Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

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Sat 9 - 11 March 2019
French Saloon and Kirk's Wine Bar
46 Harware Lane
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Get ready for a three-day, three-level Trans-Tasman takeover of the French Saloon and Kirk’s Wine Bar precinct on the corner of Hardware Lane and Little Bourke Street celebrating the vinous and gastronomic wonders of Australia’s “little bro” across the ditch.

Whether you’re a fan of feasting or a masterclass junkie, there's something for everyone at the Made in New Zealand hub, offering some of the best value events of the festival.


Our Heart, Land and Sea at the French Saloon

Those in the know, know there’s so much more to New Zealand than our world-class Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Hosted by New Zealand Master of Wine Stephen Wong and with menus by acclaimed Melbourne Chef and French Saloon Owner Ian Curley, a theme of Heart, Land and Sea anchors the menu and matched wine, showcasing the rich offerings of New Zealand’s food and wine scene, exploring the impact of place and culture.

Choose from a Saturday dinner or Sunday lunch session, each with a different line up of wines and kiwi inspired menu. From $95pp.

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Riesling and Raw Bar

What’s the perfect match for a Raw Bar?

Riesling of course!

Discover the diversity and versatility of the wine known as the ‘King of Grapes’ with kiwi-inspired Ora King Salmon snacks matched to a flight of four stunning examples of New Zealand Riesling from around the country.

Saturday March 9th, 1-5pm
Kirk’s Wine Bar (ground level)

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Shiraz (Syrah!) and Lamb Snacks

There’s a world of difference between an Aussie Shiraz and the complex and elegant cool-climate style known as Syrah.

Discover the aromatic and food friendliness of New Zealand Syrah with four examples from Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough matched to Te Mana Lamb snacks.

Sunday March 10th, 1-5pm
Kirk’s Wine Bar (ground level)

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What lies beneath Cellar Sessions

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: What if everything you thought you knew was wrong?

Explore the classics, new wave and boundary pushing examples of New Zealand’s flagship grape, Sauvignon Blanc.

Discover beyond and within the Marlborough region, how Sauvignon Blanc can age, the impact of sensitive oak and quality skin contact examples.

This is one for the Blanc lovers.

Monday March 11th, 12-2pm
Kirk’s Underground Cellar (enter via Kirk's Pub, Little Bourke Street)

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The Sommelier Selection

New Zealand Master of Wine Stephen Wong cut his teeth in the dining rooms of some of Wellington’s top venues, so he knows a thing or two about creating a great wine list.

In this session, gain insight into the role of a professional sommelier and understand why the hidden gems we’ve selected are made for a premium wine list.

Monday March 11th, 3-5pm
Kirk’s Underground Cellar (enter via Kirk's Pub, Little Bourke Street)

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