Meet the supplier: Richmond’s Mountain Goat Brewery

(L-R) Mountain Goat Brewery founders Cam and Dave

(L-R) Mountain Goat Brewery founders Cam and Dave


Melbourne’s Good Beer Week kicks off this weekend (Saturday 16 to Sunday 24 May), so what better way to celebrate than with a visit to MCEC’s newest beer supplier, Mountain Goat.

The 18-year-old Richmond micro-brewery was founded by good friends Dave and Cam, and has remained family owned and operated to this day. Sprouting from a love for home brewing and a business proposal written on a postcard from Canada, the team at Mountain Goat are just as passionate about beer today as they were when it first began.

Renowned beer sommelier, Miro Bellini, recently took the MCEC team on a tour of the micro-brewery and lead us through the process of production and bottling, adding in his own bit of beer history here and there. Did you know the first ever beer recipe to be written down dates back almost 15,000 years ago?

Much like MCEC, Mountain Goat are community and environmentally minded and have a number of measures in place, including an 11,000 litre rainwater tank and solar hot water to limit their impact.

They also source up to 90 per cent of their grains from Victorian farms and provide used grains and hops back to the farmers to use as pig and cow feed.

Offering a selection of six different brews and a cider means they can focus on quality, not quantity. You can try all these plus a few one-off specialty batches at The Goat Bar inside the brewery. The bar is open to the public every Wednesday and Friday from 5.00pm. They also hold free brewery tours every Wednesday at 6.30pm.

Their popular and refreshing certified organic Mountain Goat Steam Ale is now proudly part of MCEC’s wine and beer menu, available here.

With more than 2000 bottles being delivered to MCEC each month there’s a high chance you’ll see it on the menu next time you visit. Cheers to that!

Mountain Goat Brewery, Richmond.

Mountain Goat Brewery, Richmond.

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A special Starlight Five Chefs tasting at MCEC

L-R: Shaun Presland (Saké) , Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino) and Tony Panetta (MCEC)

L-R: Shaun Presland (Saké) , Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino) and Tony Panetta (MCEC)


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) kitchen played host to an exclusive menu tasting on Wednesday 15 April for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, with a select number of guests trialing the incredible degustation menu for the 2015 Starlight Five Chefs Dinner in Melbourne.

On Thursday 21 May hundreds of others will also have the opportunity to experience the sensational five course menu matched with the finest wines, while they listen to remarkable stories of inspiration and hope in a beautifully themed room with first-class entertainment.

This year Melbourne’s Starlight Five Chefs include George Calombaris (The Press Club), Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino), Scott Pickett (Estelle & Saint Crispin), Shaun Presland (Saké Restaurant) and Adriano Zumbo (Adriano Zumbo Patissier). MCEC’s Executive Chef Tony Panetta will also provide the nights canapés.

This will be the fourth year in a row MCEC have hosted and sponsored the Starlight Children’s Foundation major fundraiser in Melbourne, and the team are looking forward to delivering a spectacular event in an effort to support Australia’s seriously ill children.

To find out more information or to purchase tickets to the dinner please email courtney.jager@starlight.org.au. Stay tuned for the big menu reveal post-event.

Starlight tasting underway in the MCEC kitchen.

Starlight tasting underway in the MCEC kitchen.

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A big Easter egg for a big cause


Our giant Easter egg is back again for the Good Friday Appeal (GFA) and it’s even bigger than last year!

Once again our incredibly talented team of in-house pastry chefs have handcrafted one of Australia’s largest chocolate Easter eggs, this year surrounded by an edible farmyard of chocolate animals.

The one-of-a-kind creation has been donated by MCEC to the Good Friday Appeal Online Auction.

Weighing in at more than 60kg, it is made with premium Belgium chocolate donated by our supplier, Creative Ingredients.

This year’s farmyard theme was inspired by our Victorian food philosophy: to source the freshest seasonal produce direct from local farmers, producers and winemakers across Victoria.

The pastry team have donated more than 50 hours of their time to craft this masterpiece, with all proceeds donated to the Appeal.

To place a bid on the item and support The Royal Children’s Hospital click here.

The Giant Easter Egg and Farmyard will be displayed in the Convention Centre foyer for the public to admire during the Good Friday Appeal’s Kids Day Out from 10.00am – 6.00pm on Friday 3 April 2015.

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