The World’s Longest Lunch, Melbourne

March 5, 2012

The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival kicked off last Thursday with a huge program of events.  I launched into my first event at the IGA World’s Longest Lunch.  We nervously watched the weather forecast leading up to the event, but Melbourne turned on the charm and we enjoyed lunch in bright sunshine.  Perched along the Yarra River, we joined fellow guests at white-clothed tables which stretched for 500m along the tree-lined riverbank.  We were treated to a three-course seasonal feast designed by hatted regional stars George Biron (Sunnybrae), Patrizia Simone (Simone’s) and Annie Smithers (Annie Smithers’ Bistrot) and brought to life by Peter Rowland Catering. Wine was matched with each course and hand-picked from one of Victoria’s finest vineyards, Yering Station.

Here a some happy snaps from the day.

Image: The tables were set for the 1200 guests who were about to arrive. The decor was styled by Melbourne event company, Gorgeous.  They provided rustic table centrepieces such as herb pots & jugs and baskets of fresh eggs.

Image: The Yarrabank sparkling rose was the perfect welcome drink.

Image: The tables set alongside the Yarra River with the cityscape in the background.

Image:  Main course: Free range turkey thighs, tomatoes and tomatillos served with a salad of avocado and succulents.

Image: The catering staff were exceptional – very attentive and personable.  The San Pellingrino boys kept us hydrated throughout the afternoon 😉

Image: We finished off the lunch with a beautiful Rhubarb Vacherin (rhubarb, meringue rings and cream).

I sat next to Annie, who ran this particular event for six years.  She recommended attending one of the World’s Longest Lunches that are held in regional Victoria.  At this year’s festival there were 29 other “…Longest Lunches” being held simultaneously all over Victoria. So that’s exactly what I intend to do next year.  Annie mentioned a particular lunch that was being held on an unused railway bridge in the middle of nowhere.  Now that sounds like an experience to me!

Have you attended an Melbourne Food & Wine event yet?  I’d love to hear all about it. You can find out more details on events at the MFWF website.

Thanks for dropping by,


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  • Reply Libby March 7, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    I would have loved to go to this lunch but sadly, work wouldn’t let me take the day off to attend :(

    Maybe next year! :)

    • Reply Madame B March 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Hi Libby, I’m sorry I missed your comment. I can definitely recommend the lunch. It’s a unique Melbourne dining experience. I’m on for next year too, but I’m thinking a regional longest lunch this time.

      Take care,
      Madame Bonbon

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