The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, run by Food and Wine Victoria Ltd. is an event held in March annually since 1993 to promote Melbourne and Victoria’s food and wine culture.
Operating on a not-for-profit basis, the festival’s charter is to promote the produce, talent and lifestyle of Melbourne and Victoria, and to promote Melbourne as the “food and wine capital of Australia”. Since its beginnings with a small program of events, the festival has grown to become known for events including cooking classes and large ‘banquet-style’ lunches.
The festival has a board of management and is supported by a small team who are responsible for the coordination of its events, in close collaboration with Victoria’s food and wine industry.
Marking the start of the 2019 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne (8 to 24 March), more than 1,600 diners are gathering for a scrumptious long lunch designed by chefs Karen Martini (Mr. Wolf), Nicky Riemer (Bellota Wine Bar) and Lauren Eldridge (Van Haandel Group) and brought to life by Peter Rowland.
Just steps from Prahran’s bustling High Street, 500 metres of table run around the City of Stonnington’s charming Victoria Gardens, an historic gated park with lush, manicured gardens.
The ever-popular event sold out in a record 32 minutes when it went on sale last year.