Wow, what a weekend it’s gonna be, Melbourne! We’re talking design treasure hunts from the Wild Collective, big-thinking inspiration from TedxMelbourne, and all the whisky you can handle at the Whisky Gathering. Got a spare space in your diary that needs filling? Read on for the best things to do in Melbourne this weekend.
La Svolta’s Livornese Seafood Feast
One of Hampton’s best kept secrets, La Svolta serves authentic Italian fare to its loyal customers… and what could be more authentic than a Livornese seafood feast cooked up by to co-owner’s mamma! Pino Russo will be joined by his mum in the kitchen for this one-off event, which starts at 6.30pm and will set you back $100 per person with matched wines. To book, visit La Svolta’s website.
Penny Farthing Is Open For Dinner
Northcote café Penny Farthing Espresso shot to fame for its delicious coffee, but it’s the venue’s winter menu that’s got us drooling lately. The café is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for late-night coffee, drinks and a tasty tapas menu, which includes a cracking ‘feed me’ option for either $50 per head non-vegetarian, or $45 per head for you veggie folk. Expect house-made pate, crispy soft shell crab, a good glass of wine, and even better company.
Heartbreaker is Open For Business
The latest venue from the team behind The Everleigh cocktail bar, Heartbreaker opens its doors in Melbourne CBD this week. If strong cocktails, jukeboxes and a game or two of pool are your thing, this is the new Melbourne bar you should be hitting this weekend.
True Earth Night Market Hits Collingwood
Looking for some edgier market action this weekend? Get to True Earth Night Market at 222 Johnston Street, Collingwood, for an evening of craft, art and performance from local artists. Running from 6pm til 11pm on Friday and Saturday night, and all day from 11am on Sunday, it’s set to be a cracking evening of creativity.
For more information, check out the Facebook group.
Big Thinkers at TEDxMelbourne
TEDxMelbourne takes over the Melbourne Convention Centre for one day only. With an incredible line-up featuring experts on everything from entrepreneurship to psychology, photography to base jumping, you can be sure for an inspirational day of new ideas. Grab tickets here.
Make Upside Down Ice-cream Cake At The Tea Salon
Baking goddess Katherine Sabbath shows you how to make your very own upside down ice-cream cake at The Tea Salon, Emporium. Along with enjoying tea, sparkling wine and scones, the baking class will include a how-to of Katherine’s tricks and tips. Book in for either the 10am-12pm session, or 6pm-8pm session here.
The Indian Film Festival Melbourne Kicks Off!
Sick of Hollywood comic book hero rehashes? Get yourself to IFFM, the Indian Film Festival Melbourne, for some old and new cinematic delights.
The Gem’s Annual Elvis Celebration
The Gem Bar & Dining Room celebrates rock’n’roll legend Elvis Presley in style with an evening of bands and BBQ specials in honour of the King. Expect live classics from King 7 and The TBC Band along with a delicious menu that’s been created just for Saturday evening. Entry is free too… Let the good times roll!
The Wild Collective Treasure Hunt at the Royal Exhibition Building
Are you ready for a design treasure hunt?! The Wild Collective turns shopping on its head in an awesome two-day event that brings together top food, fashion, homewares and design brands in the Royal Exhibition Building. Get ready to discover new labels that you’ll love from 10am until 4pm each day this weekend.
The Whisky Gathering At The Kilburn
Listers, whisky is our drink of choice during these long, cold winter nights, and where better to find our favourite tipple tan at The Whisky Gathering, which brings together over 100 whiskies for an epic four-hour tasting session! Held in The Kilburn, Hawthorn, from midday til 4pm, this is the best way to spend $30 (yup, tickets are that cheap!) this weekend. Lock it in here.
Chicken Vs Chicken at Belleville
If there’s one thing CBD bar and eatery Belleville knows, it’s chicken. The rotisserie all-stars host Italian chef Stefano De Pieri and Mildura Brewery this Saturday for an old-school vs. new-school chook showdown that’s guaranteed to be finger lickin’ good! The unique a la carte menu will run from 12 noon until 10pm, complete with matched beers, making for a cracking day of chicken feasting. To lock in your seat, contact Belleville directly.
Make Your Own Cushion At So:Me – South Melbourne Market
Keen to flex those creative muscles this weekend? Join Lucy Glade-Wright, who co-founded the awesome Melbourne homewares and furniture brand Hunting For George, at So:Me design store in South Melbourne market for a cushion-cover design session. Tickets are $30 per person, and the session runs from 1pm until 3pm—book here.
The Lamb, The Goat & The Shiraz at The Botanical
This indulgent dinner at South Yarra restaurant The Botanical serves up exactly what you’d expect! Get ready for mouth-watering lamb and goat dishes prepared by The Botanical’s team of experts, matched to shiraz wines selected by sommelier Tim Bryar. For more information, click here.
Skirt & Shirt Market at Abbotsford Convent
Abbotsford Convent once again hosts the Shirt & Skirt Market, from 10am until 4pm, where you can pick up incredible fashion finds from over forty local designers in its market bazaar. Our top tip? Get there early and grab a tasty, wholesome breakfast at one of the Convent’s eateries.
Rokeby Street Farmers Market
Yup, Collingwood has its very own farmers market! Drop by the carpark of Lemon, Middle & Orange café on Rokeby Street to stock up on some fresh produce from the local area for the week ahead, anytime form 9.30am until 2pm.
Vin Diemen Pops Up At Meat Maiden
Celebrating the best that Tassie has to offer when it comes to boutique food and drink, Vin Diemen pops up at Meat Market, bringing with it tasty wines (Clover Hill, House of Arras and Tolpuddle all feature), epic spirits from Lark Distillery, fresh oysters and delicious Bruny Island Cheese. Running from 11am til 6pm, that’s 7 while hours of amazing Tasmanian eats! Book your ticket here.
Gearing up for next week already? Psst! You’ll want to skip dinner and book a ticket for Stokehouse City’s drool-inducing dessert degustation on Tuesday 18th August, which is comprised of SIX courses of sweets matched with incredible drinks. To find out more, or to book your seat for $95 per person, call Stokehouse City on 03 9525 5555.
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