What's On

This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
9th Oct 2014

There's a heap of fun things to do in Melbourne this weekend, and we seriously mean piles, stacks, loads even! Foodies start salivating, and partiers get your hangover cures ready – this weekend is going to be a big one! There are markets, exhibitions and degustations to die for. 

So get planning, and check out our guide to what's on this weekend in Melbourne! Happy hunting, partying, eating, viewing, and just being generally being awesome, Listers!


Looking for fun things to do in Melbourne this Thursday eve? Whisk yourselves on down to the Glendronach Whisky Master Class at The Noble Experiment in Collingwood. With guest whisky expert, John Raphael, whisky connoisseurs and innocents alike will be guided through a selection of the finest Glendronach core expressions. Don't worry lightweights, chef Cameron Bell will be serving up some scrumptious chocolate and cheese tastings to complement the fine whisky tastes and textures. 

Glendronach Whisky Master Class by John Raphael The Noble Experiment in Collingwood

Starts 6:30pm | $55 | To book, call 9416 0058

Whether or not you tuned in to watch Shane Delia's Spice Journey: Turkey on SBS One, you can still join in the wrap party celebrations at Maha in Melbourne. Guests can enjoy a simmering five-course menu featuring dishes cooked on the show! With matched wines included, things could get saucy, or spicy, real fast.

Spice Journey Wrap Party | Maha in Melbourne CBD | $145pp

The best of Sydney combined with the best of Melbourne… IN Melbourne? Now you're talking. Sydney-sider Dan Hong, executive chef at the Merivale Group's Ms.G's, El Loco and Mr Wong, is joining forces with Melbourne Chef of the Year, Andrew McConnell (Supernormal). Get ready for an epic lunch at Supernormal, to celebrate the launch of Dan Hong's new cookbook, Mr Hong. Bring. It. On.

Supernormal Meets Mr Hong | Supernormal in Melbourne CBD | $120pp

To book, phone 9650 8688

Another chef match made in heaven sees John Mcleay and David Schofield bringing exciting new flavours to Red Spice Road in Melbourne, for their One Night Only event. Together they will serve up an Asian-inspired, 10-course, exotic culinary adventure. Celebrating fresh local ingredients, and accompanied with matching wines. So put aside your reservations (as in, personal reservations, because you'll need a physical one), and have a one night stand at Red Spice Rd.

One Night Only: Two Chefs with 10 Unique Dishes | Red Spice Road in Melbourne | $120pp 

The Tippler and Co in East Melbourne are hosting their seasonal Oktoberfest event, Once in a Brew Moon. Awesome title aside, this will be a night to remember. They've sourced a range of one off brews, and designed a menu filled with tasty Bavarian treats. Celebrating the fact that the moon will set over Munich as Oktoberfest rises at The Tippler and Co, join them for a five-course dining event matched with five great brews.

Once in a Brew Moon | Tippler and Co in East Melbourne | $68pp 

Does an organic Chinese degustation at Shu Restaurant in Collingwood—with matched Pizzini wines to boot—sound as awesome to you as it does to us? Hosted by Joel Pizzini, the winemaker behind some of our favourite drops, this event is one filled with incredible dining delights. Try some twice cooked crispy pork belly with spicy black bean sauce, and some Tasmanian oysters with apple lime and black caviar, complemented with a crisp Riesling. We're salivating!

Pizzini Wine and Degustation Dinner | Shu Restaurant in Collingwood | $100pp | To book email or phone 0431 596 658


Get ready arty Aussies! The annual Melbourne Festival is back, one of the major multi-arts festivals of the world. With a plethora of events including dance, theatre, music, visual arts, and multimedia, the Melbourne Festival is going to be huge this year! Kicking off tonight at Federation square with TANDERRUM: 'a powerful event, deeply rooted in place and history'. This event is free, so head on down and join the festivities. Running for just over a fortnight, don't miss out on this amazing Melbourne cultural event, and check out the rest of the epic program!

Melbourne Festival | 10th - 26th October

Today sees the launch of an epic four-month public program of 118 free events surrounding architecture, design, art, performance, and ideas. The MPavillion, designed by Sean Godsell and commissioned by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation, in the Queen Victorian Gardens will turn into a hub for visitors to engage in a dynamic program including 20 talks, 28 workshops, 18 music events, 14 film screenings, 7 walking and bike tours, 4 art interventions, 2 dance performances… to say the least! Guaranteed you will find something engaging to do out of this massive list (you know we love our lists)!

MPavillion | Queen Victoria Gardens, Southbank Arts Precinct in Melbourne

From forums to films, farmers fairs to food swaps, Fair Food Week starts today. Running until the 19th of October, Australia's Fair Food Week aims to educate about, and celebrate sustainable farming and food consumption. With events across the country, there's no excuse to miss out on this important message promoting support for our local famers. 

Fair Food Week | Various Locations | 10th -19th October 

This weekend is you last chance to christen your lederhosen (christen for the tenth time we mean…) at Hofbrauhaus's Oktoberfest celebrations in Melbourne. It's also your last chance to attempt the schnitzel challenge, where you score your meal free if you manage to put away a 1.5kg pork schnitzel, a bowl of chips and a litre of bier! Self titled 'das original und das best', Hofbrauhaus is touted as one of Melbourne's best Oktoberfest venues. Oktoberfest celebrations come to a conclusion this Sunday, so make the most of the weekend Oktoberfestians!

Oktoberfest | Hofbrauhaus in Melbourne 


Do you consider yourself an interiors buff? Or perhaps you just really need some help in the decorating department? Either way, this Saturday's workshop at World of Style by Porter Davis is a must! Hosted by Catherine Valente, Porter Davis Senior Interior Designer, the workshop will take you through the revolutionary World of Style philosophy (read all about it here), helping you to design and decorate your dream home along the way. Catherine will also be sharing her expert tips and tricks regarding interiors and exteriors to fixtures and fittings, and everything in between. Trust us, this is an event you do not want to miss! Places are limited so make sure you reserve your place today.

World of Style by Porter Davis Workshop | World of Style in South Melbourne | 2:00pm 

Drunch is one of our new favourite things to do in Melbourne! What's Druch, you ask? Just a super wicked combination of brunch and drinking. Oh... fun! To celebrate this sinful new trend, Trunk in Melbourne are hosting a delicious Druncheon. This gives us an excuse to party every two months on Saturdays, running from 11am-5pm, starting… you guessed it—today! Guests will be treated to a boozy three-course brunch, with a Campari Punch and a glass of Paul Louis Champagne. Kirin Beer and Cider will be available also. DJs Otologic and Lionel + Hutz will be kicking things off to keep diners (drinkers) on their toes!

Druncheon at Trunk | Trunk in Melbourne | 11am - 5pm | $55 

Jingle bells, Batman smells…DELICIOUS! The latest market opening in Coburg is the Batman Market! Holy Smokes! With over 100 stalls, there will plenty to see while you're spelunking. There's fresh produce, arts and crafts, live music and a range of multicultural cuisine at this new Melbourne market! Today and tomorrow, the market will showcase exciting performances, including Chinese lion dancing, an acoustic Americana folk band and much more. So get in your Batmobile and speed on over to the coolest new market in Coburg!

Batman Market Launch | Batman Market in Coburg | 9am - 3pm

The BECK Caulfield Guineas Day at the Caulfield Racecourse kicks off today, starting October's three-day Caulfield Cup Carnival! Chadstone Fashion Stakes will see fashionistas compete on the catwalk, and Irish pop-rock band The Script will be performing live. Get out your fascinators ladies, and whip on those cufflinks gents. What are you waiting for? Giddy up!

BECK Caulfield Guineas Day | Caulfield Racecourse in Caulfield | 11am | Tickets vary

For the 10th year in a row, Beechworth's Bridge Road Brewers will host its family friendly Oktoberfest weekend! Running for two days, guests are invited to dine on German cuisine and enjoy traditional music and Oktoberfest themed entertainment! Bridge Road have brewed their own beer for the event (Marzan), in order to provide celebrators with a truly authentic frothy experience. Wunderbar!

Oktoberfest | Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth | 11th - 12th October | Tickets vary

Raise your stein to more fun-filled Oktoberfest celebrations! Phat Brats and Red Hill Brewery are teaming up to host their annual Oktoberfest party in Red Hill South! Red Hill have brewed five German craft beers, such as Kolsch, Hefeweisen, Pilsner, Weizenbock and Festbier, to complement Phat Brats scrumptiously naughty hotdogs. Scrumptiously naughty you say? Hmmm… intrigued? Think cheesy smoked cranky with sauerkraut and mustard. Or maybe you're dreaming of pulled pork, apple slaw and BBQ sauce. With live oompah tunes and all-round Bavarian fun, turn your Oktoberfest weekend into a road trip and head on up to Red Hill this weekend!

Oktoberfest | Red Hill Brewery in Red Hill South | 11th - 12th October | 11am - 7pm

Coeliacs celebrate (you don't hear that often hey?)! The Gluten Free Expo is on this weekend at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre in South Wharf. Running across Saturday and Sunday, the expo will be jam-packed with cooking demonstrations (with previous Masterchef contestants!), and loads of foods to sample and inspire! Including a conference featuring a number of specialists and doctors talking about Coeliac disease and living gluten free, this is a fun and informative event for all those who are affected by or know someone with Coeliac disease.

Gluten Free Expo and Conference | Melbourne Exhibition Centre in South Wharf

$18 Adult $12 Concession (Under 12 Free)

Picture this – a weekend celebrating fine art printmaking at the Australian Print Workshop in Fitzroy. Wow, you're practically an artist now! APW Print Fair is running across today and tomorrow, so don't miss this chance to meet and greet some of Australia's talented contemporary printmakers. Learn the processes, watch demonstrations, and purchase a limited edition print from one of the many artist stands. A great opportunity to spruce up your collection.

Australian Print Workshop Print Fair | Australian Print Workshop in Fitzroy

11th - 12th October | 10am - 5pm | Free


Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda is today hosting the much anticipated BBQ Throwdown! Last year they won the title of pit-master against San Telmo, but this year they're up against Fancy Hank's Bar-b-que! The competition consists of three rounds of sizzling service, where diners get to decide who wins. With mouthwatering Mallee Oak grilled Argentinian style wagyu short ribs from the Newmarket Hotel, up against Hank's Virginia style smoked hot wings, this will be one tasty test! With frothies and fine wine to enjoy with this epic Sunday session, get your fingers ready for some lickin', Listers!

BBQ Throwdown | Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda | 12pm | $75pp | Call 9537 1777 to book

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's… A PIZZA AND SHIRAZ LUNCH! Heck yeah! Wine Tasting Events and Top Australian Wines present a day of wine tasting and unlimited wood-fired pizza at Pinocchios in South Yarra. Showcasing eight delicious Australian Shiraz wines, and a range of some of the best pizza in Melbourne, we're pretty sure this event is going to book out fast! Then you'll drool like a pasta fazool.

Pizza and Shiraz | Pinocchio in South Yarra | $65 + BF | 1pm - 4pm

It's time to tango in Torquay today, with the Bell Street Fiesta! Today is all about celebrating the things Torquay old timers love – great food, coffee, wine, beer, arts, live music, and local produce! Bell Street will be filled with exhibitions, a skate park, jumping castle, face painting, performances, Harley rides and plenty of stalls including healthy and naughty treats from local breweries, wineries and producers! It's worth the road trip for this family-fun, day long par-tay in Tor-quay!

Bell Street Fiesta | Bell Street in Torquay | 11am - 5pm | $2 Adults (Free for primary school children)

Head west to Williamstown to the Wine and Cheese Fest everyone is talking about (who wouldn't be talking about wine and cheese)! This festival will showcase local and international drops, and cheeses to tantalise any palate. With live entertainment, and the standard beautiful beach views Williamstown has to offer, this will be a day well spent. When in Williamstown…

Wine and Cheese Fest | Seaworks in Williamstown | 11am - 6pm | Tickets vary

The Fine Design Market is back, and celebrating their 2nd birthday! Check out the talent of local designers and artists at this independently run market in Doncaster. The perfect place to find your latest unique designer jewellery item, or trendy homewares. But our favourite is definitely the gourmet delights on offer. Held at MC², the Fine Design Market offers three floors of treasures!

The Fine Design Market | MC² in Doncaster | 10am - 3pm | Gold coin donation

Birthday celebrations and an Oktoberfest party combined? Why the heck nicht! Holgate Brewhouse in Woodend will be celebrating its 15th birthday today with an Oktoberfest party to match all others. For $55, party-goers get a traditional German bretzel, a litre of bier and a take home stein! With Bavarian bier and foodie treats, traditional music and entertainment, party on down to Woodend and say Prost and Alles Gute zum Geburtstag to Holgate Brewhouse!

Oktoberfest & 15th Birthday | Holgate Brewhouse in Woodend | $55

Not enough you say? Nein! Well I guess you can't please everyone… But we think with this list of what's on in Melbourne this weekend we'll come pretty close! For more degustation delights, check out our list of foodie events to book in October, or mosey on down to one of Melbourne's best markets with our October market calendar! Need some morning fuel to see you through this jam-packed agenda? Suss out our recommendations for Melbourne's best big breakfasts!


Image credit: The Kitchn.

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