All aboard for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: the first running of 100 mile foodie’s Wine & Dine Train

It’s been a busy few weeks for the 100 mile foodie team with numerous functions and events keeping me busy. The highlight was our Melbourne Food & Wine Festival event held in conjunction with the Mornington Railway – the Mornington Wine and Dine Train.

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OK, let’s be honest. Things didn’t start out so well. Victoria’s dry late-summer/early-autumn ended in earnest with heavy rain falling throughout the morning of the event. Our guests won’t overly concerned though – a glass of bubbles and canapes under the platform roof at Moorooduc Station and every was soon in the right spirit!

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Canapes comprised Potato/ red onion Turkish börek, three-cheese arancini/ garlic aioli/ herb, pea/parmesan/ lemon crostini/ native tomato pearls, lamb/ dried mint Turkish börek and charcoal cone/ goat curd/ walnut/ pear/ local honey.

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Guests moved on to the train to enjoy some delicious local produce inside their own Bento box (pictured above). The menu featured chicken liver parfait, housemade pretzel knot, smoked trout/ crème fraîche tart/ lemon myrtle pearls, pumpkin/ goat’s cheese quiche, Sunny Ridge strawberries, local cherry tomatoes/ olives/ basil and Blue Bay brie.

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After the trip to Mornington, we were rewarded with a burst of sunshine just as guests arrived back at Moorooduc. The dessert menu, served on the platform, was mini lemon tart, hazelnut/ quince macaron/ truffled honey (pictured above), beetroot/ chocolate gelato waffle cone and strawberries/ cream gelato waffle cone.

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I was thrilled to be able to get out on the platform to meet with our guests, including some old friends who I hadn’t seen in ages, some great supporters of 100 mile foodie and even a hen’s party (pictured above) who included the Wine and Dine Train on their itinerary for a weekend of celebrations on the Mornington Peninsula. Watch for details of upcoming 100 mile foodie events – coming soon!

Cheers, Marlene Hoff

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