PSA: The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has finally landed and will be taking over Melbourne for the entire weekend. So basically what we’re saying is: if you like to taste delicious food then you’re going to have a good insanely amazing week.
If you’re feeling a groove head to Laundry Bar for the ultimate Drake Party or if you’d rather a low-key vibe you should hit up Moonlight Cinemas screening of The Lion King. If you’re still feeling picky, then scroll down and check out the rest of the killer events… you’ll be pleased, we guarantee it!
Here’s our list of the best events to hit up this weekend in Melbourne.
All Weekend: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
It’s time, Melburnians. Your brain can turn off and just allow your mouth to do what it does best… eat. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is here and there are a serious amount of foodie events going down.
Mount Zero Dryland Feast at Mount Zero Olives
Do you want to feast at Mount Zero Olive Grove, enjoy an olive (or 20!) and maybe even stay the night in a luxury tent? Click here to book.
Fromage a Trois | Werribee Park
Queen Vic River Trail Market | Arts Centre Melbourne
This mini-market experience will have you enjoying all those juicy food/fun vibes, including entertainment, cooking demos, sipping beverages and sampling market fresh food. It’s also free, so you should ink it into the diary now. Click here for more info.
Designer Bites at NORA | Carlton
It’s VAMFF meets MFWF and we’re being treated to five delicious courses of delectable food thanks to some brilliantly creative minds. Click here to book.
Yume Hour at the Yume App | South Melbourne
Or maybe you want to join the war against food waste? Join Yume Hour where you pay $1 for treats prepared by Melbourne’s celebrated chefs. Click here to find out more.
Do you need/want more options? Check out our list of the top 15 MFWF picks for 2016.
Also All Weekend...
Designer Bargains at Men's Suit Garage Sale
Calling all fashion savvy dudes, and friends of dudes who love looking good! The incredible Men's Suit Garage Sale hits Melbourne all weekend. Featuring stacks of stylish brands, including Kenzo, Calvin Klein, Aston, Kenneth Blake and Daniel Hechter, the warehouse sale is the ultimate go-to for picking up some designer threads—without having to pick up the price tag. The sale takes place at 9-11 Claremont Street, South Yarra (near South Yarra station, off Toorak Road) and is open from 10am until 8pm on Thursday 3 and Friday 4, and 10am until 6pm on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March. Need a seasonal wardrobe refresh? We've got you covered! Check out the event website for more details.
Vegan Day Out in Fitzroy
The Cruelty Free Shop is celebrating its 15th birthday by holding another Vegan Day Out. It will all start on 5 March at 9am running until 6 March at 5pm. Between these times you can access meal deals, two for ones, free coffees, food samplings, discounted vegan groceries, discounted wines, wine tastings and loads more. It’s what vegan dreams are made of… according to Lizzie McGuire. The only thing to remember is that you MUST stop by the Cruelty Free Shop and pick up a Vegan Day Out Map, which you can show to participating outlets to get your #dealz. Click here for more info.
Pop-up at Porcelain Tea Parlour
For all those tea and treat lovers out there, Imbue Tea’s pop up at Porcelain Tea Parlour is a must-go this weekend. Three unusually delicious pairings will be exclusively available for you to sample. If the sound of Golden Buds Black tea and a chocolate caramel tart do not excite you, we’re not sure what will. You can enjoy a single pairing for $17 or all three for $38. Why not gather your sweet toothed friends and make an afternoon of it? Book a table. Drop ins are also welcome.
Comedy Workshops at Carpe Diem
The Comedy Workshop at Carpe Diem is back for another week—and this means that you get to see Melbourne Comedy festival comedians testing and perfecting their new and old material first-hand. Entry is free, so why not get together your fellow comedy-lovers, share a beer and enjoy some solid gags before the weekend?
Drake Party at Laundry Bar
Back by popular demand, Laundry Bar is hosting their 2nd Drake Party this Friday, AMEN! There’ll be an all-star line-up of DJs spinning Drake tracks all night long. That’s right, you won’t be hearing anything but the super cool, smooth stylings of Drake. We’re hoping everyone is on their ‘Worst Behaviour’ and are secretly praying that ‘The Motto’ gets two or more plays… it’s just too bloody good. It all starts at 1pm; check out the Facebook page for any updates.
The Gem Bar & Dining featuring Fingerbone Bill
Our favourite live music/eatery hotspot in Collingwood, The Gem, is turning up the heat post-summer and is hosting some super kewl Friday night gigs. This Friday, Fingerbone Bill will be gracing the Gem stage and will be serenading us with their country/rock jams. Sit back enjoy a few brews, some American BBQ classics and beautiful musical melodies. Now that’s a plan and a half.
Thoughtography at NGV Friday Nights
Friday Nights at the NGV just got a whole lot more interesting with the addition of #Thoughtography: a unique experience brought to you by the brains within Latrobe University’s creative division and Psychology department. So what exactly does it involve? Those who choose to participate will view four iconic pieces of artwork from the Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei exhibition while wearing a headset that will measure their brain waves. Participants will receive a print-out and digital copy of their unique Thoughtograph as a little souvenir. Pretty cool, huh?! As door sales are limited, don’t forget to book your tickets online through the NGV website.
Pearls performs at NGV Friday Nights
The fabulous Friday night sessions remain in full swing, and this week you can catch Melbourne-based trio, Pearls. Spreading their sleek and melancholy ballads mixed with catchy pop beats, you’re going to be in a blissful NGV paradise. It runs 6-10pm and you will have access to free NGV collection exhibitions, curator talks, DJ Prequel in the garden and food and drinks at Gallery Kitchen or the pop-up Garden Café. Booking is required and prices vary so visit the NGV website to book.
Urban Winery Project at Gather and Tailor Warehouse
Do you want to stomp on your own grapes and drink it too? Well, this Saturday you can finally get the opportunity you’ve been waiting your whole entire life for. The Urban Winery Project is kicking off their series with a bang; you’ll make wine and then you’ll be treated to a feast by Ryan Flaherty of Mister Jennings fame. A ticket is $135; including a four-course feast, matching wines, DIY foot-stomping, a bottle of red, a Riedel glass and a lil gift for your pantry. Gosh, that’s a killer deal. It runs from 6.30pm – 10.30pm at the Gather and Tailor Warehouse in Melbourne. Click here to book your tickets now.
The Lion King screening at Moonlight Cinema | Botanical Gardens
Close your eyes. Imagine you’re in the picturesque Botanical Gardens and The Lion King is starting: ‘AHHHHH TEBENNNYAAA’. Yep, that’s exactly what it’s going to be like this Saturday night at the Moonlight Cinema. Our absolute favourite childhood flick is gracing the super-huge screen and we’re sure to need a box of tissues clutched in one hand. God, Scar is a sh**head. Set yourself up like a king or #kween, grab some food, bevs, a blankie and settle in for a perfect night. You need to click here and book now—it’s selling like hotcakes.
Terminus Hotel Craft Showdown: Pale Off | North Fitzroy
North Fitzroy’s Terminus Hotel is starting March with a bang by throwing the Victorian Pale Off. What’s a pale off, you ask? It’s a head-to-head contest between 10 of the state’s best breweries that ultimately determines which biz boasts Victoria’s best pale ale. Set in the Terminus Hotel’s beer garden, you’ll be learning and trying some seriously good brews while enjoying food specials, incredible prizes and DJs playing into the night. It all begins at 12pm and runs til 10pm, which gives you ample time to make your all-important Pale-Off decision. Tickets are $20 and must be booked—click here to lock yourself in to a day of food and brew.
Novel Open Air | Port Melbourne
Are you looking for a day of blissful musical melodies set in an industrial oasis in Port Melbourne? Well, you’re in luck. This Saturday at 2pm, Novel Open Air will take over an undiscovered space at 351 Plummer Street and will provide us all with the ideal Saturday arvo plans. Cyril Hahn, Chrome Sparks and Client Liaison are just a couple of the killer acts that will bless our ears and ignite our dancing feet. Second release tickets are still available at $65 per person, make a last ditch effort to farewell summer and book tickets here.
Sydney Road Street Party
This one-of-a-kind free street fiesta will boast the hottest live music, funky dancing, market crafts and food, glorious food! It’s a killer Sunday plan that runs from 12–7pm and aims to celebrate and acknowledge the strong migrant culture and explosive artistic population of the Moreland community. The 800-metre stretch between Union and Victoria Street will be transformed into a huge get-together that you can explore with your friends and family. We’ll be joining you, Sydney Road.
The Windsor Block Party
No need to worry folks, this is your Sunday session sorted. As part of the MFWF, Windsor’s Artists Lane will be the site of a killer day-time party featuring live beats, urban art, circus acts and of course grub served by your local hawker-inspired street food favourites Mr Miyagi, Hanoi Hannah, Hawker Hall, Susie Wong and House of Hoi An. Oh, did we forget to mention that entry and entertainment is free?! Be sure, however, to bring along some cash so that you can tuck into tasty plates, like Mr Miyagi’s Fried Chicken ($7) or Prawn Dawg ($8). The party kicks off at 1pm and if you haven’t had enough of the action by 8pm, head down to the after party at Hoo Haa’s with DJ Peril.
Bridge Road Gathering
Take a leisurely stroll down Richmond’s Bridge Road and celebrate the precinct’s cultural diversity by nibbling on cuisine from all corners of the globe. With over 45 traders to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice. Tasting plates start at a modest $5 and live music entertainment is free (woohoo!) If the sound of walking is already making you tired, do not fear, a free ‘hop on, hop off’ shuttle bus will get you to your next stop. Immerse yourself in Bridge Road’s vibrant multicultural community by visiting anytime this Sunday from 11am-4pm.
Bright n Sandy Food & Wine Festival | Brighton
Make your way to the picturesque Green Point gardens in Brighton this Sunday, your tummy won’t regret it. The Bright n Sandy Festival will be in full swing from 11am–7:30pm and as a bonus you’ll get a glimpse of the iconic bathing boxes and the spectacular Melbourne skyline. Bright n Sandy offers up more than 30 food and wine stations as well as cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and heaps of live entertainment. This is also a completely smoke-free and waste conscious event that costs you a grand total of $2.50 entry. Let’s get Bright n Sandy, people.
Need more Melbourne events? Check out the 20 Free Things To Do This March.
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