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Come graze along the river

11 Feb 2016

Come graze along the river Image

By Ella Gibson

The heart of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival can again be found along Southbank this year from March 4 to 13 as part of the River Graze program.

Design team Hassell has come on board to design the “Urban Dairy”, which will act as the central hub for the festival.

Open morning until night at Queensbridge Square, the space is designed to bring the farm experience to the city featuring an immersive ‘sounds of the dairy’ accompanied by a gallery of Australian dairy personalities that showcase the people, processes and products behind one of the country’s largest industries.

The space has been designed to be a large scale dairy themed “milky wonderland”, inspired by collective childhood memories of long summer days spent at the iconic Australian milk bar.

This will include theatrical-sized dairy products, rolling green pastures and cows dotted throughout the space. A collection of local shopping strip store fronts, including a milk bar, will flank either side of the Southbank promenade.

There will be three distinct seating areas, a bakery, a cheese shop and a licensed bar, as well as ice cream offerings from New York’s Big Gay Ice Cream, Pierre’s, Gelato Messina and Hartsyard (Sydney).

Internationally renowned French baker Gontran Cherrier will serve up freshly baked goods from the bakery, and the cheese shop will retail local and international cheeses ready to take home. On the shelves will be a unique cheese produced specially for this year’s festival by Yarra Valley Dairy.

A range of workshops and events will be held each day of the festival including cheese making, kids workshops on both weekends, and dairy-inspired, two-course dinner.

Other River Graze highlights in the precinct include a riverside pop-up seafood festival at World Trade Centre Wharf and a garden pinic at the National Gallery of Victoria over the weekend of March 5 and 6.

Operating hours are from 7:30am – late. Find the full dairy program online at MFWF.com.au/program/urban-dairy, and book tickets at MFWF.com.au

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