Time Out Melbourne

With more food and drink events than you can poke a stick at, Time Out chooses our top ten

Terroir - Belonging to Country


The traditional owners of Melbourne, the Wurundjeri, have a concept: ngooleek. It’s one the French have, too: terroir. In this meeting of two worlds, a panel from The Little Club of Learning combines Aboriginal elders, geologists, and authors to discuss connections to the land. It’s all done over a plate of local food with a glass of local wine. History never tasted so good.


Middle Park

Hey meat freaks: this one’s for you.  At this rare breed street party you'll chow down on Belted Galloway and Red Angus beef, black-face Suffolk lamb, and a whole heap of duck and chicken breeds you’ve never heard of before.

The Liquid Harvest

South Melbourne

Independent Aussie liquor brands Tequila Tromba, The West Winds Gin, and 666 Pure Tasmanian Vodka will explain – with the help of local farmers – what it takes to turn humble plants into deliciosu boo. Then you’ll get a chance to line your stomach with food from Köy Restaurant, before trying the market’s freshest produce, showcased in the best way possible: in a cocktail.

Sister Cities


Quick: Can you name Melbourne’s six sister cities? A dish from each culture? And their traditional music? You’ll have the answers after this six-course meal showcasing the culinary highlights from Osaka, Japan; St Petersburg, Russia; Boston, USA; Thessaloniki, Greece; Tian Jin, China; and Milan, Italy – all paired with a concert by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Samurai and Sake


Live Japanese martial arts performances. The 1862 cocktail created especially for the samuri. Eight courses of refined Japanese food paired with sake. It’s enough to make you feel like the last Emperor of Japan – but with a much happier ending, one that involves a full stomach and an unforgettable cultural experience.

Kayak Me a River


A moonlit kayak down the Yarra (we strongly believe it's the best time of day to view its waters), bookended by a cocktail and a three-course meal along the river at The Wharf Hotel. You can even convince yourself that all those calories you burned off mean you can have more wine.

Smokin’ with Gavin Baker


Don your smoking jacket for this themed dinner, where everything that can be smoked, is. We’re talking five courses of meat and fish, each smoked in a different way with different woods by North Carolinan chef Gavin Barker.

1 Potato 2 Potato 3 Potato More


The humble spud takes centre stage as potato-lovers traverse Sydney Road in search of variations on the veggie. Your pilgrimage will be lead by comedian Monica Dullard. Cue Irish jokes here.

Forage and Feast


This is one of the few events in the Food & Wine festival that tells you to ‘BYO gumboots’. You’ll need 'em, since you’ll be foraging for your own food down on the Mornington Peninsula. That’s right – you eat what you pick. Whatever you end up with is then whipped up into a feast by Lamaro’s chef Shaun Sheridan.

Homeless World’s Longest Lunch

St Kilda

This is the kind of lunch where you don’t actually get to eat anything: someone else does. How does that work, exactly? Well, HEAT (Hospitality Employment and Training) of St. Kilda Youth Service, along with the William Angliss Institute, are putting on a special feast for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness - basically you are buying someone else a meal. It sold out last year, which goes to show how great Melburnians are.

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