Category Archives: Melbourne

Artisans of Champagne at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

The Artisans of Champagne are a group of 17 growers who are the true craftsman of the region. They have banded together to form a unique society because they share a similar philosophy of how to best create champagne of passion and distinction.

Enjoy the cuvees of The Artisans over a long Champagne lunch as we explore their wines paired with local artisan produce of Victoria, presented by Champagne Ambassador Kyla Kirkpatrick, aka The Champagne Dame. We are featuring 6 wines from the group from the houses Pierre Paillard, Huré Fréres, Christophe Mignon, Savart, Alfred Gratien and Vilmart & Cie.

Sunday 18th March 1-3PM
Canvas House – 137 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne
Tickets $199.00
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The Espresso Martini Now Has its Own Festival

The espresso martini is a drink worth celebrating, which is why Mr Black Spirits Co, leaders in coffee and spirits, are throwing the world’s first espresso martini festival at Melbourne’s Meat Market on Saturday 05 November 2016.

The Mr Black Festival of The Espresso Martini will play host to hundreds of coffee-and-liquor loving Victorians. With caffeinated creations from some of Australia’s best specialty coffee roasters, bars and coffee shops, food trucks, tunes and coffee pong.  The Espresso Martini Festival will be a place for the people of Melbourne to taste, talk and get behind the legendary coffee industry.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini (Image supplied)

Mr Black founder, Tom Baker said, “We know the people of Melbourne have a love affair with coffee, and the espresso martini is now one of the highest selling cocktails on lists everywhere. So we thought, why not come together to celebrate this shared love with the perfect pairing of coffee and booze.”

“Making a good espresso martini is not a hard task – It’s just three simple ingredients but our festival is a celebration of great drinks: espresso from leading speciality roasters, high-quality spirits, and of course the world’s best coffee liquor. We’re excited to get all our coffee and liquor friends in one place and have a cheeky coffee party”, he said.

Australia’s top coffee producers are on board for a day of caffeinated pleasure at the Espresso Martini Festival. Including: MILKLAB, Ketel One, Campos Coffee, Rushmore Coffee, The Kind Coffee Co, Beats Coffee and Two Birds Brewing.

Entry to Mr Black Festival of The Espresso Martini is $25pp which includes a Mr Black Coffee Liqueur shaken serve, free tastings and more to come.

WHAT: Mr Black Festival of The Espresso Martini
WHEN: Saturday 05 November, 2016. Hours are from 2PM-10PM
WHERE: Melbourne Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, Melbourne
TICKETS: $25 per person

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Pinot Palooza Rocks Back to a City Near You

Pinot Palooza, brought to you by the same folks as legendary wine festival Game of Rhones, is back for 2015 and going national. Pinot Palooza will return to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in October after sell-out events in 2014, as well as hitting Perth and Adelaide for the first time in August, featuring Australia and New Zealand’s hottest wine producers.

Touring Australia nationally in 2015, Pinot Palooza is a food, music and wine experience not to miss, featuring the best Pinot Noir from some of the top producers in the Southern Hemisphere. In total there will be 150 of the world’s best, ranging from light, ethereal and graceful, all the way through to the ‘take no prisoners’, in your face, mouthful of flavour wines that this pernicious variety can achieve.

Pinot Noir producers in the Palooza line-up include Australia and New Zealand’s renowned wineries – Ata Rangi, Bay of Fires, Shaw + Smith, Yabby Lake, Kooyong, Mt Difficulty, Giant Steps, Two Paddocks and Pegasus Bay to name just a few. On the day, attendees will be able to vote for their favourite Pinot Noir on roving iPads, putting them into the draw to win some awesome wine-centric prizes.

A new addition for the 2015 tour is the VIP Ticket which includes general admission, sommelier roadie tour (a tour by one of the cities finest somms sampling the finest Pinot’s on show), Burgundy bar tasting and a food voucher for $95, saving $35. These are limited and are sure to fly!

The ‘Back Stage Pass’ is back – a limited pass for those who want to take their pinot obsession to the next level. Pinot lovers will get to know the ins and outs, the who’s who and how of all things Pinot Noir.

The Burgundy Bar is also back with an even bigger range of wines on offer. With the vast majority of these wines retailing for over $150, this is a rare opportunity to try some of the best wines in the world at cost. The best sommeliers in each individual city will be on hand to take Burgundy fans through these exceptional wines.

Tickets are now on sale and include a take-home Riedel ‘Heart to Heart’ Pinot Noir glass (valued at $30), as well as access to all the wines on tasting – no pesky tokens! Early Bird tickets are on sale until end of July, saving $10.

Details for the 2015 Pinot Palooza series. $60, includes take-home Riedel ‘Heart to Heart’ Pinot Noir glass:

Saturday 1st August, 1pm till 6pm
Whipper Snipper Distillery
139 Kensington Street, East Perth

Saturday 8th August, 1pm till 6pm
Published Arthouse
11 Cannon Street, Adelaide

Monday 5th October (public holiday), 1pm till 6pm
Carriage Works, Blacksmith’s Workshop
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Saturday 10th October, 1pm till 6pm
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Bay 3 & 4
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

Sunday 11th October, 1pm till 6pm
Light Space
30 Light Street, Fortitude Valley

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Attica tops Gourmet Traveller Awards

Ben Shewry’s Melbourne eatery, Attica, has been named the number-one restaurant in Australia by Gourmet Traveller magazine at an awards ceremony held at the Sydney Opera House last night.

Attica in Melbourne

Attica in Melbourne

The magazine’s editors singled the restaurant out for its surprising and highly personal take on fine dining, incorporating both indigenous ingredients (red kangaroo with bunya nuts, say, or whiting and pearl meat cooked in paperbark) and touches of whimsy, whether in the naming of some of the dishes, or leading guests into the garden, mid-meal, to stop by the ice-cream stand for a cone.

Other winners include Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall in Brisbane for Bar of the Year, and Magill Estate’s husband and wife team Scott Huggins and Emma McCaskill awarded Best New Talent.

Wine List of the Year went to Perth’s The Print Hall, Nick Hildebrandt of Bentley Restaurant and Bar was named Sommelier of the Year, Christian McCabe from The Town Mouse won Maître D’ of the Year and the peer-voted Chef of the Year award went to Martin Benn of Sepia. Victorian restaurant, Brae, took out two awards – New Restaurant of the Year and Regional Restaurant of the Year.

The full list of winners can be found in the September issue of Gourmet Traveller.