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NMIT delivers two top taste sensations for November

25 Mar 2013

Daylight savings is here, and summer is on the way, so it's time to get out of the house and enjoy some of the best food and wine Victoria has to offer.

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT) is kick-starting the tasting season with two great food and wine events in Melbourne's north.

Darebin Homemade Wine Festival
Managed by NMIT 1st Year Diploma of Hospitality / Events students and co-presented by NMIT, Darebin City Council and Darebin Ethnic Community Council, this event is a celebration of Darebin's multicultural community and its traditions of producing homemade wine and beer.

Wine and beer producers include local Darebin residents spanning a wide age range - those in their 70s and 80s plus a new wave of interested novice wine-makers aged from their 20s. The event celebrates the cultural exchange of wine and beer making knowledge within families (grandparent to child) and the community.

There will be wine and beer tastings all afternoon accompanied by some fabulous food and live entertainment including Bohemian Nights (accordion and violin duo), an Italian choir and a salsa dance routine.

This event is family friendly and there will be drawing and colouring activities for the kids.

When: Saturday 7 November, 1 - 5 pm
Where: Preston City Hall (284 Gower Street, Preston)
Cost: Free

NMIT Food and Wine Expo

NMIT Food and Wine Expo - 9 November
4.00pm to 8.00pm $7 Entry
Download a FlyerThis market style expo offers something for all lovers of food and wine, bringing some of Victoria's best boutique wineries and talented food producers to the northern suburbs.

The Expo features 20 exhibitors providing taste sensations from around Victoria including wines from the Macedon Ranges, Heathcote, Sunbury and Rutherglen regions, cheeses, preserves, olive oil, bread and beer. There will be plenty of free samples on offer and opportunities to purchase direct from the producers.

There are also cooking demonstrations, wine master classes run by staff from NMIT's viticulture program, a gourmet BBQ, and appetising antipasto hampers. Free roving entertainment, including Singing Waiters, will keep visitors entertained while they quaff and munch on some of Victoria's finest.

“The NMIT Food and Wine Expo gives wonderful exposure to niche producers from around the state and provides the northern suburbs with a cellar door experience on their doorstep,” says Expo Event Manager, Abigail Place. “Food, wine, entertainment and education are all celebrated at the Expo and our event, wine tourism, cookery and hospitality students are all involved in making this event a significant one for the NMIT annual calendar.”

The Expo will also feature a range of NMIT's own produce including wines (Northern Estates 2008 Chardonnay, Northern Estates 2008 Northern White, 2004 Eden Park Merlot and 2004 Strathbogie Shiraz) grown in our vineyards and bottled at our Epping campus winery; fine chocolates made by our cookery students and gourmet sausages and satays prepared by NMIT's own chefs and students.

As with previous years, Expo visitors will receive a tasting booklet upon entry that includes vouchers for special offers from local businesses to enjoy later on.

When: 9 November, 4 - 8 pm
Where: St George's Restaurant (NMIT)
77 - 91 St George's Road, Preston 3072
Cost: $7 entry


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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on seven campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.