This year, the Royal Melbourne Show has upped the ante in the foodie department, with incredible offerings from Melbourne’s best chefs and producers. While there will always be a place for fairy floss and dagwood dogs, the new Winning Tastes Pavilion in particular will cater to your every food-related desire. You may even learn a thing or two at their tasting opportunities and cooking demonstrations, both of which are a prominent part of this year’s program. From tasty BBQ, to homemade scones, to a speakeasy bar, head to the Royal Melbourne Show this year and indulge in all the gourmet delights our city has to offer.
Pop-Up Restaurants in the Winning Tastes Pavilion
The rotating pop-up restaurant guests will have you returning to the Show again and again to experience all of the mouthwatering goodness on offer. The good folk at Rumi will take over from the 19th to the 22nd for those looking for some delectable Middle Eastern fare. Huxtable/Huxtaburger maverick, Daniel Wilson, will also be setting up from the 23rd to the 26th of September, presenting a mixture of dishes from both ventures. Depending on how the mood strikes you, hit up one of their famous wagyu burgers, or a Huxtable tasting plate. From the 27th to the 29th of September, Ian Curley and The City Wine Shop will be putting on a spread with their famous charcuterie and wine selection.
The Royal Melbourne Fine Food Deli
For those who love to graze on Melbourne’s finest produce, make a beeline for the Fine Food Deli. Test out some of Melbourne’s most delicious coffee, wine, cheese, charcuterie and more from medal winners of the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards and the Australian International Coffee Awards. This year, there is also a Royal Melbourne Fine Food Deli showbag you can purchase, featuring popular medal-winning items from the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards.
Treat Yo Self with Tasty Desserts
For those with an extreme sweet tooth, this one’s for you. Adriano Zumbo is making his debut appearance at the Royal Melbourne Show at the popular Dessert Bar for the first seven days, from the 19th to the 25th of September. The remaining four days will see South Melbourne’s newest dessert boutique, Bibelot, take over with their European-inspired cakes, chocolates and pastries. Imagine, all of those macarons, just waiting to be devoured…
Refuel with MFC Roasters Coffee
Look, as much fun as The Royal Melbourne Show is, running around all day, going on rides, and playing with farm animals can be pretty knackering. I mean, choosing a showbag can be an ordeal in itself! Take a moment, catch your breath, grab a specialty coffee from MFC Roasters, and plan your next move from there. You’re welcome.
Learn a Thing or Two from the Experts
Fancy yourself a bit of a whizz in the kitchen? Or interested in improving your home chef game? Head along to one of the demonstrations by Melbourne’s foodie elite. Some of the top chefs and producers you’ll get to check out at the Winning Tastes Stage include Daniel Wilson (Huxtable), Ian Curley (The European), Joseph Abboud (Rumi), Joe Grbac (Saint Crispin), Michael Ryan (Provenance), Josh Murphy (Builders Arms), Raymond Capaldi and Nick Stanton (Leonard’s House of Love).
Sample the Goods at a Beer and Cider Tasting Tutorial
For those who like to wind down with a cold beer or cider, head to the Craft Brew Bar and BBQ for Happy Hour at 5pm every day of the Show. Pete 'Professor Pilsner' Mitcham will be hosting the Tasting Tutorial, our favourite kind of educational session, and is sure to point you in the right direction for a beverage to suit your taste. While you’re there, grab some delicious BBQ goodness from Burn City Smokers or Henrietta’s Chicken Shop and you have got it MADE.
Homemade Treats at Country Women's Association Kitchen
The CWA Kitchen has been a part of the Royal Melbourne Show for 70 years, and shows no signs of slowing down. If it’s hearty and homemade fare you’re after, you simply can’t pass this place up. These ladies serve up everything from big breakfasts and generous lunches, but one thing you must sample is their country-style scones, smothered in jam and cream. Just try and stop at one, we dare you.
Enjoy the Cheap and Cheerful Chip-on-a-Stick
Let’s face it, everyone has a carnival food guilty pleasure when the Show comes to town. For some, it’s hot jam doughnuts, and for others, it’s a killer hot dog. For us, it’s the chip-on-a-stick. They’re easy to share, not messy, super tasty, and we have to admit they’re pretty fun to eat. Just don’t have too many before the carnival rides or you’ll be sorry.
Feast Your Eyes on the Decorated Cakes Competition
The old saying ‘look but don’t touch’ has never been more difficult to abide by than when in the presence of cake greatness, otherwise known as the Decorated Cakes Competition. Located in the Art, Craft & Cookery Pavilion, check out the ever-popular (and breath-taking) decorated cakes, and feel free to have a chat with an expert for some hot tips.
Stop in at the Speakeasy Cocktail Bar
For the first time in the Royal Melbourne Show’s history, the Winning Tastes Pavilion will include a ‘speakeasy’ cocktail bar, featuring premium spirits and liqueurs from the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards. Some of the names you may recognise include West Winds Gin, Golden Delish Vodka and New World Whiskey. Open from 12 noon until 6pm, drop by for a wonderful cocktail.