Melbourne to host The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards

Winners at the 2015 World's 50 Best Restaurants ceremony

Countdown begins on 5 April; City lines up month-long gala to celebrate food, wine and culture

Melbourne foodies are invited to share the excitement of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards at the world’s first public countdown and screening of the prestigious event at Federation Square.

Taking place on Wednesday, 5 April, the awards countdown and live screening, which is free and open to everyone, brings together several of the city’s well-known attributes—a picnic-themed Federation Square will play host to an evening of entertainment, featuring comedians from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (29 March to 23 April), live music curated by Music Victoria, and dinner options from some of the city’s best food trucks serving up Victorian produce.

Melbourne is only the third international city to host The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, following in the footsteps of London and New York. Brought to Australia by Tourism Australia in partnership with Visit Victoria, the week-long program includes the main gala industry event, ticketed public events, and touring options around regional Victoria for the invited chefs and international food media.

“The world’s culinary elite will descend on Melbourne this April, and with them, an invaluable opportunity to share our stories through our talented chefs, our world-class restaurants, and our unique regional settings. With hundreds of foodie events around town and our free The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards live-streaming event at Federation Square—everyone is invited to join in the celebrations,” said Peter Bingeman, Chief Executive Officer, Visit Victoria.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (31 March to 9 April) has also aligned its dates for 2017 to coincide with this prestigious culinary event and is honouring The World’s 50 Best Restaurants chefs from past and present in a series of chef collaboration dinners and MasterClasses.

“We are thrilled to be in our 25th year and to have the festival coincide with this one-time-only opportunity. Our events continue to get better each year as we continue to attract the elite of the world’s culinary leaders, and with so many home-grown talents and restaurants to showcase—there is something for everyone,” said Natalie O’Brien, Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

To further celebrate this unique culmination of food festivities, Visit Victoria is working with White Night Creative Director, David Atkins, on a week-long program of light projections on Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. The surface of the building will become a canvas celebrating Victoria’s culinary credentials from the city to the country every evening from 31 March to 5 April.

“Melbourne is internationally recognised as Australia’s arts and culture capital. At Arts Centre Melbourne, we pride ourselves on providing visitors with both remarkable cultural and culinary experiences, so it is our pleasure to be a supporter of the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards,” said Claire Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, Arts Centre Melbourne.

The Federation Square event will begin with food trucks serving up dinner from 5.30pm. Comedians and musicians begin the entertainment at 7pm and the live streaming of the awards begin from 8.30pm.;


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