From chips to cocktails to all-you-can-eat spaghetti, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (25 Mar-9 Apr) truly has everything. If you’re looking for an exciting dining experience, then check out our top picks from this year’s stellar line up.



Maximum Chips, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Maximum Chips


Maximum Chips

A Friday night party dedicated to all things chips – need we say more? Whether you’re a fan of crinkle cut, curly, or shoestring, you’re guaranteed to satisfy your craving at this irresistible evening. With a DJ to keep the atmosphere buzzing, and a condiments crew for all your saucing needs, it’s no surprise that Maximum Chips is one of the most popular events around. A ticket provides you with a welcome drink, live music, and all the chips you could possibly want. Sounds perfect to us.


New Crush, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

New Crush © Charlie Hawks


New Crush

This drinks party is all about the latest and greatest on the drinks market, celebrating innovation and originality. Discover amazing new beverages as you browse stalls across five categories: wine, beer, spirits, cider, and non alcoholic drinks. With over 100 new drinks to choose from, New Crush is a great way to meet new people and enjoy some music. Plus, why not try the lucky dip beer-can bar, or drop in to Sip School and enhance your swirling skills?


Starward Rising Star, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Starward Rising Star


Starward Rising Stars

Four of Victoria’s newest chefs will be taking over the purpose-built bar at Queen Victoria Market. Over four days, each chef will serve up playful culinary delights, showcasing flavours from across the globe. Staward will also be providing a signature cocktail designed to be paired with the dishes from each rising star, making these dining experiences unique and exciting.


Welcome to the Jungle, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Welcome to the Jungle


Welcome to the Jungle

If plant-based dining is more your style, then this vegetarian party is the perfect event for you. Set amongst a jungle of plants and florals, experience some of Melbourne’s best restaurants as they shine a light on the power of plants, offering up some mouth-wateringly good dishes. A ticket will give you access to five dishes, a drink on arrival, and amazing live music. What are you waiting for? Get booking here.


Crawl and Bite, Melbourne Food and Wine festival

Crawl and Bite


Crawl and Bite

Crawl and Bite is one of the festival’s most loved traditions, taking food lovers between a handful of Melbourne’s best venues. Led by a festival host, this celebration of food and drinking culture is the ideal way to experience local neighbourhoods like you’ve never seen them before. At each stop, enjoy a selection of snacks, drinks, or both, before strolling peacefully to your next location.


The Big Spaghetti, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

The Big Spaghetti © Josh Robenstone


The Big Spaghetti

A family friendly event that’s not to be missed, The Big Spaghetti is a festivity of all things spaghetti, channelling the spirit of an Italian street fair. Featuring 20 pasta dishes across 10 stalls, there’s guaranteed to be a meal for everyone. Plus, enjoy all of your favourite Italian desserts, such as gelato and cannoli. With live music, demonstrations from guest chefs, and the That’s Amore cheese playground for kids, the whole family will find something to enjoy at this crazy stand-up event.


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