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Foodie facts

Food & wine

  • Market at Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Image: Roberto Seba

Melbourne is Australia's culinary capital and has the numbers to prove it. Get the facts behind Victoria's love of all things food.

  • Melbourne has more than 3,500 restaurants and serves up cuisines from more than 70 countries.
  • Melbourne is home to the highest-ranking Australian restaurant on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list: Ben Shewry’s Attica is ranked number 32.
  • In early 2015, Melbourne will be the first Australian city to welcome a Michelin-starred restaurant: Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck.
  • Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is the largest of its kind in the world. The festival hosts more than 200 events and attracts around 300,000 people each year.
  • Victoria is home to 21 different wine regions, more than 800 wineries, 600 cellar doors and some 30 craft breweries.
  • On average, Melbourne imports 30 tonnes of coffee beans each day – enough to make 3 million daily cuppas. 
  • The volume of Melbourne's coffee-bean imports has increased by around 780% in the past decade.
  • Melbourne’s Anthony Femia from Spring Street Grocer ranked fourth in the 2013 World Contest of the Best Cheesemonger Competition. He was the only Australian to make the top ten.
  • An estimated 2000 farmers sell their produce each month at genuine farmers markets across Victoria.

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