The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is one of the most exciting events on Melbourne’s culinary calendar. Held each year in March, the not-for-profit event is designed to showcase Victoria’s vibrant food and wine culture, and reinforce Melbourne as Australia’s food and wine capital.
The first Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – held in 1993 – was a simple occasion with a modest program of 12 events; today the fortnight-long program features more than 250 events in some of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings and restaurants.
As well as drawing around 400,000 local and international visitors, the festival attracts food and wine experts from Australia and all over the world as event headliners, including world-renowned chefs and winemakers, growers, authors, commentators and critics.
The festival has developed a loyal following of wine buffs, sweet tooths and ‘foodies’ – both Melburnians and out-of-towners alike. Favourite events like the Langham Melbourne MasterClass, the World’s Longest Lunch and Cellar Door at Southgate attract sell-out crowds year after year.
And it’s not just the hordes of visitors who are fans of the event, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival continues to receive local and international acclaim, winning multitudes of awards including the Melbourne Airport 2008 and 2009 Victorian Tourism Award for “Major Festivals and Events” and International Festival and Events Award’s Gold for “Best Festival Program” in 2008.
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