Today, Jo, Kin and I went to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival's Wicked Sunday event. This year's Wicked Sunday was all things Chocolate and Coffee, mmmmmm.
The weather was beautiful, a perfect 20 degrees getting slightly warmer throughout the day. The crowds came out to enjoy the food and festivities.
There was cooking demonstrations and presentation on many stages scattered throughout the area.
However, I was most interested in the food. We started off with a nice coffee and then ate our way through the stalls. Every thing that caught our eyes and noses we wanted to sample. We tried hot cross buns, cherry bread, brownies, biscuits and chocolates.
These babycakes looked so delicious, but I just couldn't get myself to part with $3 for a cake the size of my thumb (I'm not kidding, they weren't called babycakes for no reason).
Having ate our way to the end towards Birrarung Marr, we stopped to watch some acrobatics do a synchronised swimming show atop these 5 metres poles. They were very entertaining and funny.
Then it was a short walk back to Federation Square and the Atrium to sample chocolates. There was a mad crush of people all trying to get a look at the stalls.
One of my favourite chocolate stores Patchi, had a stall there. I have previously written about Patchi and how good their chocolates are. They're very pricey, so I try to restrain myself to not eat them too much. These beautiful individually boxed chocolates were by Patchi. Jo couldn't resist so bought one.
The Patchi Chocolate "cakes" were spectacular, I really wanted to take one home. But these "cakes" must have been made up of a few kilos of chocolate and would have cost most of my week's wage.
Other chocolate stores such also had beautiful displays of chocolate art such as these chocolate roses.
I had to muster all my strength to refrain from buying and eating everything. The festival was a lot of fun but the day was still early, so we walked over to Lonsdale street to absorb some more festivity at the Greek Festival.
There weren't as many people there as I expected, considering Melbourne has the largest population of Greeks outside of Greece. The festival iteslf was also a bit of a fizzer. I was expecting lots of cultural stalls, food stalls everywhere, dancing and singing and just a general buzz. Instead there were very few stalls and hardly anything cultural at all. The rides were sort of pathetic, with no one on them.
Even the food stalls were almost non existent. The few souvlaki stalls were so crowded that the queue snaked quite a few metres. Souvlaki is so abundant in Melbourne and I was so hungry that I wasn't prepared to wait an hour for one. Stalactites was bursting at the seams with people trying to buy their famous souvlaki.
The Greek festival was a major disappointment, with hardly any atmosphere, activities or FOOD. I was expecting all types of Greek food, but instead ended up eating Japanese Ramen for a late afternoon lunch. The day was still fun overall, enjoying the various atmospheres and beautiful Melbourne weather. There a still a few acitivities left in this year's Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, so get out there and enjoy it.