Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Six events you can't miss at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Every year since 1992, the streets of Melbourne have filled with thousands of foodies for ten glorious days every March. The annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is beloved by chefs and food critics and showcases the best produce from the surrounding state of Victoria, as well as chefs from all over the region. Now in its 26th year, the iconic event has grown exponentially, and attracts food-lovers, speakers and chefs from all over the world to the city. Here are the best food-filled events that you simply can't miss at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

The House of Food and Wine

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's iconic House of Food and Wine is filled with demonstrations, workshops and talks from both Australian and global foodie talent. Michelin-awarded chefs from all over the world demonstrate their signature dishes and panel discussions on everything from coffee roasting to sustainability are held. If you're feeling hungry after watching the demonstrations, stop off at Sundae School Ice Creamery, where unusual flavours inspired by the presenters are whipped up. Then, get your hands dirty with a workshop - subjects range from fermentation to growing fungi and you'll be sure to leave with some new tricks up your sleeve.

The World's Longest Lunch

One of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's greatest traditions, the quirky World's Longest Lunch event is held annually in the charming Victoria Gardens, in Prahran. Three talented local chefs are selected to prepare the three course feast each year, which is devoured by over 1,600 diners, seated at a table which stretches more than 500 metres across the park. This is a joyful experience that you truly can't miss and showcases some of Melbourne's most exciting new culinary talent.

The Village Fest

Head out of the city and into the stunning Victoria countryside for a foodie event with a rural feel. The Village Fest is held annually in the tiny town of Jindivick, located an hour outside of Melbourne. During the festival, Jindivick's small main street transforms into a culinary wonderland, complete with a charming fairground, old school meat raffle and plenty of live music. The town is carefully set up with recreations of nostalgic shops from the past, like a green grocer, dispensary and milk bar, and as you wander through and see what's on offer you'll notice the twist - they're all helmed by the finest Australian culinary talents, who create traditional foods that you can buy - but amping them up with their cooking skills and creative flair.

Crawl n Bite

Aiming to showcase Melbourne's surrounding foodie scene area by area, Crawl n Bite organises three excellent food crawls around the state of Victoria. If you pick their Ballarat Crawl event, you'll be led around the quaint gold mining town of Ballarat to try local wines and cheese at foodie stalwart Mitchell Harris Bar and Cellar Door, and sit down for an unforgettable meal at Underbar, a tiny fine dining restaurant where every flavour is inspired by the landscape around.

Restaurant Express

The week the festival is on in the best time to try some of Melbourne's best loved restaurants. With over 70 restaurants across Victoria participating, you can get two courses and a matched wine for only $40 per person. It's the ideal opportunity to try that restaurant you've always wanted to - from New York inspired steakhouse Steer Dining Room to Spice Temple, home of exquisite Chinese cookery by star chef Neil Perry.

Global Dining Series

If you're interested in trying international fusion food, book tickets to some events in the Global Dining Series. From Korean to Mexican cuisine, some of the city's best restaurants are taken over by the world's best chefs, who showcase new innovative dishes, often invented for the festival and blending multiple culinary traditions together. If you're a fan of Korean cuisine, make sure you attend New York chef Junghyun Park's residency at Peter Jo's Melbourne restaurant Shik, and for Mexican fans, head to breakthrough restaurant Mamasita to experience Rosio Sanchez's incredibly inventive Mexican cooking.

Miranda Kerr confesses love story

Miranda Kerr confesses love story

Miranda Kerr started her modelling career when she was her early teens and since then she has become one of the most prominent models in the world. In fact, she was the first Australian to become a Victoria's Secret Angel (in 2007). In 2008, she was listed among the world's 10 highest-earning models and has modelled for the likes of Prada, Balenciaga and Vogue.

At a pre-Grammys gala in Beverly Hills, the 32-year-old stepped out publicly for the first time with her new boyfriend Evan Spiefel, the billionaire founder of Snapchat.

This is her first public romance since her divorce from Orlando Bloom, with whom had a son who is now five years old.

The model revealed she met her current boyfriend at a dinner in LA for Louis Vuitton and became friends. We were really good friends for a long time before we started dating, she said.

They couple confirmed their relationship on November 2015. "We met actually at a Louis Vuitton dinner in New York a year ago," she said. "We just started out as friends and eventually it developed into more." Kerr said Spiegel was a "really kind person and very genuine and very authentic", adding, "also he's very intelligent".

The Australian model stepped her relationship with 25-year-old Snapchat founder Evan Spiefel up to the next level by introducing him to her young son, Flynn. They had been dating for 6 months, a period she agreed with her ex-husband Orland Bloom when they separated. We had to know the person for six month and feel good about them, she said.

Even met Flynn, so yeah, things are going well. Orlando thinks he's great. We're just a modern family now!

Despite the fact that she is 7 years older than him, Kerr said it does not always feel she is dating a younger man who has an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion. He's 25, but he acts like he's 50, she said.

"He's not out partying. He goes to work in Venice [Beach], he comes home. We don't go out. We'd rather be at home and have dinner, go to bed early."

But she also admitted there were some advantages to dating a younger man, confessing she has the best of both worlds.

She also shared her beauty tips. Beautiful skin is healthy skin. That's why it's important to feed your skin from the inside as well as outside. Choosing fresh, organic – when possible – produce, drinking enough water and using a skincare that is nutrient-rich and full of essential fatty acids. That's why I developed KORA Organics, it's formulated to feed, protect and nourish your skin

Miranda Kerr also shared what she does every day to stay in shape. I work out most days but I do things that I enjoy so it's less of a chore… I practice yoga daily even if only for 20 minutes, and then rotate between Pilates, ballet, swimming, cycling, hiking and keeping up with Flynn.

Beauty Tips from Aussie Celebs

Beauty Tips from Aussie Celebs

Aussie celebs are among the most beautiful in the world, but you are not only born with beauty. You also have to look after yourself. Here are some tips from the most beautiful Aussie celebs:

Ruby Rose: A beauty product has to be gentle so it feels good on the skin. It also needs to inspire you a little. I do Bikram yoga and I don't drink alcohol or soft drink. I do, however, drink coffee, water, coconut water, green tea and peppermint tea.

Kylie Minogue: I'm pretty obsessive about sunblock and, at night, I use a really good moisturiser. I can't remember the last time I went to bed without doing my routine but I keep things pretty simple.

Margot Robbie: Queenslander Margot Robbie is a huge fan of Australian-made organic skin care products. She uses products for her face that include sea buckthorn oil and jojoba oil.

Asher Keddie: Asher Keddie's beauty secret is to eat whatever she wants in moderation. Her diet includes good red wine at dinner. However, she eats clean, unprocessed goods, drink plenty of water and gets her hands dirty on her farm in Victoria.

Nicole Kidman: I wear sunscreen, I don't smoke and I take care of myself, and I am proud to say that. Kidman also swims 30 minutes every day but she makes sure her fair skin is covered up.

Shanina Shaik: "If you want to apply foundation or cover-up, mix it with your moisturiser first — don't just use the foundation alone. I find it goes into your skin and gives it a more natural look, so you don't get what I call 'the mask.' Nobody wants that over-makeup look."

Natalie Roser: "My biggest beauty secret would be skin preparation. A good primer and moisturiser are so important and help me ensure that my makeup stays flawless all day.

Elyse Knowles: "Prepping the skin is very important . . . make all the red blood cells come to the surface by massaging the face whilst moisturising."

Kelly Gale: "Every time I wash my hair, I put it into two plaits and go to sleep like that. It makes my hair nice and wavy. I have a natural wave, but this makes it more controlled and less frizzy."

Jesinta Campbell: "The chop was the best thing I ever did. My hair is so easy to do! I can literally get out of the shower, let it dry naturally and then just flip it over to one side."

Lilla Conradsen: "My biggest beauty secret would have to be the salt water from the ocean. I tend to swim as much as possible, even throughout Winter."

Elouise Morris: "I love texturised hair as mine is super straight, I usually spritz sea salt spray or dry shampoo to give it body and that sexy beach hair look!"

Ashley Hart: "I have been travelling a lot . . . so being healthy and looking after myself is key. I meditate twice a day and always try to fit in a yoga class so I keep my beauty routine fairly simple. Cleansing and hydrating is super important."

Elyse Taylor: "Beauty means being natural and letting your personality come through."

Lucy Markovic: "Mixing nutmeg, honey and lemon juice together creates a fantastic DIY face mask. It smells amazing as well!"

Miranda Kerr: "In the Summer, I always carry my Kora Organics Citrus Energising Mist ($39.95) with me, that's really good for Summer. I'll put that in the refrigerator; I'll have one at home because it's so invigorating. It's not like a regular face mist, it's a really rejuvenating face mist which really helps balance the skin and rejuvenate the skin, it's got lots of antioxidants in there, it holds the moisture in the skin as well."

Wanderlust 108

Wanderlust 108

Wanderlust 108, the world's only mindful triathlon, is a field day for your mind, body and soul. Instead of a trophy, the prizes are a vibrant community, self-awareness and inner peace. Instead of a competition, it's all about the community.

The run is 5 kilometres long. You don't have to sweat it, just do it at your own pace. Either run, walk, prance or skip, stroll or strut, you can choose how you get there, as long as you make it to the finish line.

There couldn't be a wanderlust event without Yoga. If you like stretching, this is the place for you with 75 minutes of yoga flow underscored by a DJ. Whether it's your first or 500th time on your math, you can find your own beat. From Aerial to AcroYoga, you can reach new heights.

The festival also features a 30-minute guided meditation to clear your mind, relax your body and complete the mindful triathlon.

Also, during the event, you can relax in the Kula Market, which is jam packed with funky local crafts and delicious organic foods. You can also sign up for one bonus activity, such as AiReal yoga, acroyoga, hooping, slacklining, or tribal marking. Always make sure you sign up in advance since the bonus activities tend to fill up really quickly.

Tasty treats and local threads at the Kula Market which features locally made crafts, jewelry, yoga gear, snacks and a boochgarten - the kombucha biergarten. The Melbourne leg of this widespread, international event is held at the Catani Gardens, which is boarded by Jacka Boulevard, Beaconsfield Parade & Pier Road, St Kilda.

Starting at 8.30am the Wanderlust 108 festival runs all day until 4pm, and you can register as an individual for $40, or gather together a few of your friends, come up with a team name and register as a group.

You must try this triathlon as it is unlike any other. No competition and stress-free. It is not only good for your mind but it is also good for your body. You get to do a pre-run stretch. It is great to feel part of a community as it is a peaceful and friendly race.

The event is not only good for your mind and body but it is also environmentally responsible as it encourages people to recycle. You can find zero waste compost and recycling stations throughout Wanderlust 108.

Some Wanderlust 108 events feature live performances. Depending on the area, you might find some bands entertaining the crowd with tunes that will make you want to dance. And there is music all day long, there might even be a DJ around.

There are also fascinating yard activities - Acroyoga, slacklining, retro yard games and other activities.

There is a mindful market featuring clean and organic bites.

You can enjoy yoga all day. From pre-race to sunset, you get to take various yoga styles from world renowned instructors. more info on wanderlust.com