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Win: Tickets to the Italian Food Festival

More wine! More food! More Italians! More Fun! Everything that’s good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof in June with the second Melbourne Italian Wine + Food Festival. Just as the appeal of Italian food runs from street-style pizza-fun for the whole family to fresh-pasta finery for the connoisseur, the festival has food and drink, entertainment and information to suit everyone from spaghetti-loving kids to the most engaged Italian-speaking wine lover. Melbourne’s top Italian chefs are turning out in force to make it a day to remember, with much-loved locals Rosa Mitchell (Rosa’s Canteen) and Johnny di Francesco (400 Gradi) leading the charge. The teams from Melbourne’s favourite Italian restaurants (400 Gradi, Caterina’s Cucina e Bar, Trattoria Emilia, Bar Idda, Pasta Classica, La Bonta, Small Axe and Pasta Adagio among them) will be cooking up a storm in our pop-up restaurants, and there’ll be cooking demonstrations with chefs and providores on the Main Stage. Guests can taste over 200 Italian wines by the region, explore Italian-centric Aussie wines, or take …

No Ifs, just Putts – Melbourne’s new indoor mini golf is teeing off

There is a graph somewhere in the universe that places all people in Melbourne on a spectrum. At one end of the spectrum is people who love the city for a lazy lunch, cheeky drink or just generally doing very little while consuming delicious calories to their hearts content. At the other end is the people who love to move and explore. Probably wearing sensible shoes with arch support, these people adore bubble soccer, know to the block the nearest rock climbing centre, and always book a hotel with a gym. If, like me, you sit somewhere in the middle, Melbourne has blessed us with the perfect spot to have a cocktail in one hand, and some kind of sporting accessory in the other – enter Holey Moley Mini Golf Bar. After gleefully donning your visor, enter a clash of pop culture and twee knick knacks and enjoy 27 themed courses, such as Game of Thrones and The Simpsons, while replacing your hard earned calorie deficit (Golf is a sport, right?) on cocktails like Happy Gilmoreo (Chambord …

Review: RENT

Last night I climbed the stairs to the Athenaeum 2 theatre to check out the Federation University student performance of RENT. Don’t judge, but for someone who adores musical theatre, I’d never seen this iconic show, so it was fairly safe to say that, I was pretty excited to be seeing it for the first time. Most people are familiar with the premise of RENT. Set in the late 1980’s, in the colorful Alphabet City precinct of New York’s bohemian East Village, a group of struggling, penniless artists live, love and try to survive. Ahead of its time, RENT looks at the fear, horror and loss associated with the AIDS epidemic of the time, and lightheartedly tackles topics like sexuality, drug addiction, homelessness and corporate greed. Performed in a relatively intimate space, the set was super funky, with the audience members sitting right up close to the action, allowing the cast to interact with them on a more personal level. The cast was nothing short of brilliant, each performer perfectly matched to their character, and …

2017 Melbourne Cabaret Festival

Dolly Diamond, Melbourne’s undisputed Queen of Cabaret has taken the reins of this year’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival, in her role of Artistic Director to bring together ten Australian premiere shows as well as some of the best new talent. Now in it’s eighth year, Melbourne Cabaret Festival returns to Chapel Off Chapel with two weeks of fabulous entertainment.  “At last I can reveal the fabulous line-up for this year’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival”, says Dolly Diamond, Artistic Director, Melbourne Cabaret Festival.  “It’s full of homegrown Australian talent with a huge amount of new works being presented. It was important for me this year to draw on the talented artists who live and work in Australia, just as I do. I’m a great admirer of artists working all around the world but I felt it was time to focus on the performers who are the backbone of Australian cabaret.”  “I believe we have put together a program that audiences will really enjoy and for me that’s what cabaret is all about. I’m looking forward to seeing you all at Chapel Off Chapel when …

Dine with Heart This May

For all the food lovers out there with their heart in the right place, Dine with Heart during the month of May is a great way to enjoy a night out, completely guilt free, while at the same time supporting Sacred Heart Mission, an organisation assisting people experiencing homelessness and social disadvantage. Restaurants and bars all over Melbourne have jumped on board to organise fun and delicious events to fundraise for Sacred Heart Mission’s Meals Program which offers free, healthy meals to people in need. Restaurants who are on board this awesome initiative include Donovans, the Craft & Co, Little Blue, St Ali and so many more. Highlights include: Second Act St Kilda | May This shiny new neighbourhood wine bar on Fitzroy Street are donating $2 from every dinner sold in May. Cirque D’Ali – St Ali | 5 May 2017 Circus performers, jugglers, magicians and all manner of performance will delight in this intimate version of a big top, coinciding with lively music to transport guests to a vibrant atmosphere that delights all five …

Win tickets to The Dog Lovers Show

Can you think of anything that is better than Disneyland? We can! No need to spend big bucks on your plane tickets, because The Dog Lovers Show is here again! Celebrate, interact with and learn about man’s best friend this May at the Royal Exhibition Building. Visitors to the show will get to learn about over 600 beautiful dogs, browse over 250 exhibitors and see celebrity vets do their thing. What can you expect at the show: Australia’s most talented canines in action in the Royal Canin Arena DockDogs, Australia’s most exciting dog sport and competition with a wide range of breeds launching themselves off a dock into a massive pool of water! Meet and learn more about more than 100 popular breeds Expert tips for a healthier and happier dog Discover all you need to know about providing a loving home for a Dog in need Information & experts on hand to help you find the right Dog for your lifestyle Tribute to Australian Hero Dogs including Military, Guide, Therapy, Customs, Working and Assistance Dogs showcasing the skills and abilities of our canines and how they …

Delight your Mum this Mother’s Day

Your mum deserves a solid gold statue in her honour, and a thousand roses delivered fresh every day. Since that’s not usually in the budget, we’ve gathered some ideas in advance to treat Mum this Mother’s Day (Sunday 14th of May if you really need help) Let her pick her own present @ The Queen Victoria Markets Spend the morning strolling through the abundance of the Queen Vic, sampling some of Melbourne’s most delightful handmade skincare and homewares. Finish it off by picking up a fresh bouquet of mum’s favourite flowers. Where: The QVM can be found between Queen, Peel, Victoria and Franklin Street Discover more: Here Treat her to a lush lunch  @ The Swanston Hotel Enjoy a three hour buffet in the stylish surrounds of the Swanston Hotel, choosing from over 20 options including a seafood bar, carvery, cold and salad options and, of course, dessert. All mothers enjoy a glass of sparkling and a box of chocolates to make their day even more special. Where: 195 Swanston Street, CBD 3000 Discover more: …