This weekend is looking mighty fine, Melburnians—even if we do say so ourselves. Party animals: we’ve scouted out a killer party for you each night of the weekend (no jokes!). Vegetarians and vegans, the food truck festival that you’ve been eagerly waiting has finally arrived. Chilli-fanatics, don’t feel left out, there’s a special festival for you too. And for those that enjoy the more lax life, there’s an exclusive wellness event and a perfect destination for your long Sunday lunch.
Read on for our list of the best events to check out in Melbourne this weekend—and all their key deets.
Vegetarian and Vegan Food Truck Event
The Preston Food Truck Park is hosting an entirely meat-free food truck festival this Friday night and all day Saturday to celebrate World Environment Day. Some of Melbourne’s best vegan and vegetarian trucks will be rolling in, including Vegelicious, Rice and Dice, and Von’s Vegan bakehouse. Local Fitzroy favourite Grace will also be serving irresistible cakes, pastries and coffees out of their caravan. Do miss this ultimate feel good event! More info can be found here.
Sample the ‘What’s Up Doc’ at Cookie
Get your weekend off to a cracking start with a big ol’ drink of whisky. Head to Cookie and sip on a ‘What’s Up Doc’. This drink isn’t just your average cocktail though, it’s made with Lot 40—a Canadian whisky hand-crafted through a traditional small-batch copper pot still, to meticulously follow a 7th generation family recipe. That means it’s damn delicious, FYI. Named Canadian whisky of the year twice over the past 3 years, it has a big, bold punch in the face of rye flavour with hints of vanilla and toffee behind it, so you know it’s gonna be damn tasty. Plans = sorted.
Baron Samedi Spiced at The Penny Black
It’s not all about the food—we’re always on the lookout for new, exciting, and most importantly delicious drinks, and we've recently discovered Campari’s latest offering. It’s called Baron Samedi Spiced, a name that pays homage to Baron Samedi who is the ruler of the dark and guardian of the afterlife. It’s made with silky smooth Caribbean rum and spices such as vanilla, cocoa and cinnamon—it also includes vetiver; a native spice of Haiti. If you head along to The Penny Black, you’ll able to treat yourself to $8 Campari Baron Samedi Spiced, every night of the week for June and July Melbourne artist Dallas Frasca will be bringing the tunes. We’ll see you there!
Co-Ground Launch Party at 1000 £ Bend
To kickstart Co-Ground’s next venture into the world of sustainable social enterprise, they are throwing a #partywithpurpose, featuring a killer lineup of DJs. You’ll hear the electic electronia of Myami, epic analog beats of Masco Sound System, heavy bass from underground hero Headstone and loads more. We can't think of a better excuse to party than for a worthwhile cause. Grab your tickets here.
Jurassic Nights in June at the Melbourne Museum
Curious to know what goes on at the park when the sun does down? Well, now you can find out, as this Friday marks the first instalment of a special weekly night event at the Jurassic World Exhibition. You will be able to peruse the exhibition, have a drink, and enjoy the live beats of special guest DJ Jess McGuire. Jurassic fans, grab your tickets here.
Langham Donut Day
Melbourne, you called for more hole-y events—and Melba Restaurant has delivered. To celebrate National Doughnut Day tomorrow, The Langham will be hosting three all-you-can-eat doughnut buffets! Since going to print, the first event on Friday 3 June has sold out—but don't worry, you can still book for Wednesday 8 and Wednesday 15 June! Think blueberry cheesecake doughnuts (because two-in-one desserts are always better) and double chocolate trouble Oreo ‘n Nutella doughnuts. Do-nut resist, book your table here and wave goodbye to self-control.
City Cellar Door & Wine Market at Cumulus Up
A Cumulus ritual on the first Saturday of each month, this weekend’s City Cellar Door will be showcasing wines from Victoria’s beautiful Beechworth region. So, here are the most important deets: entry is free, all wines are available to purchase at cellar door prices, and tasty pulled pork rolls will be on offer.
Melbourne Chilli Festival 2016 at Hobba
All the heat seeking foodies out there won’t be searching for the sriracha bottle at this food truck festival. There will be chilli for days, with each truck adding chilli to their existing menu, and a chilli eating competition of epic proportions set to take place. DJs will be playing tunes on the night and drinks are available to order from the Hobba Bar. Just bring along a gold coin donation for entry, which will go towards the Prahran Mission. Check out the Facebook event for further info.
Good Vibes: a Wellbeing Event
Treat yo’self to some R&R at a day of health and wellness in the breath-taking Oratory at Abbotsford Convent. The morning will kick off with a rejuvenating yoga class with Two Six Wellness, followed by a one hour workshop presented by one of Melbourne’s best health and wellness gurus, and a delicious lunch at Lentil as Anything. To get in on these good vibes, purchase your ticket here. All funds raised will be donated to an inspiring organisation, Camp Quality.
Australian Red Cross Market in a Market
A market within a market—who would have thought? The Australian Red Cross is hosting an array of independent stallholders selling new and second-hand clothing, homewares, accessories, and loads more, in Shed C of the Queen Vic Market. Get down to support this incredible cause and perhaps pick up a few treasures. For more info, head here.
Introduction To Letterpress Workshop With Saint Gertrude
Curious about the art of modern letterpress? This workshop is right up your alley. You will be well-prepped with a history of the process and demonstration before getting your hands inky. The workshop runs from 10am-4pm at Little Gold Studios, Brunswick. Reserve a spot here.
Bey vs Riri at 56 Bricks
Given all the hype over Bey’s new album and the ongoing rivalry between her and RiRi, we think that this is the ultimate showdown. So, gather your crew for a hot and sweaty night on the d-floor as DJ veterans of the RnB/Hip-Hop party, as well as some talented newcomers, play classics from the two superstars and also their associates. Entry is free... jussayin'. Get the lowdown here.
NGV Unplugged Live
Visual art and contemporary music collide at the NGV’s Unplugged Live Sunday sessions, which kick off this week. Hooray! Listen to tunes by leading Australian musicians including Powderfinger frontman Bernard Fanning, high-energy rockers The Delta Riggs, and dusky vocalist Ali Barter, while soaking up the incredible art on display. Better yet guys, entry is free!
Sunday lunches at Luxembourg
Sundays are made for relaxed long lunches—so when a McConnell-owned eatery announces a brand new Sunday lunch offering for the season, you simply have to try it out. Yes, the effortlessly chic Luxembourg Bistro will be serving up a seasonally-based Sunday lunch menu that will change each and every week. Gather your favourite people and reserve a table for the launch this Sunday. We won’t be surprised if you make it your regular.
Drakefest: Melbourne at The Laundry Bar
If you’re up for a Sunday night boogie, you can’t go past some Drizzy. The Drake Appreciation Society is hosting their first ever party, so be prepared to have your hotline blinged. Check out the Facebook event for all the deets, Drake fans.
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Wine and Wildlife
Here’s one to lock and load in your diaries, Folks. The Queen’s birthday long weekend is just around the corner and it’s the last three-sayer you’re going to be gifted for a while so you better make the most of it. Healesville Sanctuary is throwing the ultimate winter weekend in Wine and Wildlife. Just as the name suggests, you’ll be able to trot along, enjoy top-notch local drops, hearty winter food and make a few fur and feathered friends. There will be sanctuary keepers roaming around giving you the opportunity to get up and close with some of the cutest native animals you’ll ever likely meet. Between wine, open fires and wombats, we challenge you to find a better way to spend a long weekend.
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