Like you, Listers, it takes a lot to get us to devote an entire Saturday to something. But when we saw the line-up for cultural food festival Flavours on Saturday 14th March, WE EVEN CANCELLED BRUNCH. I know, madness. So, what’s so good that it’s got us abandoning our smashed avo on sourdough? Read on…
Flavours brings together some of Melbourne’s best restaurants, chefs, food trucks and cafes in Grattan Gardens for a day of delicious food, awesome live music and handy workshops. Part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the must-visit event celebrates the diversity of Melbourne’s world-renowned food culture.
On top of snacking on dishes from a host of amazing local talent (Hoy Pinoy, LuxBite and Gumbo Kitchen are our top eats), this year’s all-dayer will feature a show-stopping live Flavours kitchen, supported by Prahran Market, where visitors can learn from the best chefs our beautiful city has to offer, all for free!
On the day, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with heaps of Melbourne’s best chefs and restaurateurs:
Learn to Cook Haka Cuttlefish with Kyle Doody, Mr Miyagi
Bring your chopsticks and get ready to chow down on some of Melbourne’s best Japanese food! Super-cool Japanese restaurant Mr Miyagi’s head chef Kyle Doody will be on hand to teach visitors how to whip up one of his favourite seasoned cuttlefish dishes. Hai!*
Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs with Ali Shahverdi, 40 Thieves & Co
Chef Ali Shahverdi and the team behind St Kilda’s Middle Eastern foodie mecca, 40 Thieves & Co, will be sharing some of the secrets behind their success in a how-to on their oh-so-good chicken kebab dish.
How to Stock your Multicultural Pantry with Alice In Frames
Masterchef superstar and all-round cooking ace, Alice Zaslavsky, aka. Alice in Frames, is set to cover the basics of Chinese, Italian, Thai and French cuisine, all in one session. As Prahran Market’s ‘adventurer-in-residence’ (Dream. Job.) she’ll be showing you just how versatile fresh, easy-to-find ingredients from the nearby market stalls can be.
Authentic Italian Pizza with La Svolta
Crispy crusts, oozing cheese and as many toppings as that doughy base can handle…Our love for pizza goes waaaay deep, Listers, making this workshop a real stand-out of the Flavours festival. Valerio Calabro and Pino Russo (the duo behind Prahran Italian, La Svolta) will show you what it takes to make the perfect traditional Italian-style pizza, complete with secret techniques and recipes that have been passed down through pizza-making generations.
Prahran Market is supporting Flavours this year, which means delicious fresh produce will be on hand and in mouth at all times. The performance line-up is looking great too, with Japanese shamisen (that’s a traditional banjo-type instrument) meets southern blues from show-stopping duo George and Noriko, and workshops on everything from West African dance to Indigenous hip-hop.
We’re sure that by this stage you’re begging us to tell you how to book your place. Flavours festival is operating on a first in, best dressed basis, so get RSVPing to the Facebook event and watch out for session times, which will be announced soon. See you there!
*That’s ‘Yes!’ in Japanese for those of you who aren’t language masters.
Flavours – A Feast of Cultures | Grattan Gardens
Saturday 14th March | 11am – 4pm
RSVP via the Facebook event here
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Image credit: 40 Thieves & Co.