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Melbourne’s unpredictable weather has turned on the sunshine this weekend – perfect weather for outdoor eating and drinking. And a festive garden party is a picturesque location for wining and dining al fresco as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2013.

Put Victoria On Your Table: Cellar Door and Artisan Market is a weekend event that’s being held in the surrounds of Como House and Garden. Winemakers, brewers, butchers, fisheries, bakers and producers from all around Victoria have come together for an upmarket and festive farmers market with food and wine tastings, activities, demonstrations and live entertainment throughout the day.

If you’re a regular at Melbourne’s accredited farmers markets you’ll probably be familiar with a lot of the producers. I bought gourmet ice cream from Gundowring Fine Foods, chocolate hedgehog from Springhill Farm and Persian feta from Yarra Valley Dairy in the Cheese Room (yes! a room where you can eat your fill of cheese!).

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For take away eats there were barbecues roaring throughout the grounds though the most popular item seemed to be cone of fried calamari from The Flying Calamari Brothers located in ‘Sustainable Seafood Square’.

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The Seppelt Lawn Bar is the place to be when you need a rest. Spread out your picnic rug and goodies bought from the stalls and loll under the shady umbrellas while sipping on local wine, beer and cider.

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Finally, my favourite stand award goes to Otway Forest Shiitake where they are selling grow-your-own shiitake mushroms on behalf of Special Effects Nursery. Apparently each log will yield around 500-1kg of mushrooms a season and they can last for several years. I’m wondering whether RM would agree to sharing the bathroom or bedroom cupboard with a mushroom log ….

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There’s loads happening on the opening weekend of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival so check out the other events in the program here.

Put Victoria on Your Table Cellar Door and Artisan Market,Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2013, Como House & Garden, Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave, South Yarra 

Saturday 2 March and Sunday 3 March 11-6pm

$45.00 Adult with tasting. Child/Youth (12-17): $10, Under 12: Free. Adult General Admission $20