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A Moveable Feast: This Week In Food – February 10

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THIS WEEK IN FOOD: February 10

ASIAN, ANYONE?
Asia TOPA is on now in Melbourne, but things just got ‘foodie’. The festival itself celebrates Melbourne’s relationship with contemporary Asia – across performance, visual, screen and literary arts … and now it’s getting culinary. 

Some of Melbourne’s fave chefs specialising in Asian cuisine (Lee Ho Fook’s Victor Liong; Longsong’s David Moyle and Pho Nom’s Jerry Mai) are taking over three of Arts Centre Melbourne’s food and beverage venues from Valentine’s day until March 5. It’s all open to the public, or you can book in for an Asia TOPA performance too. The menu’s look fabulous, you can check them out at https://www.asiatopa.com.au/food-and-drinks 

Asiatopia.

Asiatopia. Photo: Kristoffer Paulsen

CUE JAZZ HANDS
The Twilight Jazz Festival is on next Saturday (18th Feb) from 4pm at the stunning Cruden Farm, and our mate Hilary McNevin was in charge of lining up some fab food offering. So if you heard down, you can enjoy eats that stay true to Jazz’s roots, Burn City Smokers are doing US-style barbecue and Juan Diddy Gourmet Hot Dogs will provide Kransky sausages from Collingwood’s MeatSmith in fresh brioche buns with a selection of fillings.  Iain Ling from Carlton’s The Hotel Lincoln is providing the beer – The Lincoln’s own Special Bitter – and spirits, and wines are from Mornington Peninsula’s Elgee Park.  Bring your own picnic basket, rug, table and chairs – or indulge in barbecue and hot dogs, tea and coffee – sit back, enjoy and dance to the very best of music in the extraordinary ambiance.  http://www.crudenfarm.com.au/ 

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There’s some fab food on offer at the Twilight Jazz Festival.

LOVEY DOVEY
Righto, here are some other Valentine’s Day options for you, you’re welcome: 

The Baths Middle Brighton: Enjoy a five-course degustation menu for $120.00 per person with some of the best views in Melbourne. There’ll be Tasmanian oysters with cucumber, creme fraiche and pickled ginger; twice cooked pork belly with fig and walnut salad finished with a balsamic glaze and chargrilled beef fillet, pan fried gnocchi, spinach and morel veloute, and then share a dessert tasting place and Australian cheese. 

Circa, The Prince: Held in Circa’s iconic dining room, you and your loved one can indulge in five courses designed to entice – there’ll be Hiramasa Kingfish, WA scampi, duck, Flinders Island lamb and of course sweet, sweet dessert. $110 for the five dishes. 

Ma Cave at Midnight Starling: I’m dying to try this one, but you can get there first. How about a romantic weekend away to Kyneton? On Friday or Saturday nigth indulge in a set degustation menu (five courses $100 or eight courses $140), prepared by Michelin Star trained chef, Steven Rogers at his newly opened Ma Cave at Midnight Starling. An intimate, ‘wine-cave’ inspired setting hidden beneath Steven’s original landmark restaurant, Midnight Starling. Post dinner, relax and unwind in Kyneton’s boutique bed and breakfast Flop House and spend the remainder of the weekend exploring the rugged Macedon Ranges countryside. http://www.midnightstarling.com.au/ 

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