The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has announced new dates for its 2021 winter program.

The event was set to run between 20-29 August, but will now be held from 1-10 October.

“The current COVID-19 restrictions do not allow us to run the program in its intended format to ensure a successful festival for industry partners and a safe event for our guests,” says Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO of Food and Drink Victoria.

“The festival has played an important part in telling the stories of Melbourne’s world-class food and drink experiences … in what has been a difficult time for our hospitality operators …

“While we are naturally disappointed, we look forward to celebrating the very best this city has to offer with a program of more than 150 events across 10 days in October around Melbourne, including our new festival hub at the Queen Victoria Market.”

Current tickets will still be valid for the new festival dates.

The festival program is expected to return with as many events as possible alongside some new ones that will showcase the best of the state’s culinary sector.

October will see a combination of free and paid-for experiences including a pasta pop-up and a hot chip party.

There will also be a celebration of the grill with Jerry Mai, Shane Deli, Tom Sarafian and Tina Li, a plant-based experience spearheaded by Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters), Rumi and Fancy Hank’s and plenty more.

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