Festival starts this Friday! | Hands-on events
The Festival kicks off on Friday and we can hardly contain our excitement! Construction is well underway on our spectacular hub space The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar & Raingarden in Queensbridge Square – check out some of the behind the scenes photos.

Make sure you get down there this weekend to join the celebrations! Find out what’s on.

We also share some tasty hands-on and interactive events, so roll your sleeves up and open your mind!

Image: Christopher Kostow's red abalona dashi
Stephanie Alexander’s top picks of the Festival
Melbourne's cooking doyenne Stephanie Alexander shares her picks from the Festival, from an elegant high tea to an artisan cheese fair.

Find out Stephanie's top event picks.

Image: Stephanie Alexander
Immerse your mind in a pool of knowledge
Learn about your water footprint, be inspired by hospitality heroes, join a foodie quiz, and much more with these events to indulge your stomach and your mind:

What’s Your Water Footprint?South Melbourne Market, 1 & 2 March

Food for Thought, Swinburne University, 4 March

Chef Jam supported by HOSTPLUS, Deakin Edge, Federation Square, 9 March

Just Add Water Fine Food Quiz, Ding Dong Lounge, 11 March

Image: Visions of Victoria
Dive into hands-on learning
Catch yabbies, pick a garden lunch and learn how to dehydrate food at these hands-on events:

Hang Out to Dry, Queen Street Rescue, 1, 2, 3 8, 9 March

Pick and Eat: Yarra Yarra, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen, 6 March

Beneath the Surface, Charcoal Lane, 8 March

CAE Hosts Island Hop in Italian, Journal Canteen Restaurant, 11 March

Catch and Cook – Yabby Expedition, Bridgeward Grove, 15 March

Image: Visions of Victoria
An inspiring evening of watery tales
An Olympic gold medalist diver, a magazine editor-in-chief and CEO of a global charity are just three of the eight speakers set to share their unique tales on water at our collaborative event with The Wheeler Centre, On Water: Eight Speakers. Eight Stories.

Join us on 11 March for an inspiring evening at the Athenaeum. Tickets only $20.

Image: Chris Ying, editor-in-chief of Lucky Peach
Recipe: Mexican Fiesta with Peter Kuruvita
In celebration of Mexican Fiesta with Peter Kuruvita on SBS, here is a delicious recipe for chicken panucho, one of the most loved Mexican street foods of the Yucatan peninsula.

View the recipe.