Winter is coming people, and us Melburnians feel the brunt of it a little more than other Aussies. Yet, as always, we're here to make sure you maximise your weekend antics. This weekend there’s a Game of Thrones-themed wine tasting, truffle festival and a food truck party. Here are 14 things to do in Melbourne this weekend.
After its smashing success last year, the Prahran market is yet again hosting the Truffle Festival this Saturday and Sunday. Get ready to indulge in truffle heaven and sample these precious black gems. The festival will be MC’ed by Masterchef contestant Alice in Frames, with a bunch of chefs like Guy Grossi sharing their best truffle lovin’ tips. There’ll be a bunch of Melbourne’s best restaurants serving up their truffle specialities. Umm hello, truffled grilled cheese sandwich (drools)! If your cravings still won’t be satisfied, you can buy some truffle goodies to take home. But wait, there’s more!!! Truffle doggos will be coming to the festival. These cutie pooches will teach us their best scavenger truffle tricks, and maybe you’ll be able to snag a cuddle.
Preston Block Party
For an entire weekend of American food truck antics, be sure to check out the Preston Block Party at the food truck park. This New York themed party will last for three days, and is a free, all ages event. But this isn’t your standard food truck fest, there’ll also be Hip Hop DJs, a Pop-up Barber so you can look on fleek, and a vintage Sunday market. Barry’s Bar will be serving up drinks all weekend to keep the party going, and give us the beer buzz we need this weekend.
Want to pay tribute to the Prince of Pop? Head down to Cherry Bar on Flinders Lane for a night of boogying. Prince’s best hits will be kicking off at 8pm, and running into the early hours of the morn’. There’ll be a bunch of DJs and live performances to honour the legend. Just remember to wear yo’ purple gear! Check out the Facebook deets here.
The Emerging Writers’ Festival is hosting a masterclass dedicated to women in writing. Ever needed help channeling your inner Bronte sisters? This event will feature writers’ panels, workshops, and discuss the struggles of the publishing industry. This one is for the masters of the pen. Suss it out here.
Game of Rhones
Calling all Game of Thrones lovers! Which is pretty much everyone…right? Melburnian GOT fans, your prayers have been heard. This is a Game of Thrones-themed wine tasting (yep, we’re freaking out too). Running for its 4th year, this wine festival is showcasing the very best wines of the Rhone Valley and beyond. Fear not, your vino experience will be complete with a meat feast. Vegetarians, they’ve got you covered too! Get your best GOT gear at the ready, because #wineiscoming. Check it out here.
The Shortest Lunch
Wine lovers, we’ve got some more good news for you. As the Melbourne winter gets chillier, the Yarra Valley’s smaller winemakers invite ya’ll to join The Shortest Lunch! For a cool $15, you get to travel to unlimited wineries and taste-test the wine and nosh they have to offer. Partnering with the award winning Warramunda Estate Winery, the team from Ebenezer Coffee & Wine Bar will be preparing a scrumptious lunch menu. Did someone say Harissa spiced lamb shoulder with tahini? But the best part of The Shortest Lunch is that all entry fees go to the local Country Fire Association. So really, you’re doing it for a good cause.
Winter chocolate festival
Our fave organic pal Aunt Maggie’s is hosting a winter chocolate festival to help our sweet side this winter. They’ll be medicinal choccies, truffles, pastries and spreads. But most importantly, rich hot chocolate to keep you toasty! Aunt Maggie’s understands the struggle of not spending all your dosh on chocolate, so you can nibble on everything for free!...Then you can just buy what you absolutely can’t resist for later. And nobody has to miss out. Vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and even raw and paleo treats will satisfy everyone’s dietary requirements. Check out the deets here.
Hank Marvin Market and the Creators Market will be joining forces for the first time this Saturday. So basically, you get to see some of Melbourne’s most nifty arts and crafts, and nibble of some delicious nosh while doing it. Based at the Prahran Town Hall, Melbourne’s best produce and street food will be available to you from 9am till 3pm. From the likes of Hammer and Tony, Gorilla Grill and White Guy Cooks Thai, there will deffs be something for every Melbourne foodie. After munching on some street food, you can suss out Melbourne’s creative scene and purchase a unique gift or two. Is there a better way to spend your Saturday? We think not.
A History Making Book Sale
We all know that the best smell in the world is crisp, old books. For the history lover in all of us, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria is having their biggest book sale yet! With prices as low as $1, we’re sure you’ll be able to snag a bargain. Not only will there be second-hand books, but signed and rare ones too! Head down and find yourself a hidden gem.
Etsy Craft Party
Feel like getting crafty? Etsy is hosting a Melbourne Craft Party! Get crafting so your pals can revel at your inner creative genius. You can have a stab at making your own leather jewellery, or some DIY wrapping paper and gift cards. Don’t worry, zero painting skills required! You’ll get treated too! There’ll be a bunch of drinks and snacks to keep you going. Being creative is hard work, after all. Grab tickets here.
Maribyrnong Makers’ Market
The Maribynong Market has returned yet again for 2016, with over 40 stalls to enthral us. Loaded with handmade goodies for you to discover, his not-for-profit market is a gem of Melbourne’s west. You can grab some unique hand-crafted paintings or some artisan soy candles to keep your décor groovy this winter. There’s also face painting for the kiddies, so everyone can have a cracker time! Suss out the deets here.
Winter chill got you feeling uninspired in the culinary world? The esteemed Lake House in Daylesford is offering a winterasterclass with some of the best Aussie chefs on the block. Make a trip of it and spend the weekend in Daylesford, your entire Sunday can be dedicated to enjoying food demonstrations and foodie chats. You’ll be learning from chefs like James Viles, Clayton Wells and Paul Carmichael – so it will be nothing short of inspiring. Don’t worry, you won’t have to salivate too long. You’ll also be treated to a baguette lunch and wine. Who said winter had to be boring?
Free to Melbourne cooking classes
If you’ve ever wondered how to make Persian food but never had the guts to try it, Free to Melbourne is offering Hamed’s Persian Pickles and Preserves Workshop in Fitzroy this Sunday. You’ll be taught how to make rose petal or cherry sour jam. Surely that’s enough to satisfy any sugar cravings? If it’s more the savoury snacks you’re after, Hamed has you covered with Persian style pickling and home-made dips on offer. And it’s vegetarian and vegan friendly, so everyone can indulge! Check out the deets here.
Brew Fest is coming to The Immigration Museum for a day of cocktail-filled fun. There’ll be contemporary craft beers, sake tastings, mulled wine, and even beer based cocktails. A bunch of workshops will be running to let you in on the deets of the brewing industry. You can uncover the best Melbourne has to offer during masterclasses (and more importantly, taste testings). Adult tickets are just $17 for this boozy bonanza, so check out the schedule here.
One For The Calendar
Food Social Global Feast: H For Hong Kong With Oriental Teahouse
Calling all yum cha fiends! Food Social is hosting just the event for you on 25 June at one of our favourite dumpling havens, Oriental Teahouse. You'll be greeted with a glass of sparkling before tucking in to a four course banquet of classic and modern dumplings. Each course will be paired with a tea and you'll get the inside word from the experts on all things tea pairing. Nab yourself a ticket here to head along for a night that's guaranteed to be one to remember.
Image Credit: Aunt Maggie's