As we prepare ourselves for the festive season’s full roster of parties, lunches, dinners and drinks, remember to save a little room for the new year.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival kicks off in February and Tourism Victoria are luring us Sydneysiders with an exclusive pre-sale code to some of the festival highlights, including the opening night party and classes with some of Melbourne’s greatest chefs.

For the next 48 hours, use the code ‘FOODFEST’ to snap up tickets to the following events:

Festival Opening Party
Kick off the 2015 festivities with music, moonshine and lip-smacking food from the South cooked low and slow.

The rollicking bash features an authentic downhome pit-cooked barbecue by the legendary pit master Rodney Scott from South Carolina’s Scott’s Bar-B-Que in collaboration with one of Melbourne’s top chefs.

WHEN: Friday February 27, 7pm
WHERE: Belle’s Hot Chicken
COST: $95 plus booking fee

Book here

Return to Terroir
Inspired by traditional techniques and the natural temperaments of the soil, Return to Terroir is a tasting session of over 40 biodynamic wines with a coalition of wine-makers devoted to coaxing authentic flavours from their unique ‘terroirs’ — the natural factors that create the distinctive tastes of each vineyard.

WHEN: Saturday February 28 & Sunday March 1, 12pm-6pm
WHERE: Melbourne Town Hall
COST: $65 plus booking fee, incl. Riedel tasting glass and tasting notes

Book the Saturday session here

Book the Sunday session here

Quite the Pickle
Discover the ins and outs of the pickling process with Kong BBQ and Chin Chin head chef Benjamin Cooper. After spending more than a year perfecting Kong’s kimchi recipe, Cooper takes you through the techniques of everyday fermentation and the secrets to fiery Korean fare.

WHEN: Saturday March 7, 11:30am-12:30pm
WHERE: The Langham, Melbourne
COST: $50

Book here

Perfecting Your Pizza
There’s more to a margherita than meets the eye. Johnny Di Francesco, creator of the world’s best margherita pizza and head chef of Gradi takes you through the essentials needed to create the perfect pizza.

WHEN: Sunday March 8, 2pm - 3pm
WHERE: The Langham, Melbourne
COST: $50

Book here

You’ll need to hurry, pre-sale tickets are available from 9.00am on Wednesday 19th November 2014 until 8:30pm on Thursday 20 November

Book using the code: FOODFEST

You can find the full festival program at