Eat Drink Westside

Be our guest in the west!

Eat Drink Westside is a unique collaboration between Melbourne’s western region councils and the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and supported by Western Melbourne Tourism.

The Eat Drink Westside program started in 2016 and it shines a light on the area’s culinary gems and enviable food community by offering decadent and delicious events as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.

Westside Crawls 2021

Westside Crawls is part of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s March 2021 lineup and we’re excited to host local and visitors to a series of moveable feasts in Melbourne’s west!

They’re intimate, progressive sessions at various locations in which foodies can meet up with friends and family over several stops to explore new cuisines and switch up their meals.

Think of them as a progressive dinner with a walk or two in the neighbourhood so you can soak up the local vibe!

For all event enquiries, please call: 9823 6100 or email info@foodandwinevic.com.au

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Caroline Springs Crawl

Join us for a delicious Westside Crawl in Caroline Springs, one of Melbourne’s fastest-growing communities.

The Caroline springs Crawl starts with the tantalising taste of Izumi, a Japanese restaurant that’s consistent crowd-puller. Next up is authentic Indian flavours from Priya Indian Restaurant. Finish your night with a bespoke cocktail at Fancy Things, the neighbourhood’s newest wine bar.

Nothing beats a night out in Caroline Springs!

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Melton Crawl

Melton’s foodie scene has undergone a huge transformation in recent years, with new eateries popping up all over town. From Latin American street food to Thai cuisine and the finest in Indian cuisine, there’s plenty to try.

First stop on the Melton Crawl is Latin Foods & Wines, your go-to in Melton for empanadas, pisco, smallgoods and the delicious sandwiches de miga.

For the next stop we leap around the globe and put Asia on our plate, visiting Pad Thai for main course.

Last stop is at Simply Indian, a restaurant focused on traditional and contemporary Indian cuisine for people to enjoy.

Join us to explore the flavours of Melton town centre in a single night with this Westside Crawl through some of its culinary delights!

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Moonee Ponds Crawl - SOLD OUT

The Moonee Ponds Crawl sees visitors explore the heart of the favouite foodie haven in Melbourne’s west.

Fancy, sticky pork belly parcels or chickpea falafels? That sounds delicious. Couple that with a welcome cocktail or craft beer from Mighty Collective and The Mighty has the makings of a great start to the evening.

At Philhellene, you'll enjoy a hearty plate of traditional Greek fare. The food is prepared with the assurance of thirty years of hospitality by owners John and Susie Rerakis.

Our last stop for the night is Escagrill, Mt Alexander Rd's steak, seafood and oyster experts. We make our way to see their other speciality - the fine art of dessert.

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Altona Crawl

Pier Street is one of the best eat streets in Melbourne's west and the Altona Crawl takes in three of the strip's best locations for an evening of exploration.

Start the night at Hangar 1One2, a local favourite makes an impact with their Mexican-inspired menu.

For the main part of the meal, the Altona Crawl heads across the tracks to Pier 71 Bar e Cucina, a restaurant in Altona that serves mouthwatering wood-fired pizza and home-cooked Italian dishes.

The last stop of the night is Hopheads. In case you couldn’t tell by the name, this beer-centric bar goes heavy on the pours and is quite literally bursting at the seams with a plethora of flavours.

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Seddon Crawl - SOLD OUT

Ah Seddon, visitors are going to be impressed with all you have to offer as part of this Seddon Crawl!

Luxsmith is a great first stop for an Asian-fusion meal in Seddon.
Then we’ll continue to Copper Pot and dine with Ashley Davis, a chef with a love of the food of bistros, bodegas, and trattorias throughout Europe.

And then we’ll slide through the unmarked door and into Lay Low Bar, a cozy, sophisticated, and hidden neighborhood bar, to enjoy dessert.

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St Albans Crawl - SOLD OUT

Join us in St Albans for a feast of three restaurants in one night!

The St Albans Crawl explores one of Melbourne’s up-and-coming food destinations with a wander around some of its favourite neighbourhood eateries.

The adventure starts by eating the very best of Vietnamese dishes at Quang Vinh, a bustling restaurant serving happy diners for more than a decade.

The second stop is a short stroll to Phi Phi 2. A Vietnamese-Chinese landmark, you’ll be sampling Asian barbecue and giggling over one of the most pun-tastic restaurant menus ever!

The night ends with dessert at Pista House with a sweet and spicy taste of the subcontinent.

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Werribee Crawl - SOLD OUT

Step up to the bar, indulge your love of food, and enjoy three dining and drinking destinations during the Werribee Crawl along the riverside.

We'll start the evening with a chef's selection of artisan cured meats and cheeses at Wolf on Watton.

The next stop is Teddy Picker, one of the neighbourhood's most exciting new additions, to try their wood-fired pizza.

The evening closes with a wine tasting masterclass at Corked - luckily your guide will be able to sneak you through a hidden door to find it!

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West Footscray Crawl - SOLD OUT

West Footscray is a thriving dining destination in Melbourne’s west and the West Footscray Crawl showcases the area’s vibrant food scene in an intimate street-level setting.

Your night starts with delicious tasting platters at Zymurgy, a new addition to the ever-expanding West Footscray food scene. It's a collaboration between Footscray brewers Hop Nation and chef Julian Hills at Navi and celebrates the art of fermentation.

The next stop is Harley & Rose, who will be showcasing their wood-fired pizza and wine.

And for the final touch? Where better than Chibog to enjoy beautifully styled desserts that channel the sweetness of the Philippines.

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Ascot Vale Crawl

Let's get this party started at Union Square, Ascot Vale’s new pop up park!

The Ascot Vale Crawl opens with The Vale Bar & Eatery serving up cocktails and mocktails, smoked mushroom, black-garlic polenta and chicken skewers with aji panca marinade and pickle.

As you arrive at Arcadia Gastronomique, you are greeted with their signature paella — the choice is yours, chicken and chorizo or vegetarian?

The sweet finish is gulab jamun, everyone’s favourite syrup-drenched dumplings from Fork & Fingers.

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Werribee Park Crawl - SOLD OUT

Enjoy a Sunday out inside the historic, sprawling Werribee Park precinct, taking in two of its restaurants and the renowned Shadowfax winery.

Joseph’s is located in the prestigious Mansion Hotel. It’s the pinnacle of old-world opulence inside the impressive mansion and the restaurant has thoughtfully crafted an experience of savoury delights.
The Refectory Parlour is set within a heritage building and gardens and offers indoor and outdoor dining, a cake counter, and gourmet picnic hampers. Chef Sara O'Callaghan promises an epicurean experience for your next course.
The final stop on the Crawl is a wine-tasting session at Shadowfax Wines. Dedicated to creating high quality, handcrafted wines, Shadowfax produces chardonnay, pinot gris and pinot noir from its high-altitude Little Hampton vineyard in the Macedon Ranges as well as a range of Minnow wines from its Werribee vineyard.

Finally, if you want to make a night of it The Mansion Hotel also offers accommodation in their uniquely styled rooms!

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Sunshine Crawl - SOLD OUT

Sunshine is one of Melbourne’s most vibrant culinary communities, and this fantastic Crawl makes the most of its diversity.

A traditional Coffee ceremony at Gojo Café Restaurant kicks things off brilliantly.

The next place to stop is Xuan Banh Cuon, a pillar of Sunshine's food scene. The restaurant’s specialty is the cuisine of the north, and it has earned many devoted fans.

For the main course, we'll head to SalamaTea House. Here we’ll enjoy drinks, Persian food and an intimate welcome from owner Hamed Allahyari, a leader of the local food community.

We’ll finish off savouring the flavours of Vietnam, with a tropical sweet finish at bustling dessert specialists NNB Dessert House.

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Spotswood Crawl - SOLD OUT

Take to the streets of Spotwood and taste beer, learn about artisanal distilling and enjoy the culinary wonders of this special corner of Melbourne’s west.

The evening starts in style at Australia’s first female-owned brewery, Two Birds, which celebrates more than 10 years in business in 2021. We'll learn a lot about Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen’s vision for the brewery and have some paddle-tasting fun.

Then to Hudson’s Road Wine and Beer, where we’ll catch up with a local distiller Autonomy Distillers. We’ll also taste their product alongside some cheese and charcuterie.

Your final stop is a sample of the food at Oscar's Teta. The restaurant is a blend of traditional Lebanese fare using recipes handed down through generations, as well as dishes with a more contemporary twist, inspired by the flavours and techniques of Lebanese food.

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