It’s a long weekend in Melbourne, and for us that means serving up a smorgasbord of suggestions for all of you to ensure that you make the most of it. It’s the final weekend of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, so be prepared for some quality meals, in and out of Melbourne, and a heap of fashun events. We’re sure that you won’t have a problem with that... Complement these with some live music and pop-up bars and your weekend is sorted.
Read on for our list of the best events to visit in Melbourne this weekend and their key deets.
Tastes of Rutherglen
Indulge in the ultimate gourmet escape at the Tastes of Rutherglen this weekend with 17 wineries showcasing a huge selection of award-winning wine and meal pairings, master classes, tours and wine dinners. Yes, it is a bit of a trek from Melbourne—but why not make a weekend of it? You can stay in everything from a caravan to a 5-star luxury suite. It will be well worth it, we guarantee. Tickets can be purchased with a number of add-ons, including shuttle buses and meal and wine voucher options. Click here to book.
Pimm’s Pop-Up Garden Party | Daylesford
Take a short road trip with your pals this weekend to the Pimm’s Pop-Up Garden Party hosted in conjuction with the ChillOut Festival 2016. You are in for a lavish afternoon of relaxed boozing, English treat tasting and lawn game challenges. You will need to select your preference between the 12-4pm or 4pm-late session running on both Saturday and Sunday. Book your tickets here.
The South East Asia Festival | Carlton
Argyle Square will come alive this weekend with a 2-day festival to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Australian-Asean relations. Authentic street food, cultural and modern performances, workshops and loads of family and fun activities will be on offer from 11am-8pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Visit the Facebook event for further information.
Port Phillip Mussel Festival at South Melbourne Market
A seafood street party complete with mussels, jazz music and great local wines? Tick! Featuring some of the city’s top restaurants including Dandelion, St Ali, Acland Street Cantina and the Grosvenor Hotel, as well as the market’s own restaurants, the South Melbourne Market is where it’s at this Saturday (12pm-10pm) and Sunday (12pm-8pm). See the MFWF page for further information.
Häagen-Dazs™ House Pops Up In Fed Square
Any ice-cream lover’s dream destination, Häagen-Dazs™ House pops up in Fed Square all weekend to serve up some delicious frozen treats to all you dessert-mad Melburnians. While the exclusive tasting experiences have already sold out for March, the ice-cream pop-up will be serving scoops and tubs of your favourite flavours from 5-11pm on Friday, 2-11pm on Saturday, 2-9pm on Sunday, and 12-4pm on Monday. Is there any better way to keep cool during this scorcher of a weekend? For more information, check out our full write-up here.
Noisy Ritual Urban Winery Experience | Brunswick East
This is your only opportunity to see, taste, smell and learn about vintage at Melbourne’s first urban winery this year… so don’t miss out! The three guys behind the trendy winery invite you to join in on their Noisy rituals—that is, celebrating the making and drinking wine in a relaxed, loud, inclusive and fun manner. If you are this like-minded wine lover, grab your tickets here.
VAMFF National Graduate Showcase | Carlton
Check out Australia’s emerging fashion talent as the top handpicked design graduates present their original collections at the prestigious annual VAMFF National Graduate Showcase. Don’t miss out on the pre-and-post show party ambiance on The Plaza at the Festival’s runway hub at the iconic Melbourne Museum Precinct. Also, try some coffee caviar if you're keen? Book your tickets here.
Pop-up rooftop bar at Adelphi Hotel
Turn up your usual Friday night after-work drinks by attending the poolside rooftop cocktail session on the Adelphi Hotel’s tenth floor. Watch the sun go down and revel in the last of Melbourne’s warm weather with a coconut espresso martini in one hand and a tasty canapé in the other. This event is fully ticketed and capacity is limited so grab your tickets here.
Flemington Grazing Trail & Cellar Door
If you’re tired of watching the horse races and would rather horse around with your friends, visit the racecourse’s beautiful front lawns and rose gardens to experience an incredible spread of Victoria’s top-notch boutique wineries, breweries and producers as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2016. Purchasing a $20 souvenir tasting glass will allow you to sample the enormous variety of wines on offer. Admission to the event is free with your Super Saturday ticket, which can be purchased here.
Designer Bites at Nora | Carlton
Fusing food, fashion and art, Curator Laura Thompson (lt) and Sarin Rojamentin (Small Dinner Club) present an exclusive interactive dining experience that centres on two ostensibly simple actions: ‘cutting’ and ‘covering/wrapping’. To secure your tickets for this thought-provoking 5-course meal, click here.
Dandenong World Fare at Dandenong Market
With over 40 delicious street food traders boasting the finest of Melbourne’s multicultural offering, deciding what to eat will be no easy task at this outdoor pop-up bazaar at Dandenong Market. Luckily, you may enjoy live music, rides, craft workshops and cooking demonstrations while you deliberate over which exotic cuisine most tickles your fancy. The fare runs from 10am-4pm and… drumroll please… entry and parking are free. For more info, visit the Facebook event.
VAMFF Premium Runways 6 & 7 | Carlton
Tickets are still available on Sunday evening at the Melbourne Museum for the final two premium VAMFF runways showcasing local designers with a whole lot of edge and flair. At 6:30pm, Premium Runway 6 presented by Frankie and Fiat will kick off with a massive line-up including Bul, I Love Mr Mittens, Kuwaii, Limedrop, Obus and Ryder. Tickets are available here. Premium Runway 7 presented by Oyster and Fiat commences afterwards at 8:30pm with an equally brilliant designer line-up including Elissa McGowan, Emma Mulholland, Eugeinie, Kingkand Chen, Pageant and P.A.M. Buy your tickets here.
Piknik Électronik #9 at The Paddock at Federation Square
Piknik Électronik is guaranteed to make a fantastic Sunday… particularly when you have the Monday off. We encourage you to head down if you haven’t already (or even if you have!) to boogie to some quality electronic music. Entrance price starts at a reasonable price of $22, but they notoriously sell out, so snap up your tickets here. Don’t tell us we didn’t warn you. Gates open at 1pm and the party rounds off at 9pm.
Latin American Street Food Fiesta at Lady Carolina | East Brunswick
Celebrate the final day of Melbourne’s Food and Wine Festival with a tantalising culinary journey across all four corners of South America. Your ticket will allow you to feast on six tasting plates (ft. Latin BBQ meats and street foods), drink plenty of booze (4 exotic cocktails, 2 house wines and 2 latino beers to be specific) and groove out to Afro-Carribean beats. Lady Carolina will be hosting 2 sessions, 12pm-3pm and 6pm-9pm. Your tickets can be purchased here.
Peter Baylor & The Roadhouse Romeos at The Gem | Collingwood
The Gem’s March Gig Guide is on point, and this Sunday evening Western swing artists Peter Baylor & The Roadhouse Romeos will be turning it up. While enjoying the live beats, you can tuck into some mouth-watering American BBQ and soak up the authentic and unpretentious atmosphere. We encourage you to check out the gig guide for a full list of the awesome local djs that perform on Friday and Saturday nights too!
Wilfred’s @ The Local Taphouse | St Kilda
If gin, cocktails, and nibbles sound like your ideal Labour day eve in a nutshell, the speakeasy pop-up, supported by Healesville gin maestros Four Pillars, upstairs at the Local Taphouse is for you. The secret speakeasy runs from 8pm till late and don’t forget to #askforwilfred. Click here for more info.
Image Credit: South Melbourne Market.