JUNE 5-8: Long weekend – Good Food and Wine Show, Ice Hockey Classic and Re-opening of The Astor Theatre


Good Food and Wine Show

DATE: Fri 5 – Mon 8 Jun
TIME: Fri to Sun 10am – 6pm, Mon 10am – 5pm
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf
COST: $34 adult, $29 concession, $20 child
WEBSITE: www.goodfoodshow.com.au

What’s going on: As the name suggests, this event consists of good food and good wine (plus other good beverages) all under the one roof! Hop from stall to stall at “Jeff’s Shed”, sampling choice cheeses, wonderful wines, boutique beers, succulent sweets and perfect produce! There’s also demos, celebrity chef appearances and product promos to look out for!

Tip: We recommend taking public transport if you can, because you will end up sampling A LOT of awesome wine and liquor. Enjoy!


MindBodySpirit Festival

DATE: Fri 5 – Sun 8 Jun
TIME: 10am – 7pm
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf
COST: $18 online, $20 on door
WEBSITE: www.mbsfestival.com.au

What’s going on: Love your mind, body and spirit this long weekend! With inspirational seminars, healthy cooking demos, psychic readings, meditation and body pampering to chose from you will walk away from this event feeling healthy, happy and nourished. Ahhhhhhhhh!


Light in Winter

DATE: Fri 5 – Sun 8 Jun (continues until end of June)
TIME: Various
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.fedsquare.com/thelightinwinter

What’s going on: Winter is here, but 2015 is the International Year of Light, so it’s not so bad! The Light in Winter celebrates the newest and oldest sources of light through free talks and seminars, installations and screenings. Check out Chris Levine’s world premier installation, Molecule of Light, which uses lasers – the most intense, concentrated form of light. You can experience this in Fed Square from 5:30pm each night.


Broadsheet Restaurant Opens

DATE: Fri 5 (continues until 2 Aug)
TIME: 7pm – 1am
LOCATION: 166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
COST: Free entry
WEBSITE: www.broadsheet.com.au

What’s going on: This is going to be epic! The guys at Broadsheet Melbourne are utilising their wealth of experience and taste of the Melbourne food scene to bring you the ultimate restaurant experience. They have masterfully pulled together the best dishes from some of this city’s top eating spots to deliver an all-day dining experience, including Top Paddock, Auction Rooms, Five Points Deli, Coda, Huxtable, Pidapipo and oh golly, so many more. The whole experience will be highly curated and collaborative from the furniture to the plants, the crockery to the art on the walls. Head along to see what they have come up with!!


Piggy Palooza at Prahran Hotel

DATE: Fri 5 – Sun 7 Jun (continues for Month of June)
TIME: Anytime between 12pm and 11pm
LOCATION: Prahran Hotel, 82 High Street, Prahran
COST: $45 two courses, $55 three courses
WEBSITE: www.prahranhotel.com

What’s going on: Wake up and smell the bacon!!! As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Roast Collection, The Prahran Hotel is putting on a Piggy Palooza feast. Think ham hock and pistachio terrine, pork scratchings, dijon and sage crumbed pork chop with pancetta cavolo nero and apple puree and last but not least, bacon and banana bread n butter pudding with peanut butter icecream. Trot trot!!


2015 Ice Hockey Classic: Canada V USA

DATE: Fri 5 Jun
TIME: 7pm
LOCATION: Rod Laver Arena,
COST: From $90
WEBSITE: www.nine-live.com.au

What’s going on: Australia will play host to North America’s finest and most passionate ice hockey players when the USA takes on Canada. As well as showcasing top quality ice hockey, the 2015 Classic will be raising awareness and money for the STOPCONCUSSIONS Foundation in association with Nick Rushworth of Brain Injury Australia.


Etsy Craft Party

DATE: Sat 6 Jun
TIME: 11am – 3pm
LOCATION: Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Corner Flinders and Russell Streets, Melbourne
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.blog.etsy.com/au

What’s going on: Etsy have a super fun crafternoon in store for you! The theme is ‘Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape’ all the materials and tools are supplied to make your own colourful kaleidoscopic sun catchers, just BYO creative spirit!
Tip: There are 4 sessions and spots are limited so bookings are essential.


Astor Theatre Re-opens

DATE: Sun 7 Jun
TIME: From 1pm
LOCATION: Corner of Chapel Street and Dandenong Road, St Kilda
COST: $16 adult, $15.50 concession
WEBSITE: www.astortheatre.net.au

What’s going on: The Astor had us very worried there for a while. Earlier this year, the business had no choice but to cease operating. Thankfully, Palace Cinemas came to the rescue, taking ownership of the historic venue. So the Astor lives on, providing film buffs with the same array of cult classics on that beautiful big single-screen. Get along to their first day back – with some old fave’s in store, it’s business as usual!!


A Blooming Good Queen’s Birthday Bash at The National Hotel

DATE: Mon 8 Jun
TIME: 11am – 3pm
LOCATION: The National Hotel, 344 Victoria Street, Richmond
COST: Free entry
WEBSITE: www.thenationalhotel.com.au

What’s going on: Do Queen Lizzy’s birthday justice with The National Hotel and Four Pillars Gin. The team at The Nash have planned a quintessentially British menu (think yummy beef wellington) all designed to wash down with delightful gin cocktails, named after the Royals themselves. So come and get royally jolly all in the name of the Queen’s big day!

Big Freeze at the G

DATE: Mon 8 Jun
TIME: 2:30pm
LOCATION: MCG, Brunton Avenue, Richmond
COST: Free with entry to the game
WEBSITE: www.freezemnd.com

What’s going on: So you’ve heard of the ice bucket challenge? Well this charity challenge takes it to the next level. Several well-known footy personalities are about to get dunked in a massive ice pool in front of a blockbuster crowd for the Queen’s Birthday Collingwood V Melbourne game. Brrrrrr!!! Luckily, you can get involved just by donating and supporting this great cause!

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