'World’s Longest Lunch' will take place at this food and wine fest in Australia


Woodfired Gozney pizza is among the food that the festival visitors will get to enjoy at Fed Square. — Gozney

Anyone looking for good food and fine wine when visiting Down Under should mark their calendars for this.

The 2024 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is set to run from March 15 to 24, featuring more than 300 events throughout the 10-day programme.

Kicking things off are the World’s Longest Lunch on March 15, followed by the World’s Longest Brunch on March 16. These returning fan favourites will take place at Kings Domain for the first time.

“Dining out in Melbourne is a memorable and world-class experience and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival offers 10 days of exciting events that showcase Victoria’s finest produce and culinary talent,” Steve Dimopoulos, minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, said in a statement.

The Labor Government’s support through Visit Victoria drives interstate, intrastate and international food lovers to the city, at the same time showcasing its unique food and drink scene and talented operators.

Visitors to the festival can expect one-off dinners, collaborations and residencies in the Global Dining Series by food talent from across Australia and abroad.

Meanwhile, at Fed Square, a celebrity-inspired sausage sizzle, a woodfired pizza pop-up, and offerings from Melbourne’s finest bakers and patissiers are what food lovers can indulge in. There will also be an all-day dining that will run throughout the festival’s duration.

Another programme highlight is Westside Wanders, the progressive dining that will be held across Werribee, Footscray, Ascot Vale and Sunshine.

That is not all, as there will also be the Special Events Programme, which have yet to be announced.

The aforementioned World’s Longest Lunch will be headlined by Andrew McConnell, prolific chef and owner of iconic dining venues in Australia such as Gimlet, Cutler and Co, and Supernormal.

Diners seated at tables that make up over 600m in length through the gardens of Kings Domain will be served with three courses during this event.

As for the World’s Longest Brunch, Australia’s new-wave Indian food champions Harry Mangat of Biji Dining, Helly Raichura of Enter Via Laundry and Mischa Tropp of Toddy Shop will be spicing things up in the kitchen.

These two highly anticipated events are expected to draw in 3,600 diners.


Travel notes

Direct flights to Melbourne, Australia from Kuala Lumpur are available on AirAsia X, Malaysia Airlines and Batik Air. There are also flights from Penang, Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), Kuching (Sarawak) and Johor Baru.

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