What's On

Foodie Events to Book in August

By Ella Pleasant
1st Aug 2014

Looking for foodie things to do in Melbourne? Well, you've come to the right place, my friends! From champagne degustations to fondue feasts, cut throat cook offs to cross-country progressive dinners, there's a culinary event that's sure to please all tastes this August.

So polish your forks, pull on your stretchy pants and dig in to this guide to Melbourne foodie events.

Ssam Sundays at Captain Baxter

Kim chi lovers of Melbourne, you're in for an absolute treat! For the month of August, Captain Baxter is hosting Ssam Sunday, where you can dine on three courses of Korean fare, including red cooked pork and glazed beef rib steamed buns with spicy prawn crackers, DIY pancake wraps and a scrummy-sounding cardamom and lemongrass brûlée for dessert, all for just $45 per person. We're totally up for a ssam sunday session!

Ssam Sundays | Throughout August

Captain Baxter in St Kilda | $45

To book call 03 8534 8999

Cider Lunch at Ombra Salumi Bar

This Sunday, Guy Grossi's Ombra Bar will welcome Tasmania's finest cider makers to Melbourne for the Tasmania Unbottled Roadshow. Head to the Salumeria to chat to the reps from Spreyton, Pagan Cider and Franks Cider, feast on delicious cured meats (well hello, salami!) and, of course, down glass after glass of the brewers' handiworks. We'll cheers to that!

Cider Lunch | Sunday 3rd August

Ombra Salumi Bar in Melbourne CBD | 12:45 pm arrival | $95

To book, call 03 9639 1927 

Cape Mentelle Wine Dinner at No. 8 by John Lawson

Vino lovers of Melbourne, have you made your way to Crown's Wine Dinners yet? On Monday the 4th of August, No. 8 by John Lawson is hosting a five-course degustation with matched vino from Cape Mentelle. Think confit salmon and prawn ravioli swimming in lemongrass bisque, paired with a delicate 2011 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon. Or, perhaps the Robbins Island Wagyu rib eye, matched with two stunning reds, tickles your fancy? It sure tickles ours!

Cape Mentelle Wine Dinner | Monday 4th August

No 8. by John Lawson in Southbank | $145

To book, call 03 9292 5777 

Truffle Dinner at Saint Crispin

Everything's coming up truffles next Wednesday 6th August at Saint Crispin! The Collingwood restaurant is hosting the ultimate celebration of the fanciest of fungi, where guests will be treated to course after delicious course of truffle-y delights, all matched with fine wines. In case you didn't know, the truffle season ends in August, so we suggest you snuffle these truffles while you still can!

Truffle Dinner | Wednesday 6th August

Saint Crispin in Collingwood | 7:00 for 7:30pm start | $190

To book, call 03 9419 2202

Champagne Degustation Dinner at Vue de Monde

Enjoy a banquet of bubbles at Vue de Monde's Champagne Degustation Dinner this Thursday 7th August. Hosted by the Champagne Dame, Kyla Kirkpatrick, the evening will feature a five-course menu of delectable dishes paired with drops from some of the world's finest champagne houses, complete with panoramic views from the 55th floor of the Rialto. Sky high sipping at its finest!

Champagne Degustation Dinner | Thursday 7th August

Vue de Monde in Melbourne CBD | From 7pm | $320

To book, call 03 9691 3888 

Image credit: Voilà.

Voilà at Three Bags Full

If Vue de Monde is a little too exxy, you can still indulge in a night of French wining and dining at Voilà. The night's two hosts, strapping French chefs Fab and Nico, have crafted a four-course menu celebrating the best of the winter harvest, including a belly-warming pumpkin, cassia and sorrel soup. Oh oui oui, merci!

Voila Dinner | Thursday 7th of August 

Three Bags Full in Abbotsford | 7:00 – 11:00pm | $59

To book, call Nico on 0467 481 769 

Continental Drift at Shu Restaurant & Mamor Chocolates 

Suffer from culinary itchy feet? On Friday the 8th of August, you can have dinner in Sichuan and dessert in Hungary, all without leaving the hipster strip of Johnston Street in Collingwood! The Continental Drift dinner commences with a three-course, nine-dish Sichuan feast (with matching wine!) at Shu Restaurant and finishes with a sumptuous Hungarian dessert of cake and chocolate at Mamor Chocolates. Yum!

Continental Drift | Friday 8th August

Start at Shu Restaurant in Collingwood | 6:45 – 10:00pm | $88

To book, please call 9090 7878 

Learn How to Make Salami and Sausages at Bar Idda

Traditionalist Alfredo La Spina will be sharing his family salami and sausage making secrets at Bar Idda's workshop on Saturday the 9th of August. Head to the Brunswick East Sicilian restaurant to try your hand at sausage and salami making, then dig into Bar Idda's delicious three-course pork feast.

Salami and Sausage Making Workshop | Saturday 9th August

Bar Idda in Brunswick East | 10:30am – 2:30pm | $150

To book, call 9380 5339

The Art of Fondue Evening at Spring Street Cheese Cellar

Go batty for brie? Gaga for gouda? Those who fancy fromage will be pleased to note that Spring Street Cheese Cellar is hosting their first fondue night on Thursday the 12th of August. Resident cheesemonger, Anthony Femia, will be on hand to guide guests through the rich, gooey history of fondue, teaching all the tips and tricks to creating the perfect pot at home. You'll get your fill, too, with a three-course meal and traditional wines, beers and mulled wine on arrival.

The Art of Fondue Evening | Tuesday 12th of August

Spring Street Cheese Cellar in Melbourne | 6:30 – 8:30pm |$125 

To book, email or call Rebekah on 03 9654 6657 

Meet Your Maker at Hammer & Tong 412

After the sell-out success of their last wine night, Hammer & Tong 412 are once again hosting Victoria's top winemakers at Meet Your Maker. Guests will dine on the Fitzroy restaurant's delicious four-course menu, sip glorious Victorian wine and talk all things vino with Austin Black from Mac Forbes Yarra Valley, Jonathon Mogg from Henty Farm, Liam Anderson from Wild Duck Creek Estate and Wendy Killeen from Stanton & Kileen. 

Meet Your Maker | Tuesday 12th August 

Hammer & Tong 412 in Fitzroy | 6:30pm arrival | $90

To book, call 9041 6033

Coonawarra Roadshow Dinner at Grossi Florentino

With this wintry weather, there's nothing we enjoy nothing more than cosying up to a glass of red, and this August we'll be getting particularly close and personal with Coonawarra's most popular drops at the Coonawarra Roadshow Dinner. Held at Grossi Florentino, guests will enjoy a big band of reds with a delectable four-course meal, the menu designed by Guy Grossi himself. 

Coonawarra Roadshow Dinner | Thursday 14th August

Grossi Florentino in Melbourne | 7:00pm | $160

To book, call 03 9662 1811

Penfolds Wine Dinner at No. 8 by John Lawson

They just keep on giving the goods! On Thursday the 14th of August, No. 8 by John Lawson will welcome Peter Gago, the renowned Chief Winemaker at Penfolds, for an evening of delectable dining and fine wine appreciation. Executive Chef John Lawson has crafted a bespoke five-course menu for the event, including delicious-sounding dishes like roasted Lakes Entrance cod with pigs tail, celeriac and oyster, beef wellington with truffle potato purée and red wine jus and, for dessert, a caramel apple baba with vanilla cream. All of this, matched with Penfolds' finest wines. Bliss!

Penfolds Wine Dinner | Thursday 14th August

No. 8 by John Lawson in Southbank | $415

To book, call 03 9292 5777

The Melbourne team for this year's Florey Culinary Challenge.

The 2014 Florey Culinary Challenge at Crown

Attempting to end the age-old rivalry, top chefs from Melbourne and Sydney will go knife-to-knife for the title of 'Best Food City' at the 2014 Florey Culinary Challenge. Estelle's Scott Pickett will be the Melbourne team (Cafe Rosamond's Pierre Roelofs, Union Food & Wine's Stuart McVeigh, and No. 8's John Lawson) against Guillaume Brahimi's band of Sydney chefs in a round of cut-throat cook offs, with the winner judged by the diners. While this one's pricier than your average Friday night dinner, with tables of ten going for $5,000, you'll be pleased to note that all proceeds will go to the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, the largest brain research group in the Southern Hemisphere.

2014 Florey Culinary Challenge | Friday 15th August

Palladium at Crown | 6:30 for 7:00pm start

Standard tables of 10 cost $5,000, VIP tables cost $6,500

To book, click here

Bomba Goes to Spain at Bomba

After eating their way through Spain, the Bomba boys are back in town, hosting a series of Catalonian-inspired dinners, plus a Sunday lunch, on the 17th, 18th and 19th of August. What Spanish delights can we expect from Jesse and Shane? Think braised oxtail croquettes, Matriku Gastronomic Society mackerel with chilli garlic, Pyrenees truffled pork sausage and, to finish, a wonderfully wobbly crème catalan…and that's not even all! The full tasting menu will also include a Cada Mariol Negre Vermut and a complimentary cocktail on Bomba's sleek rooftop.  

Bomba Goes to Spain | 17th – 19th August

Bomba in Melbourne CBD | Various times | $60

To book, email or call 03 9077 0451

Wine vs Sake at Charlie Dumpling

Missed out on last month's Wine vs Sake? Don't fret, Prahran's favourite dumpling joint, Charlie Dumpling, has joined forces once again with The Humble Tumbler for a second round of Wine vs Sake. Five of Charlie's dumplings will be matched with a sake and wine and guests will decide what complements the dumplings best. We're more than happy to put our tastebuds to the test! The Humble Tumbler host Clare Burder will be on hand to guide you through the pairings. 

Wine vs Sake | Tuesday 19th August

Charlie Dumpling in Prahran | 6:30 – 8:30pm | $95

To book, call 03 9510 4213

Nicky Reimer Masterclass at Hobba

Looking to whip up your kitchen skills? On Wednesday the 20th of August, Nicky Riemer, the head chef and owner of Union Dining, will be hosting a one-night-only exclusive masterclass at Hobba in Prahran, sharing the tips and tricks behind her delicious dishes.  

Nicky Reimer Masterclass | Wednesday 20th August

Hobba in Prahran | 6:30pm – 9:30pm | $75

To book, click here 

The Lamb, The Goat & The Shiraz at The Botanical

Back by popular demand, The Lamb, The Goat & The Shiraz dinner, held at The Botanical, promises a feast of (yep, you guessed it) lamb, goat and Shiraz. Guests will dine on three carnivorous courses, including a delicious-sounding dish of confit lamb leg served with a carrot and turnip gratin, tapenade, goat's curd and lamb jus. Yum! The Botanical will also offer discounts on all Shirazes, with up to 50% off top drops. 

The Lamb, The Goat & The Shiraz | Saturday 23rd August 

The Botanical in South Yarra | From 6pm | $69 

To book, call 03 9820 7888 or email

Farm to Fork Dinner at Brooks

Here's a new foodie event for you, folks! Brooks is hosting its first Farm to Fork Dinner on Tuesday the 26th of August. Executive Chef Nicolas Poelaert's four-course menu will celebrate the suppliers Brooks work closely with, including Sher Wagyu, Central Highlands Herbs, Sarah Schreur and chocolates from Tad Lombardo.

Farm to Fork Dinner | Tuesday 26th August

Brooks in Melbourne | 6:30 for 7:30pm start | $150

To book, call 9001 8755 or email

Argentinian Dinner at Piqueos  

One of Melbourne's favourite Argentinian eateries, Piqueos, is hosting a five-course degustation, complete with four matched wines from the motherland. On Wednesday the 27th of August, special guest Gabriel Baigorria will share his expert knowledge on wines produced in the Mendoza region, including those made by his winemaker sister, María Eugenia Baigorria, at their family winery, Mi Terruño.

Argentinian Dinner | Wednesday 27th August

Piqueos in Carlton North | 6:30pm for 7:00pm start | $120 

To book, call 03 9349 2777 or email

Smoke and Fire Dinner at Café Vue at Heide

For a toasty winter feed, look no further than the Smoke and Fire Dinner at Café Vue at Heide. Using h?ngi, the traditional Maori method of cooking, chefs heat stones in a large fire pit, placing food baskets filled with whole snapper, John Dory, mussels, chicken and pork shoulder in and covering everything with earth to cook for several hours. The result? Smoky, impossibly tender meat and a lesson in Maori culinary tradition to boot. We can't wait to dig in! 

Smoke and Fire Dinner | Friday 29th August

Café Vue at Heide | From 7:00pm | $120

To book, call 03 9852 2346

That's what's on in Melbourne for August, foodie folks!

Main image credit: Nicky and Max

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