World's 50 Best Restaurant Awards – the global ranking which has become the most coveted for the world's best chefs. On 5 April, Victoria will welcome more than 800 of the world's culinary elite for the program of events – cementing the city's reputation as a global food destination and trend-setter. The annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will coincide with this major international awards program, positioning Victoria at the centre of a celebration of food and drink culture on a scale never before seen in Australia.
Phillip Island and South Gippsland Food and Wine FestivalThis new festival will be held 28 - 30 April at venues across San Remo and Phillip Island with mini events spread throughout the weekend. The festival will showcase the best of the region's land and sea-based produce.
Creative Record FestivalBring out your vinyl, bring out your vinyl! In the beautiful gold rush town of Inglewood a new festival will launch in May. Some of the finest music players in the business have come up with some creative ways of spinning tunes.
Rugby League World Cup 2017For the first time, Melbourne will host the opening match of the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC), with the home team – the Kangaroos – beginning its campaign against England on 27 October. Melbourne will also host a RLWC quarter-final which is likely to feature the highly fancied England outfit, as they look to progress to the semi-finals.
Archibald Prize 2017The country's most recognised portraiture award will call Geelong Gallery home from 28 October – 10 December. In what is now an annual tradition, the Archibald Prize will showcase some of Australia's most prominent artists and their depiction on canvas of the who's who of Australian culture.
Romancing The SkullThe Art Gallery of Ballarat will turn its attention to all things skeletal, when it launches Romancing The Skull in October. The exhibition will examine the human skull and skeleton in contemporary culture, exploring themes surrounding the depiction of the skull as a reminder of our mortality, and its use in political satire, contemporary art and pop culture.
For further events, attractions and experiences in Melbourne and Victoria, see visitvictoria.com.au