MFWF Ginstronomy

The annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival returns this year to celebrate the local food and wine industry across 250 events with the theme of ‘Community’.

One of the many events is the Crawl ‘n’ Bite program which will take guests on a journey in local neighbourhoods. One suburb that features is Victoria Harbour who will be hosting Native Botanicals & the Art of Ginstronomy. The sold-out event is the first of its kind and will take Festival goers on a sensory exploration of native botanicals and the rise of 'ginstronomy’.

On the rooftop of 883 Collins Street, the festival team and Victoria Harbour have created a sublime garden of native botanicals including  how myrtle, eucalyptus and other Australian natives.

With expertise from bartending legend and local gin distiller Sebastian Reaburn, the event allows patrons to become part of the production process by harvesting botanicals from the rooftop garden which will be added to the bespoke gin to be used in the Native Botanicals Crawl.

The host of Three Triple R’s Eat It's Cam Smith, guides guests through Lendlease’s most recent residential building  The evening concluded with a taste of the blackcurrant negroni and gin and food pairing in collaboration with Fitzroy restaurant Charcoal Lane.

Although the ginostromy event is sold out , there are still tickets available for other events at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Find out more from

Written by Helena Lea.