Food festivals - East coast to east coast

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival starts today (Friday)! I'm so excited and yet depressed I won't be there to enjoy this wonderful festival. There are masterclasses with amazing Australian and international chefs such as Maggie Beers and Atul Kochhar. Or for those who just want to sit back and enjoy the show there are plenty of Melbourne restaurants with special festival menus. This includes some of my favourites such as Cumulus Inc., Flower Drum, Donovans, Koko Black, Movida Aqui, and more.

Not to mention the wine tasting part of the festival with several tastings are available at the Melbourne Convention Center. Jacques Reymond is also hosting a wine tasting which is sure to be accompanied by a scrumptious meal. Likewise Circa in St Kilda and The Botanical in South Yarra are also hosting tastings.

The only consolation I have is that there are a few food festivals in Boston too! South End is presenting Taste of the South End. This one stop night celebration of food in support of AIDS Action Committee at the Boston Center for the Arts. Enjoy great food some of the most innovative chefs in South End have to offer while supporting a great cause.

For those wanting to experience outside of South End, this Sunday marks the first week of the winter Boston restaurant week. Some of the places I've reviewed are providing lunch or dinner menus that give you a glimpse of their innovative creations such as Uni Sashimi Bar, Bistro du Midi, and Eastern Standard. There are of course an extensive list of restaurants I'm anxious to try including No. 9 Park and Upstairs on the Square.

And little preview of Marliave who are also part of the Boston Restaurant Week event:

Marliave's Rarebits: A simple yet universally satisfying combination of toasted bread dipped in melted farmhouse cheeses, Lager, and Vermont bacon.

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