Win your way along to Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival

Italian Wine + Food Festival - Wine Tastings

Get ready Melbourne, because a gourmet Italiano adventure awaits! The Italian Wine + Food Festival is coming to our gorgeous city this June and is set to capture the full experience of the Italian lifestyle.

Here you’ll meet producers, talk to experts, and watch live cooking demonstrations, all paying homage to tradition and showcasing true Italian innovation. There’ll be over 200 wines to taste, wine masterclasses, pop up restaurants, a wine garden and even an Italian Marketplace, ready for you to shop-til-you-drop. The festival needs to go to the top of your list for things to do in Melbourne this Winter.


Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival

Pizza Making - Italian Wine + Food Festival

Campari Cocktails


The festival will feature some of Melbourne’s top Italian chefs including Rosa Mitchell (Rosa’s Canteen), Johnny di Francesco (400 Gradi), Carmine Costantini (Pasta Adagio) plus Andrea Papadakis and Alberto Fava (Tipo 00).

Feast on pizza, pasta and Italian snacks from some our cities best restaurants. These include 400 Gradi, Caterina’s Cucina e Bar, Trattoria Emilia, Bar Idda, Pasta Classica, La Bonta, Small Axe, Pasta Adagio and Vaporetto.


COOKING DEMONSTRATION - Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival

Donuts - Italian Wine + Food Festival


The festival offers food and drink, entertainment and information to suit everyone from spaghetti-loving kids to the most engaged Italian-speaking wine lover.

My tip is to head to the Smeg Main Stage for delicious cooking demonstrations!



Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival

Sunday 25th June 2017
11 am – 9 pm
Royal Exhibition Building
Carlton Gardens, Melbourne


For more information on the festival, visit their website here.

To buy tickets, head to the ticket sales page here.


Win your way along to Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival copy



We have 2 all day passes to giveaway to one lucky Melbourne Girl reader.


To enter, tell us in the comments below…

“Why you need to experience this years Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival?”


a Rafflecopter giveaway


One winner will receive 2 x All Day Passes to the Melbourne event on Sunday 25th June, 2017.

Prize is not transferable and cannot be taken as cash.  

Entries open until June 8, 2017. 

The winner will contacted via entering email and announced in the comments below.



Good Luck x


Emily Collie is Founder and Editor of well-known Australian travel blog, Melbourne Girl. Emily has written travel articles for Expedia, eHarmony, Amex Shop Small Blogger Series and, and has been featured on many Australian websites including Mimco Mimzine and Bonds Australia Blog, and was invited on behalf of the VRC and Myer, to judge the Myer Fashions on the Field competition on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.


  • May 30, 2017

    Kim Miller

    I need to experience Melbourne’s Italian Food and Wine Festival because it sounds delicious and I was born to be Italian even though I’m not.

  • May 30, 2017

    Carol Hayes

    Translation: Because Pizza! And wine! And coffee! And pasta! And Cannoli! And tomatoes! And sexy accents! Molto bene!

  • May 31, 2017

    Jessie Chibber

    I have a crazy love of pizza, pasta and all things Italian. The most surprising thing is that there are no Italian genes in me at all, just love the taste 🙂

  • May 31, 2017

    Mandy Graham

    I love good food and wine. ❤️⭐️🎉🍾🍽

  • May 31, 2017

    Robin H

    It’s on my bucket list to visit Italy. I’m not sure if my dreams will one day come true, but I’d love to experience all things Italian at the festival in Melbourne!

  • May 31, 2017


    Because – I need to be with other like minded Italians to eat, drink and be merry, I love Italian Food, love Italian people, love talking with my hands!!

  • May 31, 2017

    Gayle Vos

    I want to experience how good Melbourne does Italian Wine and Food

  • May 31, 2017

    Brigid Czislowski

    I need to visit Melbourne’s Italian Wine + Food Festival because I have studied Italian at school for 3 years now and I have chosen it as an elective for my HSC course, so visiting this festival would really bring the subject to life for me. I love the Italian culture, cuisine and language, so this would be a really great experience. (And I could treat my Mum with the second pass!)

  • June 1, 2017

    Rachel K

    So I can feel transported to a beautiful Italian terraced garden, overlooking a stairway and engulfing orange groves – all reminiscent of Renaissance Italy.

  • June 1, 2017

    Indika Wijayasekera

    I’m a big fan of Italian food. It’s nice to experience another culture and food 🙂

  • June 1, 2017

    Chris Heywood

    Omg! Italian food and wine on my first Birthday Weekend living in Melbourne! This would be the perfect present. 🎁 👌🏻

  • June 1, 2017

    Camila M

    I need to win because I’m Italian by heart! I find everything about Italy amazing and even have considered going to live there hahaha I need to win to have al least a little of their amazing food and wine! And of course and can try to ask everything in Italian, something they even understand me 🙂

  • June 1, 2017

    Genevieve Phelan

    Because I have a debilitating addiction to pizza that only so many Uber Eats orders can fuel until I have met every operational driver in Melbourne. Also, if I close my eyes I will be able to live out my Eat Pray Love dreams and finally have a chance to rehearse the only line of Italian I know – Più vino per favore! (more wine please!). #fluent #native #iwasbornandraisedontheamalficoast

  • June 1, 2017


    Because it’s too cold!!!…and I need to carb up on tasty pizza and pasta to help go through winter 🙏☺️

  • June 1, 2017


    My husband and I are new to Melbourne so we have so much to discover. You guys seriously have some of the best food and wine we’ve seen across the world all in one place! Would absolutely love to taste our way through the festival!

  • June 1, 2017


    Oh Italy how I love you 😍 my first holiday with my now wife was in Tuscany, Italy. I would love to experience the awesome Melbourne take on Italian food and wine and transport us back to Italy!

  • June 2, 2017

    Rebecca Costa

    Love to experience this amazing Italian food and wine festival as I grew up till I was around 10 or 11 with a great Italian Nanna that made amazing Italian Sunday lunches like spaghetti with huge meatballs or yummy chunky Italian soup when we go for family Sunday lunches! She used always made sure you had seconds!!!

  • June 2, 2017

    Leanne Dodd

    I love Italian Food and Wine. Very simple reason.

  • June 2, 2017

    Hanah Penrose

    Because I would eat pizza every day if I could! 😆

  • June 2, 2017


    To see the boys from Tipo 00 in action with my Italian stallion… And eat everything in sight of course! food + wine = happy girl

  • June 3, 2017

    Gabrielle S

    Buon Appetito! Is what I’ll be saying all day if I win this. I love embracing my Italian culture and heritage and would love to try new things from different regions of Italy at this event

  • June 3, 2017

    Kelly Di Pietro

    I am a half Italian who lives wholly for good food & it’s no secret Italians do it better! I must go for the pizza, the pasta, the cheeses, the wines, the coffee, the truffles, the risotto, the Campari, the Aperol, the gelato… I simply cannot think of a day better spent than one where I eat about incredible Italian produce whilst speaking & learning from those most passionate about it! 🇮🇹👌

  • June 4, 2017


    Melbourne at its heart is a multicultural city and celebrates Italian food and wine the best. My mother and her family migrated in the 50s and grew up in Fitzroy around the corner from the venue. It would be un-Melburnian of me to not go and indulge in my favourite food! This Melbourne girl needs to experience the Italian food + wine festival, pronto!

  • June 6, 2017

    Rita Masutti

    Experiencing Italian food, wine and secret recipes from top chefs and cooks is my ideal Sunday getaway without leaving the country.

  • June 7, 2017


    Because June in Melbourne is freezing cold and the the best way to stay warm is to eat Pizza!

  • June 7, 2017


    Not only do I have an unhealthy obsession with Smeg Products right now.. (thanks House Rules), to catch some tips from the guys cooking up some awesome Italian food would be a treat. OBVIOUSLY a glass of Vino wouldn’t hurt either.. medicinal of course.

  • Because my mum’s favourite food is pizza and this would be the perfect way to cheer her up on the anniversary of my dad’s death.

  • June 7, 2017


    So I can eat and drink all the things I love – pizza, pasta, wine. I want to learn new things.

  • June 7, 2017

    Mara Elleray

    I need this experience as in my next life I am coming back as an Italian Mama.

  • June 7, 2017


    I am an Italian trying to show the amazing culture and food to my boyfriend. I would really love to get him excited about everything Italian, especially the food and wine before we try to go to Europe in the future!

  • June 7, 2017


    I would love to visit the Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival! Italian food is my favourite cuisine and unfortunately I am not the best cook (even of a simple pasta dish!) so I always enjoy the luxury of dining out! Per favore scegliere!

  • June 7, 2017


    Pasta and wine are my 2 favourite things in the world that I could not live without! This is why I need to experience this years Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival!

  • June 7, 2017

    Alyssa Dowd

    I would love to go so I can share good food with a beautiful soul (my husband). Never can have too much Italian!

  • June 7, 2017


    I would love to go so I can share good food with a beautiful soul (my husband). Never can have too much Italian!

  • June 7, 2017


    Because I’ve never had REAL Italian food. Ever!! I think this would be the perfect opportunity!

  • June 7, 2017


    Because did someone mention “over 200 wines to taste”?!

  • June 7, 2017

    Vicky A

    Being a foodie there is nothing better place to experience true Italian flavours than an Italian foodie fest- Molto Bene 🙂

  • June 7, 2017

    Lauren McGee

    ❤️🍷What’s a matta you!! The Why is ….Melbourne is Food and Wine Nirvana and and I need to Eat Pray Love at her feet!!❤️

  • June 7, 2017


    Today’s ‘Sydney Girl’ needs to experience being tomorrow’s ‘Melbourne Girl’ – indulging in Melbourne’s Italian Wine & Food is the only way to go for that positive cultural ‘Melbourne Girl’ experience. Saluti🍷🇮🇹

  • June 7, 2017

    Samantha Farthing

    Pizza, pasta, coffee and wine,
    An Italian weekend would be divine!
    Tasting Melbourne’s absolute best,
    I’ll put the experts to the test!
    Johnny di Francesco and Rosa’s Canteen,
    Alberto Fava?! Boy, am I keen!!
    Such a delicious place to explore,
    And enjoy a creamy cannoli (or four)!
    Really there’s no better way,
    To spend a rainy winter’s day!

  • June 7, 2017

    Brad(Bee) T Hill

    because having a disability that doesnt allow me to work, i get bored often. i try to learn as much about cooking and wine, and at the moment im in an italian phase! perfect timing!

  • June 8, 2017

    Sandy Plester

    Because I love Italian Food and Wine and I’m sure it would be a delicious experience.

  • June 8, 2017

    Emily Collie

    Sending a big congrats to our winner Aubrey!
    Check you inbox, you’ve got mail….

    Thanks to everyone who entered… Stay tuned for more great comps on Melbourne Girl.

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