Find Your Self tasting the Dandenong Ranges this Melbourne Food and Wine Festival!
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is back for its 26th year. Food and wine lovers in the hundreds of thousands indulge in this annual culinary highlight that shines a light on Melbourne’s abundant gastronomic scene. Regional Victoria is hosting a series of events in conjunction with Melbourne Food and Wine Festival celebrating the fresh seasonal produce of it’s communities and the innovative work of award winning chefs and restaurants of the area. Expert winemakers and artisan producers bring their finest to the table, so keep your eye on the below events to Find Your Self getting a real taste of the Dandenong Ranges.
Regional Worlds Longest Lunch - Gembrook (16th March)
Nestled behind the Historic Gembrook station, surrounded by tall pines, you’ll find long tables, spread with an Argentinian feast curated by Chef Mauro Callegari. The latin style sharing menu is made from locally sourced produce, spun into classic Argentinian flavours. Asado beef short ribs, generous dousings of chimichurri, local potatoes and lemon trifles from the nearby orchards all matched with local wines. Music and entertainment on the day will carry a South American feel, so make sure to stay back for the night cap after the feast.
Regional World’s Longest Lunch - Sky High, Mt. Dandenong (16th March)
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has risen to new heights, bringing the Regional World’s longest lunch to the highest point of the Dandenong Ranges. Elevate yourself to a whopping 630m to observe staggering 180 degree views across Melbourne to Port Phillip Bay. Indulge in the best of local foods and wines while taking in the scenery from the top.
Dandenong Ranges Food, Wine and Art Festival - Hills Art Markets (17th March)
Just behind the Emerald Puffing Billy Station, the iconic Hills Art Markets host the Dandenong Ranges Food, Wine and Art Festival in conjunction with Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Relax in this open air, artisan festival under the leafy foliage of the tall trees of the Dandenong Ranges while discovering art and music of this region. Sample an abundant offering of local produce and pair your morsels back with wine to make the most of this culinary playground.
Secrets of the Farm Gate - Coonara Springs Restaurant - Olinda (18 - 25 March)
A special addition for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Secrets of the Farm Gate is a hands on garden tour in the iconic Coonara Springs; a culinary institution atop a hill overlooking the Yarra Valley. Their philosophy of house made, locally sourced produce celebrates the beauty of regional offerings. This tour will take you through the working kitchen gardens where you can learn about food harvest and production. A chef lead demonstration in the smokehouse will teach you the secrets of smoking your own sausages and salami! An experience not to be missed.