15th September – 21st September 2014

Monday 15th September

  • Fondue Night at Milk the Cow (1/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) – Join Milk the Cow for a night in the Alps as we delve into the warm, gooey heart of cheese fondue. Be greeted with a warming Gluhwein and experience a guided tasting of traditional European cheeses before the cheesemongers divulge the secrets to making a sensational cheese fondue by melting them all together using their signature recipe. Finish by gorging yourself on a freshly made individual fondue pot. Heavenly. Tickets are $38 per person and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 16th September

  • A Journey Through Tuscany With Rosetta (Riverside, Crown Casino, Southbank) – Neil Perry’s Rosetta Restaurant proudly bring along on a journey through Tuscany, a dinner inspired by the wines and produce o the Tuscan countryside. Dinner is 5 courses including antipasto, each course carefully matched to an Italian wine. Dinner is $150 a head and can be booked by calling 8648 1999.
  • Fine Swine with Good Wine at The Grand (333 Burnley St, Richmond) – Join award winning wine maker Adam Foster & The Grand Team for a 5 course Spring Italian Feast showcasing the best of Foster’s two labels Foster e Rocco & Syramhi. This dinner will be the first chance to try the new release of the Foster e Rocco Rose 2014 as well as his acclaimed french wine La I’mposteur. Dinner is 5 courses with matched wines for just $130 a head ($110 for members). To book, call 9429 2530.

Wednesday 17th September

  • Southern Italian Game and Wine Dinner at Valentino (517 Hawthorn Rd, Hawksburn) – Due to popular demand, Valentino are holding a second game dinner in conjunction with Bocaccio cellars.Enjoy a 4 course game dinner with matching southern Italian wines, all for just $100 a head. to book, call 9826 8815.
  • The View From Mt Etna at Artusi (Upper level, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank) – The award winning Benanti winery situated on the slopes of Mount Etna has been leading the way in promoting Sicily’s extraordinary wines to the world. Enoteca Sileno are proud to welcome young winemaker Antonio Benanti for this special event at Melbourne’s most exciting new Italian restaurant Artusi, Southgate. In the beautiful setting of Artusi, you will enjoy seven of Benanti’s celebrated Moulit Etna wines • accompanied by a selection of matched dishes by head chef Leandro Pants. Dinner is $120 perperson and can be booked by calling 8199 1033.
  • Cheese and ABW (anything but wine) at The Spring St Grocer (157 Spring Street, Melbourne) – Whilst drinking wine is one of life’s more delightful pastimes, pairing it with cheese is not as straightforward as you might think. Quite often in fact, cheeses have a more ready affinity with other drinks. Join  head cheesemonger Anthony Femia and Adam Cotterell of the City Wine Shop as they work their way through 5 cheeses paired to 5 drinks that are A.B.W. They’re sure there’ll be plenty of passionate discussion of the diverse palate of intensity, textures and flavours across cheese in the company of beer, cider, sake, whiskey and sherry. Classes are $90 a head and you can book by email on info@springstreetgrocer.com.au or by phone on  9654 6657.
  • Seppelt Icon Winemaker’s Dinner at Lamaro’s (273 Cecil St, South Melbourne) – Seppelt has been at the forefront of Australian winemaking for over 160 years. The great tradition of excellence at the house of Seppelt is driven by a team who continue to shape the landscape of Australian wine. Whilst the name of Seppelt may have had its ups and downs with various ownership issues over the years, the quality at the top end can never be questioned and this is a rare chance to enjoy some of the most iconic brands in Australian wine history with the winemaker hosting over a fabulous 3 course meal created especially to highlight the wines. Dinner is $90 a head and tickets can be purchased online here,

Thursday 18th September

  • Once Upon a Vine at Tippler and Co (58 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) – Tippler & Co is teaming up with award winning winery, Fowles Wine to put on a dinner you won’t forget.  ’Once Upon a Vine’ will be featuring five wines from Fowles Wines and all will be paired with wild game dishes from their kitchen. Tickets to the dinner are $68 per person and you can book online here.
  • Cognac and Armagnac Masterclass with Importer Mikael Gillard at Prince Wine & Spirits (Cnr Albion and Primrose St, Essendon) – The luxury and esteem surrounding both Cognac and Armagnac can be confounding to some, mystifying to others. In either sense these spirits are renowned for their complexity, elegance and deep sophistication, but their variations are not always known. Join Importer Mikael Gillard as we dissect the many subtle differences between the Cognac and Armagnac styles in this informal masterclass. Tickets to the masterclass are $40 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • Bacchus Brewing Co Take Over the Alehouse Project (98-100 Lygon Street, Brunswick East) – Join owner & brewmaster Ross Kenrick for a 8 course degustation dinner matched to his range of unique beers to welcome in 4 days of a Bacchus Tap Takeover showcasing 13 beers in their range. The dinner is $120 a head and to book, you can call 9387 1218.

Saturday 20th September

  • Maltese Independence Day at Maha (21 Bond St, Melbourne) -Shane’s Maltese ancestry has been one of his biggest inspirations both in his career and life. So for the Delia family, Maltese Independence Day is one of the most important days of the year! For lunch on Saturday 20th September, Maha will celebrate the joys and delights of Maltese culture, music and cuisine. Guests will enjoy a four course sharing feast with matched wine. Lunch is $110 for adults and $55 for kids. Bookings can be made online here.
  • Zwanze Day at The BBC (5 Riverside Quay, Southbank) – For the first time in history, legendary lambic producer Cantillon is bringing their annual Zwanze Day celebrations to Australia. Arguably the most highly regarded annual beer release in the world, only one keg of this year’s yet-to-be-confirmed Zwanze Beer will be landing in Australia and the Belgian Beer Café Melbourne in conjunction with Phoenix Beers are very proud to announce that they will be tapping their Zwanze Day keg. Zwanze Day 2014 celebrations will run from 7pm until late. The evening will play host to a showcase of sour beers, including several exclusive additional Cantillon beers on tap. There will also be live music, food specials and traditional Belgian shuffleboard. Entry is free but to get your taste of Zwanze, you’ll need to prebuy your ticket. Tickets are $15 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • Introduction to Affinage at The Spring St Grocer (157 Spring Street, Melbourne) – Affinage (pron. aff-in-ahj). It takes in a lot of small details – roughly, it’s the sum of many parts that the cheesemonger (or affineur) contributes out of respect for the toils of the farmer and the cheesemaker that have created the cheese before them. Cheese gains different textures, aromas and layers of flavour if it’s cared for properly and kept in appropriate conditions. Spring St Grocer have the luxury of specific rooms for storing their cheeses, that are kept at different temperature and humidity levels that are optimum for encouraging those changes in particular cheese styles. This allows us to release cheeses for sale only when they have gained this additional complexity. This course showcases four cheeses at their young age before they enter the caves and then at their ideal character. It’s a fascinating experience that will really open your eyes to the full potential of each cheese showcased here at the Spring Street Cheese Cellar. Classes are $30 a head and can be booked by email on info@springstreetgrocer.com.au or by phone on 9639 0335.
  • Oktoberfest at Thr Royal Standard (333 William Street, West Melbourne) – Big Beers and Even bigger Pork Knuckles are back. Think pretzels, think saurkraut, think bratwurst then just think about how to get here. Oompah music, dirndls and lederhosen will be in abundance. There will be Paulaner, Lowenbrau and Spaten on tap to whet your whistles. Also a guest ale or two including a Weiss Beer. Don’t miss this one which promises to be their biggest ever event. Tickets are $10.70 for adults, kids free. You can buy your ticket online here.

Sunday 21st September

  • Grand Afternoon Tea at The Vue Grand (48 Hesse St, Queenscliff) – Class and style are things to be savoured, enjoyed and never rushed. Spend your afternoon in style amongst the majestic confines of the Grand Dining Room and let them spoil you with delightful treats and the perfect cup of tea. Enjoy a glass of Pimms or sparkling on arrival and enjoy a selection of both sweet and savoury tastes. Choose from our tempting selection of teas and sit back and relax in the perfect moment. A lovely way to spend the afternoon and the perfect excuse to sit down with friends for a chat, a cup of tea & yummy treats. Afternoon Tea is $55 per person and bookings can be made by calling 03 5258 1544.
  • Fluid Festival at the Blackburn Hotel (111 Whitehorse Rd, Blackburn) – Fluid Festival at The Blackburn Hotel will celebrate a fantastic selection of Australia’s best beers, wines and ciders and Bourbons. Kicking off at 11am, the event is free to attend all day, and you will be able to sample beverages from a wide array of local producers. As part of the event, brewers, cider makers, distillers and wine makers will have stands set up in a massive area outside the The Blackburn Hotel. Throughout the Festival, a wide variety of flavours and styles will be on offer with around 100 products to sample from more than 20 local and international producers and suppliers. Early bird tokens are $15 for 10 or $30 for 25 plus a burger. You can prebuy tokens online for tasting before you go here.

13th October – 19th October 2014

Tuesday 14th October

  • Champagne Dames and Tramcars: A Masterclass (Normanby Rd and Clarendon St, South Mellbourne) – Seated in the plush period surroundings of the Colonial Tramcar you will take in Melbourne’s shimmering evening sights, whilst your palate will be taken on a journey into the world of Champagne, its glorious history, famed figures and etiquette nuances. The Champagne Dame, Kyla Kirkpatrick, has drawn on her knowledge and passion of champagne and food pairing to present a wonderful Champagne Master Class. The class will pair five carefully selected Champagnes with a special menu created by the Tramcar Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Stephen Shadbolt. Dinner and Masterclass are $249 per head and can be booked online here.

Wednesday 15th October

  • Champagne Dames and Tramcars: A Masterclass (Normanby Rd and Clarendon St, South Mellbourne) – Seated in the plush period surroundings of the Colonial Tramcar you will take in Melbourne’s shimmering evening sights, whilst your palate will be taken on a journey into the world of Champagne, its glorious history, famed figures and etiquette nuances. The Champagne Dame, Kyla Kirkpatrick, has drawn on her knowledge and passion of champagne and food pairing to present a wonderful Champagne Master Class. The class will pair five carefully selected Champagnes with a special menu created by the Tramcar Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Stephen Shadbolt. Dinner and Masterclass are $249 per head and can be booked online here.
  • Sparkling Wines of the world Masterclass at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – When it comes to bubbles everyone knows the prestige of Champagne but around the world there’s some great alternative sparkling wines being made. From Burgundy’s Cremant de Bourgogne and Spanish Cava to Italy’s Prosecco and of course delicious home grown Aussie drops, there’s lots to enjoy. These wines also provide great value for money as they don’t demand the same prices as the famous Champagne region, meaning they’re perfect for taking along to the Melbourne Cup or enjoying with friends if you’re hosting a part. Join The Tasting Table for an evening exploring the sparkling wines of the world, there’ll be 8 wines to taste all matched to delicious shared cheese and charcuterie boards. Tickets are $25 a head and can be purchased here.
  • A Dinner with Rob Frewer from Jones Road Winery at Dee Casa (139 City Rd, Southbank) – Join Nelson Wines for a night of great Mornington Peninsula wines and matching dishes prepared by the chef at Dee Casa – a social and delicious evening hosted by Rob Frewer of Jones Road. Dinner si $120 a head and can be booked by calling 8648 4571.

Friday 17th October

  • Oktoberfest at The European Bier Cafe (120 Exhibition St, Melbourne) –  Oktoberfest is one of The European Bier Cafe’s biggest events of the year, and 2014 will be no different! The pub will once again raise its glasses and Steins to celebrate the traditional German festival Oktoberfest, with drinking, eating, entertainment dancing, Oompah bands plus there’ll be plenty of celebrations, including specials on Bavarian biers and cuisine across the week. The Euro, as it’s affectionately known to regulars, specialises in European and boutique biers with over 50 varieties, including 20 on tap, which makes it the best venue to celebrate the world’s biggest beer festival in Melbourne. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.

Saturday 18th October

  • Introduction to Affinage at The Spring St Grocer (157 Spring Street, Melbourne) – Affinage (pron. aff-in-ahj). It takes in a lot of small details – roughly, it’s the sum of many parts that the cheesemonger (or affineur) contributes out of respect for the toils of the farmer and the cheesemaker that have created the cheese before them. Cheese gains different textures, aromas and layers of flavour if it’s cared for properly and kept in appropriate conditions. Spring St Grocer have the luxury of specific rooms for storing their cheeses, that are kept at different temperature and humidity levels that are optimum for encouraging those changes in particular cheese styles. This allows us to release cheeses for sale only when they have gained this additional complexity. This course showcases four cheeses at their young age before they enter the caves and then at their ideal character. It’s a fascinating experience that will really open your eyes to the full potential of each cheese showcased here at the Spring Street Cheese Cellar. Classes are $30 a head and can be booked by email on info@springstreetgrocer.com.au or by phone on 9639 0335.
  • Bendigo Oktoberfest (646 McIvor Hwy, Bendigo) – Bendigo Beer is at it again! This time teaming up with Bendigo Harness Racing Club to host Bendigo Oktoberfest 2014. This year they’ll have more beer, more food and more fun! In the style of the traditional Oktoberfest, brewers will be pouring marzen, wiessenbock, pils and Vienna lager to name just a few, we’ll be wearing Lederhosen & Dirndl, eating pretzels, currywurst & bratwurst, listening to all the best live music and having an all-round good time! Festivities also include Miss & Mr Bavaria competition. Tickets are $35 for 1 Litre or $25 for 500ml which includes the first fill and the stein is yours to keep. You can buy tickets online here.
  • Oktoberfest at  The Village (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Unsure of where you will be celebrating Oktoberfest this year? Look no further… Oktoberfest is officially returning to The Village in the iconic Ormond Hall over two great nights! To celebrate the Oktoberfest festivities, Ormond Hall will be transformed into an authentic Bavarian Beer Hall. Be entertained by ‘Alpine Cocktail’ performing traditional Oktoberfest tunes along with all of your favourite hits and enjoy a range of Oktoberfest beers, wiith gourmet German sausages from the Mutter Krause Food Truck! Tickets for entry are $15 and include a free stein. Book online here.

Sunday 19th October

  • Bindi Wine Lunch at The Bendigo Dispensary Enoteca (9 Chancery Lane, Bendigo) – Arguably Victoria’s finest Pinot Noir & Chardonnay producer, Bindi Wines, will feature their latest releases and rare museum wines over a 4 course degustation dinner. Hosted by the affable Michael Dhillon. Lunch is $200 a head and can be booked by calling 03 54445885.

6th October – 12th October 2014

Monday 6th October 

  • Micro Mondays at The Public Bar (238 Victoria Street, North Melbourne) –  Now and then on a Monday night, The Public Bar going to bring in a micro brewery, give them one of their taps to plug in something seasonal and have them school you in the art of making, drinking and loving beer! After a SELL OUT first Micro Mondays The Public Bar are very pleased to announce Cavalier Brewing are coming in to have some fun. Tickets are $16 a head and you can book online here.

Tuesday 7th October

  • Provenance Comes to The  Middle Park Hotel (102 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park) –  Michael Ryan from Provenance joins Stephen Burke and Andrew Beddoes for a dinner showcasing food and quality regional produce from Beechworth. Parallel to Middle Park Hotel’s own food philosophy, Provenance Restaurant features the finest regional produce on its seasonally aware menu. The result from both kitchens is bold and robust fare, emphasising the finest and freshest Victorian flavours. Wines from the surrounding foothills will be carefully matched by acclaimed winemakers, Sorrenberg. Dinner is $130 a head and can be booked by calling 9690 1958.
  • Long Table Dinner at Bar Lourinha (37 Lt Collins St, Melbourne) – Bar Lourinha have a long tradition of long table dinners, each with its own theme. This months theme is Crab Shack alla Lourinha. It promises to be a slightly messy, sticky and above all, enjoyable affair. With all crab dishes, cava and beer included in the $125 per head price, you’ll be crabby if you miss it. To book, call  9663 7890.
  • Vegan Feast at Rumi (116 Lygon St, Brunswick) – Vegans and vegetarians and all those in favour of a taste bud revelation- this one’s for you! Rumi has designed a five course vegetarian and vegan friendly Middle Eastern inspired banquet. An herbivorous mix of mouth tantalizing dishes guaranteed to satisfy even the most carnivorous of palates. Join Runi for five courses of delicious vegan /vegetarian fare for $60 per person with an optional beer or wine match for $30. To book, call 9388 8255.
  • Loveys Rosé Dinner at Mr and Mrs Howell (173 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) – 7 courses by Mark matched to 7 Rosés supplied by Untapped Fine Wines with Stacey Sheppard on hand on the night to talk you through the different styles and regions. Dinner is $110 a head and can be by calling 9381 0846.
  • Jim McEwan Presents Bruichladdich at Whisky and Alement (270 Russell St, Melbourne) – Jim McEwan is a celebrity in the whisky world and Whisky and Alement are extremely privileged to have him as their guest. Jim will be presenting a selection of whiskies from the Bruichladdich Distillery where he currently resides as Master Distiller. Tickets to this event are $30 a head and you can book online here.

Wednesday 8th October

  • Regional Heroes: Taste and Explore the Diversity of Australia at The Intercontinental (495 Collins St, Melbourne) – The journey of wine from vine to table is a labour of love. For many, it is a family affair shaped by hard work, textured and flavoured by unpredictable weather and the landscape. While much of the Australian wine landscape is made up of big corporate companies doing it for the profits, it is the medium and boutique producers who do it for the love of wine that are the heroes of the industry. The Regional Heroes event series celebrates these producers by bringing a selection of them together under one roof so that you can taste, appreciate and fall in love with their stories and, of course, their wine. Tickets to this event are $35 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Exclusive Import Burgundy at Allium Restaurant (12-18 Claremont Ave, Malvern) – Each year, The Tasting Table travel to Burgundy every year to buy wine for their shop. The Burgundy producers they stock are very small with their smallest holding only 6 hectares of land in total. Like many French wines these wines benefit from being paired food, so they thought that the best way to show off their true complexity was to hold a dinner with some great food matches. There’ll be 9 wines to taste from three of the main villages of Burgundy including 4 Premier Cru’s.  Join them for an evening of great food and wine at The Tasting Table’s first Burgundy Import Dinner. This dinner will be held at local Malvern restaurant Allium. There’ll be 5 courses perfectly matched to our 9 wines (menu & wines to be announced shortly). Dinner is $139 a head and tickets may be purchased here.

Thursday 9th October

  • Spice Journey Wrap Party at Maha (21 Bond St, Melbourne) – Maha hope you’ve enjoyed Shane Delia’s Spice Journey; Turkey on SBS One. They want to celebrate with an all out Party at Maha hosted by Shane. Sit back, relax and enjoy a five course menu featuring dishes from this season of Spice Journey. Dinner is $145 for 5 courses with matched wines and can be booked online here.
  • Supernormal Meets Mr Hong (180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne) – One of the most exciting chefs in Sydney at the moment is Dan Hong, the executive chef at the Merivale Group’s eponymous  Ms.G’s, El Loco and Mr Wong, the Best new restaurant of the year in Melbourne is Chef of the Year, Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal. These two great chefs are cooking a great lunch at Supernormal on Thursday 9 October to celebrate the Melbourne launch of Dan Hong’s new cookbook  Mr Hong. Lunch is $120 a head and includes all food and drink. For bookings, call 9650 8688.
  • Glendronach Whisky Master Class by John Raphael At The Nobel Experiment (284 Smith St, Collingwood) – The complex world of fine aged whiskies can be a confusing enigma to many. Let Nobel Experiments guest whisky expert John Raphael from Island 2 Island unravel the mysteries of the Glendronach whisky range. Through this master class, John will guide you through a selection of the finest Glendronach core expressions. Chef, Cameron Bell will tailor chocolate and cheese tastings for the whisky to compliment taste and add texture. Tickets are $55 a head and can be booked by calling 9416 0058.
  • Once in a Brew Moon- Oktoberfest at Tippler and Co (58 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne) – It’s happening again, as the moon sets over Munich, Oktoberfest rises at The Tippler & Co! They have sourced a number of one off brews and paired them with some Bavarian treats. Come along for 5 mouth watering courses and 5 great brews. Tickets are $68 a head and can be booked online here.

Friday 10th October 

  • Oktoberfest at The European Bier Cafe (120 Exhibition St, Melbourne) –  Oktoberfest is one of The European Bier Cafe’s biggest events of the year, and 2014 will be no different! The pub will once again raise its glasses and Steins to celebrate the traditional German festival Oktoberfest, with drinking, eating, entertainment dancing, Oompah bands plus there’ll be plenty of celebrations, including specials on Bavarian biers and cuisine across the week. The Euro, as it’s affectionately known to regulars, specialises in European and boutique biers with over 50 varieties, including 20 on tap, which makes it the best venue to celebrate the world’s biggest beer festival in Melbourne. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.

Saturday 11th October

  • Oktoberfest at Red Hill Brewery (88 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill) – Pull out your lederhosen and start practicing your German accent because on October 11th-12th, Red Hill Brewery are teaming up with gourmet hot dog legends Phat Brats to celebrate at our 3RD Oktoberfest. Set to be another EPIC event like last years, visitors can expect 5 Red Hill brewed German beers matched to Phat Brats top-notch hotdogs. From the brewing corner, there will be Kolsch, Hefeweizen, Weizenbock, Pilsner and NEW Marzen. Tickets with a 1L stein are $45 and $28 or a half stein. You can book online here.
  • Oktoberfest at The Local Taphouse (184 Carlisle St, St Kilda) – Forget the rest and enjoy the best as Oktoberfest VII is almost at The Local Taphouse! Enjoy 20 x taps with great German style brews from Australia and abroad. Oompah Band, lederhosen, full German menu and more! Entry with a gold coin donation. Prost! 12pm – close.

Sunday 12th October

  • BBQ Throw Down at The Newmarket Hotel (34 Inkerman St, St Kilda) – BBQ Throwdown. Is. Back! Introducing the No. 1 contender: Fancy Hank’s BBQ. Following a BBQ beating of San Telmo, The Newmarket are putting their title (and trophy) back on the line. Two venues head-to-head at the Newmarket. Three categories: bangers, bones, beast. You decide the champ! Tickets are $75 a head and can be booked by calling 9537 1777.
  • Pizza and Vino at Pinocchios (152 Toorak Rd, South Yarra) – Wine Tasting Events & Top Australian Wines presents a pizza & vino lunch with top wine tasting & unlimited wood fired pizza after all what’s better with pizza than wine? Now, the perfect marriage of tastes come together for a night of artisan wood-fired pizza and extraordinary Australian wines! Tickets are $55 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Oktoberfest at Red Hill Brewery (88 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill) – Pull out your lederhosen and start practicing your German accent because on October 11th-12th, Red Hill Brewery are teaming up with gourmet hot dog legends Phat Brats to celebrate at our 3RD Oktoberfest. Set to be another EPIC event like last years, visitors can expect 5 Red Hill brewed German beers matched to Phat Brats top-notch hotdogs. From the brewing corner, there will be Kolsch, Hefeweizen, Weizenbock, Pilsner and NEW Marzen. Tickets with a 1L stein are $45 and $28 or a half stein. You can book online here.
  • Bell Street Fiesta (Torquay) –  Bell Street Fiesta is all about the things you love – great food, coffee,  wine, beer, coffee, arts, live music, local produce; just to name a few! The art galleries will come alive and the street will be filled with activities plus there will be a Ramp Jam Skate Park, Jumping Castle, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Kids Performances and Entertainment, Breweries & Wineries and Harley Rides & Tours. Plus Prickly Moses will be there with there beer bus where you can get a beer masterclass and tour for just $30 a head. For more info, head here.

29th September – 5th October 2014

Monday 29th September

  • Chefs at the Cow with Daniel Vargetto from Mr Bianco (157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) – Each month Milk The Cow invite one of Melbourne’s best chefs in, to roam free in their five-metre long cheese cabinet and create a four course cheese-inspired menu with matched wines and beverages. This month, they are joined by Joseph Vargetto from Mr Bianco who will cook in his signature Sicilian style with an amazing array of cheeses. Dinner is $120 a head and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 30th September

  • Dine the Spanish Regions at The Robert Burns Hotel (376 Smith St, Collingwood) – The next Robert Burns Dine the Spanish Regions dinner features Asturias. The evening includes four courses of traditional dishes from Asturias, all paired with regional wine. Guests will leave with a new found knowledge of the unique culture of Asturias. What better way to escape a winter’s night in the southern hemisphere, than taking your tastebuds on a journey to this spectacular part of Spain. Dinner is $79 a head ($69 or members). To book, call 9417 2233.
  • A Dinner with Mikko at Merchant Osteria Veneta (495 Collins St, Melbourne) – Michael Lindell is one of Melbourne’s iconic architects and illustrators. His first published work was of Harold Mac Millan in the “Junior Age” in 1955. He has since drawn “many times and often” as “Mikko”, the Finnish equivalent of Michael. This dinner draws together food and art. two of Melbourne’s richest industries. Join Mikko and the team at Merchant for a wonderful evening of culture and entertainment. Dinner is $145 per head with 4 courses, canapes on arrival and matched wines. to book, call 9614 7688.
  • Portuguese Wine Evening at The Tasting Table (1219 High St, Armadale) – When most people think of Portugal and wine they immediately think of the fortified wines of the Douro Valley and Porto called Port, whilst this is one of the great wines of the world Portugal has so much more to offer. Whilst the rest of the world was planting French varietals Portugal stuck to their guns and planted it’s own indigenous grape varietals that you might not heard of. With their flagship red grape of Touriga Nacional and some spanish favourites like Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) that thrive in this atlantic influenced country. Learn you Dao from your Douro and discover some of the best upcoming white wines in the world from Vinho Verde. If that hasn’t wet your appetite then come and enjoy one the most underrated great aged wines of the world; Madeira. Tickets are $35 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • Biodynamic Wines at Estelle (243 High St, Northcote) – Biodynamics is fast becoming a popular method of grape production. Revered by many and maligned by just as many, Estelle will be showcasing a selection of 100% biodynamic wines from around the world that have a strong sense of terroir. Practitioners of biodynamics claim it is the only way forward, see if you agree. Not only will they be explaining the history of biodynamics, they will also be serving organic and biodynamic food on the evening. Dinner is $180 a week for 6 course plus wine. Email enquiries@estellebarkitchen.com.au to book your spot.

Thursday 2nd October

  • Festival of the Frothy III at The Common Man (39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) –  Three years on from taking over the Fed Square Atrium, Australia’s greatest ever beer trivia championship is back! The Crafty Pint and Funky Bunch Trivia have united once more for an evening of hilarity, craft beer, great food, beery prizes and more. Festival of the Frothy III is being run in conjunction with The Common Man, who have invited the beer crew into their pop-up marquee on the banks of the Yarra. Grab your mates, form a team (or come along and we’ll find one for you) and they’ll see you there! Tickets are $55 a head which includes a welcome drink, all food and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online here.
  • Taittinger and Mount Pleasant Wine Dinner at No. 35 at The Sofital (25 Collins St, Melbourne) – Celebrate the luxury house of Taittinger along with one of Australians most acclaimed wineries, Mount Pleasant at an exclusive dinner at No. 35  at The Sofital. Established in 1921, Mount Pleasant was recently awarded best Australian Shiraz in James Hallidays 2015 Wine Companion. Renowned 6th Generation wine maker, Scott McWilliam will join No. 35 head chef Martin Horsley to bring you 5 courses matched with 5 wines. Dinner is $120 a head, to book call 9653 7744.

Friday 3rd October

  • Oktoberfest at The European Bier Cafe (120 Exhibition St, Melbourne) –  Oktoberfest is one of The European Bier Cafe’s biggest events of the year, and 2014 will be no different! The pub will once again raise its glasses and Steins to celebrate the traditional German festival Oktoberfest, with drinking, eating, entertainment dancing, Oompah bands plus there’ll be plenty of celebrations, including specials on Bavarian biers and cuisine across the week. The Euro, as it’s affectionately known to regulars, specialises in European and boutique biers with over 50 varieties, including 20 on tap, which makes it the best venue to celebrate the world’s biggest beer festival in Melbourne. Tickets are $35 a head and can be booked online here.

Saturday 4th October

  • 2014 Heathcote Wine & Food Festival (Heathcote Showgrounds, Chauncey Street Heathcote) – Heathcote Wine & Food Festival –  Shiraz Heaven – showcases the wines of the Heathcote region featuring not only our signature variety Shiraz, but also several other varieties now coming to the fore – including Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier & Marsanne. Around 50 Heathcote wine producers will present their wines and there’s delicious food and regional produce from around 30 producers and vendors.  Tickets run from $35 – $100 per person, depending on package. You can book your ticket online here.
  • Cheese 101: Behind the Rind at Spring St Grocer (157 Spring St, Melbourne) – Welcome to a short workshop on ‘Behind the Rind’; a Cheese 101 course that is both fun and informative, aimed at revealing each main style of cheese and the story of their different rinds. You’ll also discuss common questions such as what are the best accompaniments for the cheeses I have chosen? What cheeses are suitable for pregnant women and I’m lactose intolerant, are there cheeses for me? The idea is to give you a better understanding of  what cheese styles you like and why you might like them, and to encourage you to experiment a bit when you’re planning your next dinner party, or you’re in need of dazzling the in-laws with a recipe that needs that perfect cheese. The class is $30 a head. you can book by emailing info@springstreetgrocer.com.au or by phone on  9654 6657.
  • Pinot Palooza (2 Acland St, St Kilda) –  Stop looking for a rocking Pinot Noir experience, you have come to the right place… Bottle Shop Concepts presents PINOT PALOOZA. Get hip deep in the finest Pinot Noirs produced in the southern hemisphere, crowd surf the mosh pit of the most enticing, enthralling, sexy, silky, suave and sophisticated grape variety on the planet; Pinot Noir. Pinot Palooza is wine that rocks. Taste the line-up of pinot producers, some of the best from Australia & New Zealand, soak up the music and cast your vote in the People’s Choice. Tickets are $60 a head and can be booked online here.

Sunday 5th October

  • 2014 Heathcote Wine & Food Festival (Heathcote Showgrounds, Chauncey Street Heathcote) – Heathcote Wine & Food Festival –  Shiraz Heaven – showcases the wines of the Heathcote region featuring not only our signature variety Shiraz, but also several other varieties now coming to the fore – including Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Viognier & Marsanne. Around 50 Heathcote wine producers will present their wines and there’s delicious food and regional produce from around 30 producers and vendors.  Tickets run from $35 – $100 per person, depending on package. You can book your ticket online here.
  • Oktoberfest at The Cider house (386-388 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) – Oktoberfest at The Cider House kicks off with German bands, German food, 22 craft beer and ciders on tap, slap dancing comps and enough schnapps to snap your fingers at. Tickets for The Cider House Oktoberfest are $34 a head which gets you a main, dessert, a personal stein filled with the beer or cider of your choice. All refills are $10/$12. To book, call 9415 6142.

22nd September – 28th September 2014

Monday 22nd September 

  • Fondue Night at Milk the Cow (1/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda) – Join Milk the Cow for a night in the Alps as we delve into the warm, gooey heart of cheese fondue. Be greeted with a warming Gluhwein and experience a guided tasting of traditional European cheeses before the cheesemongers divulge the secrets to making a sensational cheese fondue by melting them all together using their signature recipe. Finish by gorging yourself on a freshly made individual fondue pot. Heavenly. Tickets are $38 per person and can be booked online here.

Tuesday 23rd September

  • Uruguay Wine Dinner at Piqueos (298 Rathdowne St, Carlton North) – Discover the best wines you’ve never heard of let alone tasted while a local guides you on a tour of the wines of Uruguay. With guest speaker Lucia Galdona, Untapped Fine Wines Uruguayan Ambassador and South American Manager.Enjoy 4 courses with 6 matched wines presented by Uruguayan wine experts. Dinner is $120 a head and can be booked by calling  9349 2777.

Wednesday 24th September

  • Fall From Grace Cocktail Degustation (477 Collins St, Melbourne) – In a land hidden far far below, our guest barmen extraordinaire brings your favourite make-believe stories to life. With brilliant food and innovative cocktails to the wondrous theme… Fairy tales! Live happily ever after with a four-course cocktail story plus enjoy Chef’s adventure of canapés, main and shared dessert. Tickets are $80 a head and you can book online here.
  • Grand Final Lunch at The Duke (146 Flinders St, Melbourne) – The Dukes Grand Final Luncheon is back with a huge line-up for 2014. Featuring special guests Gary Ablett Jnr, Dane Swan and Liam Pickering. Tickets include a two course lunch and beverage package for the duration of the event along with auctions, memorabilia on sale and prizes to be won. Tickets are $100 a head and can be purchased online here.

Thursday 25th September

  • A Catalan Experience at Bohemian (35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) – Born and raised in the Heart of Catlaluna, north of Barcelona, head chef Josep has crafted a menu that encapsulates his beginnings in his parents restaurant and the food that is found all over this special region of Spain. Indulge in 5 delicious courses of Catalan Cuisine, with wine on the night provided by Castell d’encus of Cataluna which follows age old techniques of wine making in carved stone vats dating back to a medieval time. Tickets are $89 per person. To book, call 9682 0566
  • Mikkeller Masterclass with importer Julie Maria Christensen at Prince Wine and Spirit (Cnr Albion and Primrose Sts, Essendon) – Mikkeller began in 2006 in a kitchen in Copenhagen, when a Maths and Physics teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergsø began experimenting with hops, malt and yeast. His international breakthrough came about through combining French press coffee to an oatmeal stout; the result ‘Beer Geek Breakfast’ was voted best stout on the Ratebeer website. He is now recognised as one of the world’s most creative brewers and has been rated in the top five breweries in the world on multiple occasions. Prince Wine and Spirit  welcome Importer Julie Maria Christensen to pour and discuss an exciting range of new releases, as well as some of the most loved beers from the Mikkeller range. Tickets are $25 a head and can be purchased online here.
  • SCARF turns 4! at Nest (829a High St, Thornbury) – Big news! Scarf is turning 4! So, naturally, they’re having a party!There’ll be a Scarf bar, food trucks, live tunes via Africa’s Got Talent, a raffle (who doesn’t love a raffle?!), the launch of their new Scarf video and general good times! There might even be cake. Tickets are $10 each and you can book online here.
  • Sportsman’s Lunch at The College Lawn (36 Greville St, Prahran) – The College Lawns annual Sportsman’s Lunch returns this September! Come and join them for a two course lunch hosted by Liam Pickering and Mark Allen along with special guest speakers Gary Ablett Jnr, Barry Hall and Darren Glass. Tickets are $100 and include an entree and main with drinks inclusive. To book please call (03) 9810 0074 or email admin@collegelawnhotel.com.au.

Friday 25th September 

  • Cherry Blossom Harajuku Night at Sake (Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Experience a snippet of neo-Tokyo, with Saké’s cherry blossom themed Harajuku pop up bar. Enjoy a fun night of sakura-inspired exclusive cocktails, izakaya style food and a live DJ all night. Get yourself on the guest list here.
  • Grand Final Comedy Debate at Crown Palladium (Crown Casino, Southbank) – The Grand Final Comedy Debate brings you the finest dining experience with a menu specially designed by Orpheus Island. The menu is accompanied by superb Wolf Blass wines. The event will be hosted by Channel 7’s Hamish McLachlan and will also feature a 2 course luncheon with wines, beer and soft drink. There will be a special live performance by members of the cast from Les Miserables and an exclusive, designer Antler tote bag filled with gifts. A live and silent auction including holidays, homewares, beauty products and much more. This year the Grand Final Comedy Debate is proud to support the Bully Zero Australia Foundation. Tickets are $195 a head and can be purchased online here.

Saturday 27th September

  • Football Free Zone at Campari House (23-25 Hardware Lane, Melbourne) – Ditch the boys & forget the footy this year! Gather the girls for arvo drinks on the Rooftop and continue the party in the Lounge Room with Mamma Got Soul from 8pm.$15 cocktails all day and booths available to book. Email pippa@camparihouse.com.au for reservations.
  • Perfect Platters at The Spring St Grocer (157 Spring Street Melbourne ) – The sun is shining, the garden is beginning to blossom and there is no better time than Spring to entertain with a cheese platter. Take your next picnic hamper or dinner party platter to a whole new level with this tasting and demonstration. Let cheesemonger, Anthony Femia, guide you through an amazing selection for Spring such as a Loire Valley goat’s milk cheese or new season Holy Goat Brigid’s Well paired beautifully with Spring time fruit and new season Rooftop honey. The class is $50 a head and can be booked by calling 9639 0335.
  • Grand Final Shenanigans Here.