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Epic Cheese & Wine in an Iconic Melbourne Venue?! Hell Yes!

By Clare Acheson - 25 Feb 2016

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It’s no secret that we absolutely love enjoying all that Melbourne has to offer, whilst also sipping on a glass of something tasty, and snacking on some mouth-watering delights. It’s the perfect way to spend a weekend, no?

If you’re keen on soaking up some of the city’s culture while testing out some local nibbles (and, let’s face it, who isn’t…), you’re going to love the foodie line-up that’s headed to the Flemington Grazing Trail & Cellar Door, which takes place on Saturday 12 March.

One of the highlights of the 2016 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the Grazing Trail is part of Super Saturday—Flemington’s biggest raceday outside the Melbourne Cup Carnival – but you don’t have to know a single thing about horses to get a kick out of the day.

This year’s Grazing Trail line-up includes a bevy of demonstrations and expert workshops, giving you an insight into some of the most creative cuisine coming out of the three thousands. Pastuso’s Peruvian food guru Alejandro Saravia, along with the chef’s hatted Royal Mail Hotel’s executive chef Robin Wickens, will be showing you how it’s done in Victoria’s most prestigious kitchens. And if cheese is your thing, world-class cheesemonger and brains behind Prahran Market’s Maker & Monger, Anthony Femia will be on hand to let you try some of the best fromage in the country.

Dreaming of sipping a cocktail on Flemington’s front lawn? Tom Collins Caravan Bar—a cocktail bar in the cutest retro caravan EVER—will be making a pit stop at Super Saturday, serving classic cocktails throughout the day. Local heroes Milk The Cow will also be setting up shop in Flemington’s stunning rose gardens for the duration of the day, meaning that a cheeseboard and martini is only a short stroll from the main group 1 racing action.

As expected, the wine showcase is looking top-shelf: Dal Zotto, Austins & Co, Mitchelton Wines and Harcourt Valley Vineyard all need to be on your must-sip list for the day. If you’re more of a beer guru, Otway Brewing, Bright Brewery, Cavalier and Red Duck Brewery will be making the trip to Melbourne for the weekend, with Two Birds Brewing flying the flag for local craft beers. And if cider’s your bag, get to The Cider House pop-up bar and St Ronan’s Cider’s stand—the St Ronan’s team really do know a thing or two about making great-tasting booze the traditional way.

Meat lovers, the Flemington Grazing Trail & Cellar Door team haven’t forgotten about you. Gippsland Natural Meats will be on hand to make sure there are enough drool-worthy gourmet sausages and burgers to keep you satiated, with other producers providing all manner of pies, breads, spices and more for the tasting. Just thinking about all that Melbourne Food & Wine Festival action in one place is making us hungry…

If you’ve never been to Flemington, this is the ultimate food-lovers opportunity to tick an iconic Melbourne experience off your list. Entrance to the Flemington Grazing Trail & Cellar Door is a pinch at $25 for adults, and if you’re keen to beat the queues (because who has the time for that?!), you can also pre-purchase your ticket and tasting glass online. So rally the cheese and wine loving troops, cross out Saturday 12 March in your diary, and get ready for a day out that celebrates everything we love about this beautiful city. Now, where’s the brie…

The Flemington Grazing Trail & Cellar Door & Super Saturday will be held at Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, Saturday 12 March. Adult tickets from $25* Book your tickets here.

*Excludes Ticketek fees & charges

Editor's note: This article is proudly sponsored by VRC and endorsed by The Urban List.  Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy. 

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