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Introducing MOULD: A Cheese Festival

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Whether it’s hard or soft, blue or white, fresh or aged, Australians love cheese. On platters, on pasta, in salads, between slices of bread, via an intravenous drip or slathered on plywood, we just can’t get enough.

Mould Cheese Festival is a celebration of Australian cheese, presented by Bottle Shop Concepts in partnership with Nick Haddow of Bruny Island Cheese. The best producers from around the country, including Bruny Island, Yarra Valley Dairy, That’s Amore, Stone & Crow, Grandvewe, Shaw River Buffalo and more, will showcase their produce at North Melbourne’s Meat Market with bonus cooking demonstrations and relaxed masterclasses.

Alongside the best Australian cheeses, we’ll have the best Australian cheesemongers including Maker & Monger and its grilled cheese sandwiches and flaming Reubens, and Harper & Blohm and its raclette. We’ll also have a number of other food vendors – all this and more to be confirmed soon.

To drink alongside all the cheese, we’ve got wines, whisky, vodka, beer, cider and more.

The ticket price includes a glass of wine, as well as all cheese tastings.

Come and taste the best cheese from all over Australia in one place!


BAROSSA: Be Consumed, Coming to Melbourne this July.

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It says it all really, doesn’t it? The Barossa is a region that captivates the imagination, and has an unrivalled bounty of wine, beauty, culture, and produce to offer. The ‘Barossa. Be Consumed’ event is a one day celebration of all the things that define this truly unique and special region.

Not just a tasting of the region’s brilliant wines, ‘Barossa. Be Consumed’ also offers an immersion into the food, culture, history and character of what makes up this incredible region. A new and exciting wine event that brings together all these aspects to engage a broad and new audience and help them fall further in love with things Barossa.

We’re stoked to be working with the region to help bring this event to Melbourne and with over 40 wineries involved, as well as Saksia Beer doing the food (plus a bunch of others!), it’s not to be missed.

Event Details

Date: Saturday July 22
Time: Doors open at 11am and close at 5pm
Venue: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
Price: Early bird tickets $55 inclusive of a Plumm wine glass
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Welcome to Oinofilia.Wine

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The Greeks might not have invented wine, but they’ve been making it, pretty damn well we might add, for a helluva long time. The Greek word for wine, oinos, forms part of the term oinofilia which actually means “a love of wine”. If you’re an oenophile, you’re someone who loves wine.

(Incidentally, the word symposium stems from drinking wine, too. In ancient Greece, academic minds of the time (i.e. Plato and Aristotle) would get together and talk shop over kraters (giant jugs) of the stuff, and so symposium came to mean “to drink together”.)

We have the largest Greek population in Melbourne outside of Greece itself, and they’ve brought us gyros and souvlaki, dolmades, saganaki, fetta and haloumi, and more. They’ve also brought us Assyrtiko, Moschofilero and Xinomavro, and Vidiano, Savatiano and Kotsifali. We bet you’re not as familiar with this lot as you are with the former. But that’s where we come in.

Oinofilia is a one-day festival celebrating the wines and food of Greece. We have over 30 producers from Greece showing off over 60 different Greek wines, giving you a chance to taste and learn and discover what this wonderful country has to offer.

Our favourite Cretan restaurant, Elyros, is on board with its sister Epocha, putting on a serious spread to soak up all that delicious wine. On the menu will be dishes like Greek roast lamb shoulder, kalitsounia (Cretan pies), a mezze bar, oysters and so much more. Kathy Tsaples from Sweet Greek will be there, bringing her incredible food (including the best spanakopita and galaktoboureko you’ll ever eat) to the table. And that’s just the tip… there will be more. Kali orexi!

Come on down for this incredible, one-day Greek fest, celebrating the absolute best of this wonderful country.

The details

Date: Sat June 24, 11am till 5pm
Venue: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, Melbourne
Tickets: $55 (includes Plumm Wine glass and ALL wine tastes. NO TOKENS!)


Putting the World 50 Best Restaurants on the map

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On Wednesday night, the restaurant industry’s ultimate awards night was held in Melbourne. It’s only the second time it’s ever happened outside of Europe in its 15-year history – the first was in New York last year, so to follow that up in ol’ M-Town was pretty amazing.

Hordes of local and international media, various VIPs, event partners and, of course, chefs, sashayed down the red carpet into the Royal Exhibition Building. Neil Perry from Rockpool was in charge of catering, and had set up a magnificent produce table in the centre of the room, laden with whole tunas, mussels on their rope, oysters, abalone, marron, lobsters, slabs of butter, baskets of figs, bread and more. One chef was breaking down a whole side of wagyu beef on the spot. Wine Australia, Estrella Damn and Melbourne Gin Company were in charge of the booze.

After much shoulder-rubbing and drinking, we sat down for the ceremony. Mark Durden-Smith was back as MC – he’s been hosting the awards almost since their inception, and for good reason – the UK TV presenter was undoubtedly the star of the show. So many lols. And a really good balance to the seriousness of the overall event.

Once Eleven Madison Park had been crowned the World’s Best Restaurant, the official after party kicked off inside the REB. Perry’s produce table was now a buffet – the wagyu was cooked, the oysters were shucked, the shellfish had been cracked open. Everything becomes hazy from this point… the official after party was followed by a number of unofficial after parties all around town (one which saw several top chefs dancing on bars), which were followed by the world’s worst hangovers on Thursday.

Melbourne set a new benchmark for the World’s 50 Best; both the awards night itself, and the hospitality we showed the visiting chefs. It’ll be a tough one to beat.

So, planning the culinary tour to end all tours? Check out this map from our mates at ALPACA.TRAVEL noting down exactly where all the restaurants are in order of their ranking!.

Map not showing on your device? Check it out directly here