Celebrate the theme of water at The Immersery: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Southbank’s Queensbridge Square, Sandridge Rail Bridge and the banks of the Yarra River have been transformed with The Immersery Festival Kitchen Bar and Raingarden during the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by the Bank of Melbourne.

The Immersery pays tribute to this year’s festival theme which celebrates one of life’s treasured resources – water. Over three levels this architecturally designed structure consists of space on the banks of the Yarra as well as a floating bar. Complimented by vertical raingardens, The Immersery is designed by international firm Hassell, in collaboration with Melbourne Water.

Seven of Victoria’s best chefs have come to play in this open-style kitchen eatery on the concourse level (Queensbridge Square), feeding hungry Melbournians and visitors with yum cha style food. Try mouthwatering dumplings including the Flinders Island wallaby tail and water chestnut with shiitake soup dumpling; or the scallop, Sichuan pepper and snow pea tendril dumpling, with black vinegar with chilli oil dressing.

The local chef contingent includes Florent Gerardin (Silo by Joost), Jess Gerner (Anada & Bomba), Joel Alderson and Adam Liston (Borrowed Space) and Daniel Wilson (Huxtable and Huxtaburger) and Hamish Nugent and Rachel Reed (Tani Eat and Drink). Each chef applies global flavours from east to west, using a range of water-based cooking techniques matched with the country’s best vino’s coordinated by Peter Rowland Catering. Wine buffs will also enjoy a self-guided wine tastings from Seppelt, Coldstream Hills and T’Gallant.

From Thursday to Sunday you’ll be able to sample cocktails from interstate bar collaborators. The likes of MONA’s Void Bar (Hobart) with The Lui Bar, Bulletin Place (Sydney) with Black Pearl, Alfred and Constance (Brisbane) with LuWow and more interstaters. Plus learn about raingardens, all within this incredible pop-up space in the heart of the city.

The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden is located at Queensbridge Square, Southbank, from 28 February to 16 March. Open daily from morning to evening. Free entry with food and drinks available for purchase. Part of the Festival’s program of 200+ events.

The Immersery is a project in the national 2020 Vision campaign run by Horticulture Australia, which aims to increase green urban spaces by 20% by 2020.

IMG_3893The City of Melbourne is proud to be a public partner of the 2014 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.