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World's Longest Lunch

For this year's communal feast, Melbourne's own Andrew McConnell is running the show.
By Andrew Zuccala
February 08, 2024
By Andrew Zuccala
February 08, 2024

Just over 30 years on from its 1993 debut at the MCG, the massive communal feast known as the World's Longest Lunch is next set to take over Kings Domain on Friday, March 15 as a part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.

And this time around, it'll feature the culinary stylings of Melbourne's hospo juggernaut Andrew McConnell (GimletCutler & CoSupernormalBuilders Arms HotelMarion). He's transformed Australia's contemporary dining landscape and has now set himself a huge challenge to serve a one-off three-course lunch to over 1700 people. That's no easy feat.

Melbourne Good Food & WIne Show 2024

All the guests will take a seat at the 600-metre-long table that winds along Kings Domain (hoping to the weather gods that Melbourne's weather doesn't show its ugly side).

In terms of the food menu, we don't know what McConnell has dreamt up, but wines will be coming from Tahbilk Winery, beers from Melbourne's own Brick Lane Brewing, still, sparkling and flavoured waters from Capi and coffee from Inglewood Coffee Roasters.

As of publishing, there are just a few hundred regular seats still available, with all but one of the VIP packages sold out and a handful of accessible spots still up for grabs. This is always a hugely popular event and is likely to book out soon. If you're contemplating whether or not to get some tickets ($295 per person), don't take too long to decide.

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