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East Malvern​ Food and Wine Festival

Mark your diaries because the 2nd annual East Malvern Food & Wine Festival will be held again on this Sunday 19 November 2017 from 10:30am to 5:30pm. Last year more than 3000+ Melbourne foodies and wine lovers flocked to picturesque Central Park, East Malvern for an amazing day, sipping and savouring over 100 wines and an extensive array of invited local and regional culinary exhibitors and artisan producers of international cuisines. This year a vast range of exquisite wineries from more than 15 Bendigo and Heathcote regions including Balgownie Estate, Red Edge, Silver Spoon, Lome Vineyard, Burnt Acre, Noble Red, Coliban Valley, Mount Burrumboot Estate, Glenwillow Estate, Mount Camel Winery, Tellurian Wines and Farmer and the Scientist will be showcased. There will also be a new local craft beer and cider producer alley featuring Two Birds Brewing, Barrow Boys Brewing, Bad Shepherd Brewing Co and Captain Vanzibar. So come and enjoy a unique and intimate experience, meet the passionate winemakers and brewers and learn about, taste and purchase their premium award-winning wines and ales. Feast from local Melbourne favourite food trucks and pop-up restaurant stalls including Richmond Oysters & Seafood Tapas, That’s …

Summer with Chandon and Seafolly

Get ready to pop a bottle and slip into your favourite Seafolly, because this summer two of Australia’s most loved brands – Chandon, Australia’s number one premium sparkling wine and Seafolly, Australia’s most recognised fashion swimwear brand – are coming together to create the ultimate limited edition Chandon x Seafolly Summer Bottles, Spring/Summer Swimwear Collection and must-have summer accessories. Chandon has a proud history of developing innovative partnerships born from bringing together Moët & Chandon’s French winemaking know-how with the pioneering winemaking techniques of Australia to create the number one sparkling wine in the country. Inspired by a sense of fun and vibrancy synonymous with both Chandon & Seafolly, the dynamic duo will bring the spirit of summer to life by introducing two limited edition designs. Palm Beach, this season’s Chandon Brut NV design, is inspired by a stroll along a palm-lined beach and Modern Love, a playful pink floral print featuring the vibrant botanical blooms of a coastal garden wraps the Chandon Rosé NV. The bottles will go on sale in selected bars and bottle shops across …

The Food Truck Fiesta

Measuring last year’s success in smiles and tummy’s full of food, The Food Truck is excited to present an all-inclusive experience celebrating food, drink and local music with family & friends. It’s a fiesta! Last year they saw over 65,000+ attendees at the St Kilda & HIghett events. So this summer they are looking to expand the events and concept throughout Victoria. The team at Food Truck Fiesta are committed to including the community on every level at each event. One of their largest endeavours is to partner with a different charity to raise funds and awareness for various causes throughout Melbourne and Victoria. Pet friendly, vegan options, rides and activities for kids, live entertainment and most importantly, it is community based! Start off your Summer early in November with delicious food and outdoor warm Summer air. Event info: Highett:   2nd to 7th of November ’17 – Sir William Fry Reserve Geelong: 1st – 3rd of December ’17 – Geelong Showgrounds Williamstown: 25th – 28th of January ’18 – Seaworks More information: Check their website.

Night Noodle Market 2017

The highly-anticipated Night Noodle Markets returns to Birrarung Marr from 9-26 November, setting Melbourne alight with the smells, sights and sounds of more than thirty sizzling hawker-style stalls. The Asian market feast will see food-lovers indulge in the signature dishes and innovative tastes from Melbourne favourites such Hochi Mama, Bambu, Mr Miyagi, Hoy Pinoy, Wonderbao and Gelato Messina, all served alongside roaming performers, DJs and live music. Over eighteen flavour-packed nights, the markets will shine a light on Melbourne’s multi-cultural flavours, fusing cuisines from across Asia in one vibrant, open-air experience. Old favourites Hoy Pinoy will be serving their sizzling ‘ Inihaw na manok – Chicken skewers in traditional soy glaze’, while St Kilda’s Mahjong showcases their regional signatures from across China, including their ‘Dan Dan Noodle’ – Szechuan hawker style spicy chicken noodles. Wonderbao is cooking up heavenly steamed buns with tasty flavours and fillings, including their ‘ Guabao box’ with roast pork belly, sweet & spicy korean fried chicken, panko crumbed eggplant as Vietnamese food truck, Nem N’ Nem, brings their signature bahn …

Espresso Martini Festival

Following the sold-out success of last year’s Mr Black Festival of the Espresso Martini, they are bringing it back bigger and better to Melbourne’s Meat Market this November 03-05. This year will see the Meat Market transformed into six-bar cocktail village where you can enjoy caffeinated creations from some of Melbourne’s best specialty coffee roasters, bars and coffee shops. Start with the MR BLACK COFFEE SHOP – White Russian slushie, anyone? Or perhaps Mr Black’s OG Espresso Martini topped with a donut is more your jam. They’ll have their usual MAIN BAR with some less-than-usual Espresso Martini variations including the Coffee Nut Espresso Martini if you’re feeling a little fruity. Windsor’s favourite JUNGLE BOY are taking over the TIKI BAR in the Garden and if you search hard enough, you might find the SPEAKEASY BAR created by Melbourne institution the Everleigh Bottling Co. If (strangely) coffee isn’t quite your thing, they have a GIN & TONIC BAR presented by Tanqueray and ICY COLD BEERS from Holgate Brewing. Enjoy some delicious food from FANCY HANKS, THAT ARANCINI GUY, TOASTA & CO, ZEUS …

Meet the Maker of the Gin Revival

Pinkster Gin is leading the way in a raspberry revolution of the resurgence of Gin. Stephen Marsh, founder and creator of Pinkster Gin, will be touring Australia and New Zealand this October and hosting a stall at Junipalooza, Melbourne’s sell-out gin festival. When Stephen realized he could no longer drink beer or wine due to dietary reasons, he started experimenting at home in Cambridge, England, flavouring gin to accompany food. After years of working his way through an entire fruit bowl, Stephen founded Pinkster – a maceration of fresh raspberries distilled in small batches by hand, blended with juniper gin. Only Stephen and his wife know the secret botanical recipe, which is not written down anywhere and they will not fly together. Based in the U.K., Pinkster was a first of its kind, using fresh fruit to flavour the gin rather than dried fruit. In 2013 Stephen went on to step out of his comfort zone of Chartered Accountant by day, to start-up the Pinkster business. Stephen used crowdfunding to kick-start the business and surpassed …

Keep it local at Bowerbird Bar

Unlike the Tiki bars and vintage dives left right and centre, the seemingly innocuous Bowerbird Bar on Bridge Rd steps into the “themed” bar space of Melbourne with very low key aplomb. “Everything here is Victorian sourced”, manager Max Ware tells me after delivering our second round of cocktails “Not only are all our drink options Victorian made, but the tables, shelving, tableware and stools are from Victorian designers, or reclaimed from a local area” Even the rhombus trivet coaster beneath my frosted silver goblet are designed by Melbourne local Lauren Steller and made of recycled aeroplane tyres, a material that would once go directly to landfill. While I see the theme and appreciate the earth friendly nature of it, it’s not until my companion Mel (a wildlife officer, usually belly deep in a creek) points out to me the cleverness of the name – A Bowerbird goes and collects things it finds beautiful that are often throwaways from modern life, to bring back and decorate its nest with. Well played, Bowerbird bar. Second hand …