Taste of Melbourne is just around the corner, ready to bring some of Australia's top chefs to Yarra Park. Taste Festival Australia director Kristy Austin is right across the program of masterclasses, tastings, workshops and pop-ups, and has shared with us the top five experiences happening at this year's foodie festival.
1. Get inspired at Taste's Creative CoLab
To celebrate Melbourne's arts and culture scene this year Taste has commissioned artists and designers to collaborate with top chefs to create one-off dishes and take-home mementoes.
2. Learn the art of distilling
This hands-on class will let you learn all about gin, not only by drinking it but also by blending your very own gin, all with the help of Sydney-based boutique distillery, Archie Rose.
3. See how a world-class chef works
Electrolux Chefs’ Secrets will see Australia's culinary heroes hit the stage for a series of intimate masterclasses. Learn from the likes of Nel's Nelly Robinson; Scott Pickett from Estelle by Scott Pickett (ESP); Reuben Davis executive chef of the Press Club and more. Each class will teach you how to cook one of the chefs' signature dishes, and after you'll get to taste and share the results with a glass of matched wine.
4. Join in an important conversation
R U OK?’s Conversation Bites will see chefs Dan Hunter, Raymond Capaldi, Sam Pinzone and Geoff Lindsay create one-off dishes for the festival, before sharing them and opening up a dialogue around mental health.
5. Shop locally made goods at the marketplace
Artisan makers and local producers will gather together to offer up snacks, handmade treats and homewares to the masses. Plus, you can learn more about local makers and pick up a special Christmas gift.