Here are win­ter’s high­light events around Mel­bourne

Time Out (Melbourne) - - THINGS TO DO -


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. good­food­ 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. sake­mat­ 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. port­fairy­win­ter­week­­hund-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. com­mu­ni­ty­ 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. mel­burn­ 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.thefind­er­skeep­­bourne-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. bastille­daymel­ 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.­house­mel­ 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. 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. 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. Aug 2-19.

Good Food and Wine Show

Sake Mat­suri

Dach­sund Dash

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