After multiple delays and cancellations, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is set to return this year with a stellar program.

Celebrity Chef Nigella Lawson will lead a line up of international culinary talent and make an appearance at the event’s Sunday Lunch.

“I’m thrilled and honoured to be joining the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in March,” says Lawson. “The 30th birthday of a great festival in a great food city deserves a great celebration, and that’s exactly what the festival will be.”

This year the festival will begin celebrations with the Herald Sun World’s Longest Lunch led by Attica Owner, Ben Shawry in the Treasury Gardens.

Dan Murphy’s World Longest Brunch is also back with a Middle Eastern offering served up by Maha’s Shane Delia, Rumi’s Joseph Abboud and Babajan’s Kirsty Chiaplias.

The Signature Chef Series presented by Lexus will feature Hong Kong Chef Jowett Yu, who will cook at Nomad; Burnt Ends’ David Pynt at Embla; Firedoor’s Lennox Hastie at Anchovy and Momofuku-alum Paul Carmichael and Sundays’ Morgan McGlone at Two Islands.

The program will also include The Big Spaghetti presented by That’s Amore Cheese and Welcome to the Jungle by Wanderlust, a plant-based event with Smith and Daughter’s Shannon Martinez at the helm.

In addition, Snacktown by Grampians and Pyrenees Wines will showcase Melbourne’s best global foods over the course of two days.

“Outside, inside, big or small, meat-based or plant-centric, top-dollar or free, wild, family-friendly or both, this festival has a food and drink adventure for you,” says Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Creative Director, Pat Nourse.

“With Melbourne as the setting, and powered by this city’s passion for hospitality and good times, the sky’s the limit. Come on down.”

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will run from 25 March to 9 April.

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