Scene News: Taste of Melbourne 2015, 12-15 November.

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Taste of Melbourne in partnership with Electrolux boasts its most compelling four day line-up ever; with Victoria’s most sought after restaurants and premium dining experiences, local entertainment, exotic cuisines from across the globe and the country’s finest food & beverage suppliers.

Whether you are a discerning Melbourne foodie or simply seeking something different in the spring sunshine, here are Taste 2015’s most unmissable food and beverage features:

Learn from Melbourne’s leading chefs in the many masterclasses within the Electrolux Taste Theatre. Pick up insider tips from the likes of George Calombaris, Mark Best, Robin Wickens, Matt Dempsey and Peter Gunn who will all be conducting intimate, live cooking demonstrations.

Australians may think they hold the crown for the world’s best barbeque, but The South African Garden is the best place to experience a different perspective on our national pastime. Featuring one of the country’s biggest names in food, Benny Masekwameng (South African MasterChef) this unique experience is Melbourne’s best chance to discover the colourful food culture of South Africa with meat on the ‘Braii’ & wines to match. The garden will also feature a pop up restaurant from five star dining destination, Five Hundred; spearheaded by its Executive Chef, David Higgs.

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For those wishing to bypass the crowds and indulge in the finer tastes of Taste, the Audi Brighton Platinum Lounge presented by Riedel is the exclusive enclosure for Platinum Pass holders, with an open bar, wine tastings and long lounges to luxuriate on after a hard day’s indulgence.

The humble sandwich is often regulated to lunchboxes and high teas, but at Lurpak Go Freestyle sandwich is king. Learn to master the art of the sub, the secrets of the Reuben and the best of the BLT; combining unique flavours in these free classes presented by the Danish premium butter label. Places are strictly first come first, sandwich.

Reflecting the picturesque Adelaide Hills region in South Australia the Nepenthe Wines Hill will be the perfect position to take in the stunning surrounds of Albert Park Lake and enjoy a selection of quality Nepenthe Wines (official wine partner for Taste) and other artisanal delights from the region. Wine enthusiasts will also want to purchase their own premium stemless Govino glass from the Glass Sales Stations for $5 each upon arrival.

A fruit-filled oasis in the heart of indulgence – the Australian Pear orchard and juice bar is a healthy alternative amid the artisanal producers.

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Unlock the secrets of India’s eclectic range of spices and their origins in the India Pavilion, where leading Indian culinary experts including MasterChef’s Neha Sen will take Taste attendees on a gastronomic journey from the farthest reaches of the Ganges to the streets of Mumbai. Learn everything there is to know about Indian cooking including family kept recipes, to tips and tricks on how to make the best curry.

As always, Taste is an amalgamation of Victoria’s best dining institutions and this year is a bold mix of Melbourne dining favourites, regional must-visits and enticing new flavours including: Supernormal, Luxembourg, MoVida, Pei Modern, Circa, The Prince, Royal Mail Hotel, Mamasita, Pastuso, San Telmo along with new additions Saké Restaurant & Bar and Gladioli as well as five star South African pop-up Five Hundred.

Full schedules, booking details and ticket information can be found on the Taste of Melbourne website: Twitter/Instagram: @tasteofmelbourne

Taste of Melbourne 2015

Thursday November 12 – Sunday November 15 Pelican Lawn, Albert Park Lake
Tickets start from $25.00 from Ticketek, now on sale.


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