David Moyle, of Hobart’s Franklin and Melbourne’s Longsong, has curated a lineup for Laneway Festival’s food to rival the action on the main stages

A great deal of talk concerning Hobart’s status as the country’s must-visit cultural nexus is necessarily predicated on the merits of two destinations in particular. The first attraction that elicits frequent mention, naturally, is David Walsh’s esoteric art collection and its affiliated delights; the second, almost without fail, is Franklin. It’s near impossible to deny that the restaurateur and former head chef David Moyle, who has been instrumental in transforming the city into one of the country’s most exciting dining destinations and quite recently launched a new venture with Longsong in Melbourne, has exceptional taste. Now, he’s applying his discerning eye to an unexpected, though nonetheless exceptional, new collaborative venture.

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival – perhaps better known as Laneway – has enlisted Moyle as the culinary curator of its 2018 festival food offering and the results are, put mildly, something to write home about.

“It was a natural fit to curate a food and drink experience at Laneway,” says Moyle. “I love music, I think all hospo people have an affinity with music people so I see this as an opportunity to celebrate the bond between music and food. I have invited a bunch of seriously great chefs along to have fun designing food to be enjoyed at Laneway and Shaun” – Byrne, creator of Maidenii Vermouth and Marionette Liqueur – “is mixing up great drinks to compliment. For me this is about bringing fun back to food with a bunch of mates at an amazing music festival.”

Billed as the Royal Moyle, the chef-come-proprietor has enlisted some of the most exciting chefs and restaurants from both Sydney and Melbourne to contribute to the event. Longsong naturally gets a look in during both legs, as do Melbourne’s Embla, Smith & Daughters, and Harley & Rose. In Sydney, a trifecta of some of the city’s best eateries will contribute to the lineup. Restaurant Hubert, the cavernous, subterranean Frenc- inflected late-night bougie bistro will feature, as will Marco Ambrosino and the brothers Giovanni Paradiso and Enrico Paradiso’s Italian wine bar, 10 William St.

The Pinbone chefs Gemma Whiteman and Mike Eggert, who last year staged a four month residency at 10 William Street and who recently launched a brilliant new dining concept in collaboration with Merivale, Mr Liquor’s Dirty Italian Disco, have also been thrown into the mix, which all but guarantees the festival’s dining credentials will rival those of its satellite stage acts. Consistently a festival experience nonpareil, Laneway’s lineup this year features Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Father John Misty, The War On Drugs, Mac DeMarco, The Internet and many more. More information about acts, tickets and dates can be found here.

Tile and cover image: Supplied/Courtesy of Laneway Festival