Scoot Down Under For The 25th Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Internationally renowned chefs, cherished producers and exciting events come together for 10 days of revelry. Plus, don't miss the details for our giveaway courtesy of Scoot and Visit Melbourne at the bottom of the article.

Grant Achatz, Carlo Cracco and Ashley Palmer-Watts – if the names of these chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants in the US, Italy and UK excite you, here’s the clincher: the trio will be a 7 hour flight away from you for a series of dinners and masterclasses.

These chefs will be in Melbourne for the 25th Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, a massive annual state-wide fete that attracts 250,000 visitors over 10 days. This year, it will be held from 31 March to 9 April 2017 and at a quarter of a century old, it's gearing up for a gourmet bash that's bigger than ever. 

This is already on top of the impressive slate of restaurants, bars and cafes that call Melbourne home. "It is exciting, cultural, vibrant, and has a fantastic diversity of restaurants," once wrote Heston Blumenthal in UK paper The Telegraph

Well-loved highlights will make a return as well as collaborations with the world’s best chefs. Other culinary luminaries to note includes the likes of Jorge Vallejo from Mexico City’s Quintonil, David Thompson of Bangkok’s Nahm and Michelin Guide Singapore-listed Long Chim as well Mehmet Gürs from Istanbul’s Mikla Restaurant.

Image credit: Gareth Sobey Photography
Image credit: Gareth Sobey Photography
“There’s so much to choose from with special guests, international chefs, on a boat, in a vineyard, up in the sky,” says chef and Masterchef Australia judge Gary Mehigan in an interview with The Herald Sun. The culinary media personality has been involved with the event since 1993. “The festival can tick all your boxes. Every year people wait for the guide to come out and call their friends and decide where they want to go.”

One particular feature not to be missed is the World’s Longest Lunch that will see over 1,600 diners sit at a 580-metre-long table on Carlton’s Lygon Street – Melbourne’s iconic dining strip. There, they will tuck into a hearty communal meal by Peter Rowland Catering matched with wines from Tahbilk, a historic family-owned winery established in 1860.
But if you're craving for some fresh air and postcard-ready landscapes, be sure to check out the Regional World’s Longest Lunches. The spinoff series will be taking place in 24 locations across Victoria state from right next to the pristine shores of Bass Coast to under the shade of gorgeous olive trees of Mount Zero Olive Grove.
Back in the city, look out for the House of Food & Wine which is debuting this year. It’s a space that will hold an array of events from the thought provoking wine panel discussion centred around The Future of Tradition to casual affairs like the Burger Block Party. Those feeling peckish can check out the bar which will be serving up small plates inspired by chefs who took part in previous editions as well as Victorian wines from artisanal producers.

Meanwhile if you’re trying to get close to the famed chef trio from Michelin-starred restaurants, be sure not to miss Carlo Cracco’s masterclass on 1 April 2017 followed by a dinner on 2 April 2017 in collaboration with chef Guy Grossi. Ashley Palmer-Watts and Grant Achatz will each be helming their own masterclasses on 2 April.

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Scoot to Melbourne Contest
Win a pair of round-trip Scoot Economy Fly tickets, a 3-night hotel stay and tickets to enjoy the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival!

All you have to do is:
1) Comment on this Facebook post and tell us the one thing you are most looking forward to at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.
2) Double your chances of winning by signing up for the MICHELIN Guide Singapore mailing list here.

Prize includes:
1) A pair of round-trip Scoot Economy Fly tickets to Melbourne, originating from Singapore.
2) A 3-night stay in Melbourne city (4-star or equivalent hotel) including daily breakfast and return airport-hotel transfers
3) A pair of World’s Longest Lunch tickets as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
4) Choice of either “Cafe Culture” or “Laneways and Arcades” walking tour on 1st April 2017, Saturday.

Contest runs from 24 February 2017 to 6 March 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

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