It is often said that food tastes better overlooking the water. We tend to agree. Enjoy these delicious events over the weekend of 28 Feb/1 March by the river as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, proudly supported by the City of Melbourne and the Yarra River Business Association.
1. FOOD & FUN WITH YOUR GRANNY @ ARTPLAY
Buzz on down to Artplay for tasty snacks and cooking classes with the Snack Habitat team, Alice in Frames (host of Kitchen Whiz, edible adventurer) and Rebecca Sullivan (safe-guarder of Granny Skills).
Saturday 28 February 12.00pm – 5.00pm Sunday 1 March 10.00am – 5.00pm
ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr Free entry. Cooking classes $15.00.
2. KIDS’ WEEKEND AT POP UP PATCH
Bring your little people to The Little Veggie Patch Co.’s city backyard — Pop Up Patch — for a kids’ weekend of garden tours, scarecrow-making, ticketed hands-on gardening and creepy crawlies workshops.
Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March 9.00am – 5.00pm
The Little Veggie Patch Co’s Pop Up Patch, Federation Square Car Park.
Free garden tours and scarecrow making. $20.00 for hands-on gardening workshop.
3. FED SQUARE HARVEST
Taste the fresh flavours from the many restaurants and cafes at Fed Square as they open up their kitchens for a riverside market for one weekend only. Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March 12.00pm – 5.00pm Federation Square Free
4. “PURE BLANC” @ BAR BLANC
“Pure Blanc” will showcase sustainable produce with clean flavours being the hero of the event in a white inspired outdoor space.
Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March, 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Upper Terrace of Hamer Hall Free. Food and beverages additional cost.
5. A COASTAL CULINARY TRAIL
When it comes to seafood, Australia is the lucky country. Wander the coastal culinary trail on the riverside deck atArbory Bar & Eatery, enjoying a diverse range of fabulous seafood, complemented by boutique wines.
Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March, 11.00am – 6.00pm
Arbory Bar & Eatery Flinders Walk Tasting plates from $15.00.
6. SOUTHGATE FOOD AND WINE FIESTA
Stroll the Southgate Promenade to celebrate with restaurants offering special tasting plates, wine tastings and riverside entertainment.
Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March 12.00pm – 8.00pm
Southgate Free entry with purchase of $15.00 tasting plate from participating restaurants.
Overlooking the city’s prominent food hubs of Lygon Street, Victoria Street, Sydney Road and Fitzroy from Eureka 89, consultant Executive Chef Justin Wise will recreate their flavours in his own personal style.
Saturday 28 February 1.00pm – 4.00pm, 6.00pm – 9.00pm Sunday 1 March, 1.00pm – 4.00pm Eureka 89, Level 89, Eureka Tower, 7 Riverside Quay $25.00 entry, grazing plate and drink. Additional food and beverages available for purchase.
8. CROWN’S ALFRESCO KITCHEN
Relax on the grass at Crown’s eating and drinking hub. All your favourites including The Merrywell, Gradi, Sho, and Mövenpick ice cream will be there as you sample drinks from pop-up bars like Rekorderlig, Matilda Bay, Chandon, Rosemount, Cascade and Vittoria.
Friday 27, Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March 12.00pm – 9.00pm
Crown Riverwalk Free.
9. RIVERSIDE POP-UP PICNIC
Enjoy a seafood picnic by the Yarra. With barbecued seafood, cheese and champagne stations, ice cold beer and relaxing acoustic music, life doesn’t get better. Book your position and picnic basket with all the trimmings.
Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March 12.00pm – 5.00pm The Wharf Hotel and WTC Wharf $50.00 one glass of Mumm, picnic lunch and cheese box.
10. PIRATES & PIMM’S — ADVENTURE FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Join one of our First Mates and sign up as a crew member for a complete tour of the Polly Woodside where you have to do all the work – scrub the decks, haul the sail or push the capstan.
Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March 10.00am – 5.00pm
Polly Woodside From $9.50, food and beverages additional cost.
11. YARRA PLAY DAY
Jump on the ferry with your food and drink passport and check out what tasty surprises three of Melbourne’s premier waterfront venues have in store for you. Saturday 28 February & Sunday 1 March 12.00pm – 6.00pm
The Boatbuilders Yard, Riverland Bar and Pilgrim $80.00 catered ferry and food and beverages at each venue.
12. MCEC FOOD TRUCK JAM
Roll up to Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s lawn and wander through a line-up of the city’s best food and beverage trucks, enjoying tastes of this diverse and popular street eats scene.
Saturday 28 Febraury 11.30am – 8.00pm Sunday 1 March, 11.30am – 6.00pm Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Free entry. Food and beverages additional cost.
13. GRAZING BY THE RIVER
South Wharf Promenade will transform into a hawker-style food fest with our Japanese, Thai, Italian, German, Spanish – and even good old Aussie – restaurants serving street food along the south banks of the Yarra.
Saturday 28 February 11.00am – 6.00pm Sunday 1 March 10.00am – 6.00pm
South Wharf Promenade Free. Food and beverages additional cost.
Book ticketed events via the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.