Good times brew as part of Eat Drink Westside

Bevan Dalziel of West City Brewing; Shayne McCallum of Up In Smoke, Robi Smith, of Up In Smoke; and Sam Hambour of Hop Nation. Photo by Damjan Janevski

Good times and fine dining are brewing in the west as part of the Eat Drink Westside program.

Fifteen events will feature during the 10-day food festival (March 31-April 9), spread across new venues and old faithfuls as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine festival.

Footscray favourite Up In Smoke will be on board for the first time, serving smoked snacks in the beer garden with local craft beer breweries Hop Nation and West City Brewing.

Lentil as Anything will turn up the heat with its Hotter Than Anything menu – 20 hardy souls will tackle a bowl of extra spicy vegan chilli con carne.

Konjo Café Restaurant will host a drumming jam as traditional coffee is roasted and brewed as part of a traditional communal dinner.

Sixty years of Sicilian baking will be celebrated at T Cavallaro & Sons, The Plough will offer Pig, Pots and Pinots, and Copper Pot in Seddon will take diners on a gastronomic road trip across Europe. Copper Pot owner and executive chef Ashley Davis said Eat Drink Westside creates a high-end dining experience normally reserved for city restaurants.

Further afield, events include a four-course progressive dinner through Sunshine and a produce-driven lunch matched to wines at the regional World’s Longest Lunch at Shadowfax Winery.

Maribyrnong mayor Catherine Cumming said the foodie festival showcases the diverse cuisines that bless the west.

“With a fascinating mash of international cultures now calling Melbourne’s west home, you’ll be sure to find a taste to suit your fancy in this year’s Eat Drink Westside festival.”