Taste of Melbourne

By Chana Matchimbanpoth November 14, 2017

A colourful collision of art, entertainment and food will transform the MCG’s Yarra Park from 30 November to 3 December 2017 as Taste of Melbourne in partnership with Electrolux prepares a feast for all senses with world-first, top secret collaborations from the city’s favourite chefs, artists and musicians.

By day, families, foodies and curious shoppers will meander through laneways of more than 100 artisan producers and gather for gourmet picnics. By night, the park’s canopy of trees will glow with glittering and neon lights as delicious dishes and drinks traverse the festival.

The lineup of chefs and restaurants includes the likes of MoVida’s Frank Camorra, George Calombaris, Scott Pickett from ESP and Estelle, Christy Tania from Glacé and Charlie Carrington from ATLAS and Michael Smith from Mamasita.

This year’s Estrella Damm Bar will also see genuine Spanish imports flow on tap, offering festival goers an ice-cold break in a gastro garden bar setting.

Those with an appetite for more than tasting can discover edible education and insider tips from top culinary talent at the Electrolux Taste Theatre, while some of Melbourne’s top chefs will share insider tips in intimate masterclasses at Electrolux Chefs’ Secrets, cooking a signature dish alongside guests before sitting down to enjoy their creations together.

In a protein-rich session with Meat & Livestock Australia in the Cooks’ Corner, MLA’s resident butcher Doug Piper and corporate chef Sam Bourke will demonstrate nose-to-tail eating, from butchery to cooking, as families and home chefs gather on the hay bales and balance a plate of lamb or beef on their lap.

A hands-on baking class with premium butter Lurpak will invite festival goers and fledgling patissiers to create hazelnut ganache and lemon curd sweet tarts and apple tarte tatin with pomegranate molasses in the new Lurpak Bakery.

Meanwhile, for those who prefer to learn without getting their hands dirty, the stories and history behind ingredients, recipes and products handed down through generations will be shared over Table Talks presented by Smith Journal, an unexpected series of thought-provoking discussions providing rare insight into the food industry, its people and their success stories.

Taste of Melbourne - Thursday 30 November to Sunday 3 December 2017 at Yarra Park (MCG), Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. Tickets are on sale now from