RE­VIEW

Whether chomp­ing on a burger or ram­bling by the river, the 25th Mel­bourne Food and Wine Fes­ti­val has some­thing to en­tice all tastes

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - BY DAN STOCK For more de­tails go to mfwf.com.au

The Mel­bourne Food & Wine Fes­ti­val.

EV­ERY party needs a few things to get started – good food, good wine, good peo­ple. And if any­one knows the recipe for a good time it is food folk. So they sure have one hell of a party planned to cel­e­brate the 25th Mel­bourne Food and Wine Fes­ti­val, which be­gins this Fri­day.

The House of Food and Wine will be the hub of the fes­ti­val, where for 10 days there’ll be sit-down din­ners and drop-in drinks, small plates and cock­tail shakes and where the doors are open to all.

Mor­gan Mc­glone from Belle’s Hot Chicken has cre­ated the bar menu, tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the past 24 years of the fes­ti­val. Ace som­me­lier Mark Protheroe (The Re­cre­ation) has cho­sen wines that will make up the house list to be served along­side nat­u­ral wine guru Pa­trick Sul­li­van’s two fes­ti­val drops, a white blend called Ada, and dry-grown pinot called Vol­can Springs, both of which will be poured on tap.

The party on the eve of the fes­ti­val is a Mediter­ranean-themed af­fair known as the Italo Din­ing & Disco Club. Hosted by Mau­rice Terzini and Gio­vanni Par­adiso, this is set to be a green, white and red-tinged night to re­mem­ber. It’ll be the place to sip Cy­nar and be seen.

Sus­tain­able wine and food fes­ti­val Root­stock will make its de­but, where the likes of Aaron Turner (Igni) and Dun­can Wel­ge­moed (Ade­laide’s Africola) will cook food to go with the line-up of or­ange wines and sour beers that have made the fes­ti­val such a Syd­ney suc­cess.

Dan Hong and mum Angie will join a host of other fam­i­lies in cook­ing up their favourite dishes for a Mon­day Fam­ily Din­ner, while ev­ery­one’s favourite two-handed meal closes out the fes­ti­val with the burger block party.

With the World’s 50 Best Restau­rants also in town, ex­pect the House of Food and Wine to be the place for gas­tro god-spot­ting. A hell of a party in­deed.

From top: last year’s fes­ti­val, and bar­ra­mundi with snow peas and lemon­grass by Mor­gan Mc­glone for House of Food and Wine.

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