Rochelle Currie is a Melbourne based creative with a love for travel, design and style. She is also a wife, mum to Willow and musician.

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Ahh, it's that glorious time of year again, when restaurants and bistros, and bars and cafes, open their doors with that extra push and invite the town of Melbourne in, for a sitting like never before. The time when the celebrities are cooks, chefs and baristas, when three course lunches and dinners have an added extra at a lower price, when the town of Melbourne embraces its sometimes ignored metropolitan culture and experiences the best it has to offer. Okay, so have I "romanticized" it enough for you to want more? It runs from the 4th - 14th March 2011. That's right, 10 glorious days of food, wine, food, coffee, food, cake and more food - but not just any food, the most talked about, critiqued, flavoursome, delicate, moist, soft, divine food Melbourne has to offer. The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, or MFWF, is not like any other conventional festival. It's not held in an exhibition centre with vendors offering free tastings of their "gourmet sausages" and "gourmet cheese", no, it's an event within an event, with hundreds of events to choose from. Basically, restaurants, bars and cafes around the city of Melbourne and Greater Victoria are opening their doors with an array of specials, that coincide with MFWF (yes, that is how I will be referring to it from now).

For example, there are special luncheons or dinners that incorporate three courses, complimented wines, for a very special price (just for you wanting to take part in the festivities!), there are also MasterClasses, cooking events, wine indulgences and many other special events, put on just for this, just for you!

I could go on for days, but I'll let you do a bit of research for yourself. Visit their website: http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au/ subscribe to the site and create your own little event planner. I dare you to try three things, maybe a cooking class, a special event dinner, a complimentary event or whatever else tickles your tastebuds.

I can assure you, you wont be disappointed. Once you're all satisfied, come back and tell me what do you love about the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival? No, wait, let me ask that question again, what do you love about Melbourne?

Giovanni Pilu Masterclass (thanks to Lavazza)

Muffin Break.