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6 Must-Eat (And Drink) Events At This Year’s Melbourne Food And Wine Festival

By Simon Cassar
28th Mar 2022

A table full of different cut hot chips with tomato sauce being poured over them.

Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival is back with a stacked program to mark its 30th anniversary. The two-week event will be spread out across Melbourne and will include culinary experiences at landmarks including Queen Victoria Market, Treasury Gardens and more. 

This year's iteration will be headlined by none other than food queen and culinary icon, Nigella Lawson who'll host her very own long lunch and Q&A. 

There are plenty of plates full of activity at MWFW, so to help you navigate your way through this culinary celebration we’ve listed the eight events that are an absolute must through the 14-day feast. 

The Big Spaghetti 

We don’t see pasta often get a run at a Hawker-style food market but this winter carb-heavy event couldn’t get us more excited. The likes of Tipo 00, Agostino, Lagotto, Mister Bianco and more will be setting up shop at a street-food style market with live music, pasta focused talks from guest chefs as well as plenty of wine on rotation. Expect to sample over 20 different dishes with pasta in all shapes and sizes from 10 stalls all with a different regional focus and speciality ingredients at this free family-friendly event. For the dolce side of the event, Pidapipo is stepping up to the plate to round things out with a special-made fried Nutella and Colomba toast with hazelnut Croccante gelato. 

THE DETAILS:

How much: Free entry  
When: 11am to 8pm Saturday 2 April, 11am to 5pm Sunday 3 April
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street, Melbourne
For more information, 
click here.

Melbourne Food And Wine Festival 2022

The Convenient Store 

This ain’t no typical petrol station, although cleverly presented by 7-Eleven ‘The Convenient Store’ is a novel culinary upgrade. Taking inspiration from New York-style bodegas and Japanese corner stores, this MFWF pop-up will be a tasty retail paradise. With a slew of snacks from some of Melbourne’s top spots including Tom Sarafian' Hummus, Emilia's whipped mortadella mouse, as well as a jam doughnut ice cream from Luther's scoops; there’ll also be a selection of top-shelf cocktails from leading Melbourne bars. 

THE DETAILS:

How much: Free entry  
When: 8am until 7pm, Friday 25 March – to Thursday 7 April 
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street, Melbourne
For more information, 
click here

Melbourne Food And Wine Festival 2022

High Steaks 

A celebration of the Melbourne long-lunch this high-grade affair is spread across some seriously established eateries including Bar MargauxSan TelmoRockpool, and Scott Pickett’s Chancery Lane. As the name would suggest you can expect to sample the finest quality cuts from across Victoria along with regional wines and a 3608 Nagambie Gin martini to ease into the decadent lunchtime special. 

THE DETAILS:

How much: Various prices 
When: Various times, Friday 1 April to Friday 8 April  
Where: Various locations 
For more information, 
click here.

Melbourne Food And Wine Festival 2022

Crawl And Bite 

Led by Brick Lane Brewing, this quasi dining pub-crawl is a circumnavigation of Melbourne, a foodies pilgrimage to some iconic and underground venues across the city. Explore food-cult favourite suburbs such as Armadale, South Yarra, Fitzroy, Footscray and more as this culinary adventure will introduce to some of the best dishes that reside in less assuming places. The entire course will take place at three to four different venues giving you chance to hop across the city and commit some new spots to the memory bank.

THE DETAILS:

How much: Various prices
When: Various times 
Where: Various locations
For more information, 
click here.

Welcome To The Jungle 

Led by none other than Melbourne’s vegan-cuisine Queen, Shannon Martinez, Welcome To The Jungle is a plant-based celebration. Alongside Shannon’s Smith & DaughtersFancy Hank’s, and Rumi will also be joining the party. There'll be a hefty menu stacked full of 100% plant-based flavour alongside a selection of cocktails including zero-alcohol creations; "It's not about deprivation," says Smith & Daughters' Shannon Martinez, "it's about debauchery."

THE DETAILS:

How much: $80 per person   
When: 6pm until 10pm, Friday 1 April
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street, Melbourne
For more information, 
click here.

Melbourne Food And Wine Festival 2022

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