Victoria's local cuisine
80% of Malaysians believe that Australia’s food is basic and casual.
Victoria is home to some of the most exquisite culinary creations in the country. Sip the sensational wine varieties from one of the state’s many wine regions, or experience the seasonal selections at fine dining and casual venues alike. From the buzzing coffee culture of Melbourne to the innovative dishes of regional restaurants, Victoria serves up fresh, local produce, award-winning wines, and food festivals that will satisfy every appetite.
Melbourne is well known for its almost endless list of fantastic restaurants, but regional Victoria is also full of incredibly innovative dining experiences that are turning small towns into foodie destinations. In Birregurra, along the Great Ocean Road, you’ll find a true farm to plate experience at Brae, a 30 acre organic farm. The Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld is the Grampians most awarded restaurant, showcasing the best of the region’s produce. While at the Lake House in Daylesford you’ll be treated to innovative, seasonal dishes alongside an acclaimed wine list. Finally, there’s the newcomer on the Mornington Peninsula. Don’t let the surreal interiors distract you - the unique dining experience at Doot Doot Doot is all about local producers.
Victoria is known for its rich red wines and cool-climate chardonnays, but beyond the vineyards are gins there are beers and whiskeys just waiting to be sipped. In fact, Australia’s leading craft spirit is made in Healesville in the Yarra Valley. Four Pillars Gin offers tastings of their award-winning spirits, distillery tours and even masterclasses. The Whiskery, a tasting room set within a distillery, is just an hour and a half drive from Melbourne and offers a range of gin and whisky to try. If you’re big on beer, head down the Mornington Peninsula Beer, Cider and Spirits Trail, which weaves a scenic path to delicious handcrafted beers. Try the gluten-free craft beer at TWOBays Brewery or the pear and apple ciders at Hart’s Farm.
A great way to get an introduction to the foodie scene of Victoria is by attending one of the many festivals that celebrate the gastronomic delights of the region. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival hosts over 300 events in Melbourne and across the state, celebrating the bounty of each distinct region. The Grampians Grape Escape is a fantastic regional event that was voted in the top Grape Harvest Festivals in the World by American Express. There are also countless events on to celebrate everything from barbecue to craft beer, so bring your appetite and discover all the flavours of Victoria at any of these great food festivals.
Join the locals on a weekend to shop for fresh, seasonal local produce straight from the paddock, veggie patch or farmhouse kitchen. Apart from the iconic Queen Victoria Market, visit Prahran Market and South Melbourne Market for the extensive line-up of seasonal produce and hard-to-find speciality goods. Alternatively, leave the hustle and bustle of the city to embark on a taste trail in Yarra Valley. The Otway Harvest Trail indulges foodies with fine local produce such as farmhouse cheese at Timboon Cheesery or the single malt Australian whisky and liqueurs at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. If you are a seafood lover, embark on a self-drive epicurean adventure within the Bellarine Taste Trail. Taste the region's famous blue mussels and oysters fresh at Advance Mussel Supply.