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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2012

March 2, 2012toMarch 21, 2012


Food and Wine Festival Melbourne 2012 – Tickets on sale now

  • 2-21 March 2012

The Hot List has arrived. Gastronomy tickets on-sale NOW.
They’re the global visionaries shaping the future of world gastronomy. They’re brewing breakfast beer and cooking with seaweed oil, and they’re coming to Melbourne in March for one delicious weekend of tastings, classes and gastronomic secrets. The Hot List has officially been unveiled, with the release of the 2012 Gastronomy Guide.

Q&A with BBQ Pit-Master Ed Mitchell
Ed Mitchell lives and breathes smoke and fire. He’s been barbecuing hogs since he was 15 and is considered one of the top pit-masters in his native U.S. of A. Ed will be part of the all-new, off-site, outdoor FIRE MasterClass focused on every form of fire known to man.

Want to Cook For Your Career?  HOSTPLUS’ national cooking competition…
HOSTPLUS’ Cook For Your Career competition is open to people of working age from any background, and aims to highlight one of the country’s toughest and most exciting professions.

Top chefs and restaurateurs will be involved this yea  including Ben Russell (ARIA), Adam D’Sylva (Coda), Peter Doyle (Peter Doyle @ The Quay), Camillo Crugnale (Assaggio), Graham Taute (The Point Revolving Restaurant), Phil Parsons (Deco) and Ben Sidebotham (SkyCity).  The competition has already generated a huge amount of support within the industry, and we’re looking for the perfect candidate to take the job!

The Cook For Your Career competition aims to lend credibility to the industry by profiling some of Australia’s leading chefs and restaurants.  The eventual winner will be offered an apprenticeship in one of the top restaurants mentioned above.

How to enter Cook For Your Career
To enter the competition, entrants will need to visit www.cookforyourcareer.com.au and upload a photo of a great tasting dish of their own creation, as well as tell us why they deserve to win the competition. Entries close 10 February 2012.

The competition will be in three rounds, including a Cook Off in each state to be held mid-February, and culminating in a grand final cook-off between two contestants at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival on 16 March 2012.
More information is also available at www.facebook.com/cookforyourcareer and www.cookforyourcareer.com.au/

Eat well, enjoy and win!  Victorian Farmers’ Markets
If you, like many of our foodie friends are produce obsessed, make sure you head down to your local farmers’ market this weekend for the best quality, locally produced food.

Meet the makers as they share stories and advice on how their food has been grown and harvested. They can also tell you about perfect partners for your fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats and more.
Pop by the information stand at Hurstbridge Farm, Melbourne Showgrounds or St Kilda Farmers’ Markets next weekend and pick up a Festival guide for your chance to win tickets for yourself and three friends to Cellar Door & Farm Gate.

Jill Dupleix’s top picks for hands-on events
We’ve all experienced a cooking disaster.  Got distracted, left it in the oven too long, didn’t read the recipe properly (or just did it your own way) – all common reasons for the sunken soufflé, soggy pastry, chewy steaks, etc.
Get your hands dirty and learn from the experts with hands-on classes at the Festival.
Here we share Festival friend and food writer, Jill Dupleix’s top picks for hands-on classes.

Jill Dupleix:
I love anything that takes us back to the simple pleasures of making your own food.
There has never been so much advanced technology in the world, but real food still comes from somebody’s hands, so my pick of hands on events would be the Spelt, Grains and Fruit Loaf workshop at Convent Bakery; the Discover your Inner Greek workshop which sounds totally fabulous for a Grecophile like me; the brilliant Mozzarella & Co workshop at Scopri, and the Beast on a Block at The Point, because the more we know and respect the animals we eat, the better.

Top event picks from our foodie friends
Adriano Zumbo certainly knows a thing or two about the sweeter things in life.
He’s at the helm of a hugely popular patisserie in Balmain, Sydney creating out-of-this-world sweet treats – we’re sure the queues will stretch down to Melbourne soon enough.
Adriano has chosen four “sweet-tooth” events from our 250+ event program for his top Festival picks:

  • Reinterpreting Dessert, Der Raum, Richmond#
  • From the Bean to the Bar, Monsieur Truffe, Brunswick East
  • Chocolate Prohibition, Bluestone Restaurant, Melbourne
  • From Cocoa Pod to Plate, Huntingdale Golf Club, South Oakleigh

Catch Adriano during the Festival at Douce France on 9 March.

Global chefs unite for one-off, memory-making MasterClass Dinners
Heard much about Melbourne’s restaurants? Thought so.
We’re excited to announce the international collaborations that will make the history books for our exclusive and never-to-be-repeated MasterClass Chef Dinners (amazing Winemaker Dinners yet to be announced).
Our top Melbourne restaurants will open up their kitchens to join forces with international chef stars for exceptional culinary experiences.
Tickets are available directly through the restaurants, so claim your seat before someone else surely will!

MIX & MATCH – Craft your perfect MasterClass experience
The Gastronomy Guide has something to whet all appetites from hands-on cooking classes to cerebral gastronomy, from sipping rare world-class wines to taste and tipple matching.
March is the time when Melbourne’s streets fill with celebrity chefs, top-of-their game wine personalities and food-loving folk alike – uniting under the common pursuit of, well, a really good time.  It just doesn’t get any better than this.
Craft your Langham Melbourne MasterClass weekend with the perfect booking companion our online MasterClass Planner,  then call Ticketmaster on 136 100 to secure your place.
Mix and match MasterClass sessions and then take it to fever pitch by adding Stars of Spice – The Gala Dinner, Miele Hands-On MasterClass and MasterClass Chef and Winemaker Dinners.

Who’s coming to town? The Gastronomy Guide line-up
We’ve gathered together the world’s biggest and brightest food and wine luminaries to bring you an unrivalled culinary experience at the Festival in 2011.
From domestic goddess Nigella Lawson to Korean-American Roy Choi (Kogi BBQ, Los Angeles), three Michelin-starred Elena Arzak (Arzak, San Sebastian) to quirky jellymongers Bompas & Parr (London), we’ve got a diverse range of presenters to satisfy all tastes.
Discover experimental Nordic cuisine with Thorsten Schmidt (Malling + Schmidt, Aarhus, Denmark), try Zak Pelaccio’s (Fatty Crab, New York) modern spin on South East Asian spices, or marvel in the mystique of Hisako Ogita’s (Tokyo) macarons.
Leading lights from closer to home join the line-up, including couture cake decorator Paris Cutler (Planet Cake), Bocuse-trained Philippe Mouchel, culinary icons Maggie Beer and Stephanie Alexander, plus TV’s bright stars Anna Gare and George Calombaris.
And there’s more.


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