I am a massive fan of food festivals and I’m often found with a glass of wine in hand, so Melbourne’s Good Food and Wine Festival looked like the dream day out. I grabbed Ryan and our fabulous foodie friends for a day of feasting and drinking.
The Good Food & Wine Festival took place over the Queen’s Birthday Bank Holiday (yes, that is a thing here!). We joined the Saturday hoards of hungry guests nibbling samplers and perusing the hundreds of stands which filled Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre over the long weekend.
There was something for everyone. Exhibitors were pedaling everything and anything food and drink related, from Moscato to macaroons.
I was on a mission to sample as much of it as I could.
But first it was time to head over to the stage to see one of my fave British chefs, Ainsley Harriott in action. I have never seen a cooking demonstration live before but it was great watching Ainsley knock up some fantastic dishes, all with that hilarious flair he’s famous for.
He was so animated that my pictures of him were horrendous… soz Ainsley…
After waving goodbye to Ainsley, it was time to get stuck in. All that cooking had made us hungry.
We grazed our way around the stalls sampling food from every corner of Australia. I was in heaven. There was even an entire alley dedicated to cheese!
Why isn’t real life like this?!
After eating my body weight in cheese, I was beginning to get thirsty. It was time for wine. And lots of it.
The Good Food and Wine Festival had a genius idea where you purchased a Food and Drink Festival branded glass for $6 to take with you to each stall. The wine glass got you a heftier serving of wine and was a cute little souvenir of the day.
We chatted to the wine merchants, learning all about their tasty offerings and drank our way through the Barossa Valley, Margaret River and Yarra Valley, all without having to leave Melbourne’s CBD.
We then moved on to beers and ciders, supping some delightful local brews and learning more about the brewing process.
This was my kind of science lesson.
With the amount of wine I consumed, I’d definitely be remembering it tomorrow…
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I was lucky enough to be a guest of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival but opinions, as always, are my own.
Find out if the Good Food and Wine show is coming to a town near you here.