Newsletter | #059 | What's On this Week
Welcome to this week's Melbourne events, exhibitions, sports and community guide for February 18 - February 24, 2008.
This week, make sure to re-new your gym membership as Melbourne fattens you up with a huge menu of food events with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, A Taste of Slow, Harvest Picnic at Hanging Rock, and the Heathdale BBQ Festival, to name but a few! For desert there's also My Friend the Chocolate Cake (the band, that is) performing a free concert on Sunday. There's also the Super Living Expo, the Sydney Road Street Party, the Laneway Festival and the biggest Swap Meet in the Southern Hemisphere!
There are sport details, special dining offers and info on upcoming events and highlights in beautiful Melbourne, so read on and enjoy!
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Major Events Guide
Melbourne Summer Cycle for MS takes place on Sunday raising funds for MS Australia's vital programs and services. Beginning in Alexandra Gardens, Australia's greatest one day bike ride will finish at Carlton's Argyle Square where the end of the day will include live music and all the entertainment that Lygon Street's famous for!
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival - Loosen your belt because one of Melbourne's best loved festival returns for it 16th year! Beginning Friday, this year's festival is bigger than ever before with over 200 events to tempt your tastebuds, celebrating Victoria's diversity in both food and culture. With everything from special dinners and wine tastings to kids' events and cooking classes, the festival runs until March 8th.
Sydney Road Street Party, held this Sunday, is a festival that highlights the cultural diversity of one of Melbourne's most well known roads and cafe strips.
One of Melbourne's biggest multicultural gatherings, the festive day has something for people of all ages with live music, kids' shows, street theatre, market stalls and food from around the globe!
St Jerome's Laneway Festival, taking place Sunday, began from humble grassroots as a small festival confined to just one laneway three years ago. It has since gone on to become an iconic celebration of the laneways Melbourne is famous for with this year's festival extended to Lonsdale Street and boasting four entertainment stages including a DJ area in a bunker underneath the Myer building!
Heathdale BBQ Festival celebrates Australia's love of the BBQ with a amazing food and fun, held on Sunday at Heathdale's Glen Orden Wetlands. With a Chinese theme this year, the festival includes an open BBQ competition - judged by celebrity chef, Elizabeth Chong, a treasure walk through the wetlands, and there will also be children's rides and free workshops such as face painting, woodwork and Chinese arts and crafts.
Exhibitions - Art | Festival | Show
The Super Living Expo showcases vegan and organic food, eco-friendly household products and ethically made cosmetics. It takes place at Northcote Townhall on Sunday, with free workshops and talks, live music, massages, a raffle and more! Children admitted free.
All of Us is Australia's largest ever photographic portrait show, displayed across the outer walls of Federation Square's Crossbar Building. The photos by Michel Lawrence, celebrate Australia's diverse culture with over 200 residents from different backgrounds.
People, Places, Animals is a major survey of work by acclaimed British artist
Power and Beauty - Indigenous Art Now, is showing at the Heide Museum of Modern Art. With works from contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists in all areas of Australia, the exhibits attest to the artists' resilience in holding on to their culture.
Arts & Theatre
The Australian Youth Orchestra will be performing for one night only at Melbourne Town Hall this Tuesday. Featuring Australia's finest 100 young musicians, the concert celebrates 50 years since the Youth Orchestra's first performance in this historic venue.
Bazaar & Rummage, performed at Heidelberg theatre Company, is a play written by Sue Townsend, author of the infamous 'Adrian Mole' books. Set in a London church hall, the poignant, funny play tells of an agoraphobic group's efforts to rejoin society.
Keating! - 'the musical we had to have' - will be playing at the Melbourne's Comedy Theatre for a strictly limited season. One of the most talked about Australian musicals in years, the play cheekily follows the rise and fall of its namesake with hilarious lyrics!
Fairfield Amphitheatre presents a series of concerts preformed by some of Melbourne's renowned World Music artists and performers. Held every Sunday evening, the concerts are family-friendly, free outdoor shows. They run until February 24.
Entertainment & Nightlife
My Friend The Chocolate Cake will be performing this Sunday at Footscray Community Arts Centre. The event is free however gold coin donations will be appreciated. Bookings are advised for this performance by one of Australia's finest bands.
FloorPlay, is the latest production of Burn the Floor, an award-winning troupe of twenty international dancers. Performing at The Palms at Crown, the stunning show features breathtaking dance styles that range from the Samba and Salsa to the Foxtrot and Tango!
Nissan Moonlight Cinema is Australia's favourite summer outdoor cinema screening recent, classic and contemporary films in the Royal Botanic Gardens' stunning parklands! This Friday, the horror film, I Am Legend is screening.
The Rooftop Cinema at Curtin House flickers into action all Summer, with films screening Tuesday to Sunday. Enjoy the night lights, classic cinema and the rooftop bar! On Tuesday, A Scanner Darkly, based on the work of Philip K. Dick, who inspired 'Blade Runner'.
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Dining & Drink
A Taste of Slow, traditionally held in winter, will this year be held to coincide with Melbourne's Food & Wine Festival. With a philosophical slant on the food we eat, the festival features spoken word, film and of course lots of delicious food! The festival begins Friday.
Harvest Picnic at Hanging Rock, presented by The Age, celebrates Victoria's love of food and wine with over 100 small food and wine producers showcasing their delicious array of goods. Held at Hanging Rock Reserve this Sunday, all you'll need is a basket!
The Bright 'n' Sandy Food & Wine Festival, now in its 4th year, will be held on Sunday at Brighton's beautiful Green Point, located across from Brighton Beach Station. The festival includes cooking sessions for adults and kids, live music and more!
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Saganaki Greek Cuisine & Grill offer sensational cuisine, and a perfect atmosphere set amidst quality design with floor to ceiling windows displaying the Docklands' water views. The Modern Greek cuisine is prepared using only the very best local produce.
Special Dining Offer
Melbourne offers a splendid range of food styles to enjoy. Here are just a few classic food styles to choose from..
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Commonwealth Bank One Day Series:
Australia v Sri Lanka
Fri February 22 - MCG
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Markets, Fetes and Fairs
The Annual Super Southern Swap Meet, taking place Friday and Saturday, is the largest Swap Meet in Australia with over 2,300 sites and unlimited free parking across two big car parks at Ballarat Airport. The enormous swap meet even has cars for sale!
Australasian Quilt Convention & Expo - Open to the public over four days, Australia's largest Expo dedicated to quilting begins Thursday at the Melbourne Exhibition & Convention Centre. The expo features international quilts on show and free seminars.
Baby & Kids Market, the biggest market of preloved and recycled children's goods, will be held this Sunday at Malvern Town Hall. The market provides quality pre-loved at bargain prices with everything from prams and cots to toys, books, kids' shoes and more!
Melbourne Market Guide - 4th Week of this Month
Make the most of the sunny days and hop along to one of Melbourne's many excellent markets, fetes and fairs this weekend for a bargain! An increasing number of food and produce markets including wine are always popping up around the suburbs. And don't forget garage sales!
The Suzuki Night Market has returned for summer at Queen Victoria Market, running Wednesday nights weekly through to February 27. Now a summer tradition, the Suzuki Night Market offers a great mix of unusual products, great food and atmosphere!
Melbourne For Kids
Sand Sculpting Australia - In 2008, after seven years on the Rye foreshore, Sand Sculpting Australia will be relocating to an exciting new venue - the 'Frankston Waterfront'! The area will be transformed as 3,500 tonnes of sand are meticulously carved into scenes from your favourite childhood 'Fairytales and Fables'. Integrated with the sand sculptures will be regular activities to keep the whole family entertained!
Masks of China at the Immigration Museum features handmade masks from China, some which are over 200 years old. With free entry for children the exhibition includes fun kids activity trail with the chance to sketch and colour-in their own mask!
The Independent Games Festival Exhibition is an interactive showcase of selected winners and nominees of the Independent Games Festival. The exhibition features a stunning selection of work such as Samarost 2 (pictured).
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Puffing Billy Tour - take a tour the whole family can enjoy with a ride on Puffing Billy, Australia's best-loved steam train! Winding its way through lush ferns and towering timbers, this fantastic tour offers may treats, including wine tasting for the adults and also a trip to Healesville Sanctuary that kids will love!
What's On for February
Learn to Knit at Prahran Library - Every Wednesday at Prahran Library there is a free one-hour knitting class for people of all ages and experience. A great way to make friends and be creative, the classes begin at 1:30pm - needles and wool can be provided.
Yoga at the Park is an initiative of The Health and Yoga Council of Australia, presenting Yoga classes in some of Victoria's most beautiful parks and gardens. Set in a relaxed environment, classes are designed to suit many age groups and levels of experience.
You Can Help
There are many social causes that are relevant to people from all walks of life, many of which rely on public support to better the community or assist those who are less fortunate. This week we ask you to consider the following..
Angel Day, held in support of Oz Child, features two special events this weekend at Southbank's World Restaurant Bar. On Saturday there will be a cocktail reception with a silent and public auction, while Sunday offers a Kids Party Carnival with rides and much more!
FebFast is a community education and awareness campaign that invites you to help others and also yourself by sacrificing alcohol intake during the month of February. Participants, sponsored by friends and family, can help raise funds to assist organisations that support young people struggling with substance use. You can even purchase a Time Out Certificate allowing you to drink on special occasions and raise more funds!
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