Melbourne is known around Australia, for its rich food culture. From quaint coffee shops down its winding lanes to established eateries offering up a unique foodie experience, there is something delicious to taste around every corner – and the same goes for its food and drink festivals which run throughout the year. From beer events offering unique brews to food festivals hosting some of the most-celebrated Aussie chefs, these festivals are putting Victoria’s local produce on the map.
To help you navigate your way around Melbourne’s top food & wine festivals for 2019, use our handy map below. It highlights locations around Melbourne which play host to this year’s top food & wine festivals.
Date: March 8th - 24th March 2019
Location: Venues around Melbourne
Each year, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival brings together food and wine lovers from around the country (and the world) to celebrate Melbourne’s fresh seasonal produce, excellent eateries and drinking holes. The Festival is all about “supporting and cultivating what makes Melbourne and the surrounding regions a gastronomic playground”. There is a never-ending supply of venues to visit, workshops and classes to attend and meals to be eaten over the course of the festival.
Over 250,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival in search of unique food and drink experiences – and with over 250 events across the state, it is sure not to disappoint. From long lunches to tall lunches to cooking demonstrations and 6-course degustation’s, this year’s program is more diverse than ever.
The most iconic event of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is the Bank of Melbourne World's Longest Lunch held on March 8th to help celebrate International Women’s Day. With more than 1,600 diners gathering along 500 metres of table in Prahran’s charming Victoria Gardens, this record-setting lunch is a highlight. While this event is already sold out, there are still plenty of state-wide celebrations across Victoria for you to attend.
As a Major Partner and Official Accommodation Partner to Melbourne Food & Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne for the second year in a row, AccorHotels will be playing host to a list of events over the festival. Events and activations during the Festival happening at AccorHotels restaurants across Melbourne include:
When: Friday 8th March 2019
Where: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins’ No35 restaurant
Situated at the “Paris End” of Collins Street, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins’ No35 restaurant plays host to this year’s Paint to Order. Bringing pastels and parfaits together, this twist on a “made to order” lunch experience will see diners choosing from Chef’s list of sweet ingredients to paint their own interpretation of a palate-pleasing parfait to order. With a welcome Spritz, free-flowing beverages and entertainment, it’s a highlight of the 2019 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
When: 5 events: Friday 8th, Saturday 9th, Thursday 21st, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd March 2019
Where: Pretty Boy Italian Steak House at Novotel Melbourne Central
Head down to Little Lonsdale’s newest pasta precinct and enjoy a lunch celebrating all thing pasta. Start off the event with an intimate pasta-making masterclass followed by a 3-course lunch thanks to Executive Chef Michael Smith with accompanying Gin-based cocktails and wines from Brad from Little Lon Distilling Co. Is there any better way to do a long lunch?
When: Saturday 9th March 2019
Where: Pullman Melbourne on the Park’s Cliveden Bar & Dining
Book a spot at The Cliveden’s high tea for an afternoon of indulgence. Treat yourself with a delicious spread including mini bagels stuffed with Cliveden Gin-cured salmon, and scones with Negroni jam and Yarra Valley cream thanks to Executive Chef David Albert.
It wouldn’t be a ‘Gin-Soaked Afternoon Tea’ without some delicious gin-based cocktails. The Cliveden’s own bespoke gin blend, made by the Cliveden Mixologists and handcrafted by Bass & Flinders Distillery is the perfect cocktail base, creating some tantalising tipples worth writing home about. With a Mediterranean twist, this oregano and rosemary infused gin is locally distilled and the perfect accompaniment to your afternoon tea treats.
When: Thursday 14th March 2019
Where: Hotel Lindrum MGallery by Sofitel’s Felt Restaurant
Celebrate 20 years of Hotel Lindrum Melbourne and welcome their new Head Chef, Matthew Simon Bentley, who has worked in London, Norway and The Netherlands. Enjoy a 6-course degustation menu of British-inspired fare as well as local ciders, ales and wines. Settle in for the night after the Brilliantly British event, all dinner guests can take advantage of 10% off accommodation at Hotel Lindrum by calling the hotel on (03) 9668 1111.
Date: 10th – 19th May 2019
Location: Venues around Melbourne
Melbourne’s Good Beer Week has been running for eight solid years, hosting 300 diverse events and attracting 75,000 attendees from around Australia. It’s run by an independent, not-for-profit association providing an opportunity for local brewers to showcase their goods to a wide audience. Sample from hundreds of local and international breweries and discover new boozy recipe ideas from some of Australia’s top chefs.
Good Beer Week splits its festival events up into four streams, making it easier for attendees to discover which events are most suitable to their tastes. These streams include; Foodie, Beer Lover, Beer Geek, and Good Times, as well as Beer School for education.
The official launch to the Good Beer Week is the festival’s Gala Showcase. With over 100 beers on offer, this celebration of all things hops and malt offer a range of household names and new-to-the-scene craft breweries for you to try and buy. You can also book into a masterclass or grab a bite to eat at the onsite food trucks.
Date: 31st May – 2nd June 2019
Location: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Good Food & Wine Show is touring around Australia again this year, with a return to Melbourne from May until early June. It’s a fun day out for friends to discover upcoming food and drinks trends and the latest kitchen products and cooking methods. With cooking demonstrations and classes held by some of Australia’s most-loved chefs as well as a whole range of stalls for you to check out and freebies for you to try. Whether you’re into sweet or savoury, beer or wine, the Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show has got you covered. Keep your eyes peeled for the 2019 program, which is set to be released in the coming months.
Date: 16th & 17th August 2019
Location: Meat Market, North Melbourne
For lovers of all things cheese – we know you’re out there, Melbourne’s Mould: A Cheese Festival is right up your alley. Celebrating all things cheese and placing the spotlight on Australia’s top artesian cheese producers, this two-day festival is in its second year. There are 60 cheeses to taste from 15 producers – plus a whole range of cheesy goodness for you to try like cheesecakes, toasties and cheese sandwiches. Need a drink to complement your cheese of choice? There is a range of wines, whisky, sake, beer and cider available too, plus plenty of places set up to chill out and enjoy your cheesy purchase. If you’re wanting to get a little more hands-on, there are also cooking demonstrations and masterclasses running throughout the festival. So, whether you are a fan of hard or soft, blue or white, fresh or aged, there is something for every cheese lover at this year’s Mould festival.
Heading to Melbourne for one of these food and wine events? AccorHotels has you covered with a range of hotels in Melbourne’s city centre to suit all budgets.