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This Week in Food: Winery walkabout and something for Mum

Ross and Kate
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Victoria’s longest-running wine festival, Winery Walkabout, returns to Rutherglen over the Queens Birthday long weekend. Nineteen local wineries will be offering up gooidies to taste, sip and savour, including the region’s famour Muscat and Durif. There’s be back-vintage tastings, behind-the-scenes tours, masterclasses, and of course plenty to eat – with Mexican street food at All Saints Estate, Farm-grown duck sausages at Jones Winery, ‘Low and slow’ brisket at Warrabilla and more. Early-bird tix start from $45 for both days; designated drivers get free entry or use the TAC winery shuttle buses (at a small cost).

You may have heard of the NSW north coast’s “it” accommodation Halcyon House at Cabarita Beach; or its two hatted restaurant Paper Daisy – well, Paper Daisy is coming to us. Well, at least, head chef Ben Devlin is coming to Mornington Peninsula’s stunning Lindenderry for a “gourmet weekend” from Fri 18th – Sun 20th May. Guests will learn learn culinary skills with an intimate masterclass, enjoy cocktails and canapes overlooking the vineyard and indulge in a one-of-a-kind four-course dinner with paired wines by Ben and the Lindenderry team. Weekend packages start at $725 for a Courtyard Room and dinner ticket.

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Bourke Street’s new Hawker-style barbecue bar, Heroes, will open mid-May. The South East Asian charcoal wood-fired barbecue bar will be split across four levels with karaoke rooms, private dining rooms, barbecue bar and a ‘weather-proof’ rooftop bar. They’re promising east meets west, old world versus new world, and plenty of iconic 80s pop culture references.

Put a stick in one hand, a mic in one and a beer in the other. wait…

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Plenty of venues putting on Mother’s Day menus around town, but remember, whichever one you choose will be your lunch too, so no harm in going to one you’ve been meaning to try!
One great option is Donovan Cooke’s Ryne in Fitzroy North. They’ll let you book in for a from either a set 5 course feast; or go or the two and three course a la carte menus. Highlights from the menu at the moment include seared Scallops with crispy chicken wings, lentils, mushroom, & garlic foam or the Coq au Vin with king oyster mushrooms, shallots, carrots, and red wine sauce.

Fitzroy’s Nomada is doing set menu lunch or dinner; dishes include Coffin Bay oyster, slow cooked egg with creamed leek, spanner crab and Yarra Valley caviar, rabbit rillette, leek and manchego cheese croqueta, coal grilled calamari, milk braised lamb shoulder, patatas bravas and to finish, churros with chocolate. Oh my! It’s $66 per person for the set menu.

The stunning Yagiz in South Yarra is serving up a shared degustation lunch from midday to 9pm on Mother’s Day. All mums will get a signature Turkish Delight Cocktail on arrival before settling into the dining room to enjoy an innovative menu by Head Chef Murat Ovaz, priced at $75 per person.

Ross and Kate