Episode 02: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
It's that time of the year when the famous Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) rolls into town. This year it is bigger than ever, so the Postcards team went in search of some of the many wonderful things that will be on offer to give viewers a taste on what to expect.
Como House 'Cellar Door and Artisan Market' – Adam D'Sylva, Scott Pickett, Darren Burch
Como House and Garden will come to life in this year's MFWF with the 'Cellar Door and Artisan Market.' You will be able to sample the best of our regions' artisan breads, cheeses and charcuterie along with local wines, boutique beers and ciders. There will also be cooking demonstrations from Adam D'Sylva of Coda (one of Melbourne's energetic restaurants located in Flinders Lane and serving French Vietnamese cuisine), Darren Burch from Burch and Purchase (located on Chapel Street South Yarra, serving everything from fluffy meringue clouds to salted caramel choc pops) and Scott Pickett from Estelle Bar and Kitchen (where a tasting menu with five, seven or nine courses is the order of the day in the restaurant, and one of those courses is always served by one of the chefs to your table.)
Como House 'Cellar Door and Artisan Market'
Ph 03 9823 6100
City Events – Hook Lunch and Sinker – Stokehouse, Charcoal Lane, Senoritas
The Stokehouse restaurant has come up with something special for the MFWF. A hook, lunch and sinker deal puts you on board Reel Time Fishing Charters, where you'll catch your very own fish, and then head back to the Stokehouse to cook it for lunch.
At Charcoal Lane in Gertrude Street you'll get to indulge in something distinctly Australian. Inside the beautiful bluestone building you can enjoy bush tucker with a twist.
If you'd like to take your taste buds on a tour to the other side of the world, just head to Senoritas in Melbourne's CBD. They specialize in authentic Mexican and as part of the MFWF they will be cooking dishes with cactus.
30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
Ph 03 9525 5555
Reel Time Fishing Charters
136 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Ph 03 9418 3400
16 Meyers Place, Melbourne
Ph 03 9639 7437
T'Gallant winery is located in Main Ridge, just over an hour's drive from Melbourne. During the MFWF you can spend some time with renowned wine maker Kevin McCarthy to find out the differences between pinot gris and pinot griggio and celebrate the spirit of pinot gris with a hands on vineyard experience. To further explain the wines, Kevin has developed the Pinot G style spectrum, which gives you more of an idea of what your wine will taste like. The final piece of the puzzle is matching the wines with food therefore T'Gallant's La Baracca restaurant is your next port of call. Here, chef Bob Coley creates three dishes to showcase wines from Kevin's Pinot G spectrum.
1385 Mornington-Flinders Road, Main Ridge
Ph 03 5931 1300
Langham Melbourne MasterClass – Guillaume Brahimi, Martin Boertz
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's chef masterclasses, at the Langham Melbourne, are held over one weekend and attract a cavalcade of star chefs from around the corner and across the globe. Anthony Ross is the executive chef of the Langham Melbourne which has hosted the MasterClass since 2007.
In 2013 Guillaume Brahimi (from Bistro Guillaume at Crown) presents a MasterClass showcasing French flavours, whilst Martin Boetz who is the executive chef at Longrain in Sydney and Melbourne is showcasing Thai and southern Chinese influenced dishes.
Langham Melbourne MasterClass
Ph 03 9823 6100
Longest Lunch, Moorooduc Estate Champagne Tastings, Perfect Match
The Fitzroy Gardens will play host to a menu designed by Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer on the first day of the festival with the Bank of Melbourne World's Longest Lunch on Friday 1 March, from noon to 3pm.
Moorooduc Estate will be running champagne tastings with wine maker Kate McIntyre for this year's event. Kate has a Masters of Wine from London and her parents own the beautiful Moorooduc Estate on the Mornington Peninsula.
This year's gifted chefs, producers and wine experts will be brought together in sessions called 'Perfect Match'. One of the pairings is of French chef Phillipe Mouchel with French winemaker Dominique Portet. Known as Le Duo Dynamique or The Dynamic Duo, Philippe Mouchel is executive chef of PM24, whilst Dominique Portet owns a Yarra Valley winery producing French style wines.
Bank of Melbourne World's Longest Lunch and Perfect Match
Ph 03 9823 6100
Derril Road, Moorooduc
Ph 03 5971 8506
The War Horse
The award-winning War Horse spectacular is now showing at the Arts Centre Melbourne. Why not head along and marvel in the sights of this amazing show?
Where: Art Centre State Theatre
When: Until Sunday 3 March, 2013
More: artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183
Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival
If you are heading to Mildura in the coming weeks then be sure to check out this year's Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, with lots of fun and entertainment for all the family to enjoy.
When: 1–17 March
Port Fairy Folk Music Festival
If you are planning on heading down the west coast this year's Labour Day long weekend, why not enjoy all the fun and entertainment at the Port Fairy Folk Festival?
Where: Port Fairy
When: 8–11 March