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8 Melbourne Food And Wine Festival Events To Catch This Weekend

By James Shackell - 29 Mar 2017

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Only two sleeps left, guys! Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is so close we can almost taste the Billy van Creamy gelato and hand-cured artisanal prosciutto (not in the same mouthful, although now you mention it…) There are literally hundreds of events to attend over the next week-and-a-bit, catering to every possibly foodie whim, with the possible exception of cannibalism. And this weekend it all kicks off with a scrumptious three-course bang.

Finding the whole never-ending buffet of options a tad overwhelming? No worries. We’ve got your back. Here’s our farm-to-fork pick of the weekend’s MFWF foodie activities.

Smorgasburb By Sand Hill Road

Also known as the best $29 you will ever spend, including that time you scored a boss Thrift Shop coat from Savers. Seven of Melbourne’s best suburban publicans are joining forces for the inaugural Smorgasburb: a Bridge Hotel Laneway festival that celebrates the city’s best modern pub grub. We’re talking Bossan pork belly and kimchi tacos from The Terminus Hotel, The Bridge Hotel’s classic Toast’d toasties and a Kombu-cured Cobia with yuzu kosho from The Garden State Hotel. Parma and chips this ain’t.

When: Sunday April 2, 12pm – 7pm
Where: Bridge Hotel, Richmond
How much: Tickets are $29
For more info, check out the website

Floating Fruit Bowl

Exactly what it says on the tin. From Friday ‘til Sunday, the world’s biggest floating fruit bowl will be, well…floating down The Yarra. It’s all to raise awareness of the role fresh water plays in Melbourne’s world-class produce and cuisine (apparently it’s the #secretingredient). The floating fruit bowl will be part of a bigger Yarra-side food orgy called River Graze. It’s a free event, so grab the kids/hubby/hungry dog and head down to the Yarra Promenade any time over the weekend. You can’t miss it–it’s the really big floating fruit bowl…

When: Friday March 31 – Sunday April 2
Where: Southbank Spillway, Southbank
How much: Free
For more info, check out the website 

Crown Live Pizza Festival

Yep, that is as cool as it sounds. There’s nothing worse than pre-recorded pizza. This weekend the Crown riverside promenade is going to be a well-grilled pizza-lover’s paradise. Professional pizzaioli (yep, apparently that’s a word) will be cooking pizzas for sale in wood-fired ovens by the water, there’ll be a T’Gallant wine bar to help the cheese go down, and a personal masterclass from 400 Gradi’s very own Johnny Di Francesco. Need a cherry on top? Make it a strawberry and a slice of orange: there’s going to be a Pimm’s pop-up bar for the adults. We’re sold.

When: Friday March 11 – Sunday April 2
Where: Crown Riverwalk, Southbank
How much: Free
For more info, check out the website

Food Truck Stop

How did we ever survive before food became mobile? It’s hard to imagine a time when you couldn’t grab everything from gumbo to dumplings from the window of a done-up VW Kombi. Well this weekend, the food trucks of Melbourne will be swarming to the Southbank Spillway like ants on a cupcake. The big names will all be there: Fancy Hanks, Gorilla Grill, Happy Camper, Juanita Peaches, Nem e Nem and Taco Truck. If you like good food, and you like automotive vehicles, and you really like it when the two get together, this is your spirit home for the next few days. Start your engines.

When: Friday March 31 – Sunday April 2
Where: Southbank Spillway, Southbank
How much: Free (food costs money, just FYI)
For more info, check out the website

Fed in French

It doesn’t matter if all you can remember from Grade 6 French is basic colours and how to say ‘cow’ (why did they think that stuff would come in handy anyway?). Fed in French accepts all levels of general Frenchiness (but obvs there’s extra cred if you turn up in a beret). This weekend Fed Square will be dedicated to all things français: there’ll be warm raclette melted over charcuterie, fromage platters, moules-frites and even some vegan-friendly fare (who knew?). We’ll be heading straight for LE BAR, a curated collection of French wine and champagne, right next to the Bon Ap’ pop-up restaurant (the first time they’ve strayed from their usual Fitzroy home). If you want to impress people, “Où est le cochon bleu?” means “Where is the blue pig?”. It might come in handy.

When: Friday March 31 – Sunday April 2
Where: Fed Square
How much: Free
For more info, check out the website

Kabaru Enechewet

A mouthful, in more ways than one. Kabaru Enechewet is MFWF’s celebration of all things Ethiopian, which means good food, nuclear-strength coffee and some serious tribal drumming. There’ll be an outdoor drumming jam session (which you can join, if you’re game), live-brewing of traditional coffee (with obligatory tastings) and a huge indoor communal dinner, courtesy of the team at KONJO. If you haven’t tried Ethiopian before, this might be a good intro. There’ll be doro (a chicken dish, usually saved for special occasions), kitfo (spiced beef from the Gurage people) and injera, a massive communal flatbread that you use to mop up everything else. No forks required here.

When: Friday March 31 – Saturday April 8
Where: KONJO Café, Footscray
How much: $53
For more info, check out the website

Sweet Alley

Get that sweat tooth primed and ready, there isn’t a savoury dish in sight at Sweet Alley, the festival’s unashamed votive to the Gods of Sugar. Some of the city’s dessert dynamos will be on show, dishing up artisan ice-creams, boutique pastries, hot-cross buns filled with soft serve (be still my heart) and Belgian iced-chocolates. You’ll see the usual suspects, 7Apples Gelato, Koko Black and Rustica (cronuts!), plus a few rarer beasts like SACCHA, Dex2Rose and St Gerry’s. Sweet.

When: Friday March 31 – Sunday April 2
Where: Signal, on the Yarra’s north bank, near the Sandridge Bridge
How much: Free
For more info, check out the website

Fancy Hank’s Grown and Gathered

Yeah yeah, we know it's on Monday. But you know what, chuck a sickie–bam, instant long weekend. Fancy Hanks is throwing the ultimate farm-to-fork experience. If you talk the talk when it comes to sustainable food, this is the chance to put your money where your mouth is (don’t try it the other way around). The farm team at Grown & Gathered have raised a pig at their property in Central Vic, and it’ll be lovingly broken down by the team at Fancy Hanks. Zero waste here, folks. The animal will be prepared in a few different ways (charcoal grilled etc) and served up alongside salads, sides and preserves from Grown & Gathered’s own cookbook. For drinks, there’s a range of farm-grown wines and the launch of a new seasonal small-batch beer. Pork fans, get those forks ready.

When: Monday April 3
Where: Fancy Hanks
How much: $113
For more info, check out the website

Need more ideas? Feast your taste buds on 7 of this year's best MFWF events.

Image credit: Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

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