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The Espy

Saint Kilda’s iconic Esplanade Hotel fondly known as The Espy, opened its doors to the public November last year. The hotel went through a massive revamp and the wait was absolutely worth it! The hotel was built in 1878 and stands as one of the most prominent 19th-century resort hotels in Victoria. The Espy also remains one of the longest running live music venue in Australia. Aside from the breath-taking ocean views and sunsets, The Espy spoils you with variety, featuring live music stages, dining options including a flavour-filled Cantonese restaurant and 12 bars across 5 levels. Options, options and more options!

Australia Day Festival

Australia Day is a significant celebration for the Greater Dandenong community with over 11,000 local residents expected to enjoy the festival with family, neighbours and friends. Australia Day presents a great opportunity for people of different backgrounds and experiences to gather together and reflect on what it means to be Australian, and to celebrate the things we have in common. The award winning Australia Day Festival will be held in Dandenong Park, corner of Pultney and Foster streets on Saturday 26 January 2019, from 3pm to 9.30pm. This all-ages event will include a Flag Raising Ceremony and the presentation of the Australia Day Awards on the main stage. This free family friendly event will feature two stages with live entertainment, roving performers, a dedicated food court, community and market stalls, exciting rides ($2-$6), free family activities, and will conclude with a grand fireworks finale at 9.25pm. For extra fun, ride your bike to the event and receive two free ride tokens and valet bike parking. Event highlights: Australia Day Award Ceremony Cultural performances on the Main Stage …

Village Market comes to Werribee Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo’s lawns will come to life this February and March with the Village Market. Stalls, performances, food, drink and craft activities will infuse each Sunday with all the colours and flavours of Africa in this brand-new experience. What: Village Market is a new Sunday experience at Werribee Open Range Zoo featuring stalls, musical performances, food, drink and craft activities. When: 11am – 3pm each Sunday in February and March 2019. Cost: Free with a general admission ticket (kids under 16 free on weekends). Food, drink and wares available for purchase.

Johnny’s Green Room

Australia Day ‘s tradition is always meeting in the sunshine with friends and family and enjoy a good BBQ. This year let’s celebrate this long weekend a little differently by meeting on the rooftop at Johnny’s Green Room as it is hosting its first ever “Italian BBQ” on Sunday 27thJanuary, with shrimp on the Barbie (Italian style), Johnny’s classic drinks on tap and local DJs playing from midday til late. Forget the usual suspects you would find at an Aussie BBQ, Johnny’s will be swapping out the burnt sausages and onion for arrosticini and seafood on the grill. Modern-Italian bar snacks will also be on offer, including pork & veal polpetti, arancini and caprese salad. Or, enjoy a selection of antipasto: cured meats with mozzarella, bread with pickles & cheese. Local and imported beer will be flowing on tap, as well as spritzes, highballs and a wide range of wines. Johnny’s cocktails will also be at the ready; including the crowd favourite Johnny’s Smash – a combination of gin, sparkling yuzu, ginger & mint. Woody …


The Arbory Afloat X Coopers Live Tennis Deck is back this Australian Open hosting a big screen of live matches across the tournament. Watch the world’s biggest tennis stars from Australia’s largest floating bar and restaurant whilst sipping on Coopers Popular Pale Ale, Session Ale and Coopers Dry. Mediterranean inspired dishes, thanks to Executive Chef Nick Bennett, will also be on offer including wood-fired pizzas and antipasti. The Arbory Afloat Live Tennis Deck will be open from 11am -11pm each day from now, until Sunday 27 January. No bookings required. If you’re heading to the tennis, Arbory Afloat is located next to Flinders Street Station, making it the perfect spot to drop in on the way to all the actions at Melbourne Park.  

The country’s sweetest event returns

In possibly the most delicious news in more than a year for sweet-tooths, Cake Bake & Sweets Show is returning this November 2018. Under new management, the events will be produced by Global Links Exhibitions & Conferences Organisers Pty Ltd (GL Exhibitions), an international organisation responsible for creating events in 14 countries around the world. Cake Bake & Sweets 2018 marks the company’s first foray into the Australian market and whilst key aspects of the show remain, the GLE approach will be very different. The new Cake Bake & Sweets Show team will be fronted by industry veteran James Laing as Portfolio Exhibition Director. Responsible for launching the Good Food & Wine Show back in 2001 (before food events were cool), James is acutely aware that the success of any event depends on delivering ROI for exhibitors and sponsors while simultaneously creating memorable experiences for visitors. The show has already confirmed culinary stars Kirsten Tibballs, Katherine Sabbath, Candice Brown (UK), and Anna Polyviou to appear, and the show will also host a myriad of workshops, …

Night Noodle Markets 2018

The eagerly awaited Night Noodle Markets  will once again transform Birrarung Marr  into a bustling Asian street food festival, this Spring . Over eighteen balmy nights from 8-25 November , Melburnians can embark on a vibrant flavour journey through Asia with more than twenty sizzling hawker-style stalls, served alongside DJs, live music and the city’s stunning nightscape. Night Noodle Markets will return for its second year as a stand-alone spring culinary event, as Good Food Month presented by Citi enjoys its new appearance in June. Sampling signature dishes and innovative tastes from the likes of Puffle, Red Spice Road and Son In Law, guests will discover the best traditional and contemporary cuisines and flavours from across the continent in one vibrant, open-air experience. Guests can explore the Asian market stalls along the riverside, and then find a coveted spot on the grassy hillside overlooking the markets, taking in the strong scents of aromatic smoke and exotic spices as the sun sets. As the evening darkens, the spice and smoke will be matched by the lights …