Where to Watch Superbowl 51 in Melbourne

It’s Superbowl season again and even though I have zero understanding of the game, I do rather like standing around in a room full of enthusiasts while drinking beers and eating wings at 10am on Monday morning while all other sensible people are at work or in bed. To that end, here are a few places in Melbourne who are opening early, putting on the burgers and laying down some kegs or cans for your sporting enjoyment.

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  • Melbourne Public (11 Dukes Walk, South Wharf) – Pull on your jerseys – it’s that time of year again. The annual Super Bowl party returns to Melbourne Public – with multiple screens dedicated to bringing to you all of the live action from Texas.  Open from 8am, book a day off work and hang out with your buddies – playing American-themed games & selecting from an American inspired menu.  VIP booths available, a free breakfast burger for those who book a reserved seat, Budweiser beer bucket specials & more. Tickets start from $15 a head with packages for groups. Get your tickets here.
  • P.J. O’Briens (Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct, Southbank) – Join P.J.O’Brien’s Southbank for one of the biggest sporting events in the world! On Monday 9 February, doors open at 9am with an All American Menu & Beers including $7 Bottle Coors and $25 Bucket of 4 Coors. Watch the game Live with sound on all screens. Book by calling 9686 5011.
  • The Turf bar (131 Queens St, Melbourne) – Watch the Super Bowl in Melbourne at the venue that started it all – Turf Sports Bar. Some seating still available but be quick for one of the biggest days of the year!  Otherwise it’s standing room. Doors open 9am, with an All American Menu and buckets of Budweiser (4) for $25, plus prizes and giveaways. Email turf@turfbar.com.au or call 9670 1271.
  • Wharf Hotel (18-38 Siddely St, Melbourne) – Super Bowl 51 broadcast  over 8 large plasmas! $14 Super Bowl eats: Southern Fried Chicken | Hot Dogs + more, $9 Budweiser | $25 Budweiser Buckets and $20 Breakfast Nachos + Bottle of Budweiser. Doors open 9am | Broadcast from 10am live Huston. Entry is free and you can book by calling 03 8680 6000.
  • Young and Jacksons (1 Swanston St, Melbourne) – Watch the absolute best from the NFC and AFC battle it out for this seasons finale, and taking home the majestic Lombardi trophy.  Doors open at early for all the coverage and build up footage. Book the day off work, grab ya mate, pull on your jersey, and head down to Young and Jackson. They will have all the usual ‘merican beers, a specially designed menu (did somebody say “wings”?!), and smokey Jack Daniels bloody mary’s to offer y’all. Coverage on our huge HD screen will transport you to all the action over in Houston, Texas.  War paint, banter, and friendly rivalry is all encouraged!

Southside

  • The College Lawn (36 Greville Street, Prahran) – From 10am to 2pm the College Lawn is offering you an all inclusive package for the Super Bowl. Food, Drink plus big screens to watch the game, all for $85 a head. You can book your spot here.
  • Middle Park Bowling Club (101 Canterbury Rd, Middle Park) – Super Bowl LI is nearly upon us and where better to watch it than Middle Park Bowls Club! Buckets of Budweiser for $20 and you’ll also receive a FREE Budweiser Cap with each bucket purchased.  It’ll be a great atmosphere down here with American Style Chicken Wings and Succulent Ribs being served from 10am. Door Open 9:30am!! Bookings Essential! Call the club on 9690 4048 to reserve your spot now!
  • The Precinct (60 Swan St, Richmond) – The Precinct’s Annual Super Bowl party is the ultimate way to watch Super Bowl 51 live from Houston Texas! This is the first year post refurb that it’ll screen on the massive courtyard TV as well as across the other 5 huge screens throughout the venue. Doors open at 8am with the kitchen serving up Texan style food and $25 Budweiser buckets. $15 for a general entry ticket or $25 for a reserved seat. Get your ticket here.
  • The St Kilda Branch (204 Barkley St, St Kilda) – Catch the Superbowl 50 live at The Branch with 5 Hours of all inclusive drinks from 10am. Tickets – $65 The game will be on the big screens. Secure your tickets here.
  • The Swan (425 Church St, Richmond) – Join The Swan Hotel for the 51st Super Bowl on Monday 6 February from 10am. They have $25 Bud Buckets, USA food specials and prizes and giveaways. As well as spot prizes for the best dressed fan!

Northside

  • The Leveson (46 Leveson Street, North Melbourne) – Join the Leveson for their annual Super Bowl party. There are 3 ticket types available, the VIP ticket for $90 which includes your a private room, a buffet and your first 3 drinks, or $80 for 2 drinks and a 3 course lunch or general admission for $15 which includes entry and your first drink. To book, call 9328 1109.
  • The Provincial (299 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) – Join The Provincial for the Super Bowl 2016! Kick back and watch the big game with $20 beer buckets, or a $10 hotdog and Coors combo. For more information call 9810 0042.

Where to get Coffee on Christmas Day in Melbourne

Getting a great coffee at Christmas can be tricky… unless of course, you are fortunate to live near one of these fabulous establishments. Here is a list of some gloriously giving cafes around town who are opening to caffeinate you and your loved ones this Christmas. Let me know if I have missed yours and I will update as I go along. Merry Christmas to you all.

South of the Yarra

Beavers Tail Social Club (160 Barkly St, St Kilda) – Open 8am-1pm for coffees and nibbles
Bees Knees Cafe (Shop 2, 854 Burwood Hwy, Ferntree Gully) – Open from 8am-12pm for coffees.
Boosa (716 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East) – Open from 8am – 4pm for breakfast, lunch and coffee
Depot de Pain Black Rock (28 Bluff Rd, Black Rock) – Open 7am-2.30pm with full service.
Drugstore Espresso (194 Toorak Rd, South Yarra) – Open from 8am-12pm for coffee and takeaway food.
Ebenezer Coffee and Wine Bar (615 Balcombe Rd, Black Rock) – Open from 7am -11am for coffees.
Elwood Food and Wine Bar (201 Ormond Rd, Elwood) – Open from 7am-12pm for takeaway coffee.
Fergus (301 Wattletree Rd, Malvern East) – Open from 7am-11am for coffee and pastries.
Finders Keepers Cafe (89 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn) – Open 8am-11am for coffee and pastries.
Frank and Ginger (101 Orrong Rd, Caulfield) – Open 8am-11am for coffees
Hobba (428-430 Malvern Rd, Prahran) – Open 7am-11.30am for coffees and pastries.
Maling Room (206 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury) – Open 7am-11am for coffees and pastries.
Noisette (412 Centre Rd Bentleigh/84 Bay St, Port Melbourne ) – Open from 7am – 1pm for bread, coffee and cake.
One Origin Specialty Coffee (83 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern) – Open 8am-1pm for coffees and pastries.
St Ali (12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne) – Open 7am-6pm with full service.
The Valley Foodstore (75 Chadstone Rd, Malvern East) – Open 7am-11am for coffee.
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Arbory (Flinders Walk, Melbourne) – Open from 7.30am – 1am for coffee, drinks, all the things.
Depot de Pain at The Blackman (452 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Open 6.30am-2.30pm with full service.
Momami (679 Latrobe St, Docklands) – Open from 7am-11am for coffee and breakfast.
Queen St Rescue (189 Queen St Melbourne) – Open from 7.30am-4pm with full service.
North of the Yarra
Admiral Cheng Ho (325 Johnston Street, Abbotsford) – Open 7.30am-10.15am for coffee with all the proceeds going to the pickers and children of Brazil’s coffee farm at Bom Jesus
Ampersand Coffee and Food (863 High St, Thornbury) – Open 7am-11am for coffees and pastries.
Capeside Coffee (119 Cape St, Heidelburg) – Open from 8am-10.30am for takeaway coffee.
De Clieu (187 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) – Open 8.30am-3am with normal menu and coffees.
Depot de Pain at Rathdowne Village (693 Rathdowne St, Carlton) – Open 7am-2.30pm with full service
Everyday Coffee (33 Johnston St, Fitzroy) – Open from 9am-12pm for take away coffee.
The Long and Short (314 Victoria St, Brunswick) – Open from 8am-2pm for coffee and sweets.
Ministry of Cakes (571 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) – Open from 9am-12pm for coffee and cake.
Northern Perk Cafe (710 Sydney Rd, Brunswick)-  Open from 7am-4pm with breakfast, lunch and coffee.
Pavlov’s Duck (401 Smith St, Fitzroy) – Open from 8am – 1pm for coffees and takeaway food.
Smug Relish (510 Lygon St, East Brunswick) – Open from 8am- 4pm for breakfast, lunch and coffees.
Sookie La La (593 High St, Northcote) – Open 8.30am-11am for coffees and pastries.

Halloween and The Day of the Dead Meet Melbourne Cup Weekend

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Melbourne is once again living up to its reputation as place that will take any reason to have a party and run with it. Last years Halloween went off and as this years falls into place with a (sort of) long weekend, it promises to do the same.

Northside 

Acqua E Vino (18a Ballarat St, Yarraville) – Halloween Fancy Dress Party at  Acqua e Vino. $20 entry with complimentary 1st drink on arrival. DJ playing sexy 90s mixes from 6pm till 12am. Tickets on door or pre sale call 96879006.

B.E.A.S.T (80 Lygon St, Brunswick East) – This October 31st, The B.EAST is throwing a MASSIVE cocktail and Mariachi infused Day of The Dead Party with a little help from Espolón and a LOT of tequila.  They’re putting together a full tequila cocktail menu, Mexciana-style B.East eats, Mexicali Djs and Mariachi band LOS ROMANTICOS in full Mariachi dress, there’ll be FREE facepainting from 7pm-9pm, so paint your face, dress up and come and drink some tequila! Best Calaveras makeup (not done by our face painter!) will win a $100 voucher.

Carwyn Cellars (877 High St, Thornbury) – Carwyn Cellars “Taco of the Dead” party is right around the corner (Tuesday Nov 1st), and they’re teaming up with Melbourne Hot Sauce, Garage Project, Wolf of the Willows Brewing & Rogue Ales & Spirits to throw one hell of taco & beer filled party. Enjoy a menu of four different mind blowing TACOS. Plus the official launch venue for Garage Project’s 2016 Day of the Dead Beers and a one-off collaboration keg between Wolf of the Willows and Melbourne Hot Sauce – A Mango & Habanero spiked India Saison.

Flem-Ken Bowls Club (Smithfield and Racecourse Rd, Flemington) – Hendo from BrewCult and Fraser from Exit Brewing, jointly known as Frendo, are returning to Flem-Ken Bowls Club on Cup Eve. Given the date is October 31, they are calling it “Halloween with Frendo”! Tickets are just $12 for two 330ml stubbies of your choice from BrewCult’s Spoiler Alert Pale Lager or Reset Robot Pale Ale, or Exit’s Saison, Amber or India Pale Ale. Get more info and tickets here.

Howler (7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick) – Things are going to real spooky in the beer garden for HOWLERWEEN on Sunday 30 October! Put on your best costume and get down to tunes spun by Lotus Moonchild and friends from 2:00pm until late. Entry is FREE! If their tunes don’t make your skin crawl their puns will. With the official murder on the dance floor crew.Costumes encouraged, puns are a must.

The Kodiak Club (272 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) – The Kodiak Club is celebrating Halloween the American way, so bring your scariest costume and join them for a spookylicious night full of booze and jams. Drinks of the night: Rogue: Dead Guy Ale, Cam’s Punch, Bloody Mary (Caesar) and lots of treats and Apple Pops. Make sure you don’t miss this one!

3 Ravens Brewery (1-3 Theobold St, Thornbury) – A Halloween party that will leave Wes craven turning in his grave! 3 Ravens Brewery & Ironbark BBQ reunite for one night of terrifying beers, Halloween dress, barbecue and live music from: Vulgargrad – Russian Criminal folk music, The Dead Amigos – Blues, rock and funk, Pugsley Buzzard – Blazing boogie and stride piano. Dress to scare! Prizes will be awarded

The Retreat (280 Sydney Rd, Brunswick) – Venture to the dark side and celebrate Halloween on Cup Eve! Hosted by The Knave, Shack Shakers will take over the pub, spinning Howlin’ Wolf inspired old school tunes and serving up prizes for best dressed along with drink specials, espresso martinis and more. Gothic-country will be supllied in the front bar by Jemma Nicole and a collection of friends and foes. FREE ENTRY – all kicks off at 7pm and won’t shut down until the wee small hours.

The Rum Diaries Bar (334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) – It’s the spooky season again! Get your freak on with plenty of Rum filled fun this Monday. Trick or treat your way into some scary assed Haloween cocktails and many a spine chilling tune.

The Park (12 Watton St, Werribee) – Doors open 5pm, DJs running from 7pm, drinks and food specials running all night with a special trick or treat on the door.

The Penny Black (420 Sydney Rd, Brunswick)  –  When two beautiful holidays roll into one, why not add another? Welcome to our DAY OF THE DEAD Halloween, Cup Day, long weekend extravaganza.  Spot prizes for best, most outrageous costumes on the night, drink specials flowing all night thanks to Espolòn Tequila and to top it off Woodlock playing LIVE and FREE in the bandroom. Live artwork and face painting so get down!

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Nieuw Amsterdam (106-112 Hardware St, Melbourne) -Halloween is almost here and this is one party worth coming to! This years Halloween theme is Dead Celebrities, so whether it’s Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe or Michael Jackson, you can live out your wildest dead celebrity fantasies at this party. And if you don’t have a favourite dead celebrity, why not come as a celeb you wish was dead – Kimmy K or Donald Trump anyone? There will be big prizes for best costumes on the night, as judged by management. Also, there’ll be running competitions throughout the night where you could win a heap of bar vouchers! Expect the creepy and the spooky throughout the venue – running ’till dawn, this is going to be epic. Free entry.

Asian Beer Cafe (Level 3, Melbourne Central) – Join The Asian Beer Cafe for their day of the dead Halloween party and grab your chance to win a $1,000 abc bar tab for best costume! This year’s Halloween party is going to be the biggest one yet, thanks to sponsor Tiger Beer, they are giving away HUGE GIVEAWAYS you won’t want to miss!

P.J. O’Brien (Southgate, Southbank) – Cup eve becomes ‘All horrors eve’  this Halloween at PJs. Have a horror of a time with the Hi-Jacked Penguins live on stage from 9pm. $10 shocktails that will haunt your mind, free entry and horror face painting  from 7-9pm. With shocks & horrors around every corner its sure to be a killer night.

Spice Market (Beanley Lane, Melbourne) – Join Spice Market this Monday for our annual Herradura Day of the Dead Halloween Party! Free entry! | Doors from 8pm. Complimentary Herradura Cocktail for everyone in costume! Day of the Dead Face Painting available!Best dressed will win a bottle of Herradura Ultra Tequila with mixers, announced at midnight! Enjoy Insta-photobooth to capture your memories on the night by @littlepixelbox

Vamos (1/37 Little Bourke St Melbourne) – Vamos has been open for two years and they are going to celebrate with a Day of the Dead party! Come along dressed in your best “Dia de los Muertos” costume and make up and enjoy a range of great entertainment to make even the dead come to life on the dancefloor! Cocktails include Zombies and Corpse Revivers! Tickets $10 presale

The Wharf Hotel (18-38 Siddeley St, Melbourne) – The Wharf Hotel presents their 6th Birthday Halloween Bash! Join them Friday 28th October, from 5pm for Spooky cocktail specials plus a Complimentary Trick or Treat Candy Bar. Live acoustic from 6pm  Dress in your Halloween best and go into the draw to win a $200 bar tab.  Complimentary drink on arrival for the first 50 RSVP’s here.

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Antique Bar (218 Glenhuntly Rd, Elsternwick)  – Come! Enter the graveyard if you dare, go past the ghosts to the demon’s lair. Hold on, hold on with all your might do all that you can to survive this night. If you are strong and brave and bold, join us in fun, but be always aware that terror and fright will also be there! Grab your costume, everyone is welcome. Dress up for your chance to win one of five $50 drink cards!
Drink specials all night long.

Hats and Tatts (78 Cecil St, South Melbourne) – Hats and Tatts knows that Melbourne likes an excuse to get dressed up! So this is just for you….. Sunday 30th October at Hats and Tatts, are throwing a Holloween party. They’ll have drink specials and of course the Final of FAMOUS LAST WORDS. So get your thinking caps on for some crazy costumes as there will be some prizes for best dressed

Holy Grail (67 Chapel St, Windsor) – Its that time of the year yet again! Join Holy Grail on Saturday 29/10, for the ultimate Halloween party held at holy grail chapel st, presented by Plantation Rums and The Westwinds Gin.  Come dressed up and get ready to wake the dead! They will be running all night Halloween inspired cocktails, photo booths and free drinks. Sharpen your fangs everyone!

Lulo Latin Kitchen and Bar (798 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn) – Lulo Presents: Halloween on Glenferrie Road! Dress Code: As scary as you dare: Door prizes and prizes for the best dressed. Kids Trick or Treat from 4pm , Adults after dark…Cheap thrills and cheap drinks like $10 Cocktails and $8 Butcher’s Bride Pale Ale Pints

Moondog (17 Duke St, Abbotsford) – Moondog is opening on Monday so as to celebrate Halloweeeeeeeen with a party at the brewery bar! Come on down for spooky pumpkin ale, a zombie face painting station, scary pizzas, trick or treating, and disco tunes galore. Boo!

The Nash (344 Victoria St, Richmond) – A National state of emergency has been declared as the afflicted threaten to take over.. Hungry for a good feed, the bait has been set. Unarmed and unaware, they can’t keep to themselves..Come and celebrate the end of the world, stock up on moonshine & munitions at the last remaining safe haven. You’d be brainless to miss this.  Free Entry, Dress up for a free drink on arrival! Halloween inspired games!

The Royston (12 River St, Richmond) – Check out the tap list for The Roystons Cup Eve Pirate Life tap takeover on Monday night. Pretty damn exciting.
In fact they are planning on having such a good time they are closing Cup Day to recover. See you Monday from 4pm!!!!

 

 

Warming up in Melbourne During July

Half way through the year already and the Middle of Winter but Melbourne is still going strong. Not only is it the best time of year for oysters but it’s also truffle season (if you’re a bit of truffle novice, here’s a good place to start). The weather is perfect for pub meals by the fire, roasts and red wine, all things I adore.

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This month kicks off with 4th of July festivities showcasing an absolute stunning array of beer, whisky and cocktails, starting from the 2nd and going all through the week, it will be a great chance to try something new over a few hamburger and wings, perfect for this weather, no?

Bastille

Keeping to the red, white and blue theme, July is also Bastille Day on 14th July, a day for all the Francophiles and lovers of French food and wine. Melbourne being the lovely beast that she is, is blessed with some truly magnificent French restaurants who are pulling out all the stops to make the day sparkle with  joie de vie.

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The weekend of the 16th and 17th July is given over to the Australian Drinks Festival. Your ticket gives you access to pop up bars, tastings and masterclasses with some of Australia’s foremost experts on spirits, wines and beers. You can also get tickets which allow you to distill your own gin, have a tipsy afternoon tea

The Food Truck Park are heating things up this Winter with a Bollywood themed food truck festival running from 22nd July-24th July. They will be bringing the colour and glam of Bollywood to Preston with dancers, Indian music and classic bollywood flicks playing all weekend on the big screen.

All this cold weather and heavy food can make you feel a little lethargic and out of shape so why not shake it off at a midwinter dance, 30th July in Brunswick East? Money raised from ticket sales goes towards raising literacy levels in our youth. There will be food and drinks for sale on the night including pies from Boscastle and  beers from Temple Brewing who have kindly sponsored the evening.

If you think that 6 months is far too long to wait until Christmas or maybe your one of those who have always felt that a hot Christmas day just isn’t right? Why not grab some mates and book into one of the many Christmas in July being hosted around town. Check out a few of them here.

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Photo via Bendigo on the Hop

Just putting this here, Bendigo on the Hop is on once again. Yes it is in August (20th August to be exact) but I didn’t want you all to miss out. I made the trek last year and it was so much fun. You can take the Vline up and stay over night, I stayed at The Schaller Studio which is so lovely (bike hire and umbrellas for you to use as you wish as well as free wifi which is as rare as hens teeth in Australian hotels) and made a weekend of it. Bendigo is such a gorgeous place and this event gives you a chance to wander your way around while sampling some fabulous beers. I had such a great time, I am doing it all over again this year.

 

 

June in Melbourne – Whisky, Wine, World Gin Day and Winter

So I am a little late for my June wrap up of happenings and events? Alas I was bought asunder by the shenanigans of Good Beer Week but am now ready to get back on the horse so to speak which is lucky as there are so many things happening this month, most of which are winter friendly.

Negroni

Starting from the 6th June to the 12th June is Negroni Week, a week started back in 2013 as a way for people to enjoy their favourite cocktail but also to give back to the community. Each bar chooses a charity of their choice and donates a dollar for every Negroni sold. Last year they managed to raise over $320,000 for charities around the world. As well as straight out Negronis, 1806 and Nieuw Amsterdam are hosting classes on how to make your own perfect Negroni. Find your nearest bar and their charity on Negroni Week’s online map, drink up and do some good.

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On the 11th of June, we all get together to celebrate World Gin Day, another one of my favourite days of the year. a day where bars and distillers get together to put on gin events for the people of Melbourne and it’s surrounds. Some of my picks of the day and where I am going to try to get myself to are Four Pillars who are serving pulled ‘Four Pillars’ pork rolls by Burn City Smokers as well as releasing their Bloody Shiraz Gin at their Healesville Distillery. The Gin Palace are hosting a Lunch with West Winds Gin and a High Tea with Four Pillars. Craft and Co are Hosting their first World Gin Day event, releasing their first gin to the public. MGC are hooking up with Bad Frankie for a masterclass on Botanical. Bass and Flinders are showing off their gins by the banks of the Yarra at Pilgrim bar.

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If Gin isn’t your thing or if, like me, you’re not adverse to variety, Hawkers Beer are wisely launching their Imperial Stout on the 9th of June. No matter if you drink it, make a casserole with it or bake a cake with it (seriously, chocolate stout cake is the bomb!) stout is the perfect beer for this weather and if Hawkers Stout is anything like their other beers, this one will be a winner. See it launched at The Terminus in Fitzroy North, The Local Taphouse in St Kilda and Carwyn Cellars in Thornbury.

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June is also when Wine is Coming with Game of Rhones hitting Melbourne on the 18th June at Meat Market in North Melbourne. Celebrating the grape varieties from the Rhone Valley, as well as beer, cider and food for you to buy on site. Dress code is casual but don’t be surprised if you glimpse a few Westeros cos players in the crowd.

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Whisky is getting it’s fair share of a attention this month with Whisky and Alement announcing a fantastic limited addition Japanese Whisky Masterclass on the 26th June, The Nobel Experiment are celebrating women in whisky with a masterclass hosted by Laura Hay from William Grant and Sons on the 29th June and Boilermarker House not only have a tasting of Speyside whiskies on the 28th June but are celebrating their First Birthday as well with $5 shots of Jameson and boilermaker specials featuring the Newstead Brewing Co. X Boilermaker House Rivet Red Ale (with a public holiday the day after this, oh yeah, I’m there).

For more events including dinners, masterclasses, tastings and more, head to my events calendar as there are some very swish events with pork, pinot and other winter delights with more to come.

Wine tastings, beer nights, cocktail sessions, degustations, festivals and food events happening in and around Melbourne