 20 longtable lunches will occur simultaneously across the state of Victoria. From Ballarat to the Bass Coast, spend a long lunch in the country, feasting on local delicacies and award winning wines. Longest Lunch events range in price from $60 – $150 depending on the venue; choose and book your spot at a Regional World’s Longest Lunch and kick off a delightful long weekend.
Head to the High Country for Fishing, Feasting and Flavours at Pizzini Wines in Whitfield; the weekend includes all fly fishing equipment hire and a guided fishing expedition of the King River as well as heart-warming food and a wine tasting with Joel Pizzini.
Drive down the Great Ocean Road, sampling regional delights along the way before spending your Saturday evening at Lorne’s Twilight Bush Picnic. The picnic menu features Asador cold cut Otway Lamb, Zeally Bay Sourdough mini baguettes and Torta de Santiago, prepared by Cater & Co. Enjoy an after dark tour of the Lorne Sculpture Park Biennial before settling in under the stars and drifting away to the sumptuous stylings of Sergio Ercole and his classic Latin guitar. This event is family friendly and offers a complimentary shuttle bus from central Lorne the the venue.
If you’re looking for a free family event on Saturday, check out the Goods Shed Market in Wodonga; featuring food, wine and produce sourced from the Murray River, as well as live entertainment and children’s activities, it’s the perfect family day out.
For something of the artisan liquor variety, Bass & Flinders Distillery are offering a Gin Masterclass 14 – 15 March in Red Hill; if a cleansing ale is more your style, hop on the Whet your Whistle progressive lunch, tour the brewhouse at Bright Brewery and taste a selection of handcrafted, award-winning beers with Jon the Brewer; finish up with gourmet lunch on the banks of the Owen River. Tickets are $140 and include the tour, lunch with matched beers, tastings and canapés.
The final days of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival are focused on highlighting the exceptional wine, food and produce of regional Victoria however, if you’re out and about in the Melbourne metro area this weekend, stop by The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden. Go on a self-guided wine tasting or enjoy the view of the city skyline from a seat in the open kitchen. Sample a menu inspired by the theme of ‘water’ created by some of Melbourne’s finest chefs. Learn about harnessing the power of rainwater to grow food and plants, even in an urban environment. The spiritual heart of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Immersery sits perched on the banks of the Yarra in Queensbridge Square. Entry to The Immersery is free.
Feel like getting away for the weekend? Book a car and head out into the country to enjoy some of the world’s finest food and wine in regional Victoria. Europcar have some great deals perfect for a mini-break on The Murray or a romantic weekend on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s not too late to plan your quick getaway, head to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website and choose from over 77 regional food and wine events.
Top Image courtesy of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.