6 Completely Vegan Events Not To Miss At Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is back again with an impressive list of events that highlight the diverse range of cuisines this great city has to offer. Each year the list of plant-based dining opportunities grow, with more restaurants opening the kitchen up to explore new cooking techniques and wow patrons with unique dishes.

Here are 6 completely plant-based dining experiences not to miss.


Garden of Earthly Delights

Indulge in an entirely plant-based five-course degustation menu in the heart of the fabulous indoor beer garden, accompanied by a selection of minimal-intervention wines, expertly selected by the Garden State Hotel sommelier. With seasonality and locally sourced produce at the forefront of the menu, expect to be surprised and delighted by each cruelty-free course, while revelling in the plentiful bounty that Victoria’s incredible producers cultivate.

When: Thursday 26 March
Where: Garden State Hotel, 101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Tickets: $113
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Vegan Vietnamese Adventure

Join Lili Tu and her team as they show what’s possible in vegan Vietnamese cuisine. Raised in Hanoi and now calling Melbourne home, chef Lili Tu will use Australian plants, produce and spices to serve flavour-packed plates that hail from all regions of Vietnam. Highlights include Hanoi fresh rolls, pulled jackfruit wraps and banh xeo.

Discover an exciting new world of Vietnamese food through six courses of 100 per cent plant-based eating.

When: Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 March
Where: Rice Kitchen, 212 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
Tickets: $102
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Vegan Catch of the Day

Dive headfirst into a plant-powered evening that’s focused on the riches of the sea beyond fish and seafood.

Inspired by Iki-jime’s innovative and sustainable seafood philosophy, the team are looking further afield and assembling a completely animal-free feast using overlooked produce from the ocean. Think seaweed, samphire, saltbush and other plants that have been foraged and hand-dived from the Australian marine landscape. Other dishes will feature vegan cheese by Damona, creators of completely dairy-free cheese made in Victoria. An optional vegan beverage match is also available.

When: Thursday 19 March
Where: Iki-jime, Seafood by Vue, 430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Tickets: $85 – $150
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The Grosvenor Goes Vegan

St Kilda’s Grosvenor Hotel has been serving Melburnians since the 1800s but now the pub is going where it’s never been before: into the territory of vegan menus.

The team at The Grosvenor have set themselves the challenge of designing an entirely vegan-friendly menu for one night during MFWF. Using the best of late summer and early autumn produce, the menu and wines will be 100% plant-based and 100% delicious.

When: Tuesday 24 March
Where: Grosvenor Hotel, 10 Brighton Road, St Kilda East
Tickets: $83 – $123
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Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to Australia’s newest and wildest celebration of plants and plant-based eating. Lush plantings and florals and plants-plants-plants set the scene for a party that’s 100 per cent animal-free, right down to the drinks. See some of Melbourne’s best restaurants like you’ve never seen them before, in a party that gives plant-based good times a rollicking reboot.
It’s food plus gardens plus drinks plus live music – and all plants, all the time.

– Shannon Martinez, Smith & Daughters, Smith & Deli
– Jerry Mai, Annam and Pho Nom
– Fancy Hank’s
– Joseph Abboud and Tom Sarafian, Bar Saracen
– Matt Wilkinson, Crofter Dining Room & Bar
– Mary’s
– Charlie Carrington, Atlas and Lomah
With drinks by the tiki-rocking legends from The LuWow, and more great food talent to come.

When: Friday 27 March
Where: Shed X at Queen Victoria Market, Queen St, Melbourne
Tickets: $25
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All Vegan – All Week at Rice Paper Scissors

For one week only, one of Melbourne’s favourite South-East Asian restaurants is going entirely plant-based. Not only the food, but the cocktails and wine list at Rice Paper Scissors will be overhauled in an eye-opening take on some of the restaurant’s favourites. You can still expect the likes of the famous pork belly and Vietnamese espresso Martini, but everything will be 100 per cent vegan-friendly.

When: Sunday 22 – Sunday 29 March
Where: Rice Paper Scissors, 19 Liverpool Street, Melbourne
Tickets: Walk Ins Only – $32 per person for lunch or $37 per person for dinner.
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