April 3-6: AFL Round 1, Easter chocolate tips and Harley Breen MICF


AFL Round 1 

WEBSITE: www.afl.com.au

What’s going on: Oh how we’ve missed you AFL! But you’re back and we’re so excited to see how this season pans out..Check out the Round 1 fixture:

Carlton v Richmond
Melbourne v Gold Coast
Sydney Swans v Essendon
Brisbane Lions v Collingwood
Western Bulldogs v West Coast
St Kilda v Greater Western Sydney
Adelaide v North Melbourne
Fremantle v Port Adelaide
Hawthorn v Geelong

Cycle Messenger World Championships

DATE: Until Mon 6 Apr
TIME: Various
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.cmwc2015.com

What’s going on: This is the ultimate urban cycling competition – In a rather obscure event, hundreds of the world’s best Bike Couriers battle it out over races, rides, sprints, trick comps and skid comps! Not only is it a sporting championship, it is a showcase that celebrates messenger culture and its impact on modern urban society. There are a bunch of galas, parties, markets and shows planned for spectators and participants – so what are you waiting for – on ya bike!

7th Annual Melbourne Latin Festival 

DATE: Fri 3 – Sun 5 Apr
TIME: Fri 1pm – 2am, Sat 9:30am – 2am, Sun 9:30am – 2am
LOCATION: Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, 1/64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne
COST: From $35
WEBSITE: www.melbournelatinfestival.com.au

What’s going on: One, Two Cha cha cha…shimmy your way down to the Melbourne Latin Festival this weekend. This is going to be one lively event – with Latin dance workshops, Latin performers, Latin DJs, Latin bands and just general Latin-style partying! Ole ole ole!!!

Best of Both Sides Festival

DATE: From Fri 3 April – Sun 5 April
TIME: 24 hours
LOCATION: Lucky Coq/Bimbo Deluxe
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.bestofbothsides.com.au

What’s going on: Brunswick St vs Chapel St, beards vs bottle blondes and tatts vs tans – the north-south divide is a rivalry that runs deeper than the Yarra. Pick your favourite and join us for the Best of Both Sides.
Best Of Both Sides Festival (BOBS) is a week long cross-city party hosted by Lucky Coq (Chapel Street, Windsor) and Bimbo Deluxe (Brunswick Street, Fitzroy). Along with the sister venues’ everyday undertakings (DJ’s, $4 pizzas, comfort, good times) BOBS Festival will be jam-packed with a line-up of the very best in electronic culture, visual entertainment and booze!

Tip: If you left planning to go away over the Easter long weekend, BOBS is the perfect excuse to stay local!

Good Friday Appeal 

DATE: Fri 3 Apr
TIME: Various
COST: Various
WEBSITE: www.goodfridayappeal.com.au

What’s going on: The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal is back and bigger than ever with a huge range of events to show your support at. Check out the website for a full list of events including the Charity Gala, Kids Day Out and the Kidzaid CPR challenge.
Tip: If you can’t make it on the day, never fear, you still have the opportunity to contribute by jumping online and donating to this fantastic cause.

Easter Cup Day

DATE: Sat 4 Apr
TIME: Gates will open 1.5 hours before Race 1
LOCATION: Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East
COST: $10 adult, $5 concession, free for kids under 13
WEBSITE: www.mrc.racing.com

What’s going on: Get ready for a great day of racing here at Caulfield with 9 races in store and plenty of off-track entertainment. Get excited for Melbourne’s Greatest Easter egg hunt – thousands of Easter eggs will be hidden within the racecourse grounds, just waiting to be found…and devoured.

Tip: Registration for the hunt is essential – entry is a $5 donation to Zaidee’s Rainbow Foundation.

Astor Theatre’s last ever screening – 2001: A Space Odyssey

DATE: Sun 5 Apr
TIME: 2pm and 7pm
LOCATION: Astor Theatre, Corner Chapel Street and Dandenong Road, St Kilda
COST: $17.30 (if booked online) $16 at the door, $15 concession
WEBSITE: www.astortheatre.net.au

What’s going on: What a bittersweet event this will be – This is the very last screening of long term cinema operators since 1982 at the great, old Astor . The historic cinema has been forced to close its doors, but before it does so, please come along for one last Choc ice and a brilliant classic film. Don’t miss the opportunity to say your goodbyes to this beloved cultural venue.


5 for 5 at 5 (MICF) 

DATE: Sun 5 Apr (continues until 19 Apr)
TIME: 5pm
LOCATION: Imperial Hotel, Corner Bourke and Spring Streets, Melbourne
COST: $5
WEBSITE: www.comedyfestival.com.au

What’s going on: It’s simples – You rock up at 5 o’clock, you pay 5 bucks and you get to see 5 comedians do their thing. It’s the best value you’ll find at the Melbourne Comedy Festival for all you thrifty punters!


Harley Breen: Just a Fully Naked Encounter (MICF) 

DATE: Sun 5 Apr (continues until 19 Apr)
TIME: 6pm
LOCATION: Melbourne Town Hall – Old Met Shop, Corner Swanston and Collins Streets, Melbourne
COST: From $20
WEBSITE: www.comedyfestival.com.au

What’s going on: Exposing yourself is difficult; sometimes your leg gets stuck in your pants. Other times, we’re just not ready to let it all hang out. Whether literally or figuratively, most people will avoid exposing themselves if they can. Harley Breen has made a career out of it and is set to bare all again at Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


Huw Joseph: Songs That Will Never Leave My Bedroom (MICF)

DATE: Mon 6 Apr (continues until 18 Apr)
TIME: 6:30pm
LOCATION: The Kelvin Club, Melbourne Place, Melbourne
COST: From $10
WEBSITE: www.comedyfestival.com.au

What’s going on: Huw Joseph returns to Melbourne from another stint in the UK, where he’s been gigging and appearing on TV and radio. Huw’s new show Songs That Will Never Leave My Bedroom gives insight into burning social topics like gingivitis and nice names for dirty things.


Luke McGregor: I Worry that I Worry Too Much (MICF)

DATE: Mon 6 Apr (continues until 13 Apr)
TIME: 8:45pm
LOCATION: The Comedy Theatre,
COST: $32
WEBSITE: www.comedyfestival.com.au

What’s going on: Don’t miss the return season of Luke’s 2014 smash-hit show! For three nights only Luke is taking the stage at the Comedy Theatre. Powerfully awkward and completely honest, Luke’s award-winning stand-up has taken him around the world, including two sell-out runs in London’s West End. Now he returns to Melbourne with his 2014 award-winning show exploring his OCD, life’s fears, failures and awkwardness.



Chocoholic Tours suggestions:

Haigh’s Chocolate 
Tip: Can’t say no to the Haigh’s Hot Crossed Bun.
Koko Black 
Tip: Do yourself a favour and bite into a Tasmanian Leatherwood Honeycomb Egg.
Cacao Lab 
Tip: Hop on the Rockstar Bunny.
Chocoholic Tours: http://www.chocoholictours.com.au/

Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio

DATE: Fri 3 and Sat 4 Apr
TIME: 10am – 6:30pm
LOCATION: 647 Chapel Street, South Yarra
COST: Various
WEBSITE: www.burchandpurchese.com

What’s going on: This is the stuff of Willy Wonka’s workshop! Cakes, tarts, chocolates, desserts and ice cream – all with a sweet sprinkling of wonder!! Darren Purchese’s Sweet Studio will definitely satisfy your chocolate cravings!!

Tip: Grab yourself one (or two) of the Explosive Raspberry Wagon Wheels.

Mork Chocolate Brewhouse 

DATE: Fri 3 – Sun 5 Apr
TIME: Fri / Sat 8am – 5pm, Sun 9am – 5pm
LOCATION: 150 Errol Street, North Melbourne
COST: Various
WEBSITE: www.morkchocolate.com.au

What’s going on: Mork Chocolate have recently opened their North Melbourne Brewhouse and the hot choc has been flowing ever since. Satisfy those cravings with all the liquid chocolate on offer from the extensive menu – they even offer a single origin chocolate soda!

Tip: Order yourself a Campfire Chocolate – it is as awesome as it sounds!

Pana Chocolate 

DATE: Sat 4 Apr
TIME: 9am – 4pm
LOCATION: 491 Church Street, Richmond
COST: Various
WEBSITE: www.panachocolate.com

What’s going on: Pana Chocolate is the home of the most beautiful organic, raw and handmade chocolate. Whether you opt for one of their amazingly flavoured chocolate bars or raw specialty desserts – you won’t be disappointed and your body will thank you for choosing a natural, sustainable product. Bonus!

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