Update (June 3): This event has been postponed due to lockdown.
As a precursor to its yet-to-be-announced core winter program, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) is teaming up with the city’s most exciting new precinct, 80 Collins. (It will soon be home to the hotly anticipated Society – Chris Lucas, Martin Benn and Vicki Wild’s behemoth – as well as the team’s two-level charcoal-fired diner, Yakimono.)
The new event series, aptly titled Eating 80 Collins, will let you soak up the best of the precinct’s food and booze in one fell swoop.
On June 2 is Light Up the Night. Start at Next Hotel’s fancy new restaurant La Madonna, with kingfish crudo and a glass of crisp Victorian white. Then move onto Alejandro Saravia’s Farmer’s Daughters for a pork-and-leek pie, and the Handpicked Wines Cellar Door for a tasting. And end with a decadent coffee-and-chocolate cocktail (its mousse-y top is frozen solid with liquid nitrogen) at the lavish Nick and Nora’s.
Lunch Illuminated is on June 5 – with a slightly different order of events. There’s a pinot noir masterclass at Handpicked (with cheese and charcuterie), lunch at Farmer’s Daughters, and dessert and barrel-aged Negronis at La Madonna. And for the theatrical finale: the Nick and Nora’s team will “live-nitro” lemon myrtle sorbet, scoop it into your glass and top it off with a good glug of champagne from a freshly sabred bottle.
Meanwhile, another 80 Collins resident – luxury eyewear and jewellery designer Sener Besim – is unveiling six 2.4-metre-high sculptural works across each of the precinct’s laneways.