Support the locals and discover Melbourne’s best restaurants at this food festival

After a long break of two years, the beloved Good food and wine fairpresented by Citi, is finally back in Melbourne and kicking off with a bang for 2022, promising a stellar lineup of Victoria’s top chefs, restaurants and products to sizzle your senses.

To support some of our greatest local restaurants after such a difficult time for the hospitality industry, the fabulous team at TheFork have created the Eat Local Restaurant Pop-Up featuring three of Melbourne’s hottest restaurants: Pinchy’s, D’Silva’s Fried Chicken and 400 Gradi. You can grab a starter at one restaurant and a main course at another, before returning to your private lounge area and bar to get cozy with your team.

Here’s everything you need to devour.


From their funky and bright grammable interiors to their mouth-watering lobster rolls or stylish alcoholic cocktails, Pinchy’s has become a much-loved city institution, and it’s not hard to tell why. For just one weekend during the festival, the sensational team will leave their Bourke Street headquarters to make fine dining accessible to all, serving up serious seafood and champagne. Think Alaskan king crab rolls, lobster rolls, snapper croquettes and truffle fries. Yum.

D’Sylva’s Fried Chicken

A staple on nearly every list of Melbourne’s best fried chicken, you’re guaranteed that D’Sylva’s will appear again and again. Chicken master and owner/chef extraordinaire Adam D’Sylva has won worldwide accolades with modern and eclectic takes on the humble fried dish that will leave you desperate for more. The menu will include the famous ‘Adam’s burger’ stuffed with grilled panko crumbs, secret spices (we’ve asked him before, he won’t tell us…) and tangy sauces and sides to thrill and delight. We can’t wait.

400 degrees

These talented people from 400 degrees created the empire with seven Victorian restaurants, even expanding internationally with a stunning new location in Dallas, USA. Their concept is simple; they believe they are the masters of “real Naples pizza” (you’ll see “La Vera Pizza Napoletana” on all their signage), specializing in rustic flavors even the pickiest Italians would approve of. They’re keeping it authentic for the festival with three classic dishes; their meatballs polpette to die for, their favorite traditional pizzas margherita, diavola or mushrooms, and the beloved pasta dish cacio e pepe. Bellissimo!

Tickets sell out fast, so be sure to round up your gang and get in quick for a culinary feast you won’t forget.

The details

What: The Good Food & Wine Show, Melbourne
When: Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center
Buy your tickets here.

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Good food and wine show proudly endorsed by Urban List. To learn more about who we work with and why, read our editorial policy here.

Image Credit: @Eatingwithpicky via instagram.

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