5 of the best bits of the Melbourne Food + Wine Festival

Still browsing for the perfect event at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival? Here are five of the tastiest festival sessions, but you must book soon to avoid disappointment.

  1. Sunset by the pool

    1. Zac Cribbes (Lucy Liu), Jarrod Di Blasi (EZARD) and Jo Ward (Om Nom Kitchen) MFWF
    2. Friday, March 23 from 6.30pm-9.30pm on the Adelphi Hotel rooftop pool deck ($138pp)
    3. Feast on dishes from three of the best restaurants on Flinders Lane, all served on the Adelphi Hotel‘s iconic rooftop pool deck. Om Nom Kitchen, the Adelphi’s acclaimed dessert restaurant, will team up with EZARD and Lucy Liu for this sunset session, celebrating recent refurbishments to the hotel’s glamorous rooftop zone. The dinner ($138pp) starts with Asian-inspired cocktails from the team at Lucy Liu, followed by EZARD’s signature oyster shooters and canapé main. To round everything off, the team at Om Nom Kitchen will whip up three delectable desserts. Guests will also enjoy wine from the Mornington Peninsula’s Quealy Winemakers, beers from 2 Brothers Brewery and Champagne from Besserat de Bellefon.
  2. For the food nerds

    1. MasterQuiz with Max Allen and Richard Cornish
    2. 7pm on Monday, March 19 at Encore, St Kilda Beach ($78pp)
    3. The Google Machine might have ruined trivia nights, but there’s no way of cheating when you sign up for MasterQuiz. Wine scribe Max Allen and food writer Richard Cornish will test the taste, aroma and flavour knowledge of the participants – not their mobile phone dexterity. Expect loads of sniffing, swirling, tasting and contemplating in teams of two, four or six, with a steady supply of bubbles, canapés, charcuterie, cheese and various drinks to taste. There will also be a bar stocked with sherry, beer and wine (sourced by the well-connected duo asking the questions). The team with the most attuned noses, mouths, tongues and memories will take out the disturbingly-named Golden Tongue Award.
  3. Falls Creek’s longest lunch

    1. Falls Creek Longest Lunch
    2. Noon to 4pm on Friday, March 16 at Falls Creek in Victoria’s high country ($131pp)
    3. Victoria’s north-east is renowned for delicious produce, excellent wines and spectacular scenery. This lunch delivers all three. Acclaimed restaurateur Barry Iddles will serve three courses, drinks and canapés in a secret location at Falls Creek, the resort he calls home every ski season. Barry’s version of the Regional World’s Longest Lunch will feature some of the high country’s finest ingredients. Expect a fabulous day.
  4. Tex Mex direct from Austin

    1. Fancy Hanks
    2. Noon on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, at Good Heavens, 79 Bourke St, Melbourne ($57pp)
    3. Expect to get messy fingers when Fancy Hanks‘ executive chef Mike Patrick joins forces with Texas-based chef Daniel Brooks of Licha’s Cantina for one smokin’ weekend of Tex-Mex slow-cooked BBQ on the Good Heavens rooftop bar. Licha’s home-style Mexican flavours include Pibil-style whole barbecued pig with pickles, smoked beef tongue and brisket tacos with ranchero salsa, black beans and smoked beef tamales. Guests at Saturday’s event will see the team preparing a whole pig to be smoked overnight, while guests on Sunday will see the second part of the process in which the smoked pig is broken down. This lunch is a bargain for $57pp, and kids under 12 can come along for free.
  5. All the pizza

    1. 400 Gradi pizza
    2. Noon on March 16, 17 + 18 on the Crown Riverwalk (free admission)
    3. Melbourne’s own Pizza King, Johnny Di Francesco, will host a stellar line-up of pizzaiolo an Italian food gurus to create a taste of Naples on the banks of the Yarra River. Pizza, pasta, gelato and wine will be the stars of the show, but there will also be live entertainment, pop up bars (for the adults) and plenty of activities for the kids.

5 of the best bits of the Melbourne Food + Wine Festival