June 26-28: Project Botanicals, Lululemon The Workshop and Sausage Making with Bar Idda


Project Botanicals

DATE: From Fri 26 Jun (continues until 11 Jul)
TIME: 6pm – 8pm, 8pm – 10pm or 10pm – 12am
LOCATION: Bombay Sapphire Project Botanicals, 64 Sutton Street, North Melbourne
COST: $45
WEBSITE: www.projectbotanicals.com.au

What’s going on: Project Botanicals marries mixology and gastronomy inspired by the botanicals found in Gin. In a very beautiful, exotic setting, the pop up bar will pair expertly crafted gin cocktails, mixed by some of Melbourne’s best bartenders, with tapas-style dishes created by MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan. This was a sold out event last year, so get in fast while there’s still some spots left!

Tip: Your ticket includes 2 gin cocktails and 2 paired dishes. Additionals can be purchased on the night for $12 a pop.


Strictly Ballroom The Musical 

DATE: Fri 26 – Sun 28 Jul
TIME: Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm and 8pm, Sun 3pm
LOCATION: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
COST: From $60
WEBSITE: www.strictlyballroomthemusical.com

What’s going on: Strictly Ballroom was everyone’s favourite movie all those years ago, now it’s been adapted into a very successful stage show directed by Baz Lurhmann. You know you will love the music, the costumes, the nostalgia and the fun – so don’t think twice – final tickets have just gone on sale!!


‘These Things Take Wine’

DATE: Fri 26 and Sat 27 Jun
TIME: 8:15pm
LOCATION: Alex Theatre, Level 1, 135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
COST: $35 adult, $32 concession
WEBSITE: www.melbournecabaret.com

What’s going on: As a part of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Natasha York’s show, ‘These things take Wine’ sheds a complimentary light on our drunken experiences. York tells her stories from pre-drinks to police encounters, chicken nuggets in bras, hijacking buskers, and everything in between to show us why we should celebrate – and not “wine” about our drunken experiences.


Eddie Perfect’s ‘Songs from the Middle’

DATE: Fri 26 Jun
TIME: 8pm
LOCATION: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Corner Southbank Boulevard and Sturt Street, Melbourne
COST: From $45 adult, from $35 concession
WEBSITE: www.melbournerecital.com.au

What’s going on: The stupidly talented, Eddie Perfect, offers us ‘Songs from the Middle’ with heart-breaking and hilarious songs about coming of age, binge-drinking, failed romance and mind-numbing normalcy. Eddie partners with the Australian National Academy of Music and Iain Grandage to bring you a contemporary song-cycle set in the middle of Port Phillip Bay. Equal parts nostalgia, peace-making and personal exorcism.


Oz Comic-Con

DATE: Sat 27 and Sun 28 Jun
TIME: 9am – 6pm
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street, South Wharf
COST: $30 adult, $15 child
WEBSITE: www.ozcomiccon.com

What’s going on: Oz Comic-Con is the ultimate destination for pop culture fans and freaks, boasting an epic show floor packed with exhibitors, autograph and photograph sessions with the hottest celebrities and one-of-a-kind panel events. BYO inner fan girl/fan boy!


The Workshop

DATE: Sat 27 Jun
TIME: 9:30am – 3:30pm
LOCATION: Studio 109, 109 Curzon Street, North Melbourne
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.theworkshop-lululemonmelbourne.eventbrite.com.au

What’s going on: The Workshop is an Lululemon Athletica event tailored to business owners and people looking to build a personal or business brand. There is a massive line up of presenters who are specialists in marketing, social media, business management and personal wellness who have been recruited to share their expertise and stories to inspire, create mindfulness and elevate.

Tip: Limited spaces available, so register your interest STAT.


Learn to Make Salami and Sausage at Bar Idda

DATE: Sat 27 Jun
TIME: 10:30am – 1:30pm
LOCATION: Bar Idda, 132 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
COST: $150
WEBSITE: www.baridda.com.au

What’s going on: Begin the day with traditional Sicilian morning tea, then get down to business with some salami and sausage making demonstrations and hands-on activities. Your salami will cure at Bar Idda for 2 months, but to finish off the day sit down to a delectable antipasti lunch and enjoy some of the fruits of your labour (the sausages you made during class)!


Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music

DATE: Sat 27 Jun
TIME: 1pm and 7:30pm
LOCATION: Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
COST: $57 adult, $46 concession, $36 child
WEBSITE: www.singalonga.net

What’s going on: Okay so here’s the deal – you get to sing-a-long to the Sound of Music with a whole bunch of people who love it just as much as you do! Dress up if you like (there are prizes for best dressed) and then just enjoy the movie without holding back!! So for the 50th anniversary, come and sing-a-long to the classic film that we all know and love and experience the theatre come “alive with the Sound of Music.”


Ice Cream Appreciation Masterclass

DATE: Sat 27 Jun
TIME: 3pm – 5pm
LOCATION: Helados Jauja, 254 Lygon Street, Carlton
COST: $55
WEBSITE: www.heladosjauja.com.au

What’s going on: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! Scream no more, instead become an ice cream boss with Helados Jauja’s help. This masterclass is a great introduction and palate liberating session where you are able to participate in an indulgent degustation, exploring the flavour profile of all the ice creams in the cabinet.

Tip: Included in your ticket is a take home pack of your 3 fave flavs. Divine!!


FreeZA Push Start Battle of the bands Stonnington Heat

DATE: Sat 27 Jun
TIME: 4pm
LOCATION: The Space Dance and Arts Centre, 318 Chapel Street, Prahran
COST: $15 on the door
WEBSITE: www.thepush.com.au

What’s going on: The annual FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competition has been running since 1995 to showcase young musicians from around Victoria, giving them the opportunity to perform, gain local exposure, and win their way to a spot on the Push Over festival line up. Come and see some fresh and exciting young talent, that could be the next big thing!!!


Melbourne’s Mystery Market

DATE: Sun 28 Jun
TIME: 10am – 4pm
LOCATION: The Atrium, Federation Square, Corner Swanston and Flinders Streets, Melbourne
COST: Free
WEBSITE: www.melbournesmysterymarket.tumblr.com

What’s going on: Melbourne’s Mystery Market is more than just a craft Market, with a focus on music, art, interactive workshops, creative learning and fun! The finest of clever, independent, Melbourne makers will take leave of their cosy studios to bring you Independent Design, Ethical Production and goodies that are Melbourne Made. Come on in under the protection of The Atrium and settle in for a carefree Sunday perusing the creations of over 50 stalls of design goodness.


Melbourne Central Unlocked Tours

DATE: Sun 28 Jun
TIME: 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm
LOCATION: Melbourne Central, Corner LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
COST: $10
WEBSITE: www.melbournecentral.com.au/unlocked-tours

What’s going on: How’s this for a different experience? Get a behind the scenes walk through Melbourne Central’s secret nooks, crannies, vantage points and rooftops. Dale Campisi, a local Melburnian history enthusiast and travel author will lead the tour and give you the insider knowledge on this CBD precinct with a past.


FoodSocial Global Feast: Cambodia

DATE: Sun 28 Jun
TIME: 12pm – 2:30pm
LOCATION: Bopha Devi Docklands, 27 Rakaia Way, Docklands
COST: $69
WEBSITE: www.foodsocial.com.au

What’s going on: Food Social are taking you on a culinary journey in alphabetical order! This weekend is C for Cambodia. Cambodian food is rich in heritage with the influences of China, India and France. Taste a specially created traditional Cambodian menu that you won’t get anywhere else, watch a demonstration on how to create a traditional dish and you’ll get the chance to recreate the dish in a hands on experience. Mingle with other foodies and learn a bit about the rich culture from the owner at Bopha Devi!

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