November 25, 2016


To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the world-renowned Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the best of regional Victoria will be showcased at 25 World’s Longest Lunch events right around the state.

Local MPs Geoff Howard and Sharon Knight  joined Laneway – chef Peter Ford, Mitchell Harris Wines owner John Harris, and Athletic Club brewery owner Peter Parry to hear about the local produce and wines that will be showcased when Ballarat hosts the World’s Longest Lunch.

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the Andrews Labor Government has partnered with the event organisers to host the 25 World’s Longest Lunch events.

Some 5,000 food and wine connoisseurs are expected to sample some of Victoria’s top produce at 25 lunches hosted simultaneously around the state on 31 March 2017.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an internationally acclaimed celebration that shines a global light on Victoria’s world-class regional restaurants, food bowls and award winning wineries.  Through collaboration with local businesses, 30% of events on offer as part of the Festival program are located in regional Victoria.

Next year, Melbourne will join London and New York as the only cities in the world to host the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants. First published in 2002, the awards have become one of the most coveted lists of the finest restaurants.

The Labor Government has added $80 million to its major events war chest, and we’ve established a $20 million Regional Events Fund to help regional and rural Victoria attract the events that bring visitors in their thousands.

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A full list of World’s Longest Lunch locations can be found on the next page.

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“Regional Victoria will feature at this year’s festival like never before, and that’s great news for local producers, growers and the businesses that will benefit from visitors experiencing the best that Ballarat has on offer.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“Events like these aren’t just a great day out, they’re an ideal opportunity to showcase Ballarat’s culinary strengths. More visitors to our bars and restaurants means more local jobs – and that changes people’s lives for the better.”