All the slow food favourites of the autumn harvest season will be on show over at Fed Square on 20 to 21st March as Flavour Exchange takes over for a two-day showcase of Victoria's finest producers.
The Autumn Flavour Exchange boasts the biggest roll call of producers so far. Making the most of the state's abundant yumminess, there will be plenty of opportunities to chat to the experts and get a lip-smacking taste of what they have to offer.
Pana Chocolate will be on hand with their finest raw, organic, handmade chocolates, promising that you can be health-conscious and still chow down on a bar of the good stuff. Richmond-based Pana Chocolate founder, Pana Barbounis, is just as passionate about happy tummies as he is about loving the earth, with their 100% recyclable packaging made in Oz and printed locally with soy-based inks.
Brunswick-based Rustica Sourdough will have freshly baked bread on the go, while Westmeadows' The Natural Pasta House will bring their traditional nonna-style homemade pasta and rich sauces to the party. With everything from meaty pies to freshly dug potatoes on offer at the Autumn Flavour Exchange, well-fed Fed Square visitors are going to need a little something to wash it all down.
Mornington Peninsula winery, Yabby Lake, which scooped the 2013 Jimmy Watson memorial trophy for its Block 1 Pinot Noir 2012 at last year's Royal Melbourne wine awards, will be serving up their Red Claw vino to thirsty visitors.
Yabby Lake's Tiffyn Smillie are also looking forward to being a part of the Flavour Exchange for the first time. "Autumn is a beautiful on the Mornington Peninsula and it's the perfect time to enjoy a glass of chardonnay or pinot noir, alongside stunning seasonal produce such as our own cafe's earthy Autumn salad of Beetroot, local chèvre and toasted walnuts.
"With Red Claw, the emphasis is on making wines that are bright, juicy and more expressive when young,' Smillie added. 'That lends them perfectly to the Australian lifestyle and the way we like to dine."
If high spirits are more your thing, Wayne Klintworth and Bob Laing of Bass & Flinders, also based out on the Peninsula, will be on hand to show off their finest gins, vodka and Limoncello. Cider lovers can quaff appley goodness from Coldstream Brewery, along with the best of their craft beer.
With plenty of produce available to take home or taste on the go, the Autumn Flavour Exchange offers a fantastic tour around Victoria's finest producers all without leaving Fed Square.