DARK NIGHTS ARE RISING
Tasmania’s modern take on the Winter Solstice lights up Hobart next month. Tim Minchin will headline the entertainment June 18-19 as Dark Mofo returns for its sixth festival on seven nights over two weekends. But those with an appetite for food as well as culture will find plenty to eat and drink around crackling fires at the Dark Mofo’s Winter Feast on Princes Wharf. Six visiting chefs are pairing with local chefs to create locavore menus available on June 15-17, June 21-24. Just for a start, a spit becomes a gourmet theatre as visiting Brazilian chef Paula Labaki and Mona executive chef Vince Trim cook a whole Scottish cow on a speciallymade barbecue in Mona’s mobile Heavy Metal Kitchen on all seven nights. Close to 90 stallholders will sell ethically-sourced Tasmanian produce while some of the best pinot noirs in the world will be served in the Pinot Noir bar. Tasmanian indigenous hosts will talk about the Palawa kani names of traditional bounty while sharing fresh seafood at the Palawa fire pit. DARKMOFO. NET. AU
CRUISE CHEFS FIRE UP
Cruise kitchens are coming to land around the country at the Good Food & Wine Show starting next month. A new Princess Cruises partnership with the show will see chefs partner with someone they love to cook with in the Princess Cruises Theatre, presented by Ilve. The show is in Melbourne on June 1-3, Sydney June 22-24, Perth on August 24-26 and Brisbane from October 26-28. GOODFOODSHOW. COM. AU
HIP GLASS HOTEL
Cool hotels are popping up in all sorts of places. Come 2020, the increasingly hip northern Melbourne suburb of Coburg will have a 150room Holiday Inn. Its mirrored glass design, resembling a stack of glass cubes, is set to be eye-catching.
A couple of the coolest jobs in hospitality have been snapped up. W Brisbane, opening on June 1, has announced Australia’s first W Insider – a funky kind of concierge – is Montana Tozzi, who has worked for the W in Amsterdam. W Brisbane will also have a full-time music curator, Kane Dignum. WBRISBANE. COM
Snow movie pioneer Warren Miller died in January at the age of 93, but his legacy lives on. Warren Miller Films’ 68th extreme snow movie Line of Descent premieres in Sydney this week, followed by Melbourne showings. Ski and snowboard fans can see the film at the Orpheum Cremorne and the Ritz Randwick from Wednesday until Sunday. The Jam Factory in South Yarra hosts screenings from May 23-27. The movie coincides with the Snow Travel Expo (Sydney, May 20, Darling Harbour; Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, May 27). WARRENMILLER. COM. AU, SNOWTRAVELEXPO. COM. AU