MFWF roundup – IGA World’s longest lunch 2012

A quick roundup on this Melbourne Food and Wine festival event attended by a 1200 strong crowd along the Yarra river…

Weather: brilliantly sunny with a touch of breeze. We did have the occasional organic surprise in our cups from the trees above us (by that I meant leaves and twigs of course…).

Salad of Harrietville smoked trout, Autumn fruits from the surrounding region.
2010 Yering station Village Chardonnay

Free range turkey thighs, tomatoes and tomatillos
2010 Yering Station Village Pinot Noir

Rhubarb vacherin
Yarrabank Crème de cuvee NV

My thoughts…
Food: remarkably respectable, given the number of people catered for (1200+). Vibrant autumn flavours punctuated the smoked trout, whilst the turkey thighs remained surprisingly moist. The vacherin was however overplayed with cream, leaving a heavy note to finish.
Drinks: plenty of drinks to keep everyone happy. Also free flowing sparkling and still.

Would I attend next year? Yes and no. Certainly food wise for the same price one could get better at a sit down restaurant. But a lazy afternoon lunch, with beaming sunshine, a running tipple of drinks, makes for a great excuse to get away from work.

And of course, the lucky reader who won the competition. Could easily mistake her as a blogger, ey?

>>> P.S. please share your MFWF experience by leaving a comment below. Good? Bad? 


[Courtesy of Melbourne Food and Wine festival, Bank of Melbourne, and brought together by Peter Rowland Catering]

7 Responses to “MFWF roundup – IGA World’s longest lunch 2012”
  1. Never been there… So… 🙂

  2. Ohhh I really wanted to go but missed out two years in a row! It looks like a great afternoon and the food is great too 🙂 but it’s kinda expensive hehe

  3. HI Allan,

    Wow! Beautiful photos of the MFWF World’s Longest Lunch. I was sitting at a table close to the bridge. What a sensational day and lunch! The menu was absolutely delicious and I loved the wine selection. All in all, a very happy day for me. I am hoping to attend one of the regional World’s Longest Lunch next year. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing,
    Madame Bonbon

  4. msihua says:

    Oh we always miss this as it’s on a Friday 😦 Glad you enjoyed it!!

  5. libishski says:

    I wish I had gone but unfortunately, couldn’t get time off work to attend it 😦

    Haha I ran the same competition to win tickets to this lunch and the lady who won my tickets e-mailed me, saying that she enjoyed it – and that she met you, too!

  6. Ashley says:

    Wow,w hat a beautiful setting! So much green! ❤

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