A new foodie precinct is set to open in Melbourne’s new suburb YarraBend, with renowned chef Scott Pickett curating the line up.

Forecast to be the World’s Most Liveable Suburb by 2025 by the Liveable City Futures report, YarraBend will integrate food into the foundation of its offering, with 2000 square metres of new retail space dedicated to cafes, providores, restaurants and bars.

Pickett, who owns Melbourne restaurants Estelle Bistro, ESP, Matilda and Saint Crispin, will take on an advisory role for the project.

“YarraBend is shaping the future of living and I wanted to be a part of crafting the culinary component of this vision,” says Pickett.

“We’re going to create a new foodie precinct and could end up giving High Street, Northcote a run for its money.”

The food quarter is expected to focus on healthy food options and will feature an indoor and alfresco dining space opening onto parkland.

“We have a clear vision for a diverse range of food and drink experiences and to ensure the mix of providers and dining options on offer reflects Melbourne’s food status, we’ve appointed Scott Pickett as the food curator to create this vision,” says Len Warson, creative director of YarraBend.

Scott Pickett will be speaking at Hospitality magazine’s Restaurant Leaders Summit, taking place in Melbourne on 30 July 2018. Click here to register for tickets and view the full program.

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