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Published on : Monday, November 30, 2015
MFWF’s globally acclaimed opening day event, the Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch, will stretch along the iconic main straight of Melbourne’s Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit on Friday 4 March 2016, entertaining more than 1,600 guests with a menu by Guy Grossi.
This spectacular experience – just one from a diverse program of events – will launch ten convivial days (4 – 13 March) of food loving revelry across Victoria.
Extending Australia’s favourite celebration of eating and drinking to Victoria’s provincial corners, 20 Regional World’s Longest Lunches will be held simultaneously on Friday 4 March. Festival-goers will experience the best of local produce in breathtaking locations including Kilkunda Trestle Bridge, Lake Daylesford and beneath Lorne’s iconic Norfolk Pines.
In the City of Melbourne, food lovers of all ages will discover regional flavours along the River Graze, (4 – 6 March). Stops on the map include a secret garden opening party (Federation Square) and City Cellar, a regional Victorian wine tasting (lawns at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre). At the epicenter in Queensbridge Square, Festival Hub: The Urban Dairy (4 – 13 March) will showcase the world’s leading cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream makers.
MFWF’s hallmark MasterClass series (5 – 6 March) returns in 2016 to a new location, Federation Square’s Deakin Edge, featuring an international chef line up including May Chow (Hong Kong), Christian and Manuel Costardi (Italy), Paul Cunningham (Denmark), Derek Dammann (Canada), Pierre Koffmann (UK) and Jocelyn Myers-Adams (South Africa).
Travelling further along the Yarra River, Richmond’s Glasshouse will host the esteemed Wine Program (5 – 6 March), including Acqua Panna Global Wine Experience, Acqua Panna Perfect Match and The Boardroom Sessions, an exclusive new Festival event hosted by Australian wine authorities including Max Allen.
An innovative collective of events dreamt up by Victoria’s food and wine industry, including Luxembourg by Tram, Lady Carolina’s Latin American Street Food Fiesta and Camp out at Heide, will deliver once in a lifetime experiences that can only be enjoyed during the MFWF in March.