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12 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Gen Nenna - 23 Feb 2017

As we reach the last weekend of...let’s call it “summer”, it has come to our attention that very soon we will no longer have to eat smoothies from a bowl just to look good in a bikini and can instead go HAM on all the delicious treats we’ve been depriving ourselves of for months. To celebrate, this weekend in Melbourne is all about treating yo’ self.

So here it is, our list of 12 awesome things to do this weekend in Melbourne, jam-packed full of decadent food, ice-cold brews and amazing parties. 

All Weekend

Big Pizza Festival

Now that you’re no longer shredding to achieve that beautifully sculpted #summerbod, it’s time to head over to The Food Truck Park in Preston for bulking season (also known as the Big Pizza Festival). Kicking off on Friday, this glorious three-day carb and mozzarella fest will be serving up piping hot pizzas from 400 Gradi, Pizza Wagon, The Pizza Doctor Melbourne, Happy Camper Pizza and so many more. No Italian celebration is complete without a few piatti dolci, so of course our unofficial best friends, Nuts About Tella, will be making an appearance—so do like your Nonna and mangia! Buon appetito!  

Where: The Food Truck Park, 518 High Street, Preston 
When: Friday 24 to Sunday 26 February
For more information, click here.

Pacific Epping’s Festival Of Foodies

For all you foodies out there, Pacific Epping is the place to be this Saturday and Sunday. Bop along to live music as you enjoy cooking demonstrations, wine and cheese pairing and family activities. Indulge your sweet tooth at the Food Truck Dessert Market, featuring The Brulee Cart, Bearded Bakers, Dr Donut and Yogurt Culture. Visitors can also experience The Concrete Jungle, a limited edition frozen custard dessert topped with warm caramel fudge, toasted pecans, honeycomb pieces & coconut flakes.

Where: Pacific Epping, 571-583 High St, Epping
When: From 10am, Saturday 25 to Sunday 26 February 
For more information, click here

Thursday 23 February

Kid Ink At Prince Bandroom  

Los Angeles rapper and producer Kid Ink will be blowing the roof off Prince Bandroom this Thursday night. Tickets to see this incredibly talented, tattooed artist are in high demand, so make sure you get in quick. 

Where: Prince Bandroom, 29 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda 
When: 8pm, Thursday 23 February 
Book tickets here.  

Friday 24 February 

Sierra Nevada Beer SpecTAPular

Step right up, step right up to The Local Taphouse in St Kilda and celebrate the Sierra Nevada Beer SpecTAPular (see what they did there?)! Kicking off on Friday, this tap takeover will feature 19 beers from the sunny Californian brewery, 13 of which are hitting Australian shores and tastebuds for the first time ever. What’s on offer includes but is certainly not limited to IBUzing Kiwis Fruit Beer, Coffee Stout, Mint Stout and Cranberry Sauce Saison. 

Where: The Local Taphouse, 184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda East 
When: 12pm to 1am, Friday 24 to Saturday 25 February 
For more information, click here.  

Saturday 25 February 

The Terminus Hotel Craft Showdown: Vic vs. Vic Face-Off 

This Saturday, some of your favourite Victorian brewers will be breaking out their finest beers and going head-to-head in a fight to the death—we may be exaggerating a little there but we’re just so excited—for a coveted place in the Good Beer Week: Vic vs. The World Showdown. Head to The Terminus Hotel to taste the best bevs from Two Birds, Boatrocker, Bridge Road and Moon Dog (just to name a few) and vote for your favourite. Ticket price includes beer tastings, voting coupons and entry into a bunch of great giveaways. 

Where: The Terminus Hotel, 492 Queens Parade, North Fitzroy
When: 12pm to 11pm, Saturday 25 February 
Book tickets here

Cinema At The ‘G

Roll out your picnic rug on the hallowed grounds of the MCG this Saturday night and enjoy a blockbuster of a different kind. Gates open at 6:30pm so get in early to snag yourself a good spot to watch Tom Hanks masterfully play pilot—and dead set legend—Sully. Proceeds from the event will go to the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund.

Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Brunton Avenue, Richmond
When: 6:30pm, Saturday 25 February
Book tickets here

Zoofari Oasis Summer Party

Come on and Zoofari with me at the Glamp Cocktail Bar Oasis Summer Party. Boasting free entry, $10 cocktails, face and body painting, and a special performance from the lovely Soli Tesema, party animals can enjoy two levels of music and dancing until 3am. 

Where: Glamp Cocktail Bar, Level 2, 267 Little Collins Street, Melbourne 
When: 10pm to 3am, Saturday 25 February 
For more information, click here.  

Sunday 26 February 

Atlantic Bridal Show 

PSA future brides and dedicated bridesmaids! This is one event you can't miss. Atlantic Group are hosting their inaugural Bridal Showcase this Sunday at Central Pier from 1pm. Shed 14 will play host to some of Melbourne's best suppliers and caterers including Tommy Collins By Atlantic Group (http://www.tommycollins.com.au/tommy-collins), Paspaley (http://www.paspaley.com/), and Centrepiece By Design (http://centrepiecebydesign.com/). Food and beverage sampling, vibrant florists and giveaways will run throughout the afternoon, with the chance to win $20,000 towards your dream wedding! Head to the website to book.

Where: Central Pier, Docklands 
When: From 1pm, Sunday 26 February 
For more information, click here.   

Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival 

Celebrating its 13th year, the Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival promises to be a fun day out for the whole family and features cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and super fun kids activities. With over 40 food, wine, artisan and lifestyle exhibitors on display, we hope you’ve got room in the car for all your goodies. 

Where: Green Point, Brighton Foreshore Reserve
When: 11am to 7pm, Sunday 26 February 
For more information, click here

Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival

This Sunday, Federation Square will be transformed into a beautiful Japanese village, bursting with traditional Japanese food, music and art. This free event will feature food from some of Melbourne’s best Japanese restaurants to deliver some amazing yakitori, takoyaki and so much more. Dress up in your favourite cosplay or fanciest kimono for a chance to win the best-dressed award, or enter the raffle and go into the running to win 1 of 6 business class, return tickets to Japan—count us in! 

Where: Federation Square, Melbourne 
When: 12pm to 6pm, Sunday 26 February
For more information, click here.

For The Diary 

Tastes Of Rutherglen

This autumn, embark on a wine tour like no other and enjoy the best food and wine North East Victoria has to offer. From just $20 a ticket, you’ll spend two days travelling from winery to winery, sampling some of the Rutherglen’s award-winning vintage, paired with delicious food from the region’s most celebrated chefs and restaurants. For those interested in learning a bit more about their favourite vino, workshops, masterclasses, tours and talks will also be on offer. 

Where: Rutherglen, North-East Victoria 
When: 10am to 5pm, Saturday 11 to Sunday 12 March
For more information, click here.  

Hot Dub Wine Machine 

Head to the Yarra Valley for a chardy party among the grapevines and indulge on locally sourced food, wine and beer, plus a performance from Hot Dub Time Machine. The music doesn’t stop there, with a huge line-up of awesome artists, handpicked by Hot Dub themselves. Tickets are running out super fast, we’d hate for you to miss out!  

Where: Rochford Estate, Yarra Valley 
When: Saturday 25 March, 
Book tickets here.

Image Credit: Glamp Cocktail Bar | Griffin Simm

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