Hey guys! After a short hiatus The Melbourne Food Files is back and we are excited to let you know about this year’s Taste of Melbourne Festival!

Launching tonight at Albert Park, Taste of Melbourne brings you some of Victoria’s most sought after restaurants and premium dining experiences, local entertainment, exotic cuisines and some of the country’s finest food and beverage suppliers, all in one convenient location. The event will run a lunch and dinner session each day for the next 3 days, concluding Sunday.

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Whether you are a discerning Melbourne foodie or simply seeking something different in the spring sunshine, Taste again this year will be bringing you a series of Masterclasses by some of the countries best chefs. Pick up insider tips from the likes of George Calombaris, Mark Best, Robin Wickens, Matt Dempsey and Peter Gunn who will all be conducting intimate, live cooking demonstrations.

A new addition this year is the South African Garden, a unique experience featuring South African MasterChef and BBQ expert Benny Masekwameng. Discover the colourful food culture of South Africa with meat on the ‘Braii’ with wines to match. The garden will also feature a pop up restaurant from South African five-star dining destination, Five Hundred with executive chef, David Higgs.

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For those wishing to bypass the crowds and indulge themselves, the Platinum Lounge is the exclusive enclosure for Platinum Pass holders with an open bar, wine tastings and long lounges to luxuriate on after a hard day’s indulgence.

The humble sandwich is often regulated to lunchboxes and high teas, but this year’s Lurpak ‘Go Freestyle’ cooking classes will teach you how to take it to the next level. Learn to master the art of the sub, the secrets of the Reuben and the best of the BLT, combining unique flavours in these free classes presented by the Danish premium butter label. Places are strictly limited and work on a first in first served basis.

Reflecting the picturesque Adelaide Hills region in South Australia, the Nepenthe Wines Hill will be the perfect position to take in the stunning surrounds of Albert Park Lake and enjoy a selection of quality Nepenthe Wines (official wine partner for Taste) and other artisanal delights from the region. A fruit-filled oasis in the heart of indulgence, the Australian Pear orchard and juice bar is a healthy alternative amid the artisanal producers.

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Unlock the secrets of India’s eclectic range of spices and their origins in the India Pavilion, where leading Indian culinary experts including MasterChef’s Neha Sen will take Taste attendees on a gastronomic journey from the farthest reaches of the Ganges to the streets of Mumbai. Learn everything there is to know about Indian cooking including family recipes and tips and tricks on how to make an authentic curry.

But the real draw card is Taste’s lineup of some of Victoria’s best dining institutions, which this year includes Supernormal, Luxembourg, MoVida, Pei Modern, Circa The Prince, Royal Mail Hotel, Mamasita, Pastuso, San Telmo and Saké Restaurant & Bar, along with new additions Gladioli and South African pop-up Five Hundred. Stock up on crowns (the Taste currency) and choose from 3-4 small dishes from each restaurant’s popup. Taste is the best place to sample all of these renowned venues conveniently, without the need to book or add your name to a never-ending list.

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Full schedules, booking details and ticket information
can be found on the Taste of Melbourne website
Tickets start from $25.00 from Ticketek

Taste of Melbourne 2015
Thursday November 12 – Sunday November 15
Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake