New crush at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

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Discover your new liquid crush at a huge drinks festival taking place at the Queen Vic Market.

Swipe right on your new favorite drink to New crush, a big celebration of locally produced alcohol taking place on Saturday 9th April at the Queen Vic Market. Taking place within the framework of Melbourne Food and Wine FestivalNew Crush is your chance to meet the freshest new drinks made in Australia with the people who make them.

Divided into five zones (wine, beer, cider, spirits, and light and soft drinks), New Crush promises to be an afternoon of music, snacks, tastings, and education. In the wine cellar, take part in a guided wine tasting at six distinct wine bars, plus speed-dating with some of Melbourne’s leading wine personalities, including producers of Black & Ginger in the Grampians , ECK Wines from Heathcote and ARC from Gippsland Wines.

In the beer garden, choose from 24 of the freshest draft beers, one of six themed tasting palettes, or the lucky dip bar for those feeling a little adventurous. Featured producers include Hawkers, Dainton, Sailors Grave Brewing, Tallboy and Moose, Co-Conspirators Brewing and more. There will also be a table tennis tournament throughout the day, where you might even come face to face with a local brewer.

In the cider bar, it’s not just apples and pears: choose from over 20 ciders from some of Australia’s most exciting producers. Whether you prefer sweet, dry, or a little in between, producers available include Fin, DV Cider, Daylesford Cider, Kelly Brothers, Napoleone & Co., Mr Little Cider, and more.

At the liquor bar, everything is upscale. Choose from a selection of direct tasting flights featuring whiskey, Negroni, barrel-aged spirits and special edition collaborations. You’ll also find members of the distillery crew offering occasional payouts.

Finally, the NoLo room offers the best in PG-rated beverages, proving that non-alcoholic and ultra-low alcohol drinks can hold their own against the real thing. Programmed by Anthony Hammond of the Victoria Hotel in Footscray, there will be countless free tastings from brewers including Heaps Normal, Bridge Road Brewers, Brick Lane Brewing and Molly Rose; plus non-alcoholic cocktails and concoctions from Everleigh Bottling Co., Monday Distillery, Monceau and Non.

Elsewhere, get wine-tasting tips from the duo behind the Wine with Meg + Mel podcast, plus quick 15-minute beverage masterclasses at the Thirst Aid tent. And don’t worry, you’ll have plenty to fill your stomach at the Pearl Diver Oyster Bar, That’s Amore Cheese Platters, Beatbox Kitchen Burger Stand, Taco Truck, Belle’s Hot Chicken and more.

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