The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival starts this week. For the past 25 years, Melbournians have flocked to the many events put on as a way to celebrate the incredible food culture this city has. This year the festival has a community theme, asking patrons to foster a sense of togetherness through the food of our wide variety of communities. Melbourne Food Files is a passionate believer of the ability food has to bring people of varying cultures, backgrounds and beliefs together, and so we take a look at our top picks for the festival.

For those that love the tastes and views of the sea

Seafood in the Sand

Date: Sun 25 Mar
Time: 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Price: $103
Venue: At The Heads, Barwon Head

Seafood with a view – what more could you want? Come and have  a three course meal paired with local beers and wine and enjoy the coastal views of Barwon Heads. The main course will offer fresh local yabbies and crabs, cooked with corn, sausage, green beans and of course secret herbs and spices.

For those that love a tasty and bustling laneway festival

Moritz y Movida Laneway Fiesta

Date: Sat 24 Mar
Time: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Price: $123
Venue: MoVida, Melbourne

One of Melbourne’s most loved laneways, Hoiser lane will be taken over by seas of tortillas, oysters, paella, chorizo, beer and vino as Movida throw their Spanish Fiesta in the streets. With music and a good time on offer, this is a must-do for the festival and food lover

For the early risers

Brutally Early Breakfast

Date: Fri 16 – Fri 23 Mar
Price: $68
Venue: Congress, Collingwood

Don’t let your busy lives let you miss the most important meal of the day. Congress in Collingwood are putting on a three course menu with matching beverages, for those of us who are chained to our desks for the rest of the day.

For those with limited time and budget

Restaurant Express

Date: Fri 16 – Fri 25 Mar
Price: $40

If you can’t spare the time or the money for some of the larger events, there are plenty of great restaurants hosting an express lunch – $40 gets you two courses and matched wine at over 80 venues across Melbourne.

For those that love butter chicken

The Best Butter Chicken Pop Up

Date: Fri 16 – Fri 25 Mar
Price: $28
Venue: Press Club Projects, Melbourne

After falling in love with butter chicken on his last trip to India, George Calombaris is bringing the world’s best butter chicken chef, Saransh Goila, all the way from Mumbai to Melbourne. You’ll have access to meet Chef Saransh, taste his famous butter chicken and experience cocktails specially designed for this unique event.