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International chefs, a pop-up artisan bakery and over 200 events: get in quick for tickets to our top picks of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2015

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Opening Party

Where there's authentic Southern-style barcecue, there's a party. But this isn't just any barcecue party: it's hosted by one of the world's finest pitmasters. Rodney Scott is South Carolina's patron saint of low and slow-cooked barbecue. Glimpse his face through the smoke at Belle's Hot Chicken, and get the festival started right. Fitzroy.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Hub: Artisan Bakery

Praise the gluten gods: the MFWF have chosen to transform their usual Queensbridge Square hub into a working artisan bakery. It will host bakery workshops by the likes of London's Justin Gellatly, as well as French baker and food writer Eric Kayser, South Australian sourdough master John Downes and Michael James from Tivoli Road Bakery. Southbank.

The Essentials at Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Always a festival favourite, the Essentials offer you the chance to hone in on tricky cooking skills with Australia's finest chefs. Benjamin Cooper (of Kong and Chin Chin fame) will get stuck into pickles and fermentation, and you could even flip an award-winning pizza with 400 Gradi's Johnny di Francesco. Check the website for the full list of classes. Southbank.

The Little Restaurant That Could

Andrew McConnell. Brent Savage. Nicolas Poelaert. Dave Verheul. What do these celebrated Melbourne chefs have in common? No, they're not forming a musical supergroup; they've all run restaurants at the site of Carlton's Town Mouse. For one night only, they'll band together to create a nostalgic banquet based on classic dishes from their time there. Carlton.

Acqua Panna Perfect Match

What on God's green grapevine do you pair with Korean cuisine? Or street food? Each session in the Perfect Match series will focus on pairing wine with a less conventional cuisine. Raph Rashid (creator of Beatbox Kitchen) will join with wine writer Mike Bennie to talk street food, and Tonka's head chef Adam d'Sylva will match his fragrant Indian cuisine with biodynamic winemaker Shashi Singh.  Melbourne.

Return to Terroir

The art of biodynamic wine is surrounded by myth and rumour (does the process really involve burying cow horns in soil over winter?) – but at its heart, it's about nourishing the unique 'terroirs' (natural environmental conditions) of a vineyard to coax out the best flavours. Here's your chance to speak to biodynamic winemakers and try over 40 of their creations.


Join this culinary safari and discover some of the city's hottest new eateries. You can choose the restaurant-only crawl (involving three stops with a meal and matched drink) or the bar and wine option. Restaurants include Nieuw Amsterdam and Pastuso, and wine and bar venues include Brooks, Tonka and Whisky and Alement. Melbourne.

Food Studio visits Merri Creek

Norwegian group Food Studio are passionate about bringing sustainability to the forefront of food. Pull on your gumboots and join them on a foraging trip through Merri Creek, where you'll hear from local experts, find edible greens, soak in some history and enjoy a creek-side dinner featuring the food you've collected, plus a selection of natural wines. Fitzroy.

Table for one: Warhol style

He may have surrounded himself with musicians and models, but when it came to dinner, eccentric artist Andy Warhol always preferred to eat alone. As part of the MFWF's Cultural Collaborative program, you can enjoy a Warhol-esque dining experience at the Jewish Museum of Australia and view its current Andy Warhol's Jewish Genuises exhibition. St Kilda.

St Kilda Beach Picnic

Evoking the golden hues and good-clean-fun vibes of '60s beach movies, St Kilda's top chefs will set up beneath the palm trees and create one-of-a-kind dishes from their restaurants, using regional, seasonal produce. There'll be DJs and live music, as well as picnic tables, umbrellas and gorgeous sea views. St Kilda.

Tickets go on sale Friday November 21. 

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