Food and Drink
Posted by Kate Ballard
04. Sep, 2012
With winter technically behind us, what better excuse for a festival than the changing of the seasons? Lucky for us those busy bees at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival have come up with the goods once again.
Running throughout September, Spring Graze is a celebration of all the gastronomic goodness of the new season. The festival will showcase the best Victorian produce with our brightest and best chefs, farmers, and vignerons putting their talents towards some 50 events across the state. From picnics and pinot, to burgers and beer, they’ve got it covered. Here are some highlights.
SPRING FORWARD AT CUTLER & CO.
It wouldn’t be a food festival in Melbourne without a celebrity chef now would it? Every Friday in September Andrew McConnell and the gang are doing a lovely three course lunch with the best the new season has to offer.
Cutler & Co. Dining Room, 53-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
12pm-2.30pm, $60 Bookings 9419 4888
CRAB AND WINE DE-CRUSTACEAN
Wine, seafood, a quality play on words… I’m in. Albert Park Hotel is offering three Spring-inspired seafood courses with matched Victorian wines for $55. Ain’t nothing fishy about that.
Albert Park Hotel, 83 Dundas St, Albert Park
1 – 30 Sept, 12pm-9pm, $55 Bookings: 9690 5459
The guys at The B.East know a thing or two about burgers. For Spring they’re offering a tasty lamb number gussied up with beetroot compote and a mint and garlic aioli. Throw in a pot of craft ‘Cavalier’ beer and the whole lot is yours for $13.50.
1-30 Sept, 12pm-11pm, $13.50 Bookings: 9036 1456
The B.East, 80 Lygon St, Brunswick East
SUMPTUOUS SEPTEMBER SUNDAYS
Nestled in the sleepy hollow of Whitfield, the Mountain View Hotel is dishing up some pretty fancy fare. Every Sunday in September this award winning gastro-pub is putting on lunch using produce from friends and local suppliers. Relax and enjoy all that the stunning King Valley has to offer. Be warned though, you may never want to leave.
Mountain View Hotel, 4 King Valley Rd, Whitfield
9, 16, 23, 30 Sept, 12pm-3pm Booking 5729 8270
$35 (two courses plus glass of wine) or $45 (three courses plus glass of wine)
For more information about the Spring Graze festival visit melbournefoodandwine.com.au.
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