Waterside Wander: Victoria Harbour Crawl ‘n’ Bite

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Waterside Wander:  Victoria Harbour Crawl ‘n’ Bite presented by Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and Victoria Harbour

‘Waterside Wander’ is a guided culinary & cultural tour through Victoria Harbour hosted by wine expert Max Allen.  This amazing event is part of ‘Crawl ‘n’ Bite’, a curated series presented by the ‘Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’ and ‘Victoria Harbour’.

This year the Festival will host 13 bars, restaurants and neighbourhood crawls, many of which have already sold out.  ‘Waterside Wander’ is one of the “Crawl ‘n’ Bite” events, and it takes place in Victoria Harbour which is part of the newly developed Dockland’s region, a lovely area to showcase and reveal some hidden gems.

Thursday 6th April 2017

11;30am – 2:30pm


$98 (Includes cooking demonstration, a dish and drink at Saluministi, lunch with matching wine at A25 Pizza and wine at Library at the Dock)

Highlights from our sneak peak into this event:

A25 Pizzeria

A25 Pizzeria specialise in gluten free pizza doughs, focaccia and hand made pasta.  Stating boldly on the wall in purple fluorescent lights, “Pizza is Sexy”, this cosy Italian restaurant offers a homely feel and serves a delicious range of traditional pizza and pasta dishes with a modern twist.  A25 Pizzeria are known for their award winning pizza, the ‘Bunga Bunga’ (topped with Italian sausage, porcini mushroom, Parmesan & mozzarella),  their ‘Sexy Truffle Pizza’ (topped with truffle cream, mushroom, radicchio, mozzarella & parmesan), as well as their absolutely delectable ‘Golden Gaytime Panacotta’ which tastes incredibly similar to the ice-cream that it pays homage to.

Chat with wine expert Max Allen

A brief but welcome stroll around the corner to the Library at the Dock; a light filled, contemporary space with an amazing view of the water.  The Library is one of inner city Melbourne’s six libraries and four community hubs.  This fabulously unique space played host to the second component of the evening, presented by noted journalist and wine expert, Max Allen.  Allen gave an insightful talk on the indigenous history of Victoria Harbour, the Yarra River and Melbourne’s unique inner city wine growing areas, whilst sipping on a few lovely local wines.


Saluministi is a boutique Italian dining experience, that represents old school Italian traditions passed down from their nonni (grandmother).  By focusing on quality seasonal produce and old school traditional flavours, they are able to consistently deliver a overall memorable experience that will keep you coming back for more.   At Saluministi they pride themselves on their authentic home made salumi, cured meat and cheese share platters, simple yet divine panini and of course decadent desserts that will have your mouth watering.   Here, you will be treated to a Master class on curing and cooking porchetta and the secrets to creating good crackling.  Following this you will be able to enjoy their very popular ‘Pork Panini’, along with a lovely Italian homestyle coffee and one of their absolutely scrumptious dessert options.

Overall, you can expect to experience a fabulous afternoon, filled with an amazing selection of food, wine and enlightening conversation.  It was also wonderful to take a stroll around a suburb of Melbourne that is new, fresh and exciting.  Highly recommended.


Published on: 27th February 2017
By: Beck Morley
Photo credit: Beck Morley, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Josh Robenstone, Saluministi & A25 Pizzeria