Spring Flavour Exchange at Fed Square

It’s SPRING! Ready to celebrate the start of a new season, I enthusiastically made my way to Federation Square for the Spring Flavour Exchange. Held quarterly, the Flavour Exchange features seasonal flavours from local Victorian producers.  Armed with a stack of tasting tokens, I meandered around the enticing stalls nibbling on tasty bites and sipping local wine and cider. After a long, cold winter I was thrilled to sample the new food and drinks.

photo courtesy Dig + Fish

photo courtesy Dig + Fish

I love meeting representatives from local businesses and the Flavour Exchange is the perfect venue for this activity. Everyone I encountered was amazing.

Here are my recommendations from the spring tasting adventure:

For white wine, the surprise stand out was the Indigo Vineyard Chardonnay from Beechworth. Take this with a grain of salt – whites, and in particular Chardonnays, are not in my wheel-house. But this one was awesome. For reds, Peregrine Ridge might be lacking in a snazzy booth display, but their wines are excellent.

For food, I hate to sound like a broken record, but OMG Yarra Valley Pasta. Eat it now.

If you want to treat your kitchen to some high-quality local fare, many of the products are also available for purchase. Visit the Spring Flavour Exchange and your taste buds can kiss the winter time blues goodbye.

Jenny Schmidt is an event addict. She earned a BFA in theatre and has participated in arts festivals on three different continents (plus a couple of islands). When she’s not attending live shows, you can find her sampling the latest craft beer or sipping a classic cocktail.

The Spring Flavour Exchange runs September 3-4 2015, followed by the VIC100 Wine Awards on September 5  in Federation Square. Mark your calendars for Summer Flavour Exchange on 3-4 December.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were invited guests of Dig + Fish.