A pop-up artisan bakery in the heart of Melbourne city, a long lunch for 1500 people, a ‘low and slow’ barbecue party and a global discussion on the future of food are just some of the ways Victoria’s vibrant culinary spirit will be celebrated from February 27 to March 15.
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) will take place in some of the food capital’s most spectacular settings, from well-known restaurants and cafés, to rooftop bars, hidden cellars and extraordinary outdoor locations across regional Victoria.
Artisan bread will be among the heroes of the show, with Queensbridge Square set to be transformed into a round-the-clock working bakery, with equipment supplied by Van Rooy Machinery. There will also be an interactive workshop space, featuring some of Australia’s best bakers including Tivoli Rd Bakery, Baker D Chirico, John Downes and Irrewarra Sourdough Bakery.
“The Festival Artisan Bakery and Bar will be our heart for 2015, the perfect place to meet friends, learn new skills or relax with a glass of wine. Drop by for a coffee or wine, sit down for a bite to eat, or grab freshly baked treats to go,” Melbourne Food and Wine Festival chief executive officer Natalie O’Brien said.
“Daily workshops will run for both experienced and novice bakers. Roll up your sleeves and knead your dough with the best in the business, learning all the way from the basics to current international trends. Classes are limited, so browse and book online now.
“The Artisan Bakery and Bar is a special one-off project for the 2015 Festival. It builds on the success of our previous pop-up hub spaces in Queensbridge Square, which have included the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar in 2013 and The Immersery: Festival Kitchen Bar and Raingarden in 2014.”
In addition to the daily program of Australia’s most celebrated bakers, two international guests will share their skills with Melbourne: Justin Gellatly from state-of-the-art London bakery and school Bread Ahead, and fourth-generation master baker from Paris, Éric Kayser, who has more than 80 Maison Kayser locations worldwide.
MFWF is an annual state-wide celebration of Victoria’s food and wine industry with a proud 22-year history. The event welcomes culinary stars and from around the world to bake and cook alongside Australia’s best, while spreading innovative ideas with food and wine obsessed audiences.
Pioneering chef and author Dan Barber from Blue Hill at Stone Barns, New York, will also visit Australia for the first time to present “Theatre of Ideas: In Conversation with Dan Barber” – his only Melbourne appearance. Elsewhere, Stephanie Alexander’s female alumni will for a celebration of their time at her restaurant; chef Shannon Bennett ’s new Burnham Beeches will host the Regional World’s Longest Lunch to toast the Australian-grown summer truffle; and Saint Crispin will collaborate with Pierre Roelofs and host a pop-up at St Kilda Bowling Club, among many more events.
Festival events are now on sale. Visit the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival website for more information.