La Trobe University is taking part in the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival this year as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebrations, with an event exploring the culinary journey of Greek Melburnians.

Taking place at one-hatted Elyros restaurant, known as the local home for healthy and life-changing Cretan cuisine, a symposium and degustation will be presented to guests on the Mediterranean diet through the eyes of the Hellenic diaspora of Melbourne.

Guests will enjoy an exquisitely curated menu with matched wines, while hearing about La Trobe’s world-leading research on the Mediterranean diet by guest speaker Dr Catherine Itsiopoulos, head of school of Allied Health and author of The Mediterranean Diet, along with the chance to explore artefacts from the La Trobe Dardalis Archives of Hellenic Diaspora, which illustrate the life of Greeks in Melbourne.

“Dr Itsiopoulos’ work is designed to demonstrate the nutritional benefits of the Mediterranean diet, but this is giving it a particularly Greek twist, so she’ll be talking about her work and using the food that will be available on the day to illustrate that,” La Trobe’s vice chancellor, Professor John Dewar, told Neos Kosmos.

“So it’s an opportunity to enjoy some great Greek food, but also to learn more about the work we’re doing in this area.”

Taking place on Monday 3 April from 7.00 pm-11.00 pm at Elyros (871 Burke Rd, Camberwell), cost of attendance is $123 per person, including food and matched wines. To book a seat, visit