Get ready to pop bottles Melburnians, because The Prosecco Festival is finally upon us.
Australia’s first ever festival dedicated entirely to Prosecco kicks off Sunday February 25 at Cargo Hall in South Wharf hosting over 40 different international and local Proseccos!
Brought to you by the Prosecco Queen, Melissa Brauer, who has been hosting exclusive masterclasses across Melbourne for years, the festival is here for enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
Here are just ten reasons to pour up, get yourself down to the luxe tasting experience and say cheers to the end of summer…
1. Taste for free
Why just sip on one glass when you can taste from all the different Proseccos on offer? Each $50 ticket comes with your very own Plumm teardrop tasting glass, so put it to good use and get around to all the diverse winemakers on the day. Every punter will get their mitts on an epic goodie bag stuffed with treats to take home, while VIP guests of the festival will also receive complimentary Aqua Panna water and Pronto Fresco antipasto snacks, thanks to our mates at Bruno Fine Foods & Distribution (legends!).
2. Oysters & Caviar
Don’t be afraid to let your extra flag fly! Richmond Oysters will be shucking endless fresh oysters for purchase and you can also indulge in Yarra Valley caviar sampling while you peruse the divine selection of Prosecco.
3. Did someone say cheese board?
What is wine without cheese? Never fear, the festival will be well stocked with local cheeses to try and buy from the Yarra Valley Dairy. Think everything from fresh soft cheeses to marinated – pause to drool – this award-winning selection will satisfy all dairy lovers.
4. Free Bellini Popsicles
Thanks to our friends at POPs, festival-goers will be able to get their lips around oh-so-delicious Prosecco & Peach, alcoholic BELLINI Popsicles. Yes, please!
5. Discover the Aperol Spritz from Van di Vino. Enough said.
When we think of Prosecco, we instantly dream up a chilled Aperol Spritz. Luckily Melbourne’s iconic Prosecco and Spritz bar, Van Di Vino, will be on hand to serve up the signature summer drink all day long.
6. Cannoli-flavoured Prosecco is a thing
If the Bellini Popsicles wasn’t enough to tantalise your taste buds, there will also be CANNOLI-flavoured Prosecco and Aperol Spritz. We didn’t even know such sweetness could exist.
7. Try Italy & Australia's First Prosecco
Guests of the festival will be treated to a carefully curated assortment of Proseccos, most of which you won’t be able to find at major retailers. With the vast range of wines to excite the senses, you won’t miss out on your favourite drop. Plus, you'll be able to try Italy and Australia's first prosecco (and compare them!).
8. Meet the Wine Gods (Including The Prosecco Queen Melissa Brauer!)
Without the growers, winemakers and importers we would never have been #blessed with Prosecco. (God forbid.) All these wine heroes will be on hand to answer your questions and teach you everything there is to know from food matches to how the wine variety is grown. Don't miss your chance to try rosé Prosecco from Cester Camillo, and meet The Prosecco Queen, Melissa Brauer!
9. Italian Delicacies
Great wine demands great food. Because you should never drink on an empty stomach, the festival has collated an exclusive Italian menu to munch on while you wander through all the tastings including a delicious vegetarian cannelloni by Melbourne’s King of Pasta, Daniel Tonin from Pasta Classica.
10. Twice as nice
There will be not one, but two sessions held on the day (11:00am – 3:00pm and 4:00pm – 8:00pm) so no excuses! Gather your mates and treat yourself to all the food, wine and music The Prosecco Festival has to offer.
Where: Cargo Hall, 39 South Wharf Promenade
When: Sunday 25 February, 2018 Two sessions: 11:00am – 3:00pm and 4:00pm – 8:00pm
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