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All The Food & Wine Festivals To Look Forward To This Winter

By Millie Lester
30th Jun 2017


Winter has well and truly wrapped its crusty little rat claws around the city of Melbourne for 2017, which means as we wave ta-ta to open air cinemas, rooftop bars and $10 glasses of frosé, we walk towards sautee chicken skewers, mugs of hot chocolate and paper plates of dal makhani with open arms.

So take off your $9.95 pastel pink H&M gloves and raise your lipstick-stained plastic flute of Yellow sparkling to the beginning of what is sure to be Melbourne’s best winter food and wine season to date.

Here are our favourite winter festivals coming up this year.


Mont Plonk At Melbourne Public

Mont Plonk is an authentic Alpine experience, just without the car chains and a four-hour drive to the slopes, thanks to its nifty location at Melbourne Public’s Terrace. The festival will offer free entry all month long, however, if you’re jonesing to tackle the ski slopes, you’ll need to purchase a ski pass. And, because Melbourne’s don’t leave their houses for anything that can’t be eaten or drunk, you’ll be pleased to know they’ll be serving alcoholic hot chocolate and spiced rum injected mulled wine all month long.

The Details

Where: Melbourne Public, 11 Dukes Walk, CBD
When: 21 June - 16 July, noon to 1am everyday
Find out more info here.

Docklands Firelight Festival

This winter solstice celebration combines our greatest loves of the arts, music, food, fire and flippin’ good times. Over three massive days you’ll be able to feast your eyes on roving performers, fire breathers and musicians, and feast your buds on finger lickin’ winter treats.

The Details

Where: Newquay Promenade, Docklands
When: 30 June - 02 July, 5-9pm Friday, Saturdays & Sundays

Find out more info here.

Indian Festival Melbourne

Delete your UberEATS app for two days this July because the Queen Victoria Market will transform into an Indian wonderland of spicy flavours, vibrant colours and toe-tapping music for one whole weekend. There’ll be rich curries, hot chai tea, fresh bread and sweet treats for as far as the eye can see, plus you can pick up some tips and tricks from their cooking demonstrations or a dance move or three from their Bollywood dance workshops.

The Details

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: 9am-3pm Saturday 15 July & 9am-4pm Sunday 16 July

Find out more info here.

Barossa. Be Consumed.

As terrifying as the event name is, the day itself is a food-filled smorgasbord of top-shelf wines, first-class feeds and an all round celebration of the Barossa region. Your ticket includes a fancy Plumm wine glass which you can taste delicious drops from until the cows come home (or 5pm when everyone packs up and leaves), plus all the food samples you can eat.

The Details

Where: Meat Market, North Melbourne
When: 11am - 5pm, 22 July

Find out more info here.

Sweet Expo

Brought to us from the folks at Sweet Magazine, this dessert dedicated two-dayer will feature an array of pop-up bakeries, ice creameries and chocolatiers who will all culminate together in a dessert heaven you’ll definitely want to text home about. Word on the street is taste-testing will be STRONGLY encouraged...

The Details

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds
When: 9am-4:30pm, 22-23 July
Find out more info here.

Hot Chocolate Festival

Our favourite Hot Chocolate Festival is back for another year and this time it’s promising a tall mug full of melted richness and decadence. Featuring a unique specialty hot chocolate flavour each day in August, there’s literally a new reason to pop into the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie everyday this winter.

The Details

Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
When: 9am-5pm everyday, 1-31 August

Find out more info here.

Melt Away Chocolate Festival

The best weekend of your life is set to kick off on August 7th with the beginning of the Melt Away Chocolate Festival. Each day will feature chocolate drinks, tours, giveaways, tasting bars and entertainment, in addition to workshops and masterclasses. Partners of the event include luxe brands Mörk Chocolate, Long Story Short, Loco Churro and Sisko Chocolate, so you know it’ll be good.

The Details

Where: The Newquay Piazza, Harbour Town
When: 6:30-9pm Friday 7 August, 10am-10pm Saturday 8 August & 10am-9pm Sunday 9 August

Find out more info here.

Vin Diemen - Tasmanian Wine Festival

The Vin Diemen Tasmanian Wine Festival gives Melburnians the chance to taste Tasmania’s finest produce without getting stuck in Friday afternoon airport traffic. For one day in August, you can sample sparklings, Rieslings, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, as well as fresh seafood, world-class dairy goodies and premium Tasmania meats.

The Details

Where: Meat Market, North Melbourne
When: 11am - 5pm, 13 August

Find out more info here.

None of these take your fancy? Well, we've put together a list of 50 things you need to go to before winter ends.

Image credit: Photo by NordWood Themes on Unsplash

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