Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s 2023 Program Has Just Been Released

Catch Danny Bowien with a plant-based take on Mission Chinese at Smith & Daughter and more.

melbourne food and wine festival program

Known for showcasing some of the world’s top chefs and cooks, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s celebrated international guest program is back with an exciting line-up of chefs travelling to Melbourne from New York and London, Chang Mai and Kyoto.

The 2023 program also includes a celebration of Melbourne’s finest bakers and pâtissiers at Baker’s Dozen, celeb-inspired sausage sizzle at Celebrity Sausage, and The Festival Bar, all hosted at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s 2023 hub, Fed Square. All day and into the night, Fed Square will become a magnet for food lovers on the weekend of April 1-2 with fun and delicious activity for the whole family. 

Expect some of the most compelling culinary talents from around the globe to collaborate with Melbourne restaurants as part of the Signature Chef Series. Catch Curtis Stone bringing Gwen to Grace by Curtis Stone Events, Jeremy Chan from London’s Ikoyi at Vue de Monde, Danny Bowien with a plant-based take on Mission Chinese at Smith & Daughters, Netflix Chef’s Table Pizza’s Yoshihiro Imai will be bringing Monk pizza from Kyoto to Embla, Black Axe Mangal’s Lee Tiernan rocks out at Harley & Rose, and Jemma Whiteman from Sydney hit Ante at Caretaker’s Cottage, to name a few.

Events you can buy tickets for—from February 3—include; Crawl and Bite, one of the festival’s best-loved traditions, Monk x Embla, to taste Chef Yoshihiro Imai’s, famous Monk pizza from Tokyo, The Convenient Store presented by 7-Eleven, along with many more great events. Check out the full Melbourne Food & Wine Festival program here.

The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival will run from March 24 to April 2.

Tickets will go on sale on February 3 to the general public, and pres-sale is available from January 31 for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival subscribers.

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Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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