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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, …


Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese new year is all about gathering with family, eating lots of delicious food, playing with firecrackers, buying new clothes and the giving and receiving of red envelopes. It is a time for families to be together. Melbourne offers you a 17 day Chinese New Year festival with activities located from Queensbridge Square, Queen Victoria Market, Chinatown, the Chinese Museum, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck and Southgate, through to Docklands and DFO South Wharf. Things you can do while staying with us at The Swanston Grand Mercure and Mercure Welcome – Experience “God of Prosperity’s visit” at Emporium Melbourne Enjoy a Chinese New Year’s Eve Feast sponsored by Secret Kitchen, located at the corners of Exhibition and Little Bourke Street. Be memorized by the dragons at the Dragon Parade Day throughout Chinatown on 29th of Jan, Sunday. Buy a lantern and hang it on The Lantern Wishing Tree at Cohen Place Watch Asian short films, also at Cohen Place For more activities and festival info visit


Interview: Melbourne Musical Theatre Festival Director, Trevor Alexander

Melbourne, a festival city, has always been an enormous supporter of the performing arts community with Fringe, Comedy and the Cabaret Festival to name just a few of these events on her busy calendar. The Melbourne Musical Theatre Festival, debuting in Melbourne for the first time in January 2017, is the latest of one of such events, and is set to entertain musical lovers with a classic line-up of well-loved family musical favourites, timeless adult productions and new Australian shows in the iconic Athenaeum Theatre. We spoke to the event’s founder and Artist Director, Trevor Alexander about his vision for the event and his personal journey to bring this concept to creation. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background? Sports mad as a child, I was dragged off the school football field at the age of 15 by a girl I had a crush on, to be in the school musical.  The rest, as they say is history. An ‘undiscovered talent,’ I had my first lead role the following year, followed …

Melbourne outdoor cinemas

Five of the Best Outdoor Cinemas in Melbourne

Make the most of summer by catching a flick at one of many outdoor cinemas. Here’s our pick of the top 5. Moonlight Cinemas | 8 December – 2 April One of the original outdoor cinemas, the Moonlight Cinemas shows films under the stars on the lush lawns of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Patrons can spread out on their picnic rugs or hire one of the limited number of Bean Beds for $9. The program is filled with all the latest blockbusters including Girl on the Train, Doctor Strange, La La Land,  Arrival, Passengers and more. QV Outdoor Cinemas | 30 November – 26 February Melbourne’s only silent cinema returns to the astroturf square of QV. Tickets only cost $12 and each come with a deck chair and headphones to watch the movie. There’ll be plenty of live entertainment plus food and cocktails as well as charity screenings. Plus you can bring your pooches along! Some of the movies in this year’s program include Bad Santa, Batman Returns, Gremlins, The Goonies, Stand By Me, The …


Melbourne Christmas Markets

Melbourne is in full festive spirit and Christmas markets are starting to pop up all over town. Here’s a list of some of the best holiday markets for unique presents, artisan gifts, and local crafts. The Craft & Co Christmas Market | 10am-2pm, Sunday 11 December Launching it’s first ever Christmas Market, The Craft & Co  will play host to more than 20 local artisan producers whose non-perishable goods will make for the perfect gift these holidays.  From soothing chocolate goodies from Mork, through to TC&C spirits and wines, the haul will have something for young and old.  There’ll also be a hamper and wrapping service plus free samples of house-made wine produced and bottled at TC&C’s own vineyard, as well as house-made salami and cheese samples throughout the day. Kris Kringle Night Market | Every Thursday evening in December Northcote Town Hall’s much loved annual Kris Kringle Night Market returns this December over four Thursday evenings. Celebrating its tenth year, the Kris Kringle Night Market was established to showcase and support our vibrant artistic community. Pick …

Australian Open 2017

Why we love the Australian Open

Melbourne is known for being the sporting capital of Australia and with first the major sporting event of 2017 less than a couple of months away, we thought we’d share why the Australia Open is one of our favourite events on the sporting calendar. 1.   The Tennis It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the hype and electric atmosphere of the first grand slam of the year. Dating all the way back to 1905, the Australian Open was initially named the Australian Championship before changing it’s name to the Australian Open in 1905. Over the years we have seen so many tennis greats take to the courts including Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, the William Sisters, Pete Sampras Andy Murray and Martina Hingis. In the 2015 tournament, there was a record 14.3m unique visitors to the Australian Open grounds. 2. The Location When the Australian Open first started, the big players initially didn’t want to make the journey to the south side of the hemisphere due to the long travel times. However since the initial days, …


SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium – Win a Family Pass

Located on the banks of the Yarra River, SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium is home to thousands of animals, including sharks, turtles, stingrays, sawfish, tropical fish and much, much more. Opening our eyes to the world underneath, from the depths of the ocean to the icy waters of Antarctica, the aquarium is a favourite for many, young and old. Walk underwater through the glass viewing tunnels and see Australia’s marine life like never before! Come within inches of huge sharks, rays and turtles and see some of the remarkable marine and freshwater animals that Australia is famous for. Children will have the opportunity to explore Finding Dory and Friends: The Experience, a world first aquarium exhibit, featuring magical moments from the box-office smash hit, Finding Dory.  Throughout the interactive journey, a Pipe Pals trail will guide and surprise with tales of amazing underwater animals, leading you into Dory’s Reef. Experience fun activities including, Ridin’ the EAC with Crush, Nemo’s Anemone Challenge, and using your own echo locator in Bailey’s Maze. If you’re more into sea birds, you’ll want to visit  the …