Your essential guide to Melbourne Food & Wine Festival on the Mornington Peninsula

Anybody hungry? The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival launches on Friday, March 8, and is set to shine a spotlight on the Mornington Peninsula’s renowned restaurants, produce, wine and culture. With a dozen events scheduled across the region, there’s something for every kind of foodie.


The Mornington Express Wine & Dine Train, Saturday, March 16

Combining good food with the romance of train travel, the Mornington Express Wine & Dine Train proves the journey can be just as fun as the destination. While a K163 steam locomotive travels the Mornington Branch Line from Moorooduc to Mornington, those on board will be serenaded by roving musicians and served bento boxes.

Meals are being prepared by sustainable eating advocates, 100 Mile Foodie, founded by part-time local Marlene Hoff. She describes being able to find so much fresh, ethically farmed produce grown right here on our doorstep, as “a privilege”.

My business, 100 Mile Foodie, sources almost 100 per cent local produce for events, catering, cooking school and our gourmet preserve range, all from our incredible food bowl on the Mornington Peninsula,” Marlene says.

Vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, lactose intolerant and nut-allergic diners are catered for at this event, too.

Regional World’s Longest Lunch, Friday, March 15

On Friday, March 15, regions all over Victoria will host leisurely lunches as part of the Regional World’s Longest Lunch program. The Peninsula has three events to choose from: one at The Baths Restaurant on Sorrento’s front beach, a garden party in Langwarrin South presented by garden designer and artist Colin Hyett, and a vineyard feast at Montalto Estate in Red Hill South.

Each will have its own distinct flavour. Sorrento’s event will match four courses with wines from local wineries Foxey’s Hangout and Quealy, and all proceeds will be donated to local charities. Tucked away in a lush setting on a hidden property, the Langwarrin South lunch also includes an art exhibit. And in Red Hill South, Montalto chef Gerald Phelan is working alongside Jackalope Hotel’s executive chef Guy Stanaway for a collaborative cook-off.

Taste of the Peninsula, Saturday, March 16

Described as “a degustation portrait of the Mornington Peninsula”, Taste of the Peninsula will feature edible depictions of some of the region’s most iconic locations and features. The five-course dinner takes place at Red Hill South’s acclaimed Paringa Estate, with each plate matched to a wine grown and made on site.

Estate owner and winemaker Lindsay McCall, a former geography teacher who bought the orchard 35 years ago in 1984, will present the event.

“The Paringa chefs are big believers in sourcing locally and foraging for many of the ingredients on our menu,” he explains. “Local growers Benton Rise, L’Herbier and ‘retired couple Harry and Mary’ deliver fresh produce that inspires our beautiful, vibrant dishes.”

Meet the Producers lunch, Sunday, March 17

Be seated at a long, shared table and rub shoulders with local growers and chefs at Meet the Producers Lunch. The meal will include a selection of entrees, mains and desserts, as well as a little education on how produce is grown and the ways to best prepare it.

Taking place amidst the vines of Lindenderry winery, food will be served with wines from the venue’s cellar door and beer from Fingal’s St Andrews Brewery.

A Spirited Peninsula, Sunday, March 17

Wine might be what our region is famous for, but the Peninsula is also home to a thriving craft spirit community. At ‘A Spirited Peninsula’, hosted by Dromana distillery JimmyRum, representatives from seven local distilleries will share their whiskies, rums and gins, plus a few insider secrets.

“Mornington Peninsula’s craft distilling scene is growing rapidly and we at JimmyRum love to promote local wherever we can,” says founder and head distiller James McPherson. “So, we have put together a tasting event… to showcase the amazing spirits the local craft distillers have to offer.”

There will be two separate sessions, both served up with cocktails, live music and food trucks.

For details and prices, plus more events happening along the Peninsula, visit



*Images supplied by Melbourne Food & Wine festival


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