MFWF: A St Albans Wander

The MFWF's 'A St Albans Wander' took attendees on a tour of the town's diverse food scene, stopping at hotspots like St Albans Market (Big Sams), Co Thy Quan, Next Mart, Dil Dosti Restaurant, Pista House, and Hanna Coffee for a day of unique and delicious flavours.
Saturday, April 1, 2023

Melbourne is a city that is well known for its vibrant food and wine culture, and the Melbourne Food and Wine festival is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year for foodies in the city. This year's event in St Albans Town Centre was no exception, with tickets selling out quickly and attendees eagerly anticipating a day of culinary delights.

The event kicked off at the Bowery, where Simon McCuskey led the group with an introduction to St Albans. This set the scene for what was to come, as attendees were taken on a tour of some of the best food spots in the area.

The first stop was the St Albans Market, where attendees had the opportunity to sample some of the freshest local fruit available. This was a great way to start the day, and it gave attendees a taste of the quality of produce available in the area.

The next stop on the agenda was Co Thy Quan, a Vietnamese restaurant famous for its traditional dishes and signature Pandan tea. Attendees were treated to a feast of flavors, with dishes that included pho, spring rolls, and banh mi. The Pandan tea was also a hit, with its unique flavor and refreshing qualities.

The third stop on the tour was Next Mart, a Balkan grocery store that also offers a range of traditional dishes. Here, attendees were treated to a delicious Balkan Meza platter, which included a selection of meats, cheeses, and dips. The flavors were rich and satisfying, and attendees were impressed by the quality of the food.

Co Thy Quan, St Albans Market (Big Sams) & Next Mart

The tour also included a visit to Dil Dosti Restaurant, a popular Pakistani restaurant known for its delicious cuisine. The attendees had the opportunity to savour the restaurant's signature dishes and enjoy a meal that left them feeling satisfied. The portions were generous, and many attendees even took some food home with them. Overall, the visit was a great opportunity to experience the diverse culinary scene in St Albans.

After finishing their third meal of the day, it was time for dessert, and the attendees made their way to Pista House. Here, they enjoyed a range of traditional Indo-Pak desserts, including Goolab Jamun and others. The attendees were also gifted a box filled with Pista House's best sellers, which was a lovely touch and a great way to remember the day.

Pista House & Dil Dosti Restaurant

To round off the food experience, attendees stopped by Hanna Coffee for some traditional Bosnian coffee and scrumptious Turkish delight. The coffee was rich and aromatic, and the Turkish delight was the perfect way to end the day. Attendees also got to take a small bag of Turkish delight home, which was a nice touch.

Hanna Coffee

Overall, the Melbourne Food and Wine festival (MFWF) event in St Albans Town Centre was a huge success, with attendees enjoying a range of delicious food and drink throughout the day. The event was well organised, and the quality of the food and drink on offer was exceptional. It was a great way to showcase the local food scene in St Albans, and it left attendees eagerly anticipating the next event. To relive the day, check out our Instagram and Facebook reel!

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