Experience No.084 in Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences.
How Taste of Melbourne gets the city’s chefs to serve food in the same place is beyond us. What we do understand is that the idea is pure genius. When else can you afford to sample dishes from 15 of Melbourne’s finest restaurants for the price of one meal?

Start off small with a dish like quail Kiev and horseradish spiced coleslaw, served last year by Circa, the Prince, before moving on to Jacques Reymond’s seared Hervey Bay scallops and Sher Wagyu beef.

This four-day festival held in August each year celebrates talent at prices so reasonable everyone can come to the party.

Money is exchanged at the door for Crowns, the festival currency you cash in at stalls inside Carlton’s Royal Exhibition Building. Each dish costs around 8-12 Crowns, the equivalent of $8-12. Tickets and crowns can be pre-bought online, a smart move when last year queues stretched down the street.

Handing your money over ahead of time also means the food sort of feels free. Pretend coins have never been so much fun.

Start off small with a dish like quail Kiev and horseradish spiced coleslaw, served last year by Circa, the Prince, before moving on to Jacques Reymond’s seared Hervey Bay scallops and Sher Wagyu beef.

Each restaurant serves at least three different dishes, showcasing skills on entrées, mains and dessert.

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton Vic. (03) 9270 5000, www.tastefestivals.com.au

Did you know: Taste of Melbourne has an Australian sister event, Taste of Sydney. Taste festivals are also held in London, Dubai, South Africa and Germany.

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