Melbourne Food and Wine Festival gets four year funding boost

The Victorian Government has announced a new four-year funding deal for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula confirmed the continued support for Australia’s premier food and wine festival, as well as a new approach to the 2020 program that will see the Queen Victoria Market play a starring role.

The 2020 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, entering its 28th year, will take place exclusively in Melbourne over 10 days from 20-29 March, with a dedicated festival in regional Victoria to be launched next spring.

The new structure will showcase more of Melbourne and regional Victoria’s food and wine experiences, encouraging visitors to stay longer and immerse themselves in festival offerings.

The 141-year-old Queen Victoria Market will become the new festival hub and will host a series of signature events, plus talks and presentations led by the best local talent and international guests.

The World’s Longest Lunch will return to Melbourne with culinary icons Stephanie Alexander, Philippe Mouchel and Jacques Reymond hosting 1600 diners at Treasury Gardens along with the Crawl and Bite event across Melbourne’s labyrinth of laneways.

“The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is the best celebration of its kind in the country and one of the reasons is that the program continues to be fresh and innovative,” said Pakula.

“We’re proud to be backing the festival to grow at its new home at the Queen Vic Market in March, and look forward to the first regional festival to be held later in the year.”