January Food Festivals
Wait, it’s January again? Well, bye, bye 2023, and hello 2024, we guess. I mean, is it just us or did that fly on by like a too-violently tossed salad? Let’s get on with it then because there is clearly no time to waist (see what we did there). Let’s kick the year off with some of our annual favourites.
Vida Melbourne Latin festival
Dates: Friday 12th – Sunday 14th
Location: Tom’s Block. Kings Domain Gardens.
Cost: Free (or purchase VIP tickets)
Vida Melbourne Latin festival is back again so if you missed it last year, make sure you learned your lesson! This all-ages event will fill your foodie’s belly with the flavours of Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile… you get the point. This year, the Vida Melbourne Latin festival is promoting the message of “Share the Love” and invites everyone to attend with inclusivity and accessibility.
So Frenchy, So Chic
Dates: Sunday 14th January
Location: Werribee Park Mansion, Werribee South.
Cost: FREE for kids, from $68.50 for students
With a curated selection of French classics in food, wines, and cocktails, the annual So Frenchy, So Chic event embodies Parisian style and elegance. Come for the food, stay for the fun. There is even a best-dressed contest with liquid reward encouragement. Check your ticket options because this year they’ve introduced a varied pricing structure with highly discounted tickets for teens, students, and groups, and the kids are free.
Geelong Beer Festival
Dates: Saturday 20th
Location: Johnstone Park, Geelong
Cost: From $37.87
Here’s one for all you beer lovers! Take a short trip to beautiful Geelong for the 2024 Geelong Beer Festival. But of course, we wouldn’t be including it here if it wasn’t for all you foodies too. The event includes culinary presentations and cooking demonstrations to delight so you know there will be plenty of opportunity to try the local delectables. It’s the chance to learn about the perfect food and beer pairings – an essential skill for any Aussie!
Port Arlington Mussel Festival
Dates: Saturday 13th
Location: WG Little Reserve, Wadawurrung Country, Newcombe Street, Port Arlington
Cost: $5 adults, children FREE
No one can turn a good mussel festival down! Treat yourself to all of the wonderful fresh local produce while taking in the vision of Port Arlington Beach. The highlight here is the famous Port Arlington mussels and any foodie will delight in the options available here. Do you know how many ways you can serve mussels? Well, here’s one way to find out. And if you are worried about how you’ll get there, why not enjoy a VIP ferry mussel festival package with Port Phillip Ferries, or jump on the free local shuttle bus? Learn more about the Port Arlington Mussel Festival here.