It may be tempting to remain snuggled up in bed this winter, but Melbourne (and beyond) has a lot worth leaving your warm blankets for. From comedy nights, sandwich restaurant pop-ups and entire winter festivals, here are five awesome things to do this week:
East Gippsland Winter Festival
Gippsland is throwing open its doors and inviting you to enjoy the best art, craft, music, food and bevs this neck of the woods has to offer. Spend a day walking the Phoenix Trail, a route lined with the open studios of local artists. During the evening, visit Jetty Road Retreat for a whimsical lakeside light exhibition, or enjoy a winter seafood feast at the hatted restaurant Sodafish. If you want a more involved experience, this festival is offering a heap of fun workshops including lantern building and resin artmaking. With such an impressive range of activities and events, this one’s definitely worth the drive.
When: Various times, now until Sunday 11 July
Where: East Gippsland
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Rocco’s Sandwich Popup Returns for One Night
Rocco’s Bologna Discoteca may have been the best thing to come out of lockdown last year. Chef Josh Fry formerly of Marion and Cumulus Inc. has devised an unapologetically over-the-top sandwich deli on Gertrude Street featuring some seriously jazzed up deli essentials, including his take on the iconic NY meatball sub. For one night only, as part of Good Food Month, Rocco’s is taking over Poodle Bistro and Bar. Enjoy a feast of Italian-inspired food, featuring rice-stuffed mussels, pine mushroom pizza pockets, and the return of the meatball. This will all be accompanied by a lineup of Italian-based DJ sets, so you can groove the night away.
Classic Cinema Comedy Night
Comedy legend Fiona O'Loughlin, known from her stints on ‘Spicks and Specks’ and ‘I’m a Celebrity’, is performing live at the Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick. This is an incredible opportunity to see Fiona showcase her razor-sharp wit off the backend of her hilarious, heartbreaking memoir ‘Truths From An Unreliable Witness’. This one-off show will be staged against the stunning historical backdrop of this century-old cinema, accompanied by a surprise lineup of local comics that’ll be guaranteed to have you in stitches.
Robert Gordon Pottery Workshops
Robert Gordon pottery opened its doors in 1979 and has since graced the tables of some of the best restaurants in Melbourne with their sleek and refined tableware. For a limited time, the Robert Gordon studio is offering exclusive pottery workshops, where you can learn to spin a pottery wheel and create your own dish-ware masterpieces while recreating that one scene from ‘Ghost’. This is the perfect way to up your creative game and learn some new skills from Melbourne’s finest.
Scienceworks Virtual Space Cocktails Tour
Thursday marks the final night of Scienceworks’ virtual space tour. This time it’s all about how we’ve been able to travel to, understand and document the final frontier. Accompanying this high-definition exploration is ‘The Night Sky’ cocktail, devised by Mr West mixologists and informed Scienceworks astronomy experts. If you’re after an especially boozy night, you can purchase their entire range of space-themed cocktails for delivery before this series ends.
When: 7:30pm until 8:30pm, Thursday 24 June
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Heads up: there's a dedicated giant truffle festival coming to town.
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