That foodie mecca that is Taste of Melbourne is back this year from Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 November. (To read about my previous visit to Taste of Melbourne in 2010, click here.)

This year they’re braving Melbourne’s unpredictable weather with a new outdoor location on the Pelican Lawn on Albert Park Lake and the festival will showcase dishes from a broad range of Melbourne’s restaurants – walk your tastebuds from MoVida to Mamasita, from The Aylesbury to Albert St Food & Wine.

The festival is more than just the food and wine stalls. For instance, sustainability will be a major focus for the festival and The Sustainable Living Garden will be dedicated to greener cooking and host a rotating lineup of restaurants. You can learn the art of cocktails at Sensology with a step by step guide to making and serving iconic cocktails or get knowledgeable about coffee in the Nespresso Experience.

I’m most looking forward to checking out the Malaysian producers market and Malaysia Kitchen, hosted by former Masterchef contestant and celebrity chef Poh, and learning some new kitchen tricks from top chefs in the Chef’s Skillery.

Tickets start at $25.00 and can be purchased by calling Ticketek on 132 849 or visiting www.tasteofmelbourne.com.au.

Giveaway! Thanks to Taste of Melbourne I have 5 x double passes to give away which can be used for the Thursday 15 November session 5.30-9.30pm, the Friday 16 November session 12-4pm or the Friday 16 November session 5.30-9.30pm.

To win all you have to do is leave a comment by 5pm Wednesday 14 November and then check your inbox overnight to see whether you’ve been randomly picked as a winner (you’ll have to pick up the tickets from the media window on the day you choose to attend ie Thursday or Friday). Good luck!

Giveaway is now closed and winners have been contacted.