Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Launches A New FREE Online Program This Month

Eat, Festivals, Melbourne, Sydney / 20 May 2020

Get ready for Melbourne Food & Wine Festival: The Online Edition, headlined by top chefs René Redzepi, Massimo Bottura and Ben Shewry.

This year, festivals and events look a little different. There’s no crowds of eager punters queuing up at event precincts. Instead, all major public gatherings have pressed pause until further notice. But for fans of the annual Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (including those that live outside of Melbourne!), we have some very good news.

Introducing the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival: The Online Edition, a brand new digital festival kicking off from May 25th the May 30th 2020. Throughout this jam-packed week of online events, foodies can enjoy a stellar line-up of talent from the comfort of their couch.

After postponing its March 2020 in-person event, the MFWF team pivoted its offering to launch this brand-new virtual event. Throughout the week, the online festival will showcase talks, tours, demonstrations, theatre and trivia events.

Expect a top-notch lineup of culinary talent, including international and Victorian-based chefs running virtual events throughout the week. René Redzepi provides an insight into what’s been happening at the world’s most famous restaurant, Massimo Bottura helps fine-tune your lasagne, Australia’s go-to dish during the pandemic, and Ben Shewry digs into what he’s learned in lockdown.

Plus, attendees will also get an exclusive tour of Brae’s kitchen garden from chef Dan Hunter, see behind the scenes of Melbourne’s famed Lune Croissanterie with founder Kate Reid and join a conversation with Ottolenghi dessert genius Helen Goh.

Want to taste some of this delicious food too? Melbourne residents, you’re in luck! The festival’s online marketplace features a range of takeaway eats created by friends of the festival. Why not score delicious Lune Reuben croissants ($11.50 each), a Builders beef pie from The Builders Arms ($25 per meal), oysters and champagne from Pope Joan restaurant and so much more.

The MFWF Online Edition kicks off from Monday, May 25th, with an exclusive program of free talks and events streamed on their Instagram page. To find out more, click here.