29th September – 5th October 2014

Monday 29th September

  • Chefs at the Cow with Daniel Vargetto from Mr Bianco (157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) – Each month Milk The Cow invite one of Melbourne’s best chefs in, to roam free in their five-metre long cheese cabinet and create a four course cheese-inspired menu with matched wines and beverages. This month, they are joined by Joseph Vargetto from Mr Bianco who will cook in his signature Sicilian style with an amazing array of cheeses. Dinner is $120 a head and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 30th September

  • Dine the Spanish Regions at The Robert Burns Hotel (376 Smith St, Collingwood) – The next Robert Burns Dine the Spanish Regions dinner features Asturias. The evening includes four courses of traditional dishes from Asturias, all paired with regional wine. Guests will leave with a new found knowledge of the unique culture of Asturias. What better way to escape a winter’s night in the southern hemisphere, than taking your tastebuds on a journey to this spectacular part of Spain. Dinner is $79 a head ($69 or members). To book, call 9417 2233.
  • A Dinner with Mikko at Merchant Osteria Veneta (495 Collins St, Melbourne) – Michael Lindell is one of Melbourne’s iconic architects and illustrators. His first published work was of Harold Mac Millan in the “Junior Age” in 1955. He has since drawn “many times and often” as “Mikko”, the Finnish equivalent of Michael. This dinner draws together food and art. two of Melbourne’s richest industries. Join Mikko and the team at Merchant for a wonderful evening of culture and entertainment. Dinner is $145 per head with 4 courses, canapes on arrival and matched wines. to book, call 9614 7688.
  • Portuguese Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – When most people think of Portugal and wine they immediately think of the fortified wines of the Douro Valley and Porto called Port, whilst this is one of the great wines of the world Portugal has so much more to offer. Whilst the rest of the world was planting French varietals Portugal stuck to their guns and planted it’s own indigenous grape varietals that you might not heard of. With their flagship red grape of Touriga Nacional and some spanish favourites like Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) that thrive in this atlantic influenced country. Learn you Dao from your Douro and discover some of the best upcoming white wines in the world from Vinho Verde. If that hasn’t wet your appetite then come and enjoy one the most underrated great aged wines of the world; Madeira. Tickets are $35 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • Biodynamic Wines at Estelle (243 High St, Northcote) – Biodynamics is fast becoming a popular method of grape production. Revered by many and maligned by just as many, Estelle will be showcasing a selection of 100% biodynamic wines from around the world that have a strong sense of terroir. Practitioners of biodynamics claim it is the only way forward, see if you agree. Not only will they be explaining the history of biodynamics, they will also be serving organic and biodynamic food on the evening. Dinner is $180 a week for 6 course plus wine. Email enquiries@estellebarkitchen.com.au to book your spot.

Wednesday 1st October

  • Oktoberfest at Foresters Hall (64 Smith St, Collingwood) – They’re celebrating Oktoberfest a little differently at Forester’s Hall with an 8/32 germanic tap takeover with 4 German style beers brewed in Germany and 4 German style beers, brewed by Australian breweries. Add to that, an informative session hosted by their resident beer aficionado, Damian Lyons. Featuring free sampling + the History of Oktoberfest & the famous German beer purity law. Festivities will kick off at 7pm and go early into the morning (2AM). Spread the word!

Thursday 2nd October

  • Festival of the Frothy III at The Common Man (39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) –  Three years on from taking over the Fed Square Atrium, Australia’s greatest ever beer trivia championship is back! The Crafty Pint and Funky Bunch Trivia have united once more for an evening of hilarity, craft beer, great food, beery prizes and more. Festival of the Frothy III is being run in conjunction with The Common Man, who have invited the beer crew into their pop-up marquee on the banks of the Yarra. Grab your mates, form a team (or come along and we’ll find one for you) and they’ll see you there! Tickets are $55 a head which includes a welcome drink, all food and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online here.
  • Taittinger and Mount Pleasant Wine Dinner at No. 35 at The Sofital (25 Collins St, Melbourne) – Celebrate the luxury house of Taittinger along with one of Australians most acclaimed wineries, Mount Pleasant at an exclusive dinner at No. 35  at The Sofital. Established in 1921, Mount Pleasant was recently awarded best Australian Shiraz in James Hallidays 2015 Wine Companion. Renowned 6th Generation wine maker, Scott McWilliam will join No. 35 head chef Martin Horsley to bring you 5 courses matched with 5 wines. Dinner is $120 a head, to book call 9653 7744.

Friday 3rd October

  • Oktoberfest at The European Bier Cafe (120 Exhibition St, Melbourne) –  Oktoberfest is one of The European Bier Cafe’s biggest events of the year, and 2014 will be no different! The pub will once again raise its glasses and Steins to celebrate the traditional German festival Oktoberfest, with drinking, eating, entertainment dancing, Oompah bands plus there’ll be plenty of celebrations, including specials on Bavarian biers and cuisine across the week. The Euro, as it’s affectionately known to regulars, specialises in European and boutique biers with over 50 varieties, including 20 on tap, which makes it the best venue to celebrate the world’s biggest beer festival in Melbourne. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Duck and Pinot Night at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – If there is a better wine and food match than Duck and Pinot Noir, we don’t know what it is, and there will be no better place to explore & wax lyrical on the intricacies of this exquisite combination than the Botanical for a long Friday lunch. The wine maker’s from three fabulous, award winning wineries. Two Paddocks (Central Otago), Tarrawarra (Yarra Valley) &Fromm (Marlborough) will present wines from their Estate Range to sublime single vineyard and Reserve wines at this exclusive event. Head Chef Lionel Abello & his team at the Botanical have created a four course menu especially to highlight the wonderful array of flavours from our favourite culinary water bird. So, with three special guests, 9 superb wines & 4 exquisite courses all you need to do is cancel any other plans, refuse any afternoon appointments, round up a few mates and book now before it is too late! Lunch is $99 a head and you can book online here.

Saturday 4th October

  • 2014 Heathcote Wine & Food Festival (Heathcote Showgrounds, Chauncey Street Heathcote) – Heathcote Wine & Food Festival –  Shiraz Heaven – showcases the wines of the Heathcote region featuring not only our signature variety Shiraz, but also several other varieties now coming to the fore – including Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier & Marsanne. Around 50 Heathcote wine producers will present their wines and there’s delicious food and regional produce from around 30 producers and vendors.  Tickets run from $35 – $100 per person, depending on package. You can book your ticket online here.
  • Cheese 101: Behind the Rind at Spring St Grocer (157 Spring St, Melbourne) – Welcome to a short workshop on ‘Behind the Rind’; a Cheese 101 course that is both fun and informative, aimed at revealing each main style of cheese and the story of their different rinds. You’ll also discuss common questions such as what are the best accompaniments for the cheeses I have chosen? What cheeses are suitable for pregnant women and I’m lactose intolerant, are there cheeses for me? The idea is to give you a better understanding of  what cheese styles you like and why you might like them, and to encourage you to experiment a bit when you’re planning your next dinner party, or you’re in need of dazzling the in-laws with a recipe that needs that perfect cheese. The class is $30 a head. you can book by emailing info@springstreetgrocer.com.au or by phone on  9654 6657.
  • Pinot Palooza (2 Acland St, St Kilda) –  Stop looking for a rocking Pinot Noir experience, you have come to the right place… Bottle Shop Concepts presents PINOT PALOOZA. Get hip deep in the finest Pinot Noirs produced in the southern hemisphere, crowd surf the mosh pit of the most enticing, enthralling, sexy, silky, suave and sophisticated grape variety on the planet; Pinot Noir. Pinot Palooza is wine that rocks. Taste the line-up of pinot producers, some of the best from Australia & New Zealand, soak up the music and cast your vote in the People’s Choice. Tickets are $60 a head and can be booked online here.

Sunday 5th October

  • 2014 Heathcote Wine & Food Festival (Heathcote Showgrounds, Chauncey Street Heathcote) – Heathcote Wine & Food Festival –  Shiraz Heaven – showcases the wines of the Heathcote region featuring not only our signature variety Shiraz, but also several other varieties now coming to the fore – including Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier & Marsanne. Around 50 Heathcote wine producers will present their wines and there’s delicious food and regional produce from around 30 producers and vendors.  Tickets run from $35 – $100 per person, depending on package. You can book your ticket online here.
  • Oktoberfest at The Cider House (386-388 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) – Oktoberfest at The Cider House kicks off with German bands, German food, 22 craft beer and ciders on tap, slap dancing comps and enough schnapps to snap your fingers at. Tickets for The Cider House Oktoberfest are $34 a head which gets you a main, dessert, a personal stein filled with the beer or cider of your choice. All refills are $10/$12. To book, call 9415 6142.
  • Wine Social at Left Bank  (Number 1, Southbank Blvd, Southbank) – Come watch Pete from Pikes Wine battle it out with Cam from Villa Maria in a fun filled day of canapés & plonk!  Join Left Bank in their Atrium for a Sunday afternoon of quaffing, tasting and national pride. The Left Bank chefs will be presenting an array of Australian and New Zealand comparisons to show just how similar and at the same time different we both are. Tickets for the afternoon are $50 a head and can be booked online here.

27th October – 2nd November 2014

Monday 27th October

  • Pol Roger Intimate Dinner at Vue De Monde (525 Collins St, Melbourne) – Black Events in association with Champagne Pol Roger & Langton’s Brokerage invite you to an intimate dinner hosted byPol Roger Managing Director Laurent D’Harcourt & International Champagne Writer of the Year, Tyson Stelzer. Ten Cuvées culminating in a mini vertical, including the launch of Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Cuvée 2002 alongside a vertical tasting of 1996, 1999 and 2000, intricately matched 7 courses by Vue de Monde. Tickets are $595 a head and you can fill in a ticket registration form here.

Tuesday 28th October

  • Wines of the USA at Estelle (243 High St, Northcote) – With all things American the hottest thing in town at the moment, Estelle thought they would let their curiousity run wild and exhibit the best of wine from ‘The Land of the Free’. On pour will be top quality Californian Chardonnays and Oregon Pinot Noir, as well as Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. They will also be opening some less seen East Coast wines. Dinner is $180 a head for 6 courses with matched wine. Email enquiries@estellebarkitchen.com.au to book your spot.

Wednesday 29th October

  • Champagne and Oysters at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – There’s no better match than Champagne and oysters, so come and learn a bit about bubbles and how well they match up against a couple of different oyster varieties. With 8 different lesser know and growers Champagnes to taste including some delicious vintage offerings, there’s no better way to enjoy this fabulous wine and get into the spirit of the spring racing festivities. *NB: If you don’t eat oysters they can happily replace with cheese. Tickets are $55 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Champagne Masterclass with Kate McIntyre at The Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) – Kate McIntyre, MW, has been accused of being a ‘Champagne apologist’ more than once, mostly by people who find most Champagnes boring and overpriced.   Kate finds charm and enjoyment in many different styles and quality levels of Champagne. In 1998 Kate was the inaugural winner of the Negociants Working with Wine Fellowship and in 2001 was the Professional winner of the CIVC Vin de Champagne Award.  In July 2003, Kate was inducted into the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne. Kate will share her knowledge and passion for the French fizz in a two hour Masterclass at the Prince Wine Store. The class is $60 a head and can be purchased online here.

Friday 31st October

  • Wine and Cheese Night at Cafe Vue at Heide (7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen) – This is a marriage made in heaven. Wine meets cheese in a showdown for the ages. For eons the two have gone hand-in-hand and lucky Café Vue at Heide patrons will get to experience all the splendour over three courses and a cheese buffet curated by Raphael Tuil from artisan fromagerie Cheese Culture.  Delectable wines will be matched to each course and will be sourced from local vino enthusiasts, Boccaccio Cellars in Balwyn. Dinner is $120 a head and you can book by calling 9852 2346.

Saturday 1st Novmber

  • “If it A’t Dutch…” At Merricote (81 High Street, Northcote ) – Merricote explores the Dutch heritage of chef Rob Kabboord with a playful twist on some classic and staple dishes from the Netherlands. Over six courses, learn all about Dutch ingredients. Before you know, you’ll be ‘gezellig’ in Northcote. Dinner is $95 a head, $155 with drnks. To book, call 9939 4762.
  • MoVida Solera at MoVida Aqui (Rear of 500 Bourke Street, Melbourne) – Celebrate the launch of MoVida Solera, the new book from hosts Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish, which recounts tales of their travels through Frank’s native Andalucia. Enjoy a five-course dinner specially crafted to showcase the many flavours of this food-rich region. Dinner is $120 a head including matched beverages. to book, call  9663 3038.
  • Surprise Long Saturday Lunch at Syracuse (23 Bank Place, Melbourne ) – Surprise! Syracuse is having lunch on Saturday. Bring family and friends to share in a six-course degustation featuring Victorian tuna, duck, oysters and lamb, all matched to premium wines. Finish with a local cheese platter and a chocolate dessert. Lunch s $105 per person with matched beverages included. to book, call 9670 1777.

Sunday 2nd November

  • The Fourth Emperor at Vue De Monde (Level 55 Rialto, 525 Collins Street, Melbourne ) – This will be a modernisation of the classic “Three Emperors Dinner” that Shannon Bennett orchestrated in 2002. They will be retaining its history but bringing it into 2014 and beyond with modern culinary techniques, ingredients and nous in the kitchen to provide 22 diners with a moment in time. There is still a nod to the 19th century cuisine but nouveau dishes the likes of wallaby skewers brushed with truffle and mountain pepper honey, parson’s nose caviar and crispy Salmon wings blast us into the future. Multiple degustations will be served with luxuriously matched wines with Executive Chef of Vue de monde, Cory Campbell and Wine Director, Rocco Esposito talking guests through the 21st century banquet philosophy. Dinner is $665 per person with matched wines included. To book, call  9691 3800.
  • Sunday Family Lunch at Little Collins Street Kitchen (Level 1, 27 Little Collins Street, Melbourne) – Start new family traditions with the Little Collins Street Kitchen spring offering. This farm-to-plate, Sunday family buffet lunch features a carving station with saltbush lamb shoulder from Vic’s Meat, accompanied by roasted fresh spring produce such as asparagus, young carrots and beetroot of all colours from Peninsula Organics. Gather for a delicious meal, and finish with an after-lunch beverage on the Terrace Bar. Lunch is $85 a head and can be booked by calling 9290 1056.

20th October – 26th October 2014

Monday 20th October

  • SIPNOT at Zinc (Federation Square, Melbourne) – 2014 marks the fifteenth year of the Stonier International Pinot Noir Tasting (SIPNOT). SIPNOT is a truly international event, conducted over the years in Melbourne, Sydney, London, and for the first time this year, in Hong Kong. We welcome the event back to Melbourne this October. Esteemed international wine identities James Halliday AM and Jeannie Cho Lee MW will lead our expert panel this year, with Stonier winemaker Mike Symons. Highly regarded wine writer and presenter, Jane Faulkner will facilitate the evening. Tickets are $150 a head and for books, email nicole.griggs@stonier.com.au or call 03 5989 8300.

Wednesday 22nd October

  • Time: The Evolution of Champagne with the Champagne Dame (405 Flinders Ln, Melbourne) – The Champagne Dame is launching a fabulous new masterclass. “Time” explores the critical elements in creating the world’s most luxurious and enigmatic wine; champagne. This unique experience looks at evolution of the champagne region, the evolution of families who live within the region and make champagne and of course the evolution of champagne within the deep, dark cellars of Champagne. Take your knowledge and appreciation of this incredible wine to a new level with wines from different generations, differing vintages and stories of champagne. Tickets are $159 a head and can be bought online here.

Thursday 23rd October

  • Tipple your Fancy- Singles Night at Tippler and Co (58 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) – They’ve paired beer, they’ve paired wines, now it’s time to pair you! Get yourself a single friend, purchase a joint ticket, come along and enjoy 6 courses with 6 other sets of singles. Tickets are $42 per person, Ladies sign up here, gents here.
  • A 5 producer Chateauneuf du Pape Lunch at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – The good people of Chateauneuf du Pape think so much of their unique terroir that in 1954 they passed a decree stating that ‘no flying saucers may fly over, take off from, or land on the vineyards of the region’. This lunch will be a unique opportunity to find out a little of why they think their vineyards are so special.Join, for what will be a fascinating & exciting lunch as we compare wines from the 2011 vintage of five of the best producers in the region, with some back vintage wines from a couple of the producers just for good measure.  The wines of La Barroche, Charvin, Pegau, Villeneuve& Mont Redon will provide an intriguing comparison of styles and a deeper insight into the beautiful wines of this revered region. Lunch is $100 a head and can be booked online here.

Friday 24th October

  • The Gala Dinner at Merchant Osteria Veneta (495 Collins St,Melbourne) – For salami connoisseurs the Gala Dinner at Merchant Osteria Veneta is the premier evening in the festa’s calendar, for very good reason. Setting the scene for the homemade competition, patron Guy Grossi has created and cured his very own Patron’s Truffle Salami for guests to experience on the night. This will be part of a three-course dinner prepared by Guy and his team that celebrates the pig and all its parts, exploring the inventive roots and traditions of Italian cooking and food culture from creating to preserving and sharing. Dinner is $160 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Oktoberfest at  The Village (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Unsure of where you will be celebrating Oktoberfest this year? Look no further… Oktoberfest is officially returning to The Village in the iconic Ormond Hall over two great nights! To celebrate the Oktoberfest festivities, Ormond Hall will be transformed into an authentic Bavarian Beer Hall. Be entertained by ‘Alpine Cocktail’ performing traditional Oktoberfest tunes along with all of your favourite hits and enjoy a range of Oktoberfest beers, wiith gourmet German sausages from the Mutter Krause Food Truck! Tickets for entry are $15 and include a free stein. Book online here.
  • Wine Dinner at ON15 (195 Swanston Street, Melbourne) – Just released – a four course menu artfully prepared by Executive Chef, Prem Rasineni on ON15 Restaurant, at The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure. Wine maker, Sarah Fagan from De Bortoli Wines will be co-hosting the event, matching the delicious food with a premium selection of wines. Fabulous door prizes will also be up for grabs on the night. Dinner is $85 a head, call 8662 1341 to book.

Saturday 25th October

  • Orient East Taps Out Spring Addition (348 St, Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Orient East”s Food and Beer Pairing event is back, showcasing a fresh range of awesome micro brews and cider for you to pass judgement on! Chef Damian Snell has done what he does best, and created a menu influenced by his Asian knowledge. As the beer flows, Chef’s morsels will keep you pondering, which pairing compliment best? They’ll be cruising into the afternoon sun with a choice from those crazy kids at Moon Dog, a snippet from the crowd at Thunder Road, a suggestion of a tail feather from Lucky Duck. Bridge Road is showing their pretty faces, as with the cool cats at Boatrocker. All in time to wet the whistle and settle in for our happiness hours once you have created your perfect beer and food match. Early bird tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.

Sunday 26th October

  • Sunbury Wine and Food Festival (207 Oaklands Rd, Greenvale) – Join the winemakers of the Sunbury wine region for a festival day of tasting and feasting at the Sunbury Wine and Food Festival. The jam packed festival features plenty of fabulous food, talented musicians and of course, the best local wines on offer. Sample the many varieties on hand, chat to the winemakers and enjoy the atmosphere. Enjoy the smooth tunes of Buddy England and the Vi-Queenz and the fabulous Lisa Edwards playing the festival stage.The Sunbury Wine and Food Festival is a family friendly event with plenty on offer for kids including face painting, jumping castles and plenty more. Tickets to the festival are $20 online or $25 at the gate. You can book your online tickets here.

13th October – 19th October 2014

Monday 13th October

  • IDES at Persillade (150 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) – Join us for our next dinner at Persillade, East Melbourne for 6 course menu + some extra bits and pieces. They will be cooking with New Zealand Scampi, Sugar Snap Peas, maybe Globe Artichokes (depending on how many chefs they have) Bright Light carrots and bringing back the short rib cooked at 70c for 24 hours with roster celery vinaigrette from the last dinner. They will serve a cheese from europe and a dessert using the last of the grapefruit on their tree. Dinner is $100 a head. matched wines for an additional $50 a head. Email eat@idesmelbourne.com.au to book your spot.

Tuesday 14th October

  • Champagne Dames and Tramcars: A Masterclass (Normanby Rd and Clarendon St, South Melbourne) – Seated in the plush period surroundings of the Colonial Tramcar you will take in Melbourne’s shimmering evening sights, whilst your palate will be taken on a journey into the world of Champagne, its glorious history, famed figures and etiquette nuances. The Champagne Dame, Kyla Kirkpatrick, has drawn on her knowledge and passion of champagne and food pairing to present a wonderful Champagne Master Class. The class will pair five carefully selected Champagnes with a special menu created by the Tramcar Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Stephen Shadbolt. Dinner and Masterclass are $249 per head and can be booked online here.
  • When Beer Meets Cheese at Spring Street Grocer (157 Spring St, Melbourne,) – The exciting worlds of craft beer and artisan cheese meet for an informative and fun tasting event, with six styles of cheese expertly matched with craft beers. This is the ideal event for cheese enthusiasts who want to learn more about the world of craft beer and for beer lovers to discover the endless possibilities of matching cheese with their favourite heavily hopped IPA or tangy and lemony pilsner. Join cheesemonger Anthony Femia and Adam Cotterell of the City Wine Shop as they take you on a journey through the world of fermentation that is sure to be as enjoyable as it is educational. For bookins, call 9654 6657.
  • Bass Philip and the Wisdom of Wine at Jorg (203 St Georges Rd, North Fitztroy) – Phillip Jones and Phill Meyer will lead a special Master Class matching some of Australia’s best wines with some of the best from Burgundy. Founder of Bass Phillip, Phillip Jones is best known for the wonderful Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that he produces at his Leongatha vineyards. Phill Meyer is a highly regarded wine educator and author with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Burgundy. The wines will be presented in pairs and you will be guided during the tasting. The dinner is $145 a head and can be booked online here.

Wednesday 15th October

  • Champagne Dames and Tramcars: A Masterclass (Normanby Rd and Clarendon St, South Melbourne) – Seated in the plush period surroundings of the Colonial Tramcar you will take in Melbourne’s shimmering evening sights, whilst your palate will be taken on a journey into the world of Champagne, its glorious history, famed figures and etiquette nuances. The Champagne Dame, Kyla Kirkpatrick, has drawn on her knowledge and passion of champagne and food pairing to present a wonderful Champagne Master Class. The class will pair five carefully selected Champagnes with a special menu created by the Tramcar Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Stephen Shadbolt. Dinner and Masterclass are $249 per head and can be booked online here.
  • Sparkling Wines of the world Masterclass at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – When it comes to bubbles everyone knows the prestige of Champagne but around the world there’s some great alternative sparkling wines being made. From Burgundy’s Cremant de Bourgogne and Spanish Cava to Italy’s Prosecco and of course delicious home grown Aussie drops, there’s lots to enjoy. These wines also provide great value for money as they don’t demand the same prices as the famous Champagne region, meaning they’re perfect for taking along to the Melbourne Cup or enjoying with friends if you’re hosting a part. Join The Tasting Table for an evening exploring the sparkling wines of the world, there’ll be 8 wines to taste all matched to delicious shared cheese and charcuterie boards. Tickets are $25 a head and can be purchased here.
  • A Dinner with Rob Frewer from Jones Road Winery at Dee Casa (139 City Rd, Southbank) – Join Nelson Wines for a night of great Mornington Peninsula wines and matching dishes prepared by the chef at Dee Casa – a social and delicious evening hosted by Rob Frewer of Jones Road. Dinner si $120 a head and can be booked by calling 8648 4571.

Thursday 16th October

  • Aperi-Cena at Arteveneta with D.O.C and The Salami Festival (37 Thompson Pl, Prahran) – In Italian, ‘Aperitivo’ quite literally means to open, so there’s no better way to officially open the Melbourne Salami Festa than with aperitivo and salami. D.O.C is proud to host and present this special event at Arteveneta, which will celebrate the time honored tradition that is the ‘Italian Aperitivo’, D.O.C style. This Italian gastronomic tour comprising D.O.C’s hero offerings includes its award winning pizza with a new recipe especially crafted for the Melbourne Salami Festa. Salami will of course be the hero of the evening but it’s about mingling, rejoicing and celebrating the start of the festa, while enjoying some delicious food in a way only D.O.C can do. The Arteveneta venue is unique, sexy, hidden, very Melbourne and open for one night only to host this inaugural event. Tickets are $20 a head and you can buy them online here.
  • Champagne and Oysters at The Sofitel (35 Collins St, Melbourne) –  Celebrate Sofitel Wine Days with an evening of Champagne & Oysters in Sofi’s Lounge. This stylish event will showcase Champagne labels including: Taittinger, Bollinger, Laurent Perrier, Billecart Salmon, Ayala, Perrier Jouet, & Louis Roederer. Indulge in a range of delectable oysters with a selection of fresh seafood prepared by their outstanding Chefs. Places are $95 a head. For bookings call 9653 7744.

Friday 17th October

  • Oktoberfest at The European Bier Cafe (120 Exhibition St, Melbourne) –  Oktoberfest is one of The European Bier Cafe’s biggest events of the year, and 2014 will be no different! The pub will once again raise its glasses and Steins to celebrate the traditional German festival Oktoberfest, with drinking, eating, entertainment dancing, Oompah bands plus there’ll be plenty of celebrations, including specials on Bavarian biers and cuisine across the week. The Euro, as it’s affectionately known to regulars, specialises in European and boutique biers with over 50 varieties, including 20 on tap, which makes it the best venue to celebrate the world’s biggest beer festival in Melbourne. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Wine Communicators Lunch at Zinc (Federation Square, Melbourne) – The Wine Communicators lunch marks a rare occasion for the local wine industry to come together and share ideas, plus this year, guests will enjoy an entertaining, fun and challenging feature debate. A panel of wine professionals and commentators will shine the spotlight on some of the industry’s most controversial issues. Guests will enjoy a convivial three course lunch with matching trophy and gold medal wines. Lunch guests will also receive entry to the exhibitor tasting, to be held at Flemington Showgrounds that morning (from 8am). A complimentary bus service will run from the showgrounds to Federations Square (departing showgrounds at 11.30am sharp – please email trish on wca@winecommunicators.com.au to reserve your place on the bus). Tickets are $199 or $165 for members. You can book online here.

Saturday 18th October

  • Introduction to Affinage at The Spring St Grocer (157 Spring Street, Melbourne) – Affinage (pron. aff-in-ahj). It takes in a lot of small details – roughly, it’s the sum of many parts that the cheesemonger (or affineur) contributes out of respect for the toils of the farmer and the cheesemaker that have created the cheese before them. Cheese gains different textures, aromas and layers of flavour if it’s cared for properly and kept in appropriate conditions. Spring St Grocer have the luxury of specific rooms for storing their cheeses, that are kept at different temperature and humidity levels that are optimum for encouraging those changes in particular cheese styles. This allows us to release cheeses for sale only when they have gained this additional complexity. This course showcases four cheeses at their young age before they enter the caves and then at their ideal character. It’s a fascinating experience that will really open your eyes to the full potential of each cheese showcased here at the Spring Street Cheese Cellar. Classes are $30 a head and can be booked by email on info@springstreetgrocer.com.au or by phone on 9639 0335.
  • Bendigo Oktoberfest (646 McIvor Hwy, Bendigo) – Bendigo Beer is at it again! This time teaming up with Bendigo Harness Racing Club to host Bendigo Oktoberfest 2014. This year they’ll have more beer, more food and more fun! In the style of the traditional Oktoberfest, brewers will be pouring marzen, wiessenbock, pils and Vienna lager to name just a few, we’ll be wearing Lederhosen & Dirndl, eating pretzels, currywurst & bratwurst, listening to all the best live music and having an all-round good time! Festivities also include Miss & Mr Bavaria competition. Tickets are $35 for 1 Litre or $25 for 500ml which includes the first fill and the stein is yours to keep. You can buy tickets online here.
  • Oktoberfest at  The Village (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Unsure of where you will be celebrating Oktoberfest this year? Look no further… Oktoberfest is officially returning to The Village in the iconic Ormond Hall over two great nights! To celebrate the Oktoberfest festivities, Ormond Hall will be transformed into an authentic Bavarian Beer Hall. Be entertained by ‘Alpine Cocktail’ performing traditional Oktoberfest tunes along with all of your favourite hits and enjoy a range of Oktoberfest beers, wiith gourmet German sausages from the Mutter Krause Food Truck! Tickets for entry are $15 and include a free stein. Book online here.
  • Oktoberfest at The Portsea Pub (3746 Point Neapean Rd, Portsea) – This spring, Portsea Pub are happy to announce their very first Oktoberfest. They are sparing no expense to make you feel as if you are in Munich, Bavaria. They’re building a Bier Hall and setting up rows of picnic chairs, while bier maidens walk around with Beers, Bratwursts and Pretzels,accompanied by an array of musical talent and some fun games to win some prizes! There are 2 ticket types, a %10 ticket that includes access and entertainment or a $50 ticket with return bus transfer from Frankston/Mornington/Rye, a 1L stein, an Oktoberfest hat, a bratwurst, access and entertainment. To bool, call  

Sunday 19th October

  • Bindi Wine Lunch at The Bendigo Dispensary Enoteca (9 Chancery Lane, Bendigo) – Arguably Victoria’s finest Pinot Noir & Chardonnay producer, Bindi Wines, will feature their latest releases and rare museum wines over a 4 course degustation dinner. Hosted by the affable Michael Dhillon. Lunch is $200 a head and can be booked by calling 03 54445885.
  • Harvest ‘n’ Graze at Rippon Lea (192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick) –  One of Australia’s finest food, music and wine festivals, Harvest ‘n’ Graze is back for their fourth event at the picturesque Rippon Lea Estate. Bringing with them a massive line-up of Australian musical royalty to grace the stage the line-up will include the Black Sorrows, Ross Wilson, Diesel (solo & acoustic) & Jason Singh (Taxiride). Gourmet produce will be aplenty with up to 30 stalls of the State’s best regional fare, artisan delicacies and a vast assortment of ready-to-eat delights. Harvest ‘n’ Graze is a family friendly festival where the music plays all day, stallholders are handpicked, Fisher & Paykel host the fabulous cooking demos, free kids amusements, face painting and family activities all day long. Come laze, graze, sip, taste, and treat yourself to this season’s finest bounty. Bring the family, bring a picnic rug and bring your harvest cheer. Bon appétit! Tickets are $49.90 online or $55 at the gate. Book your online tickets here.
  • Pommery Champagne “Chef de Cave’ Brunch at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra ) – Champagne Pommery ar4 celebrating 140 years of Brut Champagne under the rein of Madame Pommery. In 1874, this Champagne House created the first vintage ‘brut’ in the history of Champagne. To celebrate, Champagne Pommery is delighted to announce their ninth generation Chef de Cave, Thierry Gasco, will be visiting Australia for the very first time. During this exclusive Champagne brunch at the Botanical, a range of Pommery Champagnes, including Pommery Brut Silver NV (en magnum), Brut Rose NV, Summertime Blanc de Blancs NV, Grand Cru 2004 & the spectacular Pommery Cuvée Louise 1999 will be presented personally by the Chef the Cave over a delicious brunch, guaranteeing an exquisite tasting experience in the private Chef’s Table Room. Brunch is $95 a head and can be booked online here.

6th October – 12th October 2014

Monday 6th October 

  • Micro Mondays at The Public Bar (238 Victoria Street, North Melbourne) –  Now and then on a Monday night, The Public Bar going to bring in a micro brewery, give them one of their taps to plug in something seasonal and have them school you in the art of making, drinking and loving beer! After a SELL OUT first Micro Mondays The Public Bar are very pleased to announce Cavalier Brewing are coming in to have some fun. Tickets are $16 a head and you can book online here.
  • Jim McEwan is coming to Eau de Vie Melbourne! (1 Malthouse Lane, Melbourne) – Consummate storyteller and celebrated master distiller, Jim McEwan, will be joining us at Eau de Vie Melbourne.  The man behind Bruichladdich will be sharing some drams and spinning a few tales on his 50 years in the industry from 7pm, with nibbles to be served after.  A refreshing Botanist Gin & Tonic will be served on arrival. Class is $50 a head, email melbourne@eaudevie.com to book you place.

Tuesday 7th October

  • Provenance Comes to The  Middle Park Hotel (102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park) –  Michael Ryan from Provenance joins Stephen Burke and Andrew Beddoes for a dinner showcasing food and quality regional produce from Beechworth. Parallel to Middle Park Hotel’s own food philosophy, Provenance Restaurant features the finest regional produce on its seasonally aware menu. The result from both kitchens is bold and robust fare, emphasising the finest and freshest Victorian flavours. Wines from the surrounding foothills will be carefully matched by acclaimed winemakers, Sorrenberg. Dinner is $130 a head and can be booked by calling 9690 1958.
  • Long Table Dinner at Bar Lourinha (37 Lt Collins St, Melbourne) – Bar Lourinha have a long tradition of long table dinners, each with its own theme. This months theme is Crab Shack alla Lourinha. It promises to be a slightly messy, sticky and above all, enjoyable affair. With all crab dishes, cava and beer included in the $125 per head price, you’ll be crabby if you miss it. To book, call  9663 7890.
  • Vegan Feast at Rumi (116 Lygon St, Brunswick) – Vegans and vegetarians and all those in favour of a taste bud revelation- this one’s for you! Rumi has designed a five course vegetarian and vegan friendly Middle Eastern inspired banquet. An herbivorous mix of mouth tantalizing dishes guaranteed to satisfy even the most carnivorous of palates. Join Runi for five courses of delicious vegan /vegetarian fare for $60 per person with an optional beer or wine match for $30. To book, call 9388 8255.
  • Loveys Rosé Dinner at Mr and Mrs Howell (173 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) – 7 courses by Mark matched to 7 Rosés supplied by Untapped Fine Wines with Stacey Sheppard on hand on the night to talk you through the different styles and regions. Dinner is $110 a head and can be by calling 9381 0846.
  • Jim McEwan Presents Bruichladdich at Whisky and Alement (270 Russell St, Melbourne) – Jim McEwan is a celebrity in the whisky world and Whisky and Alement are extremely privileged to have him as their guest. Jim will be presenting a selection of whiskies from the Bruichladdich Distillery where he currently resides as Master Distiller. Tickets to this event are $30 a head and you can book online here.
  • Spring Fling Sparkling Tasting at The Tuscan Bar (79 Bourke St, Melbourne) – Join The Tuscan Bar for a Superb night of Spring Carnival Fun & Games and a big tasting of 6 elegant Sparkling & White wines. This is a great opportunity to have a fun filled evening with friends and people you love hanging out with. The format of the evening will include  elegant & festive sparkling & whites, all Italian regional wines with wine appreciation commentary. Food & wine matching information on all wines tasted. There will be tonnes of games and competitions with heaps of prizes plus shared platters of stuzzi & antipasto. The night is $55 a head and to book, call 9671 3322.

Wednesday 8th October

  • Regional Heroes: Taste and Explore the Diversity of Australia at The Intercontinental (495 Collins St, Melbourne) – The journey of wine from vine to table is a labour of love. For many, it is a family affair shaped by hard work, textured and flavoured by unpredictable weather and the landscape. While much of the Australian wine landscape is made up of big corporate companies doing it for the profits, it is the medium and boutique producers who do it for the love of wine that are the heroes of the industry. The Regional Heroes event series celebrates these producers by bringing a selection of them together under one roof so that you can taste, appreciate and fall in love with their stories and, of course, their wine. Tickets to this event are $35 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Exclusive Import Burgundy at Allium Restaurant (12-18 Claremont Ave, Malvern) – Each year, The Tasting Table travel to Burgundy every year to buy wine for their shop. The Burgundy producers they stock are very small with their smallest holding only 6 hectares of land in total. Like many French wines these wines benefit from being paired food, so they thought that the best way to show off their true complexity was to hold a dinner with some great food matches. There’ll be 9 wines to taste from three of the main villages of Burgundy including 4 Premier Cru’s.  Join them for an evening of great food and wine at The Tasting Table’s first Burgundy Import Dinner. This dinner will be held at local Malvern restaurant Allium. There’ll be 5 courses perfectly matched to our 9 wines (menu & wines to be announced shortly). Dinner is $139 a head and tickets may be purchased here.

Thursday 9th October

  • Spice Journey Wrap Party at Maha (21 Bond St, Melbourne) – Maha hope you’ve enjoyed Shane Delia’s Spice Journey; Turkey on SBS One. They want to celebrate with an all out Party at Maha hosted by Shane. Sit back, relax and enjoy a five course menu featuring dishes from this season of Spice Journey. Dinner is $145 for 5 courses with matched wines and can be booked online here.
  • Supernormal Meets Mr Hong (180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) – One of the most exciting chefs in Sydney at the moment is Dan Hong, the executive chef at the Merivale Group’s eponymous  Ms.G’s, El Loco and Mr Wong, the Best new restaurant of the year in Melbourne is Chef of the Year, Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal. These two great chefs are cooking a great lunch at Supernormal on Thursday 9 October to celebrate the Melbourne launch of Dan Hong’s new cookbook  Mr Hong. Lunch is $120 a head and includes all food and drink. For bookings, call 9650 8688.
  • Glendronach Whisky Master Class by John Raphael At The Nobel Experiment (284 Smith St, Collingwood) – The complex world of fine aged whiskies can be a confusing enigma to many. Let Nobel Experiments guest whisky expert John Raphael from Island 2 Island unravel the mysteries of the Glendronach whisky range. Through this master class, John will guide you through a selection of the finest Glendronach core expressions. Chef, Cameron Bell will tailor chocolate and cheese tastings for the whisky to compliment taste and add texture. Tickets are $55 a head and can be booked by calling 9416 0058.
  • One Night Only: Two Chefs with 10 Unique Dishes at Red Spice Rd (Artemis Lane QV, Melbourne) – Executive Chef John Mcleay joins forces with international award winning chef, David Schofield, to bring exciting new flavours to Melbourne and Red Spice QV. John and David will take you on an exotic culinary adventure with a delicious 10-dish tasting menu featuring fresh local ingredients and divine Asian inspired flavours. Your menu for the evening is accompanied by a thoughtful selection of wines and refreshing Asian influenced drinks. Dinner is $120 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Once in a Brew Moon- Oktoberfest at Tippler and Co (58 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) – It’s happening again, as the moon sets over Munich, Oktoberfest rises at The Tippler & Co! They have sourced a number of one off brews and paired them with some Bavarian treats. Come along for 5 mouth watering courses and 5 great brews. Tickets are $68 a head and can be booked online here.

Friday 10th October 

  • Oktoberfest at The European Bier Cafe (120 Exhibition St, Melbourne) –  Oktoberfest is one of The European Bier Cafe’s biggest events of the year, and 2014 will be no different! The pub will once again raise its glasses and Steins to celebrate the traditional German festival Oktoberfest, with drinking, eating, entertainment dancing, Oompah bands plus there’ll be plenty of celebrations, including specials on Bavarian biers and cuisine across the week. The Euro, as it’s affectionately known to regulars, specialises in European and boutique biers with over 50 varieties, including 20 on tap, which makes it the best venue to celebrate the world’s biggest beer festival in Melbourne. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.

Saturday 11th October

  • Oktoberfest at Red Hill Brewery (88 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill) – Pull out your lederhosen and start practicing your German accent because on October 11th-12th, Red Hill Brewery are teaming up with gourmet hot dog legends Phat Brats to celebrate at our 3RD Oktoberfest. Set to be another EPIC event like last years, visitors can expect 5 Red Hill brewed German beers matched to Phat Brats top-notch hotdogs. From the brewing corner, there will be Kolsch, Hefeweizen, Weizenbock, Pilsner and NEW Marzen. Tickets with a 1L stein are $45 and $28 or a half stein. You can book online here.
  • Beyond Heidi- an Introduction into Swiss Cheese at The Spring Street Grocer (157 Spring Street, Melbourne) – While the French generally get a lot of recognition for being the great European cheese nation, Switzerland has long been known by connoisseurs as home to some of the world’s finest fromage. The depth of Swiss cheese goes well beyond the common clichés of bland, holey cheese. Switzerland is in fact the world’s largest producer of raw milk cheeses, and the great Parmiggiano-Reggiano is actually descended from the Swiss cheese Sbrinz. Recently returned from the Alps, cheesemonger, Anthony Femia will host an insightful tasting and introduction to cheeses such as like Vacherin, Viamala, Sbrinz, Appenzeller and L’Etivaz. To book, call 9654 6657.
  • Oktoberfest at The Local Taphouse (184 Carlisle St, St Kilda) – Forget the rest and enjoy the best as Oktoberfest VII is almost at The Local Taphouse! Enjoy 20 x taps with great German style brews from Australia and abroad. Oompah Band, lederhosen, full German menu and more! Entry with a gold coin donation. Prost! 12pm – close.
  • Australian Cider Festival at Ormond Hall (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) –  Cider Australia and Ormond Hall will host Melbourne’s first Australian Cider Festival! It’s a cider tap takeover for the whole weekend in the Garden, showcasing the best and most unique ciders and perrys from Australia’s top producers including, Hills Cider, Spreyton Cider Co, Small Acres Cyder, Cheeky Rascal Ciders, Mock Red Hill, Hazeldean Forest Farm, Flying Brick Cider and Too Many Chiefs. There will be cider-matched food offerings and live entertainment – Admission includes tasting tokens, a festival program, tasting notes and a tasting glass. Tickets are $20 a head and can be bought online here,
  • Oktoberfest at Beer Deluxe (Fed Square, Melbourne) – Dust off your lederhosen and put on your ‘wurst’ smile, ‪‎Oktoberfest Deluxe 2014 is just around the corner! There’ll be German dancers, a German oompah band, German food and of course, GERMAN BEER! There will be prizes for the best and wurst dressed so dress up, come down and raise your stein.

Sunday 12th October

  • BBQ Throw Down at The Newmarket Hotel (34 Inkerman St, St Kilda) – BBQ Throwdown. Is. Back! Introducing the No. 1 contender: Fancy Hank’s BBQ. Following a BBQ beating of San Telmo, The Newmarket are putting their title (and trophy) back on the line. Two venues head-to-head at the Newmarket. Three categories: bangers, bones, beast. You decide the champ! Tickets are $75 a head and can be booked by calling 9537 1777.
  • Pizza and Vino at Pinocchios (152 Toorak Rd, South Yarra) – Wine Tasting Events & Top Australian Wines presents a pizza & vino lunch with top wine tasting & unlimited wood fired pizza after all what’s better with pizza than wine? Now, the perfect marriage of tastes come together for a night of artisan wood-fired pizza and extraordinary Australian wines! Tickets are $55 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Oktoberfest at Red Hill Brewery (88 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill) – Pull out your lederhosen and start practicing your German accent because on October 11th-12th, Red Hill Brewery are teaming up with gourmet hot dog legends Phat Brats to celebrate at our 3RD Oktoberfest. Set to be another EPIC event like last years, visitors can expect 5 Red Hill brewed German beers matched to Phat Brats top-notch hotdogs. From the brewing corner, there will be Kolsch, Hefeweizen, Weizenbock, Pilsner and NEW Marzen. Tickets with a 1L stein are $45 and $28 or a half stein. You can book online here.
  • Bell Street Fiesta (Torquay) –  Bell Street Fiesta is all about the things you love – great food, coffee,  wine, beer, coffee, arts, live music, local produce; just to name a few! The art galleries will come alive and the street will be filled with activities plus there will be a Ramp Jam Skate Park, Jumping Castle, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Kids Performances and Entertainment, Breweries & Wineries and Harley Rides & Tours. Plus Prickly Moses will be there with there beer bus where you can get a beer masterclass and tour for just $30 a head. For more info, head here.
  • Australian Cider Festival at Ormond Hall (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) –  Cider Australia and Ormond Hall will host Melbourne’s first Australian Cider Festival! It’s a cider tap takeover for the whole weekend in the Garden, showcasing the best and most unique ciders and perrys from Australia’s top producers including, Hills Cider, Spreyton Cider Co, Small Acres Cyder, Cheeky Rascal Ciders, Mock Red Hill, Hazeldean Forest Farm, Flying Brick Cider and Too Many Chiefs. There will be cider-matched food offerings and live entertainment – Admission includes tasting tokens, a festival program, tasting notes and a tasting glass. Tickets are $20 a head and can be bought online here,
  • Wine and Cheese Fest in Williamstown ( 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown) – The Wine and Cheese Fest is an event that will tantalise any palate and entertain in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst treating guests to beautiful sea and city views! Showcasing around 30 wineries and 15 cheese and small goods producers, live entertainment, lawn games and amazing views, this event has something for everyone!  You will enjoy world class wine, cheese and smallgoods, along with live jazz and DJ music, lawn games and picnics in the grassy outdoor area. Admission is $23 or $30 for admission and 5 tasting glasses. For tickets and more information, see online here.