What's On

This Weekend in Melbourne

By Ella Pleasant - 26 Jun 2014

Dying to know what's on in Melbourne this weekend? Well, my friends, have we got the guide for you! From epic designer warehouse sales to a blind champagne tasting (we'll cheers to that!), there's absolutely HEAPS of things to do this weekend in Melbourne! 

THURSDAY 26TH

Pass us the tissues, dear Listers – Alice Euphemia is closing today! The Flinders Lane fashion retailer, known for stocking young Australian designers, will be closing its doors after 18 years of business on Flinders lane. Sob! Everything in the store (including fittings and fixtures) is being sold, so head Alice Euphemia to pay your respects and shop the wares one last time. 

Alice Euphemia | Shop 6, 37 Swanston Street in Melbourne

One of Melbourne's best breakfast spots, Three Bags Full, is staying open 'til late tonight for Voilà Dinner, a night of French wining and dining. For just $59, guests can dine on a four-course meal featuring the finest of French fare, including navy beans with parmesan ravioli and sage, chicken with lemon verbena and ginger and Paris-Brest, a decadent dessert of choux pastry and praline-flavoured cream. Ohhh la la!

Voila French Dinner | Three Bags Full, 56 Nicholson Street in Abbotsford

7:00pm – 12:00am | $59

Lovers of crackling and chops – cancel your plans and get your booty to Bar Lourinhã tonight! The upstairs private dining room has been transformed into a porcine fiesta for 3 Little Pigs Went to Portugal. The menu, designed by Matthew McConnell and Marcus Allen, will highlight Portuguese regional roasting specialities and feature Greenvale Farm's rare breed pork. Portuguese wine will round off the good times. 

3 Little Pigs Went to Portugal | Bar Lourinhã, 37 Little Collins Street in Melbourne

7:00 – 11:00pm | $115 per person 

How does an evening of delectable Chinese delicacies and fine wine tasting sound? Pretty blooming brilliant, if you ask us! Head to Howard Park wine tasting at Shu Restaurant, where you'll sample the Western Australian winery's finest drops matched to Shu's new eight-course Sichuan degustation menu. We've had a little sneak peek at the offerings and boy, does it look tasty! Think Tasmanian oysters, quinoa salad with crispy fried flathead, oolong panna cotta…drooool! Not to be missed.

Howard Park Chinese Degustation | Shu Restaurant, 147 Johnston Street in Collingwood

6:00 for 6:30 start | $100 per person

Foodie friends, have you visited The Drifter's Table yet? The travelling pop-up restaurant returns to Crabapple Kitchen in Hawthorn tonight. Guests will dine on a four-course warming winter menu, including pea and ham soup, braised beef cheeks with a potato and parsnip puree, and rice pudding with mulled fruit and plum jam…yum! Could there be a better way to cure the winter blues? Nope!

The Drifter's Table | Crabapple Kitchen, 659 Glenferrie Road in Hawthorn

$65 per person | $100 (matched wines)

Brrrr! Winter has well and truly hit Melbourne town, and we bet you all could sure use something to keep those precious noggins of yours warm. Well, dear readers, Australian wool brand Cleckheaton has developed Full of Beanies, a nifty little app which lets you design and create your own bespoke beanie. The exciting bit? It launches today, meaning you can sport a self-designed piece of headwear in no time at all! 

FRIDAY 27TH

Listers, it's time to get silly for a serious cause. This Friday, thousands of Australians will don red foam noses for Red Nose Day. Held annually on the last Friday of June, Red Nose Day raises money for SIDS and Kids, a charity that provides vital services and programmes for Australian families. Get a nose and get involved!

Red Nose Day | For more information and to donate, click here.

Looking to bag a bargain this weekend in Melbourne? Get your credit cards at the ready, because we have the ultimate sale for you! The LOFFT Annual Designer Warehouse Sale will be filled to the brim with seconds and samples from Australian and International designers, including Bec & Bridge, Viktoria + Woods, Ryder…oh dear, we can feel our savings slimming already! The sale is conveniently located right above Kong BBQ, meaning you've also got your post-shopping refuel spot sorted.  

The Loft Annual Designer Warehouse Sale | 27th June – 28th June | 599 Church Street in Richmond 

No plans for Friday night? Well you needn't look further than Indie Cinema, Stand Up and Burlesque at Theatre Nuevo. Guests will sample a range of local films and riotous stand-up comedy, the evening topped off (pardon the pun) with a saucy burlesque show. You can purchase tickets just for the show or, if you're feeling peckish, with a beer, burger and chips included. You know what we'll be doing!

Indie Cinema, Stand Up and Burlesque | Theatre Nuevo, level 1, 333 Sydney Road in Brunswick | Doors open 6:00pm  

SATURDAY 28TH

One of our top picks of things to do in Melbourne this weekend has to be the Slow Food Melbourne farmers market. Yup, it's time to put down the McMuffin and get back to basics. This Saturday, head to the Abbotsford Convent to get familiar with some of Victoria's best produce, chat to the farmers and learn to truly appreciate every delicious bite you take.  

Slow Food Melbourne | Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street in Abbotsford | 8:00am – 1:00pm

Fancy a bit of a boogie? This weekend, Winter Music Festival Vineyard Vibes will take over Rochford Winery, filling the Yarra Valley vineyard with the hip-shaking sounds of Cuban percussion, bongos and sax, alongside commercial house DJs. Between 6pm and 1am, guests can test out their salsa moves or, if they're looking for a change of pace, get on down to the DJ-spun tunes. 

Vineyard Vibes Winter Music Festival | Rochford Winery in Yarra Valley

6:00pm – 1:00am | $60 or $100 (includes bus transfer from Melbourne) 

Folks, if you haven't had a chance to check out the Bridge Road Film Festival, this weekend is your last chance to score a free viewing! The Blues Brothers is the final film screening, so book a ticket (it's free, but spots fill up quick!), pop on your Ray Bans and head to the Richmond Town Hall for some classic cinematic action!

Bridge Road Film Festival | Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road in Richmond

Get a taste of la dolce vita this Saturday at the Bastianich Wine Lunch. Held at Grossi Florentino's Ombra Salumi Bar, diners will enjoy four courses of Italian fare matched with Batianich and La Mozza wines. Ahhh, bellisimo! 

Bastianich Wine Lunch | Ombra Salumi Bar, 76 Bourke Street in Melbourne | $90 per person

Ahhh the humble roast. We've been stuffing ourselves senseless as part of The Roast Collection, and, at this point, we've grown a tad tired of the pork and potato combo. So, you can imagine our delight when we heard that The Travelling Samovar Tea House is hosting a tea-infused roast dinner this Saturday night. All three courses will be infused and matched with tea, with a focus on sencha and genmaicha. We can't wait to sample their tea-rrific fare (we promise it'll be better than our puns).

Tea Infused Roast Dinner | Travelling Samovar Tea House, 412 Rathdowne Street in Carlton | 7:00 – 9:30pm | $60  

What's on in Melbourne this weekend? Dumpster diving, that's what. Seriously. This Saturday, Third Drawer Down in Prahran is hosting a belated birthday bash, the main feature being an epic dumpster dive in a bin filled with exclusive gifts, cash, gift certificates, free workshops and vouchers. All it takes is a $50 purchase to participate! There'll be 10% off goodies all day, mystery edition bags and drinks and nibbles from 3pm. 

The Party's Over | Third Drawer Down, 155 Greville Street in Prahran | 11:00am – 5:00pm 

SUNDAY 29TH

An art gallery, cinema, cafe and home of Hip Hop Karaoke – 1000 £ Bend also houses the Bend & Snap design market every month, showcasing the incredible creations of local illustrators, fashion designers, jewellers and textile artists. Feeling like a little craft is called for this Sunday? You arty folk have the chance to get gluey with some arts and crafts at 'Crafternoon Corner'. Sorted!

Bend & Snap | 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne | 11:00am – 4:00pm 

Vue de monde need a bit of help picking their new house-pour…and, being the incredibly selfless, generous folk we are, we were moooore than happy to volunteer our tastebuds! Vue de Monde's Grand Champagne Selection will see guests blind taste six shortlisted champagne offerings, sipping and scoring the drops to determine which will be served across the Vue de Monde venues over the next two years.  At $180, a ticket includes Vue de Monde's signature canapés, such as the delectable truffle marshmallow, marron toast, duck rillettes, lamington and, of course, a glass from each of their premier Champagne offerings. Could there be a better way to spend a weekend in Melbourne than sampling the world's finest champagne? No, no there is not.

Vue de Monde Grand Champagne Selection | Vue Events, Level 55 Rialto, 525 Collins Street

6:00 – 8:30pm | $180 per person 

Holy mollusks! This Sunday, Albert St Food & Wine is hosting Oyster and Pearls, where for $88 you can dine on a succulent array of cold, warm, cooked and sweet oysters. Errr 'sweet oysters'? Fear not, my seafood-loving friends, the 'sweet' oysters are just a pearl-inspired chocolate dessert. Pheeww! Each course will be expertly matched with wine. Don't be a shucker – book now!

Oysters and Pearls | Albert St Food & Wine, 382 Sydney Road in Brunswick 

1:30 – 4:00pm | $88 per person

My foodie friends, are you still deciding what to do in Melbourne this weekend? Well, fret not, as we've got your Sunday night dinner decision sorted! The Commoner will host dessert extraordinaire Shaun Quade (Bar Nacional, Long Shot, Chiara) for Wonka Stomper!, an evening of delectable dining with a quirky twist. Along with The Commoner's kitchen team, Shaun will turn the traditional Sunday supper on its head with an inspiring menu of three savoury courses and three sweet. We're particularly looking forward to sampling the dessert fare, with wonderfully weird dishes like the winter root vegetables, d'anjou pear candy and sweet & sour vanilla. It counts towards your five a day, right? Right?!

Wonka Stomper! | The Commoner, 122 Johnston Street in Fitzroy

6:45pm for 7:00pm start | $75 per person | $125 with matched wine 

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