New Year Street Feasts Is Melbourne's New Citywide End-of-Year Food Festival
The inaugural two-day festival features 11 outdoor dining precincts and dozens of top local restaurants.
It's little surprise New Year's Eve celebrations are set to look a little different for 2020, thanks to a certain global pandemic. But if you've got a thing for good food, you're sure to be pretty chuffed with the brand-new event helping Melburnians wrap up the year in style. Descending on popular dining precincts across the CBD and beyond on Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1, is the inaugural New Year Street Feasts.
The event is a collaborative effort between the City of Melbourne, the Victorian Government and Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF), which was itself postponed and then cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Featuring offerings from dozens of local bars and restaurants, it promises to help you make up for lost time on the wining and dining front. And tickets are on sale now.
Eleven outdoor dining precincts will be created for the festival, appearing in top culinary spots like Flinders Lane, Little Bourke Street and Domain Road. Nearby venues from each precinct will be on board, serving up a jam-packed program of special menus and feasting experiences. Pulling inspiration from the famed piazzas of Europe, the pop-up outdoor dining set-ups will see thousands more restaurant seats added to Melbourne's streets for the occasion.
You might find yourself tucking into a six-course unauthentic Indian feast at Jessi Singh's Daughter in Law, a Spanish-inspired Bomba dinner complete with heirloom tomato gazpacho and buttermilk-braised lamb shoulder, or perhaps a Bar Margaux soiree featuring champagne cocktails and roast duck. Though, with a wide lineup of venues involved, including everyone from Pellegrini's to Chin Chin and Tipo 00 to Sunda, you might find it hard to pick just one feed. Better clear that calendar, stock up on stretchy pants and dive right in.
New Year Street Feasts will run at various locations across the city from Thursday, December 31 to Friday, January 1. To check out the full program and make bookings, head to the MFWF website.
Top image: Bar Margaux by Parker Blain
Published on November 23, 2020 by Libby Curran