The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has announced that its 2017 awards will take place in Melbourne on 5 April. The event, celebrating its 15th anniversary, will be hosted at the city’s Royal Exhibition Building.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has partnered with Tourism Australia to bring the series to Australia in 2017. The overall event program, running from 1 to 7 April, will showcase Australia’s food and wine culture to an international audience of industry professionals.

“After 14 years hosting the awards event in London, we decided to take The World’s 50 Best Restaurants on a global tour, kicking off in New York in June 2016. Now we could not be more thrilled to be moving to Melbourne, one of the great food cities of the world, in 2017. Come April next year, Australia will undoubtedly be the place to be for those passionate about great food and inspired restaurants. In partnership with Tourism Australia, we will also take the opportunity to highlight the country’s unique produce, brilliant wines and dynamic dining scene,” said William Drew, group editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will run its program of events, from 31 March to 9 April. This will include a MasterClass series celebrating The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, featuring chefs from around the globe, on 1 and 2 April.

 “This event is a wonderful opportunity for the world’s most influential people in food and wine to experience the fine wine Australia produces. We are excited to showcase the innovation, quality and diversity that Australian winemakers are known for as we bring a taste of our most renowned wine regions to Melbourne,” said Andreas Clark, CEO of Wine Australia, which will provide wines throughout the event.  

Three Australian fine diners featured on this year's list, which saw Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana, in Modena Italy, crowned the world's best restaurant

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