Melbourne Food and Wine Festival announces star-studded 2019 program

World's Longest Lunch. Image source: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

New year, new CEO, new knock-out line-up of chefs.

Former Gourmet Traveller editor Anthea Loucas Bosha revealed her first Melbourne Food and Wine Festival program yesterday as its new CEO.

The two-week long event celebrating the nation's industry's best will return on March 8 2019.

The House of Food and Wine, which will this year call the Malthouse Theatre home, will welcome a slew of local and international chefs to present cooking demonstrations, including Quay's Peter Gilmore, Brae's Dan Hunter, Momofuku Sei├Ábo's Paul Carmichael, Mr Wong's Dan Hong and Savour School's Kirsten Tibballs.

The House of Food and Wine will also host after-dark cook-offs and dinners featuring names like Morgan McGlone from Belles Hot Chicken, Palisa Anderson from Boon Cafe and Chat Thai, Thi Le from Anchovy, and more.

Events will run all over the state, from Yarra Valley vineyards to a moving degustation by Teage Ezard on a train in Drysdale. Many will focus on local produce and producers, including masterclasses in Wagyu beef, cheese, honey, wine and sea urchins.

The World's Longest Lunch will also return, this year hosted by hospitality veteran Karen Martini and run by an all-female team of chefs. The lunch will welcome 1600 guests to celebrate International Women's Day. There will be regional World's Longest Lunch events too across the state.