Taste of Melbourne is one the highlights of the year for a Melbourne foodie’s calendar. The four-day celebration of food and fine dining took place in the lakeside surroundings of Albert Park from the 13th – 16th November 2014. This year’s Taste featured a wealth of restaurants and independent suppliers including some of Melbourne’s hottest eateries, Lucy Liu, Uncle, Huxtaburger, Gazi, and Movida to name a few.
A $30 ticket allows you entry to the event and once you’re inside, the festival operates its own currency ‘Crowns’ to pay for dishes. One Crown = one dollar. With these you can purchase sample signature dishes in ‘taste’ sized portions, participate in workshops and cooking demonstrations with the chefs behind the culinary creations.
My first stop was Uncle, a modern Vietnamese restaurant based in St Kilda. 8 Crowns got me a crispy pigs ear banh mi, with pickles and peanuts. The combination of well thought out flavours and textures made this delicious dish a pleasure to devour.
The Dilmah team were handing out goodie bags full of generous samples at their tea tasting marquee, as well as giving festival-goers the chance to try their range of exceptional teas and infusions.
Next and the most favourite on my list was Gazi, a recent venture of renowned Greek chef and restaurateur George Calombaris. Here I had the crispy soft shell crab souvlaki, with coriander, mint, honey and a creamy mayo. Now this dish really would be included in my dream tasting menu, the crab was light and deliciously crunchy, the soft souva wrap was spot on, everything about it was YUM!
Rekorderlig were on hand to keep the punters hydrated with their unique range of refreshing ciders. I tried their new summer addition, Rekorderlig Premium Pomegranate Cider, which was fruity and super refreshing.
And the award to the most impressive looking desert goes to… Cacao Fine Chocolates. I opted for the Pikachu eclairs filled with bubblegum cream & pop rocks and it was as tasty as it looked!
Taste of Melbourne has been one of the most enjoyable food experiences for me this year. The atmosphere was relaxed, the lines for food moved quickly and the sun was shining. I will definitely be joining the Taste crew next year!