All posts tagged: melbourne

National Celtic Festival 2018

Held annually in Portarlington, Victoria, Australia on the June long weekend. From near and far we gather in the wonderful township of Portarlington to Unleash the Spirit, Discover the Passion and Experience the Culture. An easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne, the township of Portarlington is ready to welcome you with open arms. Nestled between the Bellarine Peninsula’s renowned vineyards and the famous mussel farms of Corio Bay, this normally quiet bay side village comes to life with the music, laughter and passion of the Celtic spirit This winter festival is regarded as Australia’s premier Celtic Festival and attracts over 15,000 people to the region over the three day long weekend event each June. The event commences on Friday evening and concludes on Monday afternoon (over 4 days). The Festival uses a range of venues within the town, including community halls and spaces, the hotel, restaurants, cafes and churches. Marquees are also set up on the foreshore to provide additional venues; these include the Village Stage, Celtic Club, Wine Bar, and Celtic Markets. The National Celtic …

Bring It On The Musical

From the Tony Award winning minds of Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), comes a hilarious, high-energy spectacle. David Venn, in association with Stage Masters, presents the Australian professional premiere of BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL. Inspired by the hit movie of the same name, it’s a new musical bursting with acrobatics and sass, playing for a strictly limited season at The Athenaeum from 7-16 June. Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical, BRING IT ON THE MUSICAL takes audiences on a high-flying journey that touches on themes of friendship and acceptance. Uniting some of the freshest and funniest creative minds on Broadway, the show features an original story by Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), music and lyrics by Tony Award winning composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights), music by Pulitzer and Tony Award winning composer, Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyrics by Broadway lyricist, Amanda Green (High Fidelity). The Australian production is directed by multi-Green Room Award nominee Alister Smith (Pacific Overtures, Urinetown! The Musical, The Drowsy …

Italian Wine + Food Festival 2018

Everything that’s good about eating and drinking in Italy comes together under one roof in with the third annual Italian Wine + Food Festival. Just as the appeal of Italian food runs from street-style pizza-fun for the whole family to refined fresh-pasta for the gourmet foodie, 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 Joe Vargetto  (Mister Bianco + Massi Restaurant), Francesco Rota  (Trattoria Emilia), James Kummrow  (Fatto), Dusty Treweek  (Bottega), Jesse MacFadden  (Massi Restaurant), Johnny di Francesco  (400 Gradi) and Luca Ciano  leading the charge. Festival-goers can feast on pizza, pasta, panini and Italian snacks at pop-up restaurants from Melbourne favourites Bottega , Saluministi , SICILY by Mister Bianco  + Massi, La Svolta Pizzeria e Trattoria, Figo Pizza  and 400 Gradi  plus there’ll be cooking demonstrations with chefs and providores on the Main Stage including a demonstration by self-taught cookbook author …

QV Virtual / Chill Program

QV Melbourne welcomes winter with Virtual / Chill: a winter village complete with a state-of-the-art new VR experience, build-your-own s’mores, fire pit, bespoke hot cocktails from Teeling Irish Whiskey, live music and more. As cooler evenings descend over the city, the square at QV Melbourne will transform into a modern Nordic wonderland. Experience Scandinavian cabin comfort, warming food and drink, live music and the launch of a cinematic new virtual reality experience from Friday 18 May – Sunday 10 June. Best of all, the entire program is free, with complimentary food or drink every night. Virtual / Chill will unveil an all-new completely immersive VR experience created by the multi award winning pioneers in 360˚ VR at Rapid Films. Using real footage filmed on GoPro’s newest flagship 360˚ video camera, the experience will see you soaring 2000 metres in the air past snow-capped mountains, dancing over treetops and through the valleys of the Swiss Alps. “We are thrilled to be launching this new VR experience with QV Melbourne. Not only is this some of the first footage …

NEW OPENINGS AT HIGHPOINT SHOPPING CENTRE

On Saturday 19 May 2018, Highpoint Shopping Centre will officially welcome three new exciting brands to its IN: TRANSIT precinct: an outdoor retail and casual dining hub formed by three shipping containers, taking inspiration from food truck parks and capitalising on the interest of pop-up stores and temporary retail spaces. Open to the public from mid-May, the new tenants of IN: TRANSIT will be The Jerk, offering authentic Jamaican street food, Legacy Barbers & Essential Pieces, a barber and personalised fashion duo and The Sneaker Laundry, Australia’s first sneaker maintenance operator. To celebrate the brands’ arrival, IN: TRANSIT will host an exciting launch event for the entire family, featuring: • 1,000 free hot jam donuts from the much-loved Dandee Donuts food truck, departing its home at Dandenong Market to serve its delicious dough in the West • 100 free traditional jerk chicken meals and a complimentary side with any purchase at The Jerk • Complimentary barber cuts with a spontaneous twist by Legacy Barbers & Essential Pieces – customers will need to spin the wheel …

Oz Comic-Con 2018

Oz Comic-Con is back in Melbourne June 9-10, at the Convention & Exhibition Centre, providing Victoria’s yearly, ultimate celebration of pop-culture. Oz Comic-Con Melbourne is an exciting culmination of multi-genre content, from across the spectrum, with a lot of everything, for everyone – appearances by film and television stars, comic book artists and voice actors; gaming demonstrations and cosplay competitions; creative workshops and master classes; and hard-to-find, exclusive merchandise from vendors that’ll leave convention goers totally geeking out. Kids can try their hand at comic art, at the kids’ comic artists workshops, or even get into cosplay for the Kids Cosplay Parade. Comic collectors can head over to the comic grading area, and to the main stage for guest panel discussions. Anime fans will have their knowledge tested with trivia, and die-hard cosplayers can kick off their journey to take home the international title, in Melbourne’s Championship of Cosplay heat. Gamers will be getting a work-out too, with Couch Warriors, putting their skills to the test in daily tournaments of new and classic titles. And …

The Glen Food Gallery, the newest dining destination on the East side.

Since its opening on the 28 of March 2018, The Glen’s Food Gallery has been buzzing non-stop with local foot traffic. Just a short 40 min train ride from Melbourne CBD, this refurbished shopping centre is packed with numerous delicious cuisines at its Food Gallery. Let’s start with the presentation of The Glen Shopping Centre. It is full of greenery, open space, natural sunlight and modern design. You can see plants on every corner you turn, an amazing incorporation to bring the outside in. The Food Gallery is a 2,200 square metres open dining space, catering for over 850 seating space. This unique space is on the ground level of the shopping centre with floor to ceiling windows where you can look out to the beautiful Dandenongs and Yarra Valley. You can find 16 casual dining eateries including HuxtaGo by Huxtaburger, Capricho, D’elephant Thai and so much more; one of our favourites would be Omi Wagyu, the Japanese fusion restaurant. Omi Wagyu is where you get a chance to taste premium wagyu for a reasonable …