Go Back

These Are The Top 6 Free Events You NEED To Attend At The Melbourne Food & Wine FestivalFeb 21, 2019


The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is back for its 27th year and there are over 250 events happening all over Melbourne and Victoria from March 8th until the 24th. The choices are overwhelming and some are quite expensive, so if you’re not the kind of person that can fork out $425 for a fancy alumni dinner at Vue De Monde then you’re in the right place, because we’re going to tell you all about the top FREE events happening throughout the festival.

melbourne subscribe venues function rooms bars restaurants venue hire birthday party wedding engagment bar restaurant rooftop top best good 1 1

Note that whilst some of the best things in life are free, you may have to purchase some food at these events if you want the full experience but hey, it should still be a cheap day out and that’s what we’re all about here.


San Antone Smokehouse Festival
Crown Riverwalk, Southbank

melbourne food wine festival san antone blundos bbq crown cbd southbank texan smokehouse celebration 1

If you’re not one of the lucky ones jetting off and out of Melbourne for the long weekend then you should definitely check out this mini festival on the Crown Riverwalk. Experience Texan BBQ with 14 hour slow cooked meats, tastings, and masterclasses, as well as blues music to set the vibe. Serving up this deliciousness is Kevin Bludso, crowned “The King of BBQ”. Bludso’s restaurant in Los Angeles has been named both LA’s best BBQ as well as top BBQ in all of America, so you’re really in for a treat with this one.

Labour Day Weekend Friday 8th – Monday 11th March | Fri – Sun 12 – 11pm, Mon 12 – 9pm

[More Info]


Mercato Vucciria – Palermo Street Food Party
Osteria Ilaria, Melbourne CBD

melbourne food wine festival pizza italian cuisine celebration pasta gelato cannoli fiesta

This laneway party is inspired by the famous Sicilian market Mercato Vicciria and will showcase food by Osteria Ilaria and That’s Amore, as well as all the music, dancing and street snacks to keep everyone satisfied and wine will be provided by Giorgio de Maria. Think Melbourne party vibes mixed in with Italian culture.

Sunday 10th March 2pm – 11pm

[More Info]


Gradi Italian Festival
Crown Riverbank, Southbank

melbourne food wine festival 400 gradi pizza pizzeria crown cbd southbank italian party pasta gelato cannoli celebration

Everyone’s favourite pizzeria is serving up a mini fiesta where you can indulge in all the deliciousness that is Gradi pizza. You’re also spoilt for choice with pasta, a salumi e fromaggi station (meats and cheese yes please), a Cannoli bar and gelato stand! There’s live entertainment and plenty of activities for the kiddies, as well as pop up bars to get your drink on.

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th March | Friday & Saturday 12 – 11pm, Sunday 12 – 9pm

[More Info]


Long Chim Full Moon Party
Crown Riverwalk, Southbank

melbourne food wine festival long chim crown cbd southbank thai cuisine party full moon celebration

Also on Crown’s Riverwalk is this authentic Thai Full Moon Party to close off the festival, hosted by Crown restaurant Long Chim. During the day you can expect all the incredible Thai street food from a unique menu curated by David Thompson. When the sun goes down the party truly begins with DJ’s, neon lights, Bangkok inspired cocktails and of course all the amazing food in a setting that will make you feel like you’re living it up on the streets of Bangkok.

Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th March | 12pm – late

[More Info]


Scrumptious St Albans – Twilight Market
Big Sams Market, St Albans

melbourne food wine festival st albans twilight market multicultural cuisine asian celebration street

Head out to the west and dip into the multicultural haven that is St Albans, with a vast array of European and Asian cuisines and live local music for all to enjoy. You can even join a food tour and explore some of the suburb’s hidden secrets. This one is a great event for the whole family or even a cute catch up with your gal pals over some delicious street food.

Friday 22nd March 5 – 9pm

[More Info]


Dandenong World Fare
Dandenong Market, Dandenong

melbourne food wine festival dandenong market dancing multicultural indian hindu celebration laughing fun

Locals to the south-east of Melbourne and surrounding areas need to check out this Dandenong market. It’s going to be an epic day with 50 food trucks and stalls in a street food showcase of international proportions. There will also be music and dance performances showcasing many different cultures, which just celebrates the beauty and diversity that is abundant in Melbourne.

Sunday 24th March 10am – 4pm

[More Info]

Grab your diaries, clear your schedules, message your mates and prepare yourself for a two week straight food coma, as the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is not to be missed.

Head here for more information about the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

By Julia Dicconson


Article Footer 54

Latest News


Festival 21 – Our Future Through Food
The Best Date Bar In South Yar...
13 Mar. 2020

So you’ve done the impossible. You’ve moved past the awkward small talk, coordinated schedules and now you’ve got that first date coming up. Great; except you have to pick the bar, not so great. It has to be cool and fun, yet somehow still relaxed? So much pressure! Don’t stress, we’ve got y...[more info]

Read More
Festival 21 – Our Future Through Food
Victoria’s Best Cheese F...
10 Mar. 2020

Our state’s best artisan cheese producers and cheesemongers are descending upon Werribee Park Mansion, and you’d brie crazy to miss it. The annual Fromage a Trois Cheese Festival returns on Sunday 22 March as part of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2020, a ten-day celebration of the foodie cultur...[more info]

Read More
Festival 21 – Our Future Through Food
Nightclub Downstairs, Band Roo...
10 Mar. 2020

Once an old church which was initially built back in 1835, Queensberry St now holds itself to an exciting dance club, Colour. The cool and grungy landscape has been home to many cool clubs in the past, lastly being known as Yours&Mine. It has now been taken over by former gig bookers and current D...[more info]

Read More
Festival 21 – Our Future Through Food
VAMFF 101 – Pairing Food...
6 Mar. 2020

Ready to turn heads as you strut to Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2020, but not sure what is your style? VAMFF has teamed up with some of Melbourne’s best bars and restaurants to bring you some incredible deals inspired by the festival. We know you’re all lazy so we’ve put...[more info]

Read More

72 queries, 0.744 seconds.

Close