The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s Regional Longest Lunch events are the perfect opportunity to embark on a culinary adventure in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. Make your way out of the city – in only one hour you can be in a world where the air is crystal clear, the produce is a gift to the palate,  and the vintage never ends.

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Our choices for Regional Longest Lunch offer unique opportunities that are only possible in the Yarra Valley. And there’s no need to lunch and run. Find yourself on Friday at lunch and stay and play all weekend.  

At Fondata 1872 in Kangaroo Ground, embrace your inner Italian with an enthusiastic menu that is a nod to an Abruzzo way of life, with a quintessentially regional feel.  There’s a meeting of heart and art in the food and wine created by the team at Fondata 1872 and Giammarino Wines – you’re on sacred ground.

The much loved Ezard at Levantine Hill Longest Lunch takes on a festival feel with a stunning display of flying things, famous people and other fabulousities to accompany your dining experience.   Where else can you find Teague Ezard and Shane Delia preparing your lunch as you sip a perfectly matched wine while soaking in the sights of an upcoming vintage…and helicopters?

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Dine way up high – 630 metres above sea level to be exact – the Longest Lunch at SkyHighat the top of Mt Dandenong is a dramatic setting for lunch that offers extended views to the city and an ‘elevated’ view of the world of inspired food and wine. Lunch with this vista cannot be replicated anywhere else!

Here are five reasons why the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges are your only choice for a MFWF Regional Longest Lunch:

1. Country hospitality with an urbane sophistication

This region is known worldwide for its award-winning wines and hospitality. We are home to the masters of flavour and the gurus of the grape.

2. Close to Melbourne – close to home

The Yarra Valley is the number one source for produce for Melbourne.  We are literally ‘the food bowl’ and that means everything when it comes to freshness. We give ‘paddock to plate’ new meaning, especially when it comes to Longest Lunch. Graze while you gaze at the source!

3. Connection to source

Share the table with growers and makers. Preparation for your lunch began, in many cases, years ago, and the hands that tended the soil, will be delighted to raise a glass and share the story behind the story.

4. The getaway from everywhere

Who can underestimate the charm of a getaway in among the mountains and vineyards? A long lunch needs never end – book a sweet cottage or a charming character hotel and embrace the pace of ‘slow’. You need it.

5. Nature and Nurture 

Surrounded by restful lush green forests, colourful sunset horizons at dusk, and uninterrupted views toward the city skyline, you’ll experience a sense of spaciousness that nourishes the spirit, not just the belly!

Where else could you enjoy such a delectable all encompassing food and wine experience?

And if one longest lunch isn't enough, stay the weekend and indulge in DiVino Ristorante's Italian Pig Style Party with Mandala Wines on the Sunday! 

Dine outside (weather permitting) at traditional long sharing tables. Start with housemade pork cold cuts: smoked pancetta, salame, capocollo just to name a few, served with wood fired bread and Mandala Blanc de Blanc. The main event will be the porchetta, a traditional Italian deboned, rolled with spices and roasted-on-the-spit pig, served with side of potatoes and vegetables from the veggie garden. Dessert will be YV Dairy Goats curd pannacotta, served with homemade limoncello. Price: $78

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Book your Longest Lunch in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges region today:

Regional World’s Longest Lunch –  Kangaroo Ground, Nillumbik

Regional World’s Longest Lunch –  Ezard at Levantine Hill, Coldstream 

Regional World’s Longest Lunch – SkyHigh, Mt Dandenong

Italian Style Pig Party - DiVino Ristorante with Mandala Wines, Dixons Creek


For the  Melbourne Food and Wine Festival program click here.