A few years ago we had the luck and pleasure to attend the Melbourne Food And Wine Festival. On a regular day, Melbourne is one of the world’s great eating cities, with innovative and amazing restaurants, gastro-pubs and gorgeous food markets. And do not get us started on the coffee culture. But during the festival, things ramp up to an intense degree. We visited an urban farm, the local wine country, dined and dished with some of the top chefs from around the world and came away filled with not only great food and wine, but new techniques, inspirations, and ideas. And friends. So worth the seemingly endless plane trip.
The highlight of the 17-day festival is always the two-day Master Class held at the The Langham on March 9-10 this year. This year's classes will include Mexico's Enrique Olvera, son of the American South Sean Brock, Swede Magnus Nilsson, Virgilio Martinez who is creating innovative Peruvian cuisine in both London and Lima, British baker Dan Lepard, Bertrand Grébaut of Septime in Paris who will be joining Aussie chefs Karen Martini, Annabel Langbein, Martin Boetz, and Andrew McConnell.
The theme for this year’s event is Earth — see the trailer above — which aims to further the “understanding of the provenance of food and wine and to celebrate local farmers and producers.” The full lineup is available here
. Tickets go on sale Oct. 24.