Foodies love their food and wine festivals, and Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) is no exception. MFWF is a swish hotspot with well-known local chefs collaborating with global stars offering a unique chance to sample gourmet produce and local wines.
Food, art and music colliding, the sophisticated and edgy atmosphere could be described as buzzing with an energy that only exists when a group of people that like to enjoy life and make things happen come together. While studying in Melbourne, friends and I meandered upon the MFWF along the banks of the Yarra River. Four of us including three Torontonians and an Englishman – all quite familiar with food and wine festivals – were pleasantly stunned. Cries of “I’m so sick of all this quality wine” could not be heard, in fact, quite the opposite.
The 17-day festival attracts some 250,000 visitors each year in what some say to be the culinary heart of Australia. From February to March people gather in restaurants, on farms and in wineries to attend spectacular events throughout the city and state of Victoria. The who’s who of the culinary world have been hosted at MFWF, including Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, to name just a few.
If you’re interested in checking out the festival, most major airlines fly directly to Melbourne, which is a 90-minute flight from Sydney. Many of the festival’s venues and participating restaurants are located in central Melbourne, easily accessible by the City Circle Tram, a free tourist service.
Cheers! Happy and safe travels!