Melbourne Food & Wine Festival returns with a huge weekend of pasta
A huge weekend pasta fair at Queen Victoria Market is just one of the events Melbourne Food and Wine Festival this March 25 to April 9.
It’s normal to see queues of hungry people lining up at the That’s Amore Cheese stall during the Queen Victoria Night Market. They’re here for a bowl of the four-cheese spaghetti formaggi, known and loved for how That’s Amore serve the pasta straight from a 40kg wheel of Grana Padano cheese.
The Melbourne cheesemakers are bringing the dish back to the market (along with other cheese-laden offerings) for the Big Spaghetti, a weekend tribute to pasta, cheese and all things Italian food and wine happening from April 2 to 3.
“Spaghetti in Italy brings the family back together,” says That’s Amore Cheese Founder, Giorgio Linguanti. “We've been serving 1,100 portions in five hours at the night market every Wednesday…we are ready for big numbers.”
Top local Italian restaurants like Agostino’s, Tipo 00, Marameo, Mister Bianco, Lagotto, Al Dente and Pastore are also signed on to the event, serving pasta dishes like spaghetti alla gricia, macaroni carbonara, pappardelle with ragù di cortile, and tortellini cacio e pepe.
It’s all rounded out with Italian wine, music, fried Nutella toast and live demonstrations (including how to make burrata).
“We’re excited,” Linguanti says. “Melbourne has been, for a couple of years, away from events and gatherings.”
“Finally, we can get everyone back together for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.”
The Big Spaghetti is just one of many events taking place as part of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) 2022. An annual event on Melbourne’s social calendar since 1993, the 2022 festival is particularly momentous – not just because it’s the festival’s 30th year, but because it marks the event’s triumphant return to the city after being cancelled in 2021.