All posts filed under: Drink

Eat, drink, make & learn

Are you passionate about coffee making? Is it pasta you crave at the end of your long day? Ever wanted to master your home made coffee brewing skills? Or is indulging in cheese one of your daily routines? The Craft & Co, a collective leaning centre in Collingwood offers classes in all of these areas and more for those with an interest in the culinary and arts. The Craft & Co works with local producers in Melbourne and offers classes ranging from salami making, pasta making, coffee cupping, brewing for beginners, cheese making,  learning why bees matter so much or exploring the magic behind craft distillation. All classes are $75, 3-hours long and including a tasting, one in-house brewing beverage, questionnaires and hands-on experience. If you are unsure what class you should take, you can even try out their free pasta or wine making demo class on Sundays to get a feel for the courses. Here is a sneak peak of what you get from the classes: Pasta Making: All attendees enjoy freshly made pasta, …

Free Asia Pop Courtyard

Be a part of Asia TOPA (Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts) this February at the Immigration Museum. Every Friday evenings this February from 5pm – 9pm, the courtyard area will come to life with free Asia Pop, food, drinks and general fun. The event will feature DJ Japandaman and Sihouette d’Amore, The Pink Tiles, K-pop Melbourne dancers, a karaoke lounge and Kung Fu motion installation. The bonus, you can enter all of these exhibitions for free! Definitely a fun way to explore cultures from over 200 countries and be inspired by their stories at the Immigration Museum, and a great alternative to the usual Friday night drinks.             Where: 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000 When: Friday evenings, this February from 5pm – 9pm More information: Check their website.

Heineken Saturday

The famous Heineken Saturday returns to its spiritual home of the Royal Croquet Club located riverside at Birrarung Marr. Enjoy a day of icy cold Heinekens, delicious cuisine, spicy tunes and of course, some summertime croquet. Headlining music acts will be ARIA award-winning singer Jarryd James along with other feature artist to take the ultimate party into the night. For more information, click here Where: Royal Croquet Club, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne When: Saturday 17th December 16

Royal Croquet Club

Royal Croquet Club Returns for Summer

Melbourne’s favourite garden party returns to Birrarung Marr this December. Since it’s debut three years ago, the Royal Croquet Club has been summer favourite and has gone from strength to strength. This year there’ll be more of a focus on music with a killer lineup of musical acts including Dope Lemon (Angus Stone), Jarryd James, Hayden James, Aston Shuffle, KLP and Touch Sensitive. As usual, there’ll be plenty of croquet to be played, Pimm’s cups to be drunk and entertainment to keep you there well into the late hours of the evening. Adding to the festival fun, The Parlour a 70-seat pop-up theatre, will be set up to show acts from the Adelaide Fringe Festival, along with roving entertainment and street theatre. To keep you from going hungry, some of Melbourne’s most loved restaurants will be there including burgers from 8bit, barbequed skewers from Hoy Pinoy, smoked meats and sandwiches from Up In Smoke, and everyone’s favourite Gelato Messina will be returning  with their infamous soup tins filled with gelato. When: 8 December – 23 December Where: Birrarung Marr, …

Juniperlooza 2016

This year’s Juniperlooza was bigger and better than the 2015 festival, bringing together 20 different Australian and overseas boutique gins along the Yarra for two glorious sunshiny days dedicated to the love of lady gin. All of the regular favorites were there like Four Pillars, West Winds and Melbourne Gin Company, but this year they came with a few tricks up their sleeves to inspire and delight gin fans on the day, like Four Pillars and their recently released Christmas Gin (which tastes like Christmas) and the uniquely purple Ink Dry Gin by Husk Distillers which gets it colours from the delicate leaves of the Butterfly Pea flower and glows like a purple dream when mixed with tonic. Originally a rum distiller, Husk were just one of more than a few of the brands present that had their roots in rum, whiskey or otherwise, and had since decided to branch out into the world of gin. The absolute highlight for us was the Negroni Float from ever-popular favorites, Melbourne Gin Company. This drink proved to …

Juniperlooza returns to Melbourne

After the success of last year’s all gin festival, Juniperlooza will be returning to Federation Wharf for another fun-filled gin weekend. Sip on gin from the very best independent Australian and international gin producers while enjoying delicious food, entertainment and music by the river.  There’ll be a total of twenty-four local and international producers  showcasing their gin, so you’ll never go dry. For the extra  gin obsessed you’ll want to make sure you  secure a spot in the intimate Talk + Taste sessions. Finally leave the cash at home, as this year’s festival will have it’s own currency and you can pre-book and includes a discount when purchased with an entry ticket.  Read our review of last year’s Juniperlooza here.  When: 19 Nov – 20 Nov Where: Federation Wharf Visit the website here. 

Interview with Ben Portet – Dominique Portet Winery

Ben Portet was always destined to be a winemaker. Growing up in the vineyards of his father, Dominique Portet, their long family tradition of winemaking dates all the way back to 1720 in Cognac France. Completing four vintages while still at university, Ben has lived and worked all over the world before returning to Melbourne to head up the winemaking team at Dominique Portet Winery in Coldstream, continuing on the family legacy for years to come.  As a 10th generation winemaker, how have you seen the wine industry change over time?   Well I guess the easiest analogy is that we work within a fashion industry so styles and regions come in and out of trend. Recently in Australia we have seen wines being produced that are made to drink now, they can be easy to drink at a young age and most importantly are fun to drink. Classics are always in style so that will never change but I  still see no match to opening an old bottle that you have aged yourself over many …