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Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Is Touring Regional Victoria for Ten Tasty Days This November

Head out of town for this year's jam-packed program of feasts, parties and tasting experiences, showcasing the best of the regions.
By Libby Curran
September 26, 2022
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By Libby Curran
September 26, 2022
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By now, you've probably just about recovered from the wining and dining extravaganza that was Melbourne Food & Wine Festival's 2022 edition, which descended on the city for two weeks in autumn. Handy, because it's almost time to start plotting your moves for round two — aka MFWF's regional edition, which is set to serve up a taste of the rest of the state's finest from Friday, November 18–Sunday, November 27.

The 10-day festival will trip all over Victoria with a jam-packed program of feasts, parties and tasting experiences showcasing regional Victoria's top chefs, venues and produce.

The Village Feast

It's kicking off with a bang in the form of the Village Feast — a two-day fiesta lighting up the Gippsland town of Thorpdale. Head along to dine at a campfire degustation by Alejandro Saravia (Farmer's Daughters), catch the Embla crew's takeover of winery restaurant Hogget, tuck into classic pub fare at the historic Travellers Rest Hotel, and sip regional goodies at a slew of bars.

Across the weekend, you can also snack your way through an array of food pop-ups from chefs including Danielle Alvarez (Fred's in Sydney) and Tasmania's Analiese Gregory and the Hector's Deli crew; and treat your ears to live sounds from the likes of Mia Wray, Grace Cummings and Dorsal Fins.

Other festival highlights will see the much-loved Crawl and Bite tour series head to the High Country, with the progressive tasting adventures set to explore culinary gems across spots like Beechworth, Bright and Rutherglen.

Ballarat's Mitchell Harris Wines

Meanwhile, the state's largest inland city will throw open its doors for the Ballarat Unlocked dining series, featuring a feast in an art gallery, a degustation beneath the Ballarat Mechanics Institute and even a dinner that's set to recreate the 1927 opening of Australia's first Parliament House.

And for those that want to really sink their teeth in and make a trip of it, there's the Signature Escapes series — a program of curated itineraries offering one-of-a-kind culinary adventures through places like Coldstream, Beechworth and Merricks North.

The Lake House, Daylesford

You could lock in a weekend of wine and fine dining at Dunkeld's Royal Mail Hotel, complete with kitchen garden tours, hiking, cocktails and local cheese; or perhaps a visit to Daylesford's Lake House and its new sibling Dairy Flat Farm, hopping between tours, feasts and aperitivo hour with the legendary Alla Wolf-Tasker.

Gippsland produce

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival's 2022 regional program runs from November 18–27, in locations across the state. Pre-sale tickets are available online from 10am on September 27, with general tickets on sale from 10am on September 30.

Top Image: The Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld.

Published on September 26, 2022 by Libby Curran
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