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The best hot chocolates in Melbourne

Oh Winter… sometimes you wonder if you actually hate this cold season or in fact love it to bits. Despite the coldness, there are a few things we know you love about Melbourne Winter – the fashion, the mulled wine and of course the hot chocolates. We have hand picked our top five favourite venues in Melbourne, where the best hot chocolates are served. Warm up this winter with our favourites below and tell us which one is your favourite, or maybe share YOUR favourite hot chocolate venue with us if it is not already mentioned below! Atypic Chocolate, South Melbourne Based out of South Melbourne Market, Atypic follow a profound ‘bean-to-bar’ process, showing off the chocolate making process through their street facing window. They welcome picky patrons, inviting you to customise your winter warmer by selecting your milk and your chocolate blend. Make your selection from white chocolate matcha, Solomon Island dark chocolate, spicy dark chocolate or a seasonal dark chocolate blend and enjoy. More info: here. Little Big Sugar Salt, Abbotsford Looking for …

HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL 2018

Australia’s most decadent food event returns this August with a month long, Hot Chocolate Festival set to warm up visitors to Victoria’s Bells Beach or Yarra Valley regions. Lovers of hot chocolate will have 31 different reasons to brave the winter chills and venture to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie or the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie for this seasonal celebration of a winter warming favourite. European Chocolatiers at each destination have devised 31 different flavours over 31 days in August – with eight different hot chocolate creations introduced each week. A couverture chocolate base, seasonal and exotic ingredients, fresh herbs from the kitchen garden and inspiration from local surrounds will take the classic chocolate and milk combination to hot new heights. Expect temptations such as decadent Hazelenutella, Piping Pistachio, Heavenly Chestnut, Triple Chocolate Brownie, Mint Madness, Cookies and Cream, spicy Pumpkin Chai and even Smashed Avocado and a Black Sesame Crunch, while a collection of showstoppers will get temperatures rising when hot chocolates get adventurous and interactive with elements such as exploding marshmallows, melting chocolate discs …

MASTER DEN’S POPPU UPPU

Master Den, the keeper of secrets at Melbourne’s Japanese dining and drinking destinations, Izakaya Den and Hihou, can finally reveal the hot secret he has been keeping a tight lid on. Master Den’s Poppu Uppu will open for a limited time on Wednesday 20 June in the site formerly home to Kappo, offering a fun, new Japanese hot-pot experience to keep Melburnians warm through winter. The Poppu Uppu, a take on the Japanese translation for pop-up, is inspired by the special ‘nabemono’ dining experiences of Japan, where a pot is filled with broth and allowed to simmer, before vegetables and protein are gradually added to cook. There are dozens of varieties of hot pots, each with a distinguished flavour and style, and Master Den has created his own special versions of shabu shabu, a Hokkaido-style seafood nabe, and an elegant Japanese mushroom hot pot, that guests make themselves at the table guided by the friendly staff. The Shabu Shabu features a konbu flavoured broth, with a plate of wagyu rump, topside and sirloin 6+, with …

Winter Harvest Festival at The Glen

Hibernation is not an option this winter when the festivities are this good – think toasted marshmallows, warming hot chocolate, whisky tasting and mulled wine. From Monday 18 June to Saturday 30 June, The Glen Shopping Centre will be hosting a winter themed festival across 12 days this month. The festival line up will include something for the entire family including market stalls, tasting plates, live music, cooking demonstrations and a Winter Whisky Harvest Masterclass courtesy of Moet Hennessy. The Winter Whisky Masterclass will take place in a purpose-built event space, emblematic of a cosy log cabin and staged against the mountainous backdrop of the Dandenong Ranges. One of Australia’s best known sommeliers, Matt Skinner, will join experts from Moët Hennessy to guide participants through the finest of whiskies including Ardbeg 10YO, Uigeadail and Corryvreckan in a masterclass coupled with complimentary canapes from Melbourne’s hottest burger team and new culinary concept, HuxtaGO. A fully immersive whisky experience, guests will be taken on an interactive tour of the Isle of Islay in Scotland and the 200-year-old Ardbeg …

Bastille Day French Festival 2018

Back for its fourth year, winner of the 2017 Award for Contribution to Multiculturalism by a Corporation, this popular festival brings together all the major French-Australian associations and businesses in Victoria to celebrate the best of French culture and its national day. Calling Francophones and Francophiles of all ages, our program ensures there is something for everyone. Held under the iconic arches of the heritage-listed North Melbourne Meat Market, the festival will be hosting movie screenings, an art exhibition, talks, masterclasses, live performances and a kid’s corner. Navigate the stalls and taste our selection of delicious food and drink: whether its pastries, raclette cheese, snails, wine, beer, crepes or macarons. There will also be a raffle with some sensational prizes to be won thanks to event sponsors. Tickets are $10 or 3 for 20$, and can be purchased on-site or online before the draw on the 15th July at 4:45pm. Prizes include: Paris for two on Singapore Airlines with 5 nights accomodation in Sofitel Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel hotel New Caledonia for two on Aircalin …

High Cheese with Maker & Monger

Let cheese ignite your senses this winter as The Westin Melbourne is cosying up with Maker & Monger to deliver High Cheese, an extra cheesy take on the hotel’s popular High Tea. Launching on Monday 11 June, and running throughout all of winter, High Cheese will offer delectable cheeses hero in both sweet and savoury dishes, showcasing that cheese doesn’t just need to be reserved for after dinner. Westin Executive Chef, Michael Greenlaw has worked closely with Anthony Femia from Maker & Monger to source the ‘best in show’ of cheeses from across the world to be part of the High Cheese line up. High Cheese swaps out traditional scones and cream for scones served with creamed Giorgio Cravero Reggiano, the number one Reggiano affineur in the world. Other high tea classics include tiramisu with a cheesy twist and cannoli with a ricotta filling. For extreme cheese lovers High Cheese will be serving up whole baked Normandy Camembert with mini baguettes you can rip apart and dip into the cheesy goodness, or Basil crème fraiche …

Food Truck Park June 2018 Edition

Rug up with friends and family at Melbourne’s home of street food this winter! The Food Truck Park is dishing out brand new events, bringing back crowd favourites and is ready to delight guests throughout the colder months. Check out our street food themes for this June at Preston; ⎯ Mac ‘N’ Cheese Festival, June 08-11 (open all Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend) Name a better duo. We’ll wait. If you love it fried, sandwiched or with lobster, the sexiest of microwave snacks has grown-up enough for its own festival. With lots of exclusive eats available this weekend only, the FOMO will hit hard if you miss out on your chance to try Mac ‘N’ Cheese in every possible melty combination available. Line-up announced soon. ⎯ Hummus Festival, June 15-17 How often does something good for you taste as good as hummus does? It’s time to give back to our favourite healthy spread. Let’s celebrate the conclusion of Ramadan with the halal food that brings everyone together – hummus! There’s a reason you can buy 1kg …