After 2016 edition in New York City, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants announces that its 2017 awards will take place in Melbourne in April. The flagship event, celebrating its 15th anniversary, will be hosted at the city’s historic Royal Exhibition Building on the evening of 5th April.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants has partnered with Tourism Australia to bring the series to its new home for 2017, where world-leading chefs, restaurateurs, sommeliers, media and influencers will gather to celebrate the very best in global gastronomy. The overall event program, running from 1 st -7 th April, will showcase Australia’s outstanding food and wine culture to an international audience of industry professionals and food lovers.
William Drew, Group Editor of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “After 14 years hosting the awards event in London, we decided to take The World’s 50 Best Restaurants on a global tour, kicking off in New York in June 2016. Now we could not be more thrilled to be moving to Melbourne, one of the great food cities of the world, in 2017. Come April next year, Australia will undoubtedly be the place to be for those passionate about great food and inspired restaurants. In partnership with Tourism Australia, we will also take the opportunity to highlight the country’s unique produce, brilliant wines and dynamic dining scene.”
John O’Sullivan, Managing Director of Tourism Australia, says the awards and event program provide a natural extension to its Restaurant Australia campaign. “Great culinary experiences are about people, produce and place and with the confirmation of Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building as the venue for next year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, I think we’ve found the perfect location to host such a prestigious global gathering of food and wine luminaries.”
Wine Australia will provide wines of the highest calibre throughout the program, which includes the traditional Chefs’ Feast – a unique private gathering of the finest culinary talent in the world taking place on 4 th April – as well as further satellite events. Wine Australia’s CEO, Andreas Clark, says: “This event is a wonderful opportunity for the world’s most influential people in food and wine to experience the fine wine Australia produces. We are excited to showcase the innovation, quality and diversity that Australian winemakers are known for as we bring a taste of our most renowned wine regions to Melbourne.”
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, has already agreed to align its dates with The World’s Best 50 Restaurants 2017. It will now run its program of events, in its 25th year, from 31st March to 9th April. This will include a MasterClass series celebrating
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ move to Australia coincides with the country’s ongoing drive to highlight its food and wine credentials to the world.