Melbourne daters, you’re in luck! We have five double passes, worth $55, to giveaway so you and your sweetie can have a date night at the upcoming Taste of Melbourne event, to be held at the Royal Exhibition Buildings from 26-29 August.
What is the Taste of Melbourne?
If you’ve never been, but you love good Melbourne food, you need to get there. There are a few different components to the event, and all are deliciously good.
Live Cooking Stations from Top Melbourne Restaurants
The likes of Longrain, Maze Bar and Grill, The European, Sarti, Stokehouse and Melbourne Wine Room (among others) will transport their kitchens to the Exhibition Buildings for the event. Each featured restaurant will offer an entree, main and dessert course for sampling. The idea is to graze, picking a course from different restaurants and is a great way to try them out without blowing $300 on a dinner. Tastes are available at a cost of between $8-$12. You need to purchase these using Crowns, which I’ll explain later.
Great Gourmet Exhibitors
In addition to the live cooking, there is a mammoth selection of great gourmet and food products to peruse. Stroll your way through the stands, sampling as you go and pick up some bargains while you’re at it. Everything from salmon to cheese to great-quality alcohol is available.
Lots of bars, wine and liquor companies are on show and also making cocktails and pouring glasses for you to enjoy too. These start from $6. Look for the cocktail making stands, they’re the best value!
The Bacardi Bar, Wine Tastings, Chats with Chefs and more. You’ll need to get in early to get to these, they pack out fairly quickly!
What Else Do I Need to Know?
You will need to purchase Crowns to get the full benefit of Taste. Crowns are the festival’s currency. You can buy a book of 30 Crowns for $30, which will get you a Taste each. You’ll probably need to spend a bit more while you’re there to add drinks and things (i.e. This is not a $30 Date Night for two, but at least we’ll save you the $55 entry fee!). Some stalls will accept cash for their product but not the major restaurants.
I’ve been to this event the last two years running and really enjoyed it. My hot tip is to suss the crowds out when you arrive and ask them (and the stallholders!) what the best dishes are from the restaurants. Every year, there seem to be some standout dishes and if you’re going to eat, you may as well eat the best!
Allow a few hours, relax and take your time wandering around, get down all the little rabbit warrens of stalls and see what’s on offer. Try to avoid the Friday and Saturday night crowds if you can! It can get hectic in there.
To enter, comment below and let us know your favourite food-based date for two – Do you love a romantic picnic? Breakfast in bed? First five in, best dressed!