Food and wine must do's this season in Victoria
Melbourne, the largest city in Victoria, is known worldwide for its excellent food and wine scene, truly a paradise for foodies. You can experience Melbourne's mix of cultures in its restaurants and cafes, which offer a vast array of the world's great cuisines.
Even though Melbourne can satisfy a foodie's needs all year round, the period between March and May is truly exceptional for paying a visit. This season is famous for its blend of festivals, fashion, food and flowers. The Melbourne Food and Wine festival takes place from 16 to 25 March and shines the global spotlight on Victoria’s internationally-acclaimed dining scene.
Check out our list with the best food and wine events this season in Melbourne, Victoria.
1. Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
The festival, presented by the Bank of Melbourne, is a place for local cooks, chefs and other culinary specialists to show off their skills, as well as top international gourmet talents. In case you've thought of trying fine cuisines or tasting some of the region's best vineyard produce, it's an exceptional time to visit Melbourne.
Make sure you don't miss out on key events such as the World's Longest Lunch, the Theatre of ideas, or the Wine Weekend supported by San Pelegrino.
2. Look for hidden gems in regional Victoria
Autumn is a great time to wander around regional Victoria and look for fresh, savoury local produce, while enjoying the breathtaking views. Throughout Victoria, you can find food and wine trails mapped out showing the road to take and the places to stop along the way, where you are welcomed with open arms by passionate food and wine producers, to try their wines and taste their food. One of the best trails of the region is the Bellarine Taste Trail, with more than 40 food and wine destinations, including farmgate producers, unique wineries, and award-winning cafes and restaurants.
3. Grampians Grape Escape
Grampians Grape Escape takes place on 5 and 6 May, 2018, celebrating the end of the harvest. There you can get regional wine, cider, beers and barrel-aged gin to indulge in and meet the winemakers. Apart from offering delicious food, you can take masterclasses and watch cooking demonstrations from local producers and talented chefs. The food and drinks are accompanied by local and national live bands, filling the festival perfectly with good vibes.
4. Enjoy a fine dining experience
Melbourne has an abundance of dining options to choose from and a table at Melbourne's most notable restaurants is a treat worth travelling for; just make sure you book it in advance. The most admired resturant all over the world is Attica, offering inventive tasting menus and select wines. You could also try Flower Drum, a Chinese restaurant or Vue de Monde, an elegant fine dining restaurant with tasting menus and sweeping city views.