Melbourne Food and Wine Festival program highlights

Last updated: 23 March, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and recommendations from the federal government restricting “non-essential gatherings,” the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has been postponed to Spring 2020. The festival will work through the ticketing arrangements, including refunds, with guests and partners in the weeks to come. Find out more here.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is back in 2020 and it’s boasting more fun and more feasting than ever. This year, the festival has a new home at Queen Victoria Market and will celebrate the city’s fabulous food and drink culture from the 19 to 29 March. (Now postponed to Spring 2020)

Expect to see an exciting lineup of local names including Josh Niland, Shannon Martinez, Ben Shewry and Pamela Clark. As well as international talent including Alison Roman, Ignacio Mattos, Michael Solomonov, Lee Tiernan and more. 

“The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is the best celebration of its kind in the country and one of the reasons is that the program continues to be fresh and innovative,” said, Martin Pakula, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events. 

The festival’s principal partner, Bank of Melbourne will once again host the World’s Longest Lunch event, taking place on Friday 20 March. The outdoor feast, organised by three of Melbourne’s culinary masters, Stephanie Alexander, Philippe Mouchel and Jacques Reymond, will cater to more than 1,600 guests in Melbourne’s Treasury Gardens, set against the backdrop of the city skyline.

Stephanie Alexander, Philippe Mouchel and Jacques Reymond will be hosting the festival’s World’s Longest Lunch.

Other highlights to look forward to at Queen Victoria Market include:

  • The Big Spaghetti: a family-friendly event celebrating the city’s best pasta makers and pasta dishes. Saturday 28 March, 11 am-7 pm, free entry.
  • Attica Presents: A day exploring the idea of hope hosted by celebrated chef Ben Shewry. Talks will be interspersed with high energy performances, drinks flowing and mingling. Sunday 29 March, free entry.
  • Welcome to the jungle: A plant-lovers event showcasing both indoor varieties to Melbourne’s best plant-based eating and drinking experiences. Friday 27 March, 5pm-10pm, tickets $25pp.
  • Maximum chips: Indulge in a simply irresistible ‘Fry-day’ night party that celebrates chips in all forms from crinkle-cut to shoestring, French fries and wedges. Friday 20 March, 5pm-10pm, tickets $35pp.
  • The Mixed Grill: The ultimate Middle Eastern feast cooked over fire by some of the hottest names in the industry and presented by Australian Good Meat. Saturday 21 March, 6pm-10pm,tickets $130pp.
  • Sichuan Snack Fair: a family-friendly celebration of Sichuan province’s greatest and hottest dishes with talks in both Mandarin and English. Sunday 22 March, 11 am-5 pm, free entry. 
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

There will also be an exciting lineup of events hosted off-site including Take the Cake exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Nothing Fancy House Party featuring martinis and snacks at Half Acre hosted by Alison Roman. 

Whether it’s listening to a culinary conversation from renowned chefs, dining at a four-course lunch or simply enjoying the highlight events on offer, there is something for everyone to enjoy. And if the city is out of reach, keep an eye out for their new festival in regional Victoria set to launch later in Spring this year. 

For the full 2020 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival program and all ticket sales please visit

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