The City of Melbourne, the Victorian Government and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) have announced an open-air New Year’s Eve celebration “unlike anything Melbourne has seen before”.
Inspired by the festive scenes you see in Europe’s piazzas and squares, the New Year Street Feasts will have more than 50 bars and eateries involved, with dining tables set up outside the venues at 11 dining hubs that spread from the Paris end of Little Collins Street to Hardware Lane and beyond, and in the surrounding lanes and streets.
Go all-out – and then some – at an eight-course, $1000-a-head feast at Cecconi’s inspired by Venice’s masquerade balls; you’ll be lavished with caviar, lobster, white truffles, marron, Wagyu and more – plus matched wine. Or keep it classic at Pellegrini’s with antipasti, lasagne, tiramisu, vino and coffee (naturally) for $85 a head. Over at Supernormal, the team will be doing suckling pig bo ssam, while Bar Margaux is matching cocktails and French bistro classics on Lonsdale Street and Cumulus Inc is serving 10 courses on Spring Street.
Another option, at Victor Liong’s Lee Ho Fook, will have you in and out in half an hour – making it the perfect pre- or post-dinner stop-off. Expect Liong’s signature crisp eggplant with champagne or Tsingtao longnecks.
The parties are in response to social-distancing rules, which mean the city is unable to stage its annual December 31 fireworks celebration. The New Year Street Feasts will instead allow venues to set up additional dining space so punters can book a table with a group of friends, and venues can bump up their patronage. Music and other entertainment will complement the outdoor-dining program.
All bookings for restaurants taking part in New Year Street Feasts open at 10am on Monday November 23, with limited seats available.
Broadsheet is a proud media partner of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.