Everyone knows the cure to cold weather (not literally) is a hearty, juicy roast. But one can’t always be bothered slaving in the kitchen for hours. So whether your poison is some quality local steak, sweet pork, soft chicken or a mix of fresh seafood, we’ve rounded up the best roast events happening around Melbourne this June, as part of MFWF’s annual Roast Collection. Experience tells us that when the crackling craving hits, you’ll want one of these events handy.
Roast & Toast, Wine & Warmth
Nothing feels more like winter than a cosy fireplace and a bunch of toasty marshmallows. For your convenience, Feathertop is hosting a true Roast & Toast event, bonfire and all! Marshmallows, bush potatoes, chestnuts and mulled wines are some of the nibbles on offer, so you won’t have to fiddle around with any angry, spitting fires this winter! And hey, if you’re thinking of heading down, why not check out the alpine peaks of Mt Buffalo. If you’re lucky, there might even be the start of some snow!
5 June | 5pm – 9pm
Feathertop | Boynton’s Feathertop Winery 6619, Great Alpine Road
Free | Drinks at cellar door prices
Max’s Perfect Pork Roast
Oh, pork crackling. The gorgeously chewy, crunchy, tender, juicy, delicious, delicious, little pieces of guilty heaven. If you dream of pork, you’d best not miss Max’s Perfect Pork Roast, or they’ll be tears. Max’s signature free-range pork belly is a promised perfect combo of crispy crackling and succulent meat, stuffed full of garlic and herbs. The pork is complemented with a mushroom soup (just to get you in the mood) and a red hill apple pie. Go slow on this three-course meal, Listers, we have a feeling you’ll be dreaming of this one in days to come.
7 June | 7pm – 11pm
Max’s Restaurant | 53 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South | $80 pp
Global Roasts Winter Crawl ‘n Bite
Possibly the only crawl giving the classic pub-crawl a run for its money is the Global Roasts Winter Crawl ‘n Bite. Heavyweights Gazi, Papa Goose and Pastuso are combining their fabulous food to bring you a range of roasts from around the globe. Instant excitement. For $85, hop from one distinct cultural roast to another. And with some of Melbourne’s best restaurants on board, we would be going into hibernation mode beforehand to ensure maximum stomach space for this event.
9 June | 6pm – 8.30pm
GAZI/Papa Goose/Pastuso | $85 pp
Pope Joan Roast Chook Winter Feast
Pope Joan will be serving up a range of winter feasts during Melbourne’s chilly season to keep your insides warm and cosy! Don’t worry, their a la carte menu will still be available, but with these delectable limited-time-only set menus we have a feeling you’ll be more than tempted away from the classics! Our pick of the litter is the Roast Chook dinner, running from the 8th til the 12th of June only. Ginger clams, chicken crown with harissa, and a seasonal fruit clafoutis will have your little belly singing!
8 June – 12 June | Dinner menu only
77-79 Nicholson St, Brunswick East
$60 pp | 03 9388 8858
The Perfect Roast Gets Better
Already the meat-master? As the name oh-so-subtly suggests, this class with Brad Simpson of The Smith puts an Asian-inspired twist on classic roast flavours. Highlights of this four-hour workshop include Char sui pork roast with apple kimchi and Peking duck recipes. Go home, go crazy (and bring some to me, pretty please?).
14 June | 10am – 2pm
The Essential Ingredient | Elizabeth Street, South Yarra | $195 pp
Slow Roast Masterclass
If the idea of roasting meats terrifies you to your very bones, head chef Luke Smith’s Slow Roast Masterclass aims to instil Masterchef confidence in you. Enjoy Smith’s range of locally sourced slow-cook meats with a glass of cider or pinot. After the class, you’ll never want to go through winter again without whipping up one of these juicy cuts of meat. Just to give you a nudge in the right direction, you’ll go home with a collection of recipes and your own personal produce to cook at home. Yum!
18 June | 4pm – 6pm
The Cape Kitchen | 1215 Phillip Island Rd, Phillip Island | $80 pp
Turducken, Your Cluckin’
If you simply cannot decide between your cuts of meat, if it’s like choosing between your children, the Royal Mail Hotel on Spencer has just invented the perfect dish for you. Gone are the nights of embarrassing indecisiveness, the Royal Mail Hotel and Kosharra Springs Organics brings you the spit-roasted Fowl de Cochon. Aka, chicken, duck, turkey and pig, or as they prefer to call it: Turducken stuffed pig. Dinner is served with a range of complementing beers from Beechworth’s Bridge Rd Brewery. The more meats the better, right guys? Guys?
18 June | 7pm – 10:30pm
Royal Mail Hotel On Spencer | 519 Spencer St, West Melbourne | $85 pp
Town Roast at QVM
Melbourne’s favourite fresh food market will bring country cooking into the heart of Melbourne CBD for one day only. This very special event hosted by none other than the fabulous Queen Victoria Market team will offer creative Sunday Roasts from all your favourite vendors including Fancy Hanks, Hoy Pinoy and Estelle. Three market tours will run throughout the day, giving guests insider knowledge about fresh produce and meats. Andrew Richardson (Slow Food Workshop) will also be hosting a slow cook and roast demonstration at the Meat Hall. So much to do, so little time!
21 June | 10am – 4pm
Queen Victoria Market | Melbourne
Beak to Tail Duck Degustation
For a truly one-of-a-kind dining experience, Chiara chef Alex Drobysz will be breaking down an entire duck from beak to tail, to use every last part in a four-course degustation. Every. Part. While we’ll admit we’re a little concerned about where exactly the beak is going to fit into the meal, if you’re after something truly unique this winter—look no further! Do note pre-meal entertainment consists of a butchery demonstration, which could either be very very good or very very bad depending on how you view things.
24 June | 6pm – 9pm
Chiara | 705 Collins St, Docklands | $185 pp
Roasted Snapper in Sorrento
Alright, alright so what if you’re not a fan of red meat what are you meant to do this Roast Collection? Well, the very fabulous Cakes and Ale serves a mean roast Snapper. Hosted on the picturesque Sorrento beachfront, enjoy morning-caught snapper from Port Phillip Bay and other small fisheries. It doesn’t get any fresher than this. Seasonal roasted vegetables accompany the fish, so if simple, beautiful produce is your thing, this is definitely your perfect match!
1 June – 30 June | 6pm – 10pm
Cakes and Ale | 102 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento | $31.50 pp
Dandenong Market Family Roast
We know cooking for your family can be a bit of a hassle, Listers. So many mouths to feed, and you’re supposed to get serves of vegies in too? The Dandenong Markets bring you free cooking demonstrations and recipes to give you the inside tips to cooking a healthy, affordable, piping hot roast this winter. This is one of Melbourne’s best free events this winter, so don’t miss out! Different demonstrations run on different days, so visit the website to pick out your favs!
2 June, 23 June, 30 June | 12pm – 1pm
Dandenong Market | 39 Cleeland St, Dandenong | Free
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s Roast Collection | 1st - 30th June 2015
Various locations around town | Visit the website for further detail
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