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12 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Nathan Santamaria - 20 Oct 2016

We’ve got a busy one ahead of us guys so make sure you’re well rested! One of Melbourne’s best cocktail bars is having a birthday party, Milk the Cow are putting on an awesome cheese workshop and there’s going to be a dumpling festival!

Here are 12 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend:

All Weekend

Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists

For the first time in Australia the avant-garde creations of the Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf are on display. The exhibition kicks off this Friday at the NGV and will showcase over 40 signature ensembles, 21 handmade porcelain Belgian dolls and a video gallery with runway footage from Viktor & Rolf fashion shows. If you’re a Viktor & Rolf fan, or just a fashion fan in general, this is definitely one to check out before it goes. Check out all the info here.

Chili and Spice Weekend

Of course it wouldn’t a weekend in Melbourne without a showing from the Food Truck Park (its just the season for them!). If you can handle the heat then this weekend they’re bringing out the best hot and spicy street food in Melbourne. And if you can’t quite handle the heat then don’t worry, you can cool down with craft beer and wine specials from the boys at Barry’s Bar. Check out the full lineup of food trucks here.

Friday 21st

Bar 1806's Birthday

It’s been nine years since Bar 1806 turned on their infamous flashing lights and since then they have been producing some of the best cocktails around. This Friday they’re throwing a party to celebrate their birthday and they’re rolling out some exciting new wine and whisky menus. Tickets are just $50 and snag you two cocktails, canapés and a copy of the 1806 cocktail book (for all you home bartenders!). Grab your tickets here.

Cultural Food Academy: Cheese and Wine

Cheese lovers rejoice! As part of their upcoming Cultural Food Academy series, our friends over at Northland are putting on a deliciously brilliant cheese workshop. They’ve enlisted Milk the Cow’s cheesemonger, Laura Lown, to guide you through a one and a half hour class on all things cheese. During the workshop you’ll get to question where and how all the cheeses are made, nibble on a few of Milk the Cow’s artisan cheeses and pair them with the latest delicious wines from De Bortoli. To top it all off, all the proceeds go to SecondBite to provide fresh, nutritious meals to people in need. Tickets are just $25, check out all the info and book your spot here.

Melbourne Dumpling Festival

Yes please! This is definitely one to stop by after work. From 5 to 10pm Melbourne’s best dumpling restaurants are going all out with a huge lineup of dumpling goodness. The festival is going to offer dumpling making demonstrations, Chinese calligraphy workshops, live entertainment and of course, lots and lots of dumplings. Plus, the first 200 people to arrive will receive a limited edition Tim Ho Wan Lava Bomb! Best of all, the event is totally free! Check out all the info here.

Champagne & Oyster Indulgence

Celebrate world oyster day in style this Friday at the Bluestone Wine Bar. Luxe it up a bit with a night of free flowing bubbles from Champagne house G.H. Mumm and as many freshly shucked oysters as you can eat! There’s also going to be a live demonstration of Sabrage – that fancy way of opening champagne bottles with a sabre! Tickets are $99 per person and you can get all the info and grab your tickets here.

Saturday 22nd

Say Cheese Fest

The Prahran Market Say Cheese Festival is back and promising to be bigger and better than ever. With a new format that will better cater to crowds, the Say Cheese Fest will have back-to-back cheese cooking demonstrations, stallholders selling everything from cheese ravioli to cheese baguettes and artisan cheese makers and producers. For all the info and a full list of stallholders and attending chefs click here.

Melbourne Comedy’s Rising Stars

This Saturday is the second show in The Butterfly Club’s Melbourne Comedy’s Rising Stars series. They sold out every show last year so get your giggle on this Saturday and watch upcoming Australian comedians do their thing with all new material. Standard tickets are $32 but are a bit cheaper if you’re a member (plus members get a handy $1 off every drink too!). Check out all the info and grab your tickets here.

Port’s Paw Parade

Get dressed up and take your best friend out and about on Saturday with 3207 Port’s Paw Parade! Kicking off at 11am, this exhibition will have a dog parade, competitions, including a best dressed (both dog and owner!), ‘Looks Most Like Owner’ and ‘So You Think Your Dog’s Got Talent’, doggie face painting and food drink and market stalls. Plus there will be heaps of doggie related service and supplier exhibitions. Register your best friend(s) here!

Sunday 23rd

Wine and Cheese Fest

It seems to be the weekend for cheese lovers! If you like a bit more wine with your cheese (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?) then head down to Williamstown for the Wine and Cheese Fest at Seaworks. The Fest will showcase over 60 exhibitors with live entertainment, jazz band and DJ’s, a Kid’s Zone and even a Grape Stomp Competition. The event runs all day from 11am to 6pm plus there’s an after party. Grab your tickets here.

One For The Diary…

So Frenchy So Chic

Friends, music, food and wine: what more could you need, right? Its kind of scary to be thinking about next year but you will definitely want to chuck So French So Chic in the diary for January. Held at the Werribee Mansion, this will be the ultimate French picnic celebrating life, culture and joie de vivre. Tickets have already gone on sale for $83 and you can gran yours here. See you there mes amis!

Sensory Lab Tea Tour

If you’re a tea lover then you’ll already know that brewing the perfect cup of tea is an art. That’s why the crew at Sensory Labs, along with Ayden Graham (who is a National Tea Brewers Cup Champion!), are putting on a couple of workshops to walk you through how to brew a spectrum of different teas. The sessions will be on the 29th of October and the 5th of November and are totally free! Check out all the info and book your place for one of the sessions here.

Image Credit: Milk The Cow

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