What's on in October: Food events in and around Melbourne

Learn to make your own cider at CERES in Brunswick East, this October.
Learn to make your own cider at CERES in Brunswick East, this October. Photo: Greg Newington

Art show and wine
Head over to Merricks House, the newly opened colonial house turned art gallery, right next door to Merricks General Wine Store and catch a glimpse of Sydney-based artist VAYU’s exhibition, Soul Show. Afterwards, taste and experience wines from three of the Peninsula's most distinctive vineyards - Baillieu, Elgee Park and Quealy.

Details: September 27 - November 6, 3460 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks VIC. For more information visit their website.  
Then... Join Vayu for a special lunch at Merricks General Wine Store where he will discuss his inspiration, travels, and his work. A two-course lunch prepared by chef Chris Roberts will be served, along with matched wines from Baillieu.
Details: Friday September 27, noon, cost: $49. To make a booking call 03 5989 8088.

MasterChef Dining and Bar
Australia’s favourite MasterChef alumni are popping in to the Crown Rooftop in Melbourne. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and greet familiar faces from the MasterChef series such as Andy Allen, Alice Zaslavsky, Julia Taylor, Chris Badenoch and many more, along with established chefs Adam D'Sylva, Donovan Cooke, Jacques Reymond, Darren Purchese and Bernard Chu.
Details: October 1 - 27, Cost: $115 per head for the four course menu or $165 including the matching wine package, Rooftop of Crown Melbourne. For more information and to see when your favourite MasterChef celebrity will be appearing visit their website.
Free wine tasting
Bluestone Downstairs are holding free wine tastings and nibbles every Thursday night until the end of November. Each week will feature a different vineyard, so pop in and enjoy some great wine.

Details: August 1 - November 28, Bluestone Downtairs, 349 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, for more information visit their website or phone 03 9620 4060.
Gourmet getaway
Enjoy a weekend of incredible food and wine at the Milawa Gourmet Producers weekend.  
The weekend includes: Friday 4th October - Cocktail launch party at Snow Road Produce from 7pm onwards. Saturday 5th October - 30km dinner; Six chefs from five renowned venues around the region will provide a six-course meal with matching wines, bus transfer, prizes and live entertainment. Sunday 6th October - Pancake breakfast followed by their seasonal Producers Market which will kick off at 9am till 2pm. Guests will then be able to choose between a bike ride, wine tour or private tasting to finish their weekend in this great region.
Details: October 4-6, cost: $170 for the whole weekend, $135 for the dinner only or a table of 10 for $1000.00 ($100.00 per ticket). Contact Emma or Lachlan at Snow Road Produce for more information on 03 5727 3688 or email info@snowroadproduce.com.

A spring feast at Chrismont
Teaming up with Matt Wilkinson (Pope Joan), Chrismont winery is back with their annual long table spring feast held at Cheshunt estate. Every year Wilkinson pushes the boundaries and the menu gets bigger. The six-course menu will be revealed on the day, depending on what produce is freshest, and served with matching premium wines for each course. Bookings are essential.
Details: Saturday October 5, cost: $165 pp, arrive at 11.30 for a selection canapes and lunch will begin at noon. Chrismont Winery, 251 Upper King River Road, Cheshunt, Victoria. To make a booking phone 03 5729 8220 / email info@chrismont.com.au. For more information visit their website.

A most delicious dinner
Do you love a local, fresh and seasonal dining experience with a difference? Then make sure you don’t miss out on the next food adventure delivered by A Most Delicious Dinner. Chefs Tomas Stanislavski and Josh Reekie and chef-turned-sommelier Simon Leverett will be dishing up some of Central Victoria’s best produce with a five-course menu matched with local wines. Bookings are essential.
Saturday October 5, Jonai Farms Farmgate Lunch, 129 Morgantis rd Eganstown Hepburn, Victoria, for more information visit their event Facebook page.
Sunday October 6, Daylesford Hotel, 2 Burke Square, Daylesford, Victoria.
Monday October 7, Daylesford Hotel, 2 Burke Square, Daylesford, Victoria.
Give a fork for sutainable seafood
Sustainable Table are empowering people to purchase food that is fair, humane, healthy and good for the environment. Their theme this year is sustainable seafood. So give a fork about what is on your plate this October and host a sustainable seafood dinner party for your friends. Party hosts will receive a free host pack including information about how to cook a delicious and sustainable seafood dinner.
Details: October 7 - 14, for more information visit the Give a Fork website or watch this short video on why you should give a fork this October.  

Beer appreciation
Hosted by Shelley Hoskin, a recognised Beer Judging Certification Program Judge, this workshop includes tasting of several styles of beer.

Details: Saturday October 12, cost: $25 / $15 concession, 3-5 pm. Kensington Neighbourhood House, 89 McCracken Street, Kensington VIC. For more information phone 03 9376 6366 or visit their website.
Grampians harvest dinner
Celebrate the launch of the Discover Dunkeld festival while tipping your hat to the local producers of Western Victoria with a four-course canape and shared plate menu, including beer and wine. Each table will also have a producer seated with them so they can share their story. Tickets can be purchased singularly or for a table of eight.  
Details: Saturday October 12, Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld. For more information or to purchase a ticket visit their website.

Bendigo uncorked
Jump on board Bendigo’s moveable feast for a taste of the regions finest food and wines. The winemakers of Bendigo create this unique wine festival each year to showcase the best of Bendigo, bookings are essential.
Details: October 12-13, tickets are $110 per person however if you have a group of 6 or more people on Sunday tickets are $100 per person, enquire at time of booking. The tour is held various venues around Bendigo, Pall Mall, Bendigo, Victoria. For more information visit their website.
Taste of Goulburn
Featuring local produce, wine and even some entertainment for the kids, the Taste of Goulburn festival allows regional winemakers, restaurateurs and producers to showcase their finest produce.

Details: October 19, 10 - 4pm, Seymour Railway Station, Station St, Seymour, Victoria. For more information visit their website.
Global champagne day
Hitting the road this October is champagne "Dame", Kyla Kirkpatrick, showcasing the big, bold and the beautiful champagnes in a Global Champagne Day series of events. The flagship event will be held in Melbourne at CIRCA Prince of Wales in St Kilda with a five-course dinner matched with champagnes with narrative from Kyla.
Details: October 23, cost: $170, 7pm - 11pm, CIRCA Prince of Wales, 2 Acland Street, St Kilda, Victoria. For more information visit the Champagne Dame website.
Wining and dining
Rutherglen Estate’s lunch in the vines features five courses created by Stefano de Pieri and his longtime friend and chef Jim MCDougall, matched with the estate’s own wines. Admission includes food, wine, transport to and from Albury/Wodonga - Corowa/Rutherglen, live music and your chance to meet the makers.
Details: October 26, cost $145. Rutherglen Estates Vineyard, Melville's Rd, Rutherglen, Victoria. Bookings are essential - call 02 6032 7999.

Cider and fruit-wine making
Home brew isn’t just for beer. This one-day hands on workshop by CERES (environment park) will give you the basic skills needed to make your own cider and fruit wine. Learn about the different varieties of cider apples and the process required to make your own wine. On the day you will also make your own apple cider, and either a scrumpy or pear cider.  

Details: October 27, cost: $120, 10am - 4pm, for more information visit their website or book here.

Lunch and garden tour
Enjoy an informative garden tour at Peppermint Ridge Farm followed by a delicious lunch flavoured with native herbs and spices from the garden.
Details: October 27, 11.00am - 2.30pm, Peppermint Ridge Farm, 540 Tynong North Rd, Tynong North VIC. For more information visit their website.

For the diary

Good Food Month
The Age Good Food Month is on its way. From the iconic Night Noodle Markets to an all-star cast of world-class chefs, Good Food Month celebrates everything from three hat restaurants to cool bars, great pubs and fine produce. Events include Let’s Do Lunch, Hats Off Dinners, Pop-ups & Parties and much more. Don’t miss your Good Food Month program, free on Tuesday, October 1 in The Age.
Details: November 1 – 30. For more information visit the Good Food Month website.
Pop-up craft bar
The Balvenie teams up with different craftspeople to display their wares. Enjoy the different ages and variants of the iconic Balvenie whisky while craftspeople: Kris and Tim Torma (bar maker and stone craftspeople), Cinnamon Lee (metal smith), Tim Kill (luthier), Ruth Allen (glass blower), Nick Haddow (cheese maker) and Brad Nicholls (designer) all showcase their work.

Details: Monday November 11 -14, THe Belvenie Craft Bar, between 4.30pm and 7.30pm each day and until 10pm Thursday.