More than a quarter of Australia's food exports. Over 850 wineries across 21 unique regions. Two restaurants in The World's 50 Best Restaurants list. These are just some of the facts that make Victoria the number one state for foodies in the Pacific, according to Visit Victoria.
What better way to celebrate all our beautiful foodscape has to offer than with a state-wide party? The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is the largest event of its kind in the whole world, inviting Australians and international guests to sample the best of Victoria's dining innovations. Each year, it attracts over 250,000 visitors with a diverse program of more than 200 events and has even brought the likes of Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson and Heston Blumenthal.
The 2018 event is right around the corner – commencing on March 16 and running until the 25th. So, what can the lucky owners of real estate in Brunswick expect to be popping up near them later this month? Let's take a look at some of the local highlights.
Let Australians eat cake – that's what Mary says. Actually, there is no Mary – local teahouse, Mary Eats Cake, was instead started by Sarah de Witt and Jessica Hillbrick. Sarah has made a name for herself as one of Australia's few tea sommeliers, serving on the board of the Australasian Tea Association and judging brewing competitions in Australia and China. Meanwhile, Le Cordon Bleu-trained Jessica has followed her passions to some of the most prestigious high tea venues in London before settling down to design her own delightful menu.
This month, book yourself in for a high tea like no other. From Sunday 18 March to Thursday 22 March, a wine merchant will join the local tea purveyor to compete for supremacy. A menu of scones, four savoury bites and three intricately crafted French desserts will be complemented by exotic teas and carefully selected wines. It's up to you to decide which beverages are the best to serve at high tea.
Fitzroy has a long and vibrant connection with the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. The suburb has served as the cultural hub for the state's indigenous population throughout history, and that's something not to be forgotten. Plaques are found throughout the suburb to commemorate the journey and community of the Aboriginal people. Today, Charcoal Lane exists in Fitzroy as a project to provide opportunities for youths – many of whom are Aboriginal – in need of a fresh start.
A Mission Australia social enterprise, the restaurant employs a diverse team of young people and offers leadership and mentoring to help them reach their long-term potential. The menu itself showcases native foods and seeks to tell the many unique stories of our local people through each dish.
From Tuesday 20 March until Thursday 22 March, lucky diners can book in to enjoy a 30-minute guided walking tour of Fitzroy's historical Aboriginal sites before settling in to feast of three courses at Charcoal Lane. Between each course, a local Elder will present a reflection on how Aboriginal Australia connects to Fitzroy.
A portion of proceeds will go towards community programs supported by Melbourne Aboriginal Youth & Sports Recreation.
There are great benefits to buying local produce: your money supports families in your community and you know your food will be fresh. However, some claim it's simply too hard. To contest that idea, Brunswick restaurant Mr & Mrs Howell are inviting people to wine and dine on four courses sourced from within a 20 km radius around the venue.
The four courses will include speciality local cheese, produce and free-range meats, paired beautifully with locally brewed beer, wine and spirits. Most of the ingredients will be hand-picked and personally delivered by the producers themselves, cutting down on resource consumption and contributing to the sustainable, local ethos of the event.
This feast will run for one night only – Thursday 22 March, so be sure to book ahead!
With such a rich food and wine culture, the northern suburbs of Melbourne are the ideal place for foodies to call home. If you're looking to live amongst all of this, get in touch with Ray White Brunswick today for help finding your next property.