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This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne - 20 Nov 2014

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Summer BBQs, monster movies, and gin appreciation pop-ups. This weekend in Melbourne is a quirky mix to say the least, but we're still as pumped as ever! Foodies, you'll be impressed as per usual with what's on in Melbourne. Maybe the foodie events on this weekend will even convert a few extras into the ranks of Melbourne foodie-dom. 

Whatever events you pick to partake in this weekend, you're sure to enjoy this fun-filled list of things to do in Melbourne town this coming weekend!

Thursday 20th

You don't have to embark on a road trip to taste a little of the Barossa Valley, because for one night only, Huxtable in Fitzroy is bringing the Barossa to you. Hosting Lachlan Colwill, Head Chef of South Australia's award-winning Hentley Farm, this five-course degustation will showcase a wonderful range of South Australian wines, matched with delicious flavours such as Smokey Bay Oysters and Schu-am Pork. So let Huxtable do all the hard work of bringing a taste of Barossa, but just make sure you get your butt to Fitzroy to taste it!

Lachlan Colwill from Hentley Farm Degustation | Huxtable in Fitzroy | $150pp | 7pm | Email to book 

Melbourne fashion label Elk is having a sale. Now we know this is exciting, but calm your farm, and get over to the Old Peerless Glass Factory in Preston for up to 80% off seconds, samples, and discontinued products. Also sharing in this sale is Notemaker, offering up to 70% off Moleskine, Rhodia, Delfonics and Rifle Paper Co. Bring your own shopping bags, and get those elbows ready shoppers, this one's going to be popular!

Elk Garage Sale | Old Peerless Glass Factory in Preston | Thursday November 20th - 23rd
10am - 5pm | Enquiries on 9478 1800 or email

Get your enGINes revving for Project Botanicals: A Distinctly Different Pop-Up Bar in North Melbourne. Hosted by Bombay Sapphire, and running until the 6th of December, head on down to celebrate all things gin. With 10 different cocktails by Bombay Sapphire, created to match 10 dishes designed by Gary Mehigan, for only $35 you get to choose two pairs of fancy flavours. With choices like cassia blackberry fix cocktail matched with sticky braised pork ribs, and a lemon collins paired with crispy tostaditas with cured king fish, we're going to have trouble only picking two!

Bombay Sapphire presents Project Botanicals: A Distinctly Different Pop-Up Bar
64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne | $35pp | Wednesdays - Saturdays, 6pm - 1am

November 19th - December 6th

Horror buffs, prepare for a popcorn filled diet! Monster Fest, Australia's foremost celebration of cult and horror films, has announced its spookilicious 2014 program. Participating cinemas include Cinema Nova in Carlton, and Yah Yah's Bar in Collingwood. Promising to be bigger, bloodier and more debauched than ever before, the festival kicks off tonight with Melbourne premiere of slasher Charlie's Farm. So book your tickets now, for a bloody good time.

Monster Fest | Cinema Nova in Carlton and Yah Yah's Bar in Collingwood
Thursday 20th November - Sunday 30th November

Wardrobe needs an update but you don't want to break the bank considering Christmas is upon us? Love a good sale? Ha! Who doesn't! Well Cheap Monday is having a Summer Sample Sale, with prices starting from $5! Including labels Zoe Karssen, Natural Selection Denim and Libertine-Libertine, head down to 83 Kerr Street in Fitzroy for some cheap-as-chips fashion.

Cheap Monday Melbourne Summer Sample Sale | 83 Kerr Street, Fitzroy
Thursday 20th 4pm – 8pm
Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd 10am – 6pm

Sunday 23rd 11am – 2pm 

Melbourne shoppers, Camilla and Marc are also holding an end of year warehouse sale! From Thursday the 20th of November until Sunday the 23rd, head on down to 11 Claremont Street in South Yarra for a high-end-bargaaaain!

Camilla and Marc End of Year Warehouse Sale | 11 Claremont Street in South Yarra 
9am – 11pm Thursday 20th November – Sunday 23rd November

Friday 21st

Summer babes, enjoy the open-air surrounds of the Café Vue at Heide courtyard, and embark on an after-hours guided tour of Melbourne-born artist, Moya Drying. Followed by a stunning summer BBQ, ice cold beers and magnums of wine will be available throughout the night. Thanks for another ripper Good Food Month!

A Heide Summer BBQ | Café Vue at Heide in Bulleen | $140pp
7pm - 10pm | Reservations needed, phone 9852 2346

Visit Venice… or do the next best thing, and enjoy a Venetian Dinner with Guy Grossi at Merchant Osteria Veneta. This three-course dinner at one of Melbourne's best restaurants explores the history of Venice's spice trade, showcasing flavours of cardamom, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and saffron. Run as part of The Age Good Food Month, we're getting pretty excited about some spiced cocktails!

Venetian Dinner with Guy Grossi | Merchant Osteria Veneta in Melbourne | $160pp
7:00pm Book via email or phone 9614 7688

The 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is swinging back around, set to kick off from the 27th of February. Don't miss out on the events hosted by your favourite restaurants and chefs, or potentially new ones you've had your eye on. Tickets go on sale TODAY! So act sharp, Listers. That's some important organisation right there.

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Tickets go on sale | Online

Melbourne art-appreciators, make sure you check out Sydney based sculptor, Alex Setton's solo exhibition at McClelland from Sunday 16th November until Sunday 8th of February. Also showing at Linden from the 6th of Jan, the exhibition, Last Resort, explores the issue of asylum seekers through sculptural discourse.

Alex Setton, Last Resort | McLelland Sculpture Park and Gallery
Also at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts
Until 22nd February

Now back to one of our favorite topics – shopping in Melbourne! Local label Life With Bird are having an epic warehouse sale, offering up to 90% off of past season stock and samples. Starting today and running until the 30th of November, pop down pronto to sort yourself out a bargain! 

Life With Bird Warehouse Sale | 425 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Friday November 21st - Sunday November 30th

Parlez vous Francais? Nope? That's okay! We can all pretend for a day (or three)! Como House and Gardens will transform into a French-style pop-up village for the weekend. Pay a visit and immerse yourself in French culture, food, wine, festivities and activities. With masterclasses from celebrity French chefs, and an open air market, you can sing along to the live music, even if the only words you know are 'Bon appetite!'.

Paris to Provence French Festival | Como House and Gardens in South Yarra
$22 (Adult) $5 (6-16yo) at the door, or book online

Friday 21st 12-8pm
Saturday 22nd 10am-6pm
Sunday 23rd. 10am – 4pm

Saturday 22nd

Take a road trip and visit Bacchus Marsh this weekend, for the Bacchus Marsh Strawberries and Cherries Weekend! Celebrating the arrival of the sweet season, the event guides you through a record 31 stop locations! With a cherry pip spitting competition, horse carriage rides, fireworks, and prizes up for grabs, enjoy the sweetness that Bacchus Marsh has to offer this cherry weekend. 

Berry Good Bacchus Marsh Weekend | Bacchus Marsh Town Centre in Bacchus Marsh
Saturday 22nd November, 10:00am - 9:30pm, Sunday 23rd November, 10am - 5pm 

Whether you prefer Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr, or you're more of a Jonny Lee Miller fan, channel your inner Sherlock and join Touché Hombre's Great Burro Teca Donkey Hunt. Yep. A donkey hunt. Evil Mexican masterminds Touché Hombre and Burro Teca have joined focus with the sneaky FG Collective to create a scavenger hunt worthy of the most perceptive Melburnians. With prizes for best Mexican themed costume, help solve this devilish kidnapping case, and then join in the after party to toast to your success!

Touché Hombre's Great Burro Teca Donkey Hunt | Burro Teca (within Touché Hombre) in Melbourne
$25 + BF (teams of 4-6) | 2pm

Good Food Month brings our attention to all the latest and greatest in the food industry, and definitely one of the greatest would be the lovely Maggie Beer. Today sees a long lunch hosted by the chef/goddess/wonder herself at Casa Bottega in North Melbourne. There she will serve up Barossa-inspired culinary delights, paired with fine Yalumba wines. Sounds awful, doesn't it… naaaat!

Barossa, Be Consumed Long Lunch with Maggie Beer | Casa Bottega in North Melbourne
$200pp | 
1:00pm | Book via phone, 8561 3563

If you haven't popped down to Birrarung Marr to check out the Night Noodle Markets yet, then what the heck are you waiting for? With Melbourne's best Asian restaurants on site – think Chin Chin, Hammer & Tong, Kong, Izakaya Den, Charlie Dumpling and the likes, all your naughty noodle and bao cravings will be met. Thanks Good Food Month for putting on this epic spread! 

Night Noodle Markets | Birrarung Marr in Melbourne | 5pm
Friday 14th November to Sunday 30th November  

Last chance to get in on the action that is Melbourne Music Week, Listers! Subject yourself to some serenading, or twirl around to some tunes. Whatever your pick is across over 110 events, you'll be covered with a program full of music, art, multimedia and film! Foodies can munch away while they listen too, with some in-between-set snacks from Hammer & Tong, Supernormal, Padre, Huxtaburger and more! De-lish!

Melbourne Music Week | Various Locations | Prices Vary
On now until Sunday 23rd November 

Sunday 23rd

Oh Good Food Month, we're a little bit in love. November has officially become naughty, and helping to right the scales a little is a healthy (but still delicious) lunch at The Builders Arms. Aptly titled, Nourish will present a selection of tasty treats from winemakers James Erksine and Patrick Sullivan, who have teamed up with Andrew McConnell and Josh Murphy, who've designed a scrumptious matching menu. 

Nourish | The Builders Arms Hotel in Fitzroy | $140pp | 12:30pm
Phone 03 9417 7700 for a reservation

Sunday sessions are sorted, thanks to Dr Morse in Abbotsford. Every Sunday in November, this awesome Abbotsford beer garden will be hosting Suckling Pig Sundays, and Tap Takeovers! This Sunday, Mornington Peninsula Brewery is strutting their stuff, showcasing some truly spectacular craft beer. But don't forget the suckling pig on the spit! For $20 guests can pig out on a pint and some delicious pork, crackling, potato and slaw. 

Suckling Pig Sundays & Tap Takeover | Dr Morse in Abbotsford
2pm Every Sunday in November

Bookings Advised phone 9416 1005 or email

Still looking for things to do in Melbourne this weekend? Community arts collective, Brunswickfolks, have organised an epic live charity music event! Springfolks will present acts such as The Evening Cast, Captain Apples, Fierce Mild, Tom-Lee Richards, Clyyve, Kate Bart and MonMon. Proceeds go to the Melbourne City Mission.  With market stalls, food and drink rounding things out, head on down and contribute to the community with the Springfolks live music event!

Springfolks | Exit Strategy Studios in Brunswick
$12 ($10 Concession) | 11am - 8pm 

Richmond Club Hotel are hosting a Fiesta Noviembre to welcome summer in, Mexican style. Party it up on their rooftop as part of Good Food Month, and enjoy some mad Mexican treats such as smoky pork brioche sliders, chipotle chicken sliders, empanadas and soft shell tacos, not to mention Tommy's margaritas, wine and beer! Hola Richmond Club Hotel!

Fiesta Noviembre | Richmond Club Hotel in Richmond | $50pp | 3pm-6pm
Book tickets via phone 9428 6722 or email 

Titter while you have a tipple at Morris Jones this sunny Sunday. With their Champagne and Sparklings of the World tasting event, you're bound to be smiling as you sip the afternoon away in their charming garden courtyard. Hosted by Matt Talbot (Red and White Brand Ambassador), you'll learn the differences in sparkling sensations. 

Champagne and Sparklings of the World | Morris Jones in Windsor | $50pp | Phone 9533 2055 to book

So that's what's on this weekend in Melbourne folks – pig out and party it up! If we don't see you at these awesome events, we'll see you around town at some of the best foodie events in November, or maybe at one of November's awesome Melbourne markets!

Main Image Credit: Food Network

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