A wrap-up of some of the food, wine and beer events in and around Melbourne this month.
The Roast Collection
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is holding its annual Roast Collection to celebrate Victoria's winter produce, and has some interesting submissions. San Telmo in the city is serving alpaca as part of a week of different roasted meats, while Coburg's Post Office Hotel is featuring a different Portuguese region each week. There are more than 100 Roast Collection events throughout June – so head over to their website and make your selections.
Le Style breast cancer fundraiser
Indulge in a modern French afternoon tea and help raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Enjoy a buffet-style afternoon tea of rich gateaux and patisseries, ribbon sandwiches, hot and cold mini pots, fontaine a chocolat and more. Free glass of sparkling wine on arrival, be sure to dress Paris chic.
Details: June 16, $100, tea sessions 1-3pm and 4-6pm, Sofi's Lounge, Level 1, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Tickets are available here.
Meat butchery 101
Master the art of meat with butcher James Erbacher. Learn how to bone a pork leg and roll a loin; de-bone a chicken and the correct technique to bone out a shoulder of lamb.
Details: June 16, 1-4pm, $150, Relish Mama Cooking School, 81 Bay Road, Sandringham. For more information visit their website.
Help stop food going to waste
Food charity SecondBite's national fundraising month runs from June 12 to July 9. The aim this year is to raise half a million dollars at Coles towards the redistribution of fresh food to over 900 community food programs across Australia. Coles shoppers can make a donation at the register, or purchase a raffle ticket for the chance to win Coles gift cards.
Budapest Restaurant and Palinka Bar
King River Estate wine-tasting dinner featuring live music. Feast on a seven-course Hungarian degustation and 11 wines to sample.
Details: June 19, 6.30pm, $79, 273 Glen Huntly Rd, Elsternwick. For more information or to book visit budapest.com.au.
Kellybrook cooking classes
Learn to cook like a pro. Classes at the Kellybrook kitchen are held every month, each with a different theme. June is all about making dough – pizza, pasta and bread. Afterwards, celebrate your success with a two-course lunch including a glass of wine.
Details: June 19, $120, Kellybrook Winery, Fulford Road, Wonga Park. For details phone (03) 9722 1304 or visit kellybrookwinery.com.au
Cooking and growing native plants
Outback chef Jude Mayall joins the team from Sustainable Table at CERES environment park for ‘‘Twisted Tucker’’. Warm yourself with bush tea and native spiced cookies by the fire as a trained horticulturist explains how you can grow and enjoy native edibles at home.
Followed by a guided tour of CERES native gardens, then a native two-course Sunday roast lunch - think wild bush spices, succulent wallaby and nourishing native greens - at The Merri Table matched with Australian-made, botanically-enriched Maidenii Vermouth and West Winds Gin.
Details: Sunday June 23rd, 11.45am - 4.00pm. For bookings call 8644 4050 or email Emily at email@example.com.
Circa, The Prince & Young Guns of Wine host a party on Saturday 29th June. Hosted in a pop-up winery in the basement level carpark of The Prince of Wales, the event will offer members of the public tasting glasses ($15) of wines created by teams competing in the "Wine Baptism of Fire" (wannabe winemakers, sommeliers and other hospitality professionals including Banjo Harris Plane from Attica) try winemaking for the first time. Food will be provided by Paul Wilson (sticky pork buns, $6), Taco Truck, Beat Box Kitchen.
Details: No booking required. Saturday, 29th June from 6pm at the carpark basement of the Prince of Wales, 2 Acland Street, St Kilda.
Promoting paddock-to-plate eating, Richmond restaurant Union Dining holds a regularly monthly producers lunch with ingredients sourced from central Victoria. The six-course feast will be complimented by Harcourt cider and Bress wines.
Details: June 30, 12.30pm, $89, Union Dining, 270-272 Swan Street, Richmond. For more information visit their website.
For the diary...
Whisky and cheese pairing masterclass
Learn about the different whisky regions of Scotland as well as production and tasting techniques. All whiskies will be paired with cheese from the Farmgate Cheese Company.
Details: July 25, $99, The Altar, 156 Collins Street, Level 2, Melbourne. For more information visit their website.
What's On: Melbourne is compiled by Livia Gamble. Send contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org