Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: All the ways you can do it in the Yarra Valley (plus some extra tips)

Shining a light on Melbourne's abundant gastronomic scene, The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has returned for its 26th year running. Food and wine lovers gather in the hundreds of thousands to indulge in this annual culinary highlight. Regional Victoria is hosting a series of events in conjunction with MFWF celebrating the fresh seasonal produce of it's communities and the innovative work of award-winning chefs and restaurants of the area. Expert winemakers and artisan producers bring their finest to the table. See all the ways you can experience MFWF in the Yarra Valley. 

Pro Tip: Don’t forget to book in and stay a while. While you’re here there’s always the Healesville Sanctuary to visit, maybe take a wander the streets of Healesville or immerse yourself in the beauty of TarraWarra Museum of Art. So many reasons to Eat Play Stay in the Yarra Valley - Book Accommodation now!

Regional Worlds Longest Lunch - Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley (Mar 16) 

Oakridge, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Celebrate the Yarra Valley and its community of producers at the Longest Lunch at Oakridge Wines. Come on a food and wine journey that draws on the local landscape to redefine the Yarra Valley cuisine experience. With a menu curated by Matt Stone and Jo Barrett, their dishes truly represent their passion for sustainability. Described as an “exercise in generosity” taste the single vineyard wines of Chief Winemaker David Bicknell paired with the full offering of the Oakridge Wine kitchen. 

Yarra Valley Herb and Chilli Festival - Romantic Nursery, Wandin (17 - 18 March)

Chilli Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

For those who like things a little hot, experience the Yarra Valley Herb and Chilli Festival. With the tantalising aroma of expertly prepared herb and chilli concoctions wafting through the air, explore over 80 stalls selling sweet and savoury food and wine. Hot sauces, relishes and rubs by the dozen, you can taste the worlds hottest Dim Sims and treat yourself with some Hot Chilli Ice Cream. You’ll be able to take all your favourites home, with over 40 varieties of chillies and herbs for sale. 

Wine & Curds? No Whey! - Innocent Bystander, Healesville (18 March)

Innocent Bystander, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Nothing compares to a decadent cheese, and at you can learn to make your own bespoke in this interactive workshop hosted by Yarra Valley Cheese. Pair your creation with wine and nibbles as the Yarra Valley Dairy crew answer all your curdling questions. The team from Innocent Bystander will guide you through appropriate wine pairings, so you’ll always know what to serve next time you’re preparing a spread. 

Just A Few Paddocks Away - Meletos, Coldstream (22 March)

Meletos, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Join us at Meletos for an intimate event celebrating beautiful local produce and the community spirit. This event is a part of a collaborative series that brings together our friends at The Warehouse Bar & Larder, The Providore at Meletos, Winemaker Syd Bradford (Thick as Thieves) and guest Chef Hugh Davison from neighbouring Stones of the Yarra Valley. After you’ve tasted your first glass of wine and salumi, you’ll step into the private courtyard of The Warehouse where you will dine at a communal table with fellow foodies and fall in love over the exquisite local produce. 

Transforming Superb Local Harvest - Tarrawarra Estate (24 March)

TarraWarra Estate, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Experience a stunning 6-course degustation presented by TarraWarra chef Troy Spencer. Highlighting the flavours that define Yarra Valley produce, he creates dishes that inspire and surprise. The lunch is set in the beautiful TarraWarra estate, so expect perfect wine pairings that showcase the best from local growers. A true representation of produce quality and culinary skill!

Celebrate Connection - Levantine Hill (24 March)

Ezrad, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Taste the celebrated work of hatted chef Teage Ezard in this 5-course degustation, end of harvest feast. Celebrating premium local produce, Ezard at Levantine Hill will take you through a tasting of cheeses from the Yarra Valley Dairy, desserts by the famed Shannon Benet while master winemaker Paul Bridgeman pairs handcrafted wines to the whole experience. Enjoy this sensational culinary delight on the deck of Levantine Hill, a space designed by Fender Katsalidis Architects, the creators of Eureka Tower and MONA in Hobart. 

Connections on the Grapevine - De Bortoli Wines (25 March)

DeBortoli, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Nothing echoes community quite like a relaxing Sunday lunch. Enjoy a 4-course Italian inspired meal prepared by Adam Mead at the De Bortoli Wine estate. Matched with an exciting selection of wines from De Bortoli, you can expect a stunning pairing of flavours, straight from the heart of the iconic De Bortoli community. 

Take Five - Rob Dolan Wines + The Farm Yarra Valley (25 March)

The Farm, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Take five is a collaborative effort showcasing produce by Rob Dolan Wines, The Farm, The Public Brewery, Stone and Crow Cheese company. This five-course lunch is a true celebration of the best of the Yarra Valley, with each course is designed by a different chef from the Public Group. The chef’s work closely with the local producer and winemaker to create a harmony of flavours unique to the region. Hosted by Rob Dolan Wines and The Farm Yarra Valley, you’ll be enjoying this unmissable event while sitting on 100 acres of vines and farmland.

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