The days are getting cooler, but the desire for delicious food and wine is heating up. Luckily for
you, Melbourne is the epitome of incredible autumn produce offerings. Here are our top picks for
treating your tummies in the city this month.
Foodies wait all year long for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, so you’ve arrived just in time for
quite a treat. The city hosts a swag of events, parties, dinners, workshops and tours. Some of the
adventure include exploring the flavours of Ned Kelly’s last meal, taking your pooch on a winery
tour or creating your own signature tea blend.
Check out the full schedule at melbournefoodandwine.com.au
These balmy afternoon aren’t going to stick around for much longer. Pack a hamper and take your
lover for a romantic afternoon in the park. For extra points, we’d recommend our Chandon Classic
hamper, with sparkling, gorgeous Riedel wine glasses, choccies and wild hibiscus flowers. Oh la la.
You can check out the full range – and purchase yours for your outing – at
For something a little rowdier, soak up the last of the warm rays with a barbecue on the Yarra
River. And forget about organising it yourself – call in the expertise of local business Aqua Donuts.
The clever team can set you up with a Bluetooth music system, LED lights and built-in barbecue on
an inflatable, circular raft. You’ll get the set-up for two hours, and can take alcohol and up to 10
Make sure you book before the season ends on April 30.
There’s no need to wander too far from your Docklands accommodation to get your fix of fresh
autumn produce. Our pick to start the weekend – or finish it off – is with a well-deserved cocktail
amid an array of tantalising flavours at Middle Eastern canteen, Mama Rumaan. Try Mama’s Old
Spice Rice with chicken, peas, slivered almonds and sultanas, add a side of Torshee – hot picked
veggies – and finish off with Mama Tatiana’s Knafeh. Trust us – the sweet cream pastry with
semolina, rose water, pistachio and sugar syrup is the stuff dreams are made of.
This one’s in prime position in the heart of the Docklands. Try to grab a spot on the outside terrace
for the ultimate lazy lunch.
NICE NOT NAUGHTY
Vegans – and sweet tooths – rejoice! There’s a new dessert bar in town. Make a beeline for
Brunswick Street’s latest offering, Girls and Boys – an exclusively vegan nod to the nostalgic Mr
Whippy days. Everything on the Fitzroy eatery’s menu is entirely plant-based, with no refined white
sugar. Treat your tastebuds to an orange and lavender mousse, matcha almond tart or a maca
fudge bars. Or, toast the lingering autumn sunshine with a coconut milk soft serve or gelati.
Check it out at 382 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.