A couple of weeks ago, my housemate and I got the chance to spend our Friday afternoon at the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show. Let me tell you, there are worse ways to spend your Friday than sampling free and delicious eats and drinks. Here is a snapshot of my afternoon, and a look at Liven App. This app is a game changer for Melbourne foodies (a.k.a everyone who lives in this city).
I want a sign like this in my house
Big Name Guests
When we arrived, we decided to make our way around the massive Convention Centre in a clockwise direction. As I turned to the left, I noticed someone was on stage doing a cooking demonstration. Then I realised it was acclaimed Australian chef, Matt Moran. No biggie. When we left Miguel Maestre happened to be gracing the stage. The Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show draws the big names, folks.
All the Drink Samples
The amount of wineries at the show will not disappoint you. Exhibitors come from around Victoria and Australia, with a big portion from South Australia. My housemate enjoyed sampling a few reds, but I like my wine on the sweeter side. If you’re like me and not a huge wine aficionado, never fear. It may be called a wine show, but there were plenty of beer and cider exhibitors too. Brewery Lane was a favourite place, where I tasted delicious cider from Shepparton and Sweden.
My kind of wine
Food, Food, Glorious Food
So.much.food. We sampled our way to the dining area at the other end, where there were about six different pop-up stalls. Each was selling something different but a bit more hearty, including mac’n’cheese, hot dogs, burgers and pizza. I went for a lamb, rosemary and honey sausage in a roll, while my housemate had this loaded hot dog.
After lunch we went hunting for dessert. We may have stopped for a drink and another snack or two until we found local company, Sprinkles, Spice and Everything Iced. Their $2 mini cupcakes were perfect sample size. I had to try the s’mores, as it reminded me of Canada. Another couple of foodie highlights were Maggie Beer and her expertly flavoured ice-creams, and some new spreads available exclusively in Coles. We tasted cookie dough, salted caramel and white chocolate, and I was imagining everything the cookie dough could be spread and drizzled on.
Must try Maggie’s ice-cream
Food shows and apps go hand in hand, which is why I was thrilled to learn more about Liven App. The app has partnered with many of Melbourne’s favourite eateries to make dining easier, cheaper, and to give us all some good karma. How does it work? The first step is exploring Liven (by distance or popularity) and checking out all the different offers. Once you find and then dine, you simply tap “redeem now” in the app when it comes time to pay.
Through Liven you receive a discount off the total bill, then you can even choose to donate money to your favourite charity. How good is that? Some of the charities involved include Salvos, RSPCA, OzHarvest and Beyond Blue. As the guys at Liven say: “the cake you’re eating helps others, so those calories don’t count.”
You can easily download the app for free on the App Store and Google Play here. It is currently only available in Melbourne and Sydney, but Brisbane is coming soon.
Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show
Although Melbourne’s turn is over, the Good Food and Wine Show has events coming up in Perth, Sydney and Brisbane. Check out their website for all the details. Note: If you’re in Sydney, tickets will be available via the Liven app at 20% off shortly – keep an eye on their offers page for details. If you get the chance to attend, I highly recommend checking it out (on an empty stomach, of course).
What’s your favourite foodie app? Share them in the comments below.
I received a complimentary pass to the Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show thanks to Liven App, but all consumption and opinions are very happily my own.