Initially I thought that this was a pretty arrogant statement by our Victorian marketers. Having experienced the build up to this event I can confirm – it is not an overstatement but simply a perfect description of what will happen on Friday the 13th of March 2009. In over 20 participating locations throughout Victoria we will see the world’s longest lunch unfold, from the banks of the Yarra to the hills around Melbourne, white-clothed tables will be unfolded and become hosts to thousands of guests.
Come rain or shine, the event is a sell-out every year as a three course lunch between 12pm and 3pm is accompanied by entertainment, lively conversations and wines from Victoria.
If the embankment of the Yarra River with 1,200 guests is too big for you, try the World’s Longest Lunch in Rutherglen at Vintara Winery and Restaurant. It will be busy, but not as crowded as the Southbank event and I personally prefer the views of the Murray Valley over a City view any day. Bookings for the Rutherglen event are best done by calling +61 (0) 447 327 517.
This year’s special is a charity event initiated by HEAT (Hospitality, Employment and Training) hosting the Homeless World’s Longest Lunch together with Melbourne Food and Wine. Each donation of $80 allows one person being homeless or in risk of homelessness to enjoy the lunch on the lawn of the St. Kilda Town Hall. The donation hotline is: +61 (0)3 9696 5340
Das laengste Mittagessen der Welt findet am Freitag den 13. Maerz in Melbourne und Umgebung statt. Mehrere Tausend Essens- und Weinliebhaber werden an diesem Mittag unter freiem Himmel den diversen Gaengen und Weinverkostungen folgen – ein grossartiges Ereignis.
Ihr Michael Brecht