The culinary world is on par with virtual travel experiences and is continuing to cook up a storm amid restrictive times. The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s online edition is paving the way in Australia.
The festival, which was originally slated to go on floors in March, was pushed back due to the onset of the pandemic. The virtual programme is now ready to roll out starting from May 25. The marquee chefs include the bigwigs of the culinary industry such as Andrew Wong, Massimo Bottura and Helen Goh. Catch up with René Redzepi of Noma fame as he talks about what’s been happening at the iconic restaurant while the world has been in lockdown.
What else is on the menu? There’s a jam-packed programme of more than 20 events throughout the week, all of them free. Expect a showcase of international and Victorian talent, along with takeaways, prizes and special offers. Learn the art of making a delicious cocktail to enjoy at home with Matty Follent, the brand ambassador for Melbourne-based Starward Whisky. Embark on a tour of Brae—a celebrated paddock-to-plate restaurant in the Southern Hemisphere—with owner-chef Dan Hunter himself. Join Chris Ying as he revisits some of his favourite moments from the archives of Lucky Peach, a New York Times bestselling quarterly journal of food and writing that has won multiple James Beard Awards. Come armed with your list of home cooking questions that will be put to some of the country’s sharpest chefs in interactive Q&As. Count on Mike Russell from Baker Bleu to troubleshoot your bread dramas. Vegan poster girl Shannon Martinez will offer plant-based tricks for home and Philippa Sibley is ready to tackle pastry and dessert dilemmas. Hungry yet?
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The Online Edition of MFWF is your chance to hang out with the likes of Kate Reid, René Redzepi, Massimo Bottura, Helen Goh, Ben Shewry and more big names at home. Catch these food stars as they talk about what they’ve learned in lockdown, take you on tours of their kitchens and gardens, answer your vexing home cooking questions and more. It’s all happening 25-30 May, right here on Instagram. Check out the full program at our bio link. #MFWFonline
Visit www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au for further details of the online festival.
Pooja Naik is Senior Sub-Editor at National Geographic Traveller India. She likes to take long leisurely walks with both hands in her pocket; channeling her inner Gil Pender at Marine Drive since Paris is a continent away.