What’s on in September

So how amazing was August? Starting with a weekend at Bendigo on the hop then tasting wine with Cellarhand as well as hanging out at Black Pearl with the Please don’t tell guys from New York and trying all the things at Top Shelf finishing with a blind beer tasting at Foresters Hall in an Australia vs New Zealand spectacular (The Kiwis won BTW) and too many other shenanigans in between to name, I am just a wee bit ready for a nap. Not that this will happen this month as it’s already far too full. So without further ado, here are some of my picks for September and don’t forget to check out the events calendar for more amazing dinners, tastings, masterclasses and festivals.

Pink Boots society are a fabulous group looking to promote women in the beer industry and once again are gathering for another brewday at Two Birds Brewing. This time they are brewing a Cherry Saison using proper fresh cherry juice.Mash in for Pink Boots Members and those interested in joining Pink Boots is at 9:00am, Two Birds Brewing will be open to the public from 12pm. Come brew or just pop in after midday and watch the ladies at work.


Jack Daniels is putting on a pop up bar in Fed Square with a difference. The difference being that the bar will be built by donation of materials and skills.  Donate items you no longer need such as paint, tools, wood and chairs and in exchange for them we’ll give you some of your favourite Jack Daniel’s products. “The Bar That Jack Built” will be open to the public a three-day Jack Daniel’s birthday extravaganza from 18-20 September. If you’re interested in getting involved or even if you just want to pop along for a drink, check out their facebook page here.

jack built

Melbourne’s top Mexican chefs, artists and musicians are preparing to take food and culture lovers across the states of Mexico when the Mission Foods Mexican Festival hits Melbourne to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday September 13th at Federation Square. A great day out for foodies, families, and anyone who loves a great taco! Entry is free, more info here.


Looking for a beer festival with a difference? How about one held in an old prison? Here’s a chance to walk through through one of Australia’s more notorious beer gardens in the grounds of the old Pentridge Gaol. Indulge in a fantastic journey of sampling and tasting some of the best craft beers and ciders available in Australia. Tickets are $15 and you can get yourself one here.


From the 18th September to the 25th September, Hophause are hosting their annual Oktoberfest festival with events featuring food specials, sausage eating competitions, Oompah music, Family Sundays with a kids menu and activities, plus plenty of prizes for the grown ups. Check out their full range of events here.




Mid July And Not So Dry

We are half way through what has turned out to be a semi dry July (thanks germs). The silver lining of which has been the chance to spend  time updating my blog with events that are coming up around town, something I have been faintly remiss about of late. Along with all the events listed in the calendar, I thought I’d give you the heads up on other food ad drink related happenings  that may be of interest.

Cocktails in winter are too fabulous especially when you partake at the fabulous Madame Brussels. For the month of July, the Madame has been hosting masterclasses each Tuesday, which sadly means you’ve missed the first two but happily, it means you can make the last two. The 21st will be rum based with our old friend gin showing off on the 28th. Tickets are $55 and you can book here.

Cocktails Brus

Speaking of Madame Brussels, they’re getting ready to bring a little slice of Europe to the city this Winter and will be taking over Madame Brussels Lane every Friday from 24 July – 14 August for their European Night Market. Food, fun and festivities are on the menu as we partner up with Göz City,Frencheese, Cafe Babbo, The Fringe, Bretzel.biz, Cafe,Chooh La La, Eastern Bloc Catering, Frieda’s Flammkuchen plus many more to bring you an event to remember!

Euro market

Oysters and stout are an amazing pair and as the people at Mountain Goat have always loved a great pair, they are hosting an oyster night on the 24th July at the Goat shed. They will be shucking from 5.00pm and matching them with the Surefoot Stout. Don’t fret if you’re not an oyster or a stout fan, there are plenty of pizzas and all the Goat favs.


One thing you have to love about winter is that it’s perfect weather for drinking whisky while eating stew. Thankfully the fab crew at Them Bones are back again this July, serving up some of their classic stews this time at Carwyn Cellers in Thornbury. They’ll be popping up every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in July so getting on down, buy a drink and warm up with some hearty casserole goodness.

Via the lovely people at Them Bones

Via the lovely people at Them Bones

If trying new spirits is your thing (and why wouldn’t it be), the Top Shelf is the day out for you.  A two day festival on the 8th and 9th July, combining fun, education and sampling of premium beers, wines and spirits. In addition, there’s great food, soft drinks and cocktails created by the best bartenders in the country. Tickets are $25 online or $40 on the door so best to pre buy.


4th of July, Bastille Day, Bendigo Beers and More – What’s on in July

One of the best things about living in Melbourne is the way it’s so willing to embrace other cultures and traditions, especially if there’s a chance of getting a drink out of it. Starting the month with 4th of July festivities with an absolute stunning array of beer, whisky and wine events celebrating some of the best of US produces, from lunches to tastings to BBQ’s, from the south side to the north, it really is going to be a great day for both the ex pats and lovers of fabulous craft products alike.

For all the Francophiles and lovers of French food and wine, Bastille Day is on the 14th July. Being in Melbourne is no excuse not to join in the festivities as thankfully we are blessed with some truly magnificent French restaurants who are pulling out all the stops to make the day sparkle with  joie de vie.

Every Wednesday in July at Hihou Bar, The House of Santory is staging a take over. Simon Denton has prepared a bespoke menu for guests to perfectly balance with Suntory Whisky’s full portfolio. Prices are $55 per person for a 3 course tasting menu, while a 6 course dinner will cost $120 per person. Get your tickets and information here.

The Bridge Hotel is here bringing Europe to you on the 29th July!  Stroll down the famous laneway (mind the snow) and immerse yourself in the many sites, smells and flavours from Europe 12-5pm. And while it may not be quite as warm as the European sun at present, you can warm your belly with a tipple of mulled wine or cider. Entry is free! Food and bev tokens can be purchased at the bar for $6 each.

Heading to the end of the month, Bendigo on the Hop is back for it’s second year with 22 brewers showing their stuff at 11 of Bendigos finest establishments. Get your ticket, your glass and your guide and stroll your way around Bendigo while sampling some of Australias finest beers. Bendigo on the Hop is happening on the 1st August (yes I know, not July) and tickets are $50. Get more information and tickets here.

One of my favourite dinners around town is turning two! Young Guns Dinners, a celebration of Melbournes up and coming chefs and somms, is letting their founding lady, Ms Jerry Mai, lose in the kitchen to put together a feast. Tickets are just $99 a head with more info o how to book here. I’ve been to the last 4 dinners and they have all blown my socks off.

Don’t forget that Section 8 and Gravity Coffee are still running their amazing cans for coffee efforts in July . Go into Section 8 on a Monday in July and August between 9am – 1pm with a can of food (or two) and they will give you a coffee and then pass your can on to charity.

Negroni’s, Coffees for Cans, World Gin Day and More…Whats Up in June

Hi all,

So I was going to write a post last week but to be honest, starting a new job at the same time as doing Good Beer Week while dying from germs threw me a little so I put it off till this week which means I now have twice as much to say as I would otherwise which goes to show that procrastination lays down the seeds of its own destruction…or something like that. I don’t know, I’ve not had coffee and I have a slight hangover from too many beers last night…anyway…on to whats on in June.

Coffee for Cans

Speaking of coffee, the fine folk at Section 8 and Gravity Coffee had an idea to support shelters and food banks in Melbourne with your help. Go into Section 8 on a Monday in June, July and August between 9am – 1pm with a can of food (or two) and they will give you a coffee and then pass your can on to charity.

Negroni Week

Now those of you out there who have actually had to suffer through drinking with me will know that Negroni is not my favourite drink, I am no where neat enough of a grown up to enjoy the bitterness that Campari brings to the table. Saying that, I do love a good cause and Negroni week supports good causes galore. Running from the 1st – 7th June, you can get a Negroni at host of different places and a portion of what you pay will go to the charity of the venues choosing. Go for a straight up classic or maybe with a twist, the choice is yours. Find out where to get your Negroni in Melbourne here.

World Gin Day

World Gin Day is on the 13th June with heaps of happenings all around town to celebrate this marvelous spirit. The Gin Palace will be putting on a stack of events and workshops which celebrate local and international gins to see you through the day.  Romulus and Remus in Richmond are hosting Bass and Flinders for a Gin making workshop. I spent last years World Gin Day with my mate, The Gin Queen where we had a Hendricks afternoon tea, chatted to Gin Makers at the Gin Palace and crashed a first date at Eau de Vie. Fingers crossed that this year will be just as much fun.

Southgate Movable Feasts

As I’m the one in the group who is constantly moaning about there being far too many places to eat at and far little time to do the eating (there’s always one right?) I’ve decided the only answer is progressive dining. Luckily Southgate have come to the party with their movable feast. All feasts are 3 courses with a class of wine with entree and main and a coffee/tea with dessert and cost between 65$ and 85$ a head depending on the restaurants you pick. With a choice of over 10 different restaurants participating, you’re sure to be able to please everyone in your group. The feast runs from the 14th June to the 3rd August and you can book your ticket online here.

Project Botanical Pop Up Bar

Bombay Sapphire is back once again with their Project Botanical Pop Up. A massive hit last year and for good reason, both food and drinks were divine. Tickets are just $45 a get you two courses with two matched cocktails. Running from June 24th to 11th July, tickets will sell out quickly. Get more info and tickets here.


Wine and Dine While Supporting Nepal

Hi all

I wanted to let you all know about some amazing things coming up soon which I may have neglected to mention last week (let’s face it, that post was already a bit TL:DR). Some of them only came to light this week and some have been siting in the back of the vast recesses of my brain in the “it’s ages away” file only to find that no…time has moved and they are not that far at all.

The first thing I wanted to let you know about is probably the most important. A whole bunch of restaurants around the country have donated a dinner for 4 at their restaurant with all proceeds being donated to the relief fund in Nepal. The auction starts on the 13th May and closes on the 20th May. For more info on what’s being done and find out which restaurants are participating, have a wee look at their website here. Also, a big shout out to Matteo Pignatelli and David Mackintosh for putting it all together, great work guys!

I also want to talk to you about the Tasting Table in Armadale. A superb suburban wine shop and bar which often has amazing tasting night which give you a great chance to mix and mingle as well as learning a bit more about wine. Every second month they do a tasting event with over 20 different wines on pour for you to try with the next one coming up this Thursday. The session is just $10 and you get 10% off all wines you buy on the night. More info here.

Next up, I wanted to tell you about is a Pizza and Chianti lunch, presented by the fabulous Luke Campbell from Vinified at D.O.C at Albert Park. This is a great way to discover more about this underrated wine variety and you get pizza as well so really, you can’t lose here. Find out more here.

One of my newest favourite dinners is this one. The National Hotel in Richmond have been teaming up with Jerry Mai from Pho Nom to bring the world a series of once a month dinners called Young Guns Dinner. The dinners bring together some of the latest young talents from some of Melbournes best restaurants. It gives them the run of the kitchen and the wine list to bring you the types of dishes and wine that represents them. I’ve been to the last two and have had an absolute ball and have booked in for the next one already, a dinner staring Cian Fenaughty from Cutler & Co and Aaron Skovell from Lucy Liu. Tickets are limited so get in quick.

Don’t forget to look at the events page for more goings on this month. There are some amazing dinners on for the Top Australian Restaurant month as well as some fabulous dessert degustations, beer dinners and wine tasting.