Melbourne’s hugely popular New Year Street Feasts is back for another year, once again set to draw enthusiastic crowds into the CBD and reinvigorate the city’s streets and laneways.
In a partnership between City of Melbourne, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and the Victorian Government, Street Feasts presents seven outdoor dining precincts that will host thousands of New Year’s Eve revellers at their favourite Melbourne restaurants with friends and family.
Each precinct will bring together restaurants and bars from the surrounding streets and laneways, offering diners more than 30 premium venues to enjoy on 31 December and a new precinct at Fed Square.
Some of Melbourne’s best-loved venues will feature, including Chin Chin, Hazel, Hero, Longrain, San Telmo and Supernormal. The program has something for all tastes, whether it’s feasting on stir-fried lobster and rice noodles with XO sauce at Chin Chin, dressing to impress for a shaken-not-stirred Casino Royale revel at San Telmo, hitting hot new bar Pearl Diver for oysters and cocktails, savouring Blak glitter and Indigenous glam at Big Esso, or simply getting together for lasagne and tiramisu with the kids at Pellegrini’s.
Taking inspiration from the piazzas and squares of Europe, New Year Street Feasts will open up some of the city’s most popular food precincts to bring guests an unforgettable dining experience on New Year’s Eve.
“Melbourne is the food capital of Australia,” says Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO of Food + Drink Victoria, the not-for-profit organisation behind Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming merrymakers back to the city to book a table at their favourite restaurant. We have so many wonderful venues participating in this year’s initiative and working with the City of Melbourne we’ve been able to increase their capacity so more diners can enjoy the New Year’s festivities.”
Lord Mayor Sally Capp says there’s no better way to ring in the New Year than by snapping up tickets to New Year Street Feasts.
“We have more to celebrate this year than ever before,” says the Lord Mayor.
“This is a chance for our traders to showcase what they do best – delivering some of the best meals and service in the world – all against the backdrop of our iconic streetscape.”
“Victorians can bid farewell to virtual dinners and celebrate alongside friends and family once more.”
The seven precincts are:
Flinders Lane East: Between Exhibition and Russell Street
Flinders Lane West: Between Russell and Swanston Street
Little Bourke Street
Little Collins Street
All bookings for restaurants open at 12 noon, 25 November, with seats available via mfwf.com.au. Booking New Year Street Feasts in advance is essential to keep the celebrations running smoothly and safely. More details on travel to and from the city will be released in the coming weeks.
The full program is available at mfwf.com.au; follow MFWF on Instagram at @melbfoodandwine for updates.