Take a bite of the Big Apple in Melbourne this winter as the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presents a series of international collaborations, not-to-be-missed events and tastes of NYC across Melbourne from 27 July to 12 August 2018.

On sale from today at mfwf.com.au/melnyc, the series is presented by the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival as part of MEL&NYC, an unprecedented program of events curated by leading Melbourne organisations and communities to celebrate the strong cultural connections between the two global cities and coinciding with MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Food and Wine Victoria Executive Director, Jane Brook, said: “Melbourne and New York are two of the world’s best cities for foodies, so we’re excited to bring the best of New York to Melbourne this winter.

“From iconic New York deli and steakhouse dishes to culinary experiences inspired by the extraordinary works at MoMA, Victoria’s world-class food and wine industry will bring a wide variety of New York tastes to life in special events and activations across the city.”

International collaborations

Brooklyn’s small restaurant and wine bar The Four Horsemen features wines by growers around the world who best represent their particular terroir while using little intervention in the vineyard or the cellar. Chef Nick Curtola, who has helmed the kitchen since opening, will join forces with Melbourne’s Embla in a wine mashup of biblical proportions. Sunday 29 July, from 1pm, $75 including food and a drink on arrival

In February this year, New York’s Momofuku Ko redefined accessible luxury with the opening of the Ko bar, featuring an open kitchen with just over 20 seats. The kitchen is designed as a space both for tasting menu research and development and as a playground for Ko chefs to cook and serve what they love to eat – US$7 ‘fried chicken (not hot)’ was an early favourite. Ko Executive Chef Sean Gray and General Manager Su Wong Ruiz will be in Melbourne for the Ko bar’s collaboration with Fitzroy’s neighbourhood wine bar Marion.

Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 August, from 5pm, chef’s menu for $110, with drinks available for purchase. Note – Reservations must be made via Marion by phone on 03 9419 6262 and payment will be taken at the time of booking.

New York-themed events and tastes of the city

Additional collaborations will be announced in the lead up to the festival- Events are listed in chronological order

Pastrami on Rye at Fancy Hank’s – celebrate New York in style with Fancy Hank’s version of the iconic sandwich made famous by Katz’s Delicatessen. Available at lunch Thursday – Sunday between 27 July to 12 August or until sold out, $13

The New York Classic at San Telmo – spend a night in a 1970s New York steakhouse and enjoy a timeless menu that will deliver a big plate of nostalgia with a baked potato on the side. Saturday 28 July, lunch, $123 for five courses and a drink on arrival

An Evening Inspired by Le Bernardin at QT Melbourne – Pascale Bar & Grill will bring the delights of Parisian simplicity and New York innovation to Melbourne using locally sourced produce with a curated menu by Executive Chef, Andy Harmer. Wednesday 1 August, 6pm, $150 for six courses and matching wines

An Italian-American Love Story at Tipo 00 – expect waiters liveried in white blazers and clothed tables piled with shared family-style dishes and carafes of wine as Tipo 00 re-imagines a traditional Italian-American Sunday lunch. Sunday 5 August, lunch, $90 for three courses and a carafe of wine

Modern Movements @ Palermo – indulge in the flavours of pop art, cubism, abstraction and surrealism in a playful dinner inspired by the modern art era movements. Wednesday 8 August, 6:30pm, $123 for five courses, a drink on arrival and a Fernet Branca with dessert.

Meet Me Under The Clock at Green Light Diner – Green Light Diner at Flinders St Station will take inspiration from New York’s Grand Central Oyster Bar with an American-style seafood menu for one night only. Wednesday 8 August, dinner, $40 for Cajun fried popcorn shrimp, five oysters and fries or $70 for Cajun fried popcorn shrimp, New England clam chowder, five oysters, Maine lobster roll with coleslaw and one cocktail

The Best Meal of the Day at Atlas Dining – enjoy tastes that are signature to any NYC deli experience as Atlas Dining serves brunch for the very first time. Saturday 11 August, 9am and 11:30am, $43 per person for three course brunch with matched cocktails available for purchase

NYC, Te Amo at Mamasita – take part in a laid-back Sunday lunch inspired by Mexican artists Rivera, Orozco, Lack, Iturbide, Bravo and Kahlo. Sunday 12 August, 12 noon, from $78 for lunch with Agave or wine matches available for purchase

Starward Whisky Celebrates the 5 Boroughs – inspired by the classic cocktails bearing the name of New York’s 5 legendary Boroughs, come along for the naming of our own 5 Boroughs of Melbourne that will be represented by 5 bespoke cocktails capturing the flavours, sights and spirits of our home city. Sunday 12 August, 5pm, $93 including drink on arrival, 5 x cocktail samples, 5 x New York style street food tasters

Tickets on sale now at www.mfwf.com.au/melnyc. This program is part of MEL&NYC, supported by the Victorian Government.