Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (06.03.2013)
Written on the 12 March 2013
Ms CROZIER (Southern Metropolitan) -- The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival features prominently in Melbourne's major events calendar and is well known to many who are involved in the hospitality, food and wine sectors. The festival runs for 17 days, and it provides a range of events across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, including picnics, rickshaw runs, fine dining and cook-offs. It is important to our tourist, hospitality and food and wine industries and contributes significantly to our overall economy.
I was delighted to join the Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade, Richard Dalla-Riva, at Como House in South Yarra for the Cellar Door and Artisan Market on Saturday, which is a signature event of the 2013 festival, to attend the HOSTPLUS Cook for Your Career grand finale cook-off. This event was part of the Put Victoria on Your Table brand, and it highlighted and showcased local and regional produce. The two finalists, both from interstate, experienced firsthand a taste of Melbourne at its best. In return, visitors to the Cellar Door and Artisan Market were able to sample produce and see the talents of the two talented cook-off finalists, Rod and Toni.
It was no wonder that the CEO of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Natalie O'Brien, was delighted with the event and with the tremendous response from the 70-odd international journalists who are visiting this year's festival and writing about Victoria's fabulous offerings.
It was a great day, and with plenty more events to come, I urge members to attend events whilst the festival continues.