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Bookings & info #MWF14

Regular reading, fine wine, delicious food and adventurous travel are some of life’s essential ingredients. Explore the world from the Festival with visiting gastronomes and globetrotters. Contemporary connoisseurs will delight in a smorgasbord of Thinking & Drinking sessions, gastronomic gatherings and cross cultural adventures when celebrated food critic Ruth Reichl takes audiences to foodie heaven, mountaineer Andrew Lock, adventurer Tim Cope, and broadcaster and epic cyclist Emma Ayres guide us on Great Journeys. And a new wave of writers from Jakarta, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore connect Melbourne to Asia in City to City.

CITY TO CITY Discover the cultural and social intricacies of our Asian neighbours as we gain a local’s perspective of the diverse, bustling and literary cities of Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai and Jakarta – as seen through the eyes of its writers. At ACMI The Cube. Shanghai, Fri 22 Aug, 11.30am Jakarta, Fri 22 Aug, 2.30pm Beijing, Sat 23 Aug, 2.30pm Singapore, Sun 24 Aug, 10am Supported by Latrobe University and Marco Polo Festival

WINTER WINE WEEKEND IN THE GRAMPIANS An exclusive literary weekend getaway with a focus on gorgeous gardens, good food, great wine and thought-provoking conversations. Join local and international writers and experts including Professor Allen Grieco and Andrea Frost for a weekend of intimate events at Mount Langi Ghiran and The Royal Mail Hotel. Sat 9 & Sun 10 Aug. Accommodation packages available, bookings essential. Visit for full details

Visit for full details

READING ON THE ROAD Founder of Lonely Planet Tony Wheeler joins legendary travel writer Don George to discuss the pleasures of reading travel books. Discover their favourite travel writers and books and how reading has shaped the journeys of two of the best-travelled men on the planet. Fri 22 Aug, 6pm. The Wheeler Centre. Price: $22/$19 Code: 7203

MWF ON THE ROAD: AIREYS INLET Celebrate globe-trotting and wanderlust in a weekend of talks and workshops with our very best travel writers. Meet, learn from and be inspired by Robyn Davidson, Tim Cope, Ailsa Piper, Julietta Jamseson, Sue Gough Henly, Laura Jean McKay and Andrew Nette. Fri 22

& Sat 23 Aug. Bookings essential. Visit for full details

CROWDSOURCED CRITICISM Food writing has undergone a massive community-driven revolution in recent years. What does it mean for writers, readers, restaurateurs and diners? Blogger Lorraine Elliott (, Yelp’s Tresna Lee and food writer Dani Valent discuss the new dynamics of food criticism. Sat 23 Aug, 1pm. ACMI Studio 1. Price: $22/$19 Code: 4303

PAPERBACK RIDERS Come for a bike ride with writers and riders Greg Foyster, Tom Doig, Emma Ayres, Ianto Ware and your host Hilary Harper as they head to a series of illustrated talks combining their passion for the road with creative pursuits including piano, viola and writing. Your ticket gives you access to both the illustrated talk and the bike ride.

THINKING & DRINKING Discover the latest in food – from do-it-yourself to fine dining – from the leaders in food and wine who know them best. Thinking & Drinking invites guests to evenings of top notch conversation with a glass of wine in hand.



Once the domain of five star hotels, fine dining has returned to bolster Australia’s prolific food culture. Andrea Frost, Cindy Hauser and Ronnie Scott explore contemporary notions of fine dining, its association with privilege and its sustainability alongside casual, yet excellent, cafes and restaurants. Includes wine and light canapés.

Meet champions of the DIY food movement Alla Wolf-Tasker, who built the renowned Lake House in Daylesford, and acclaimed baker and businesswoman Phillippa Grogan, to hear what they have to say about the resurgence of simpler living and eating in an era of heavily manufactured convenience. Includes wine and light canapés.

Mon 25 Aug, 6.30pm. Duke Of Wellington. Price: $30 Code: 6505

Tue 26 Aug, 6.30pm. Duke Of Wellington. Price: $30 Code: 6605



There are a lot of unexpected consequences of the ‘big green’ environmental movement – confusion being one of them. Our expert panel of ethical thinkers explain how we can incorporate simple, sustainable practices into our everyday lives. With Cassie Duncan, Tammi Jonas and Ewan McEoin. Includes wine and light canapés.

Discover what makes the perfect meal at this not-to-be-missed dinner with acclaimed food critic and memoirist Ruth Reichl, Sommelier of the year Campbell Burton and Walkey Award winning journalist Virginia Trioli. Enjoy a delicious three course dinner and matched wines at Andrew McConnell’s Moon Under Water.

Wed 27 Aug, 6.30pm. Duke Of Wellington. Price: $30 Code: 6704

Sun 24 Aug, 7pm. Moon Under Water, Builders Arms Hotel. Price: $130 Code: 6403

Supported by Victoria University Sat 23 Aug. Ride: 1.30pm. The Henry Turner Memorial Reserve, Victoria University Footscray Park Campus. Talks: 2.30pm. Footscray Community Arts Centre. Price: $22/$19 Code: 6306

GREAT JOURNEYS Our group of intrepid adventurers will deliver the ultimate slide shows as they share their epic and inspiring cycling, sailing, riding and climbing travels across Indonesia, from Mongolia to Hungary, England to Hong Kong or up Mt Everest – twice.




passion for Indonesia in her latest adventure Indonesia Etc: Exploring the Improbable Nation. She will take audiences on a fascinating journey of discovery including taking tea with the dead, visiting a leper colony and dining on dog for dinner.

Strap yourself in for the ultimate tall tales as Australia’s most accomplished high-altitude mountaineer Andrew Lock guides you through the highs and lows of climbing all fourteen of the world’s 8,000 metre mountains, including Mt Everest – twice!

ABC Classic FM presenter Emma Ayres will take you on a nine-month cycling adventure from Shropshire in England to Hong Kong. Along with the provocative, surprising and funny stories Emma will discuss the musical soundtrack that accompanied her epic journey.

One of the earlier projects to be funded through crowd sourcing site Kickstarter, Bobbie Rounds the World is the story of Emily Richmond’s remarkable journey of solitude, perseverance and courage on a 24,000 mile open sea adventure.

Sun 24 Aug, 11.30am. NGV Australia. Price: $22/$19 Code: 9404

Sun 24 Aug, 1pm. NGV Australia. Price: $22/$19 Code: 9405

Sun 24 Aug, 2.30pm. NGV Australia. Price: $22/$19 Code: 9406

Sun 24 Aug, 4pm. NGV Australia. Price: $22/$19 Code: 9407



Australian author and adventurer Tim Cope invites you to join him on the trail of Genghis Khan. Tim will take you on a 3-year 10,000km horse ride from Mongolia to Hungary, without having to leave the comfort of the Festival.

Elizabeth Pisani documents a life long

Sun 24 Aug, 10am. NGV Australia. Price: $22/$19 Code: 9403


2014 MWF Festival Guide