Behind the Scenes at the World’s Longest Lunch – 2018

Passionate about experiences and events that leave happy memories, the En Pointe team seek to constantly improve, grow and take their projects to the next level. Passionate foodies (and retired caterers from way back), the match to Melbourne Food & Wine Festival makes perfect sense.

Today we share the first photos from Friday’s Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch, reveal the design concept for the inaugural House of Food & Wine Hotel, and share our festival highlights that you too can enjoy.
On Friday, 1776 lucky guests escaped their offices & normal day-to-day for the Bank of Melbourne World's Longest Lunch, a Festival highlight for 26 years running.

Held on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, En Pointe was inspired by the diverse cultures and communities that call the City of Maribyrnong – and indeed Australia – home. We sought to bring a sense of vibrancy, refined colour and energy to the event, whilst balancing the complex logistics and limited time frames!

Our Long Lunch

Over 2000 fresh flowers including dahlias, tulips & snap dragons

1780 custom postcards & 8 cute letter boxes  

30 hours of napkin folding (!)

50 metres of tassels

Up-cycled paper plate installation by 130 local school kids
(thank you to St Monica’s in Footscray)

1 x kora, 2 lion dancers and 3 drummers
(A kora is a 21-string lute-bridge-harp used extensively in West Africa)

30 En Pointe crew & volunteers

Big thank you to the Event Partners :

Flowers by GeorgieBoy
design by Adam D’Sylva, Jerry Mai and Kay-Lene Tan
Catering by Peter Rowland
Hire by Harry the Hirer
Linen by Di Simmons
Tahbilk Wines
Photography by Hikari

All event design & execution, graphic design & entertainment management by En Pointe Events.
Last year it was a warehouse takeover with 13 event transformations across 11 days. What would Melbourne Food & Wine do this time !? Why not take over the historic Melbourne Hotel Lindrum – once a tea and coffee merchant, home to the Herald publishing empire and for ten days, the House of Food & Wine Hotel. Add in a partnership with sustainable warriors, ZeroFoodprint, invite co-heads from Oakridge Wines, Matt Stone & Jo Barrett to take over the kitchens and book out the restaurant with the world’s most talented chefs, sommeliers and front of house teams.
Now, how to make 
the space FEEL like MFWF. To celebrate local talent and a zero waste ethos. To create a look that deserves a place in Melbourne history. Contemporary and unique. We were thrilled when renowned interior design studio, Fiona Lynch agreed to take us up on this challenge and collaborate on the Hotel transformation.

Through our installation, we are exploring the transformative effect of fabric and tactile surfaces… the notions of re-use, recycling and repurposing materials. Further enriching the scheme is living plants to forest the hotel, awakening and playing on all five senses. The native flora stands almost intrusively in the space, forcing us to interact. Feature Australian designer pieces by Adam Cornish, as represented by Cult are reductive in form, honest in materiality and timeless in style.

Fiona Lynch

Through the clever use of recyclable material, Tyvek, everyday pieces are given a sculptural quality.

Foraged pomegranates, hand formed beeswax candles sourced by GeorgieBoy, a collection of Women's Weekly cookbooks and locally made vases & glassware by Mark Douglass design added to the design detail.
We loved working with Fiona Lynch and her very stylish team, and can’t wait for our next project together.

You can experience the House of Food & Wine Hotel every day this week with cameo appearances by Melbourne's best bartenders and Meet the Maker sessions every night at 5PM. 

Big thank you to our resident florist, GeorgieBoy.
Dann Event Hire & Technical Events for their support.

Images by Hikari Photography
Join the fun at Vino Rapido Speed Dating for Wine

Very limited tickets available for hero event, The Winemakers' Feast. This year, celebrating the incredible women shaping the future of wine in Australia

AND by some miracle, tickets have come up for this Saturday’s intimate dinner at the 
House of Food & Wine Hotel with Ben Shewry and Matt Orlando
Be quick - get your tickets now!
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