If you’re in the mood for bright lights after dark, and a fine-dining master class or two, this week might just be your cup of Darjeeling. This year’s moving pretty fast: one blink and the week will be over. It’s time to start taking your mid-week thrills seriously...and stop neglecting them in favour of Bachie re-runs.
Ready to go? Here are 5 Amazing Things To Do This Week in Melbourne.
Hot Chocolate Festival
Yep, there’s an actual hot chocolate festival happening in the Yarra Valley right now. For all the self-confessed chocoholics out there, this is pretty much all your dreams come true, right? The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie will be serving a range of quality hot chocs throughout August, with eight different flavours introduced every week. There's is no better feeling than snuggling up to a hot choc, so get on down to the Yarra Valley this week. Winter warming at its best.
Monday 7 August
Forget Betty Crocker cake mix, this Gateaux Masterclass is going to have you feeling like a kitchen goddess in no time. The Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School are putting on a variety of cake clinics to whip you into shape, and today it’s all about the Gateaux. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the Petit Gateaux (translate little cake), and yes, beginners are welcome. Bon Appetite.
Where: Savour Chocolate and Patisserie School
When: 8am-3pm, Monday 7 August
For more information, click here.
Here’s Looking At You Kid Launch
Here’s Looking At You Kid are launching their gin and vodka in Melbourne today, and we’ll certainly drink to that. This isn’t just your ordinary voddy and gin. This stuff is the real deal. We’re talking Wild Rose Gin with a unique blend of native Australian botanicals and Triple Distilled Vodka, inspired by the charm of Casablanca. If you like cocktails and quality spirits, we suggest checking out this luxe cocktail launch party.
Where: Madam Brussels, 57-59 Bourke Street
When: 4pm-8pm, Monday 7 August
For more information, click here.
Wednesday 9 August
Ground Me Dinner At Stomping Ground
Vegos, listen up. Stomping Ground Brewing Co is bringing you an incredible four-course share menu, so it’s kinda a big deal. They’ve teamed up with legends at Me & Mabel to bring you great vegetarian food and some truly epic craft beers. What more could you want? We’re talking Spiced cauliflower steak on baba ganoush, sticky-glazed eggplant and lemon sumac potatoes. If you’ve ever considered becoming a vego, now would be the perfect time. P.S. Meat-eaters, you’re totally welcome.
Where: Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall
When: 7pm, Wednesday 9 August
For more information, clickhere.
Thursday 10 August
Glow Winter Arts Festival
The City of Stonnington is putting on a bright light exhibition after dark, and we sense it’s gonna be pretty lit (pun intended). Thursday will be the opening night for Glow Winter Arts, and it’ll take you on a journey of performances, light installations and projections. The glow lights will stretch from Prahran to Malvern, weaving you through several of the suburbs unexpected spaces and corners (disclaimer: no torch required). There’ll be plenty happening around the City of Stonnington for the next 10 days too, so it’s time to map your journey. Or just follow the lights, whatever suits.
Where: Several Venues around Prahran
When: Starts 10 August from 6pm
For more information, click here
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Image credit: Savour School