Here are winter’s highlight events around Melbourne
Good Food and Wine Show Graze through the best food around town, sample wines, meet producers, makers and growers from across the country, take part in masterclasses and take home kitchen tips from guest chefs at this three-day foodtopia.
àmelbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf 3006. goodfoodshow.com.au. Fri, Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm. $25-$150. Jun 1-3. Sake Matsuri Celebrating more than 60 different varieties of sake, the festival will allow punters to try both new and traditional styles, from the umami-rich junmai to the flavoursome aged koshu nihonshu or the fine junmai daiginjo. All of these varieties have been imported from Japan, with the best drops available for tasting and purchasing on the day. If you need a break from the sake, there will be palate-cleansing Japanese beers on sale, as well as food stalls. There will be two sessions (morning and evening), and your ticket includes a Plumm wine glass to taste from (valued at $35) and all sake tastings, which means you won’t have to worry about those pesky drink tokens. à524 Flinders St, Melbourne 3000. sakematsuri.com.au. 11am-4pm & 5-9pm. $50-$60. Sat Jun 9. Port Fairy Dachshund Dash If you’ve got a passion for dachshunds, you need to get to Port Fairy for the race that pawses the nation. During the annual Dachshund Dash, a bunch of scurrying sausage dogs takes centre stage in three different (and equally adorable) races. Last year the race attracted 72 wiener-dog competitors and 2,000
cheering fans. Winners in each age category received a painted
portrait. àport Fairy Cricket Oval, Campbell St, Port Fairy 3284. portfairywinterweekends.com.au/dachshund-dash. 9.15am-noon. Free. Sun Jun 10. Community Cup Whose side are you on this year? The Megahertz or reigning champs the Rockdogs? This charity footy match and concert brings Melbourne’s musos and media personalities head to head to raise funds for sport and arts foundation Reclink Australia. àvictoria Park, Abbot & Lulie Sts, Abbotsford 3067. communitycup.com.au. 11am. $5-$20. Sun Jun 24. Melburn Roobaix While the Melburn Roobaix may take its name from the gruelling Paris-roubaix, this all-day riding adventure is the furthest thing from a race. Starting from a secret location, the Roobaix invites you to hop on yer bike for a fun exploration of cobbled lanes and lesser-known bike trails from Melbourne’s south to the finish line at Coburg Velodrome. Dress-ups recommended. àaround Melbourne 3000. melburnroobaix.co. 9.30am-4.30pm. $85. Sun Jun 24.
Finders Keepers Market Australia’s longest-running indie design and art fair returns to Melbourne for three days in July. As always, this biannual market is about giving designers, makers, artists and crafters a platform to showcase their wares. Live music performances, coffee and great food courtesy of stallholders and food trucks will feature as always.
Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton 3053. www.thefinderskeepers.com/melbourne-markets/. Fri noon-9pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm. $5 (kids under 12 free). Jul 13-15.
Bastille Day French Festival Joyeux Quatorze Juillet! Celebrate the best of French culture, from food and wine to film and art. Vendors will be peddling French cheeses, crêpes and pastries, as well as showcasing French-made goods, offering travel options for your next getaway or language lessons if your Français is a little rusty. The Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne 3051. bastilledaymelbourne.com. Jul 14-15.
Open House Melbourne Stickybeak at some of Melbourne’s most fascinating buildings and reflect on the role that design has played in the evolution of our city. See page 14 for more. àaround Melbourne 3000. www.openhousemelbourne.org. Sat, Sun. Various prices. Jul 28-29.
Hot Chocolate Festival The Great Ocean Road and Yarra Valley Chocolateries are famous for this month-long festival dedicated to hot chocolate in all its delicious forms. yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen 3775. 03 9730 2777. www.yvci.com.au. Daily 9am-5pm. Free. Aug 1-31.
Melbourne Writers Festival Melbourne’s largest literary festival brings together authors from all over the world for Q&AS and panels. Readers and writers from all walks of life are welcome at the festival, with a program of events to suit the casual Saturday afternoon reader up to full-time word nerds. Better still, about a quarter of all festival events are free (that means more money to buy books). mwf. com.au. Aug 24-Sep 2.
Melbourne International Film Festival eOne of the oldest film festivals in Australia, MIFF is a winter institution for Melburnians. It shows off international features, arthouse films, thought-provoking documentaries and intriguing shorts during two-and-a-half packed weeks in August. miff.com.au. Aug 2-19.
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