There’s no doubt about it, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is big this year. So big, in fact, it will be sprawling its way across the city from laneway and rooftop, to City Square and beyond into the valleys and glens of regional Victoria. And with all the dinners, films and demonstrations on offer you’d be forgiven for not knowing where to start. We were astounded by the variety and breadth of what’s on.

But looking over the very tasty program we began to notice some interesting themes popping up here and there, so we’ve picked a few that we think cover exciting ground and hope that they make finding your way a little less overwhelming. Click on the images below to explore our picks for each theme.

This is all just to get you started. We’ve barely even scratched the surface of what’s on offer this year. For the full list of mouthwatering events head to the festival’s online guide: www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au.

Don’t forget that some events need bookings, even if they’re free.