Our picks of the MFWF 2019 program

Amongst the jam-packed MFWF program, here are a few of our favourite picks (that may or may not be organised by some of our mates…)

Obviously the THE VILLAGE FEAST on Saturday March 30th should be about as fun a day out in the country as you can get!! We (and a bunch of other amazing food & wine folks) will be taking over a stretch of Jindivick, bringing an array of delicious food, wine, and a darn good time. Head to the link for details and tickets, and we hope to see you there. In the meantime though, get along to some of these other great events as part of the festival!

Mercato Vucciria – Palermo street food party
Giorgio is from Northern Italy’s Piedmont, Pasi Petanen is from Finland and Andreas Papadakis is Greek but don’t think this has stopped these three putting on a Street Party inspired by the great markets of Sicily! Think lo-fi eclectic wines from Giorgio, snacks by Pasi & Andreas and all three most probably dancing at some stage in a lane way near Osteria Ilaria…. Can’t see why it wouldn’t be a good time!
Osteria Ilaria, Sun 10 Mar, 2-10pm, walk-ins only

The Merchant’s Feast (with importers Rob Walters and Patrick Walsh)
Two of our favourite wine importers, distributors and complete wine tragics come together at the Carlton Wine Room to share their experiences over some pretty bloody tasty food and wines chosen by Mr Walters and Mr Walsh… The kicker here is that neither are allowed to pour wines that they personally import or help distribute, taking the professional bias out of it – the wines just have to be down right delicious and inspirational!
Carlton Wine Room, Wed 20 Mar, 6:30-11:00pm, $235

All The Chickens
Roasted, Yakitori, Jerk, Fried. Don’t really matter but we kinda really dig the chook and just so happens it works pretty well with our favourite Vinos… Headlined by Matt Abergel, chef at breakout Hong Kong restaurants Yardbird and Ronin plus a supporting cast of Morgan McGlone (Belles Hot Chicken), Palisa Anderson (Chat Thai, Boon Cafe), Thi Le (Anchovy), Trisha Greentree (10 William St) and Barbados-born Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiobo) the talent and chook-know-how at this gig is pretty serious.. Plus if Morgy is involved you can guarantee it should be a sloshing good time and your glass is bound to be half full at all times….
The Coopers Malthouse Theatre Southbank, Fri 8 Mar, 7-10pm. $95

Surf Coast BBQ Block Party
Our stately northern neighbours may have some pretty flash beachside dining at their beck-and-call but for time away from the big smoke when we’re not hot footing it into the vines we do like us a bit of the Vic Surf Coast! Anyone who has had the good sense to stop by surf club turned restaurant & bar Captain Moonlight (pre or post a dip in the surf at Anglesea) knows how great this part of the world is… Mike Patrick from Fancy Hank’s is teaming up with Igni’s Aaron Turner, Captain Moonlite’s Matt Germanchis, and Elliot Moss from North Carolina’s Buxton Hall Barbecue for the best down-home barbecue block party the Surf Coast has seen in quite some time. A little bit of Southern love’n no doubt….
Captain Moonlite (Anglesea), Sat 16 Mar, 1-6pm, $103

– Adam Cotterell, co-wine buyer for Blackhearts & Sparrows