A lunch like no other – putting Victoria on the global menu as a food and wine destination

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Forget the sandwich ‘al desko’. This was a weekday lunch to remember.

On Friday 16 March, the World’s Longest Lunch – held annually in Melbourne since 1992 and now attracting some 1700 guests – marked the start of the globally-recognised Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF), an iconic event supported by Visit Victoria.

Melbourne holds the naming rights for the World’s Longest Lunch and this year, for the first time, it was held out of the city on Footscray’s riverfront.

With a multicultural theme embracing Italian, Indian, Vietnamese and Cambodian flavours, the menu was created by three of Melbourne’s hottest chefs: Adam D’Sylva, Kay-Lene Tan (both Tonka and Coda) and Jerry Mai (Annam, Pho Nom).

And to drink? Wines sourced from Tahbilk, a fifth-generation family-owned winery established in 1860 in Nagambie on the Goulburn River, did the job very nicely.

Regional Victoria also delivered, with 20 simultaneous World’s Longest Lunches held across the state, from as far afield as Port Fairy, Newlyn and Echuca.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) runs until 25 March.