Dandenong Market World Fare
What: Melbourne's largest celebration of street food and culture returns for its eighth year at Dandenong Market with more than 50 international food traders offering some of the worlds most unique dishes such as Ube Champorado - the most colourful dish at World Fare - a purple yam flavoured rice porridge complimented by super crispy pieces of dried fish. Sip on beers and snack on cheese platters at the Craft & Co pop-up bar, enjoy live flamenco and Brazilian dance performances and feast on fare from around the globe. It'll be some party.
When: Sunday March 24
Where: Dandenong Market, corner of Clow and Cleeland Street, Dandenong
More info: dandenongmarket.com.au
River Graze at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Photo: Theresa Harrison
River Graze by the Yarra
What: One of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's most popular, and accessible, events kicks off on Friday evening with Alejandro Saravia (of Farmer's Daughters) bringing a taste of Gippsland and its producers to the city as he hosts a Victorian campfire-style barbecue in support of Gippsland following the bushfires in the region. Alongside this, there's be three days and nights of feasting and fun with open-air grazing at the Food Truck Stop, wines from all over Victoria at the City Cellar, and live music and family-friendly entertainment. From noon til 3pm on Saturday, chef Ben Shewry will be selling hugs on the banks of the Yarra with every dollar going to the victims and families of the shootings in Christchurch, ahead of a Baking for Christchurch bake sale the following week with baked goodies from some of Melbourne's best chefs.
When: Friday March 22 - Sunday March 24
Where: Along the banks of the Yarra River from the Arts Centre to Crown.
More info: melbournefoodandwine.com.au
Mouthwatering stuff at Meatstock 2019. Photo: Supplied
What: Barbecue, beers and a top line-up of bands come together for two days of meat and music-fuelled fun. Featuring 50 BBQ teams, basting and barbecueing to be judged the best, 20 local butchers battling it out for the carving crown and bands including Bob Evans, Henry Wagons, The Sweet Jelly Rolls keeping things rocking, it's set to literally smoke.
When: March 23 and 24
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds
More info: meatstock.com.au/melbourne