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World Gin Day 2017

World Gin Day is once again upon us this Saturday 10th June! Bars and distillers have been getting their heads together to educate, intoxicate and most of all, celebrate gin, and while you’re in the midst of a long weekend, why not give in? To help you about your day, I’ve found you some stunning events to cover you from Brunch to Nightcaps…Enjoy!


Brookie’s Botanical Brunch at The Gin Palace


Taxi Kitchen and Artemis Gin

World Gin Day Boozy Lunch at Out of Sunderland

Four Pillars 3 Martini Lunch at The Gin Palace

World Gin Day Dinner at St. Luja

World Gin Day Long Lunch at Henry Sugar


World Gin Day Dinner at Bohemian Restaurant  

A Variety of Gins at Captain Baxter

Bass and Flinders Distillery at Papa Goose


Nordic Gin  Winter Masterclass at Henry and the Fox

Adelaide Hills Distillery at Bad Frankie

MGC Takeover Mountain Goat Brewery

One Day, Three Distillers, One Gin at Craft + Co

Drink Specials

Kew and Dodds Gin at Waterslide Bar

Two for One G&T’s, Negronis and Martinis at Gin Palace

Gin Boilermakers and Beer Specials at Uitgang Bar

10th March – 16th March 2014

Monday 10th March

  • All That’s Good From the Ground (Georgie’s Harvest, Shop 50, Coventry St, South Melbourne Market) – Enjoy some of the best Victoria has to offer in this cocktail event with a range of delights prepared by Steve Earl of La Bimba restaurant & Otway Harvest.  While enjoying a drink and tasty morsel learn how some of Victoria’s most innovative producers are either using our natural waterways to reinvigorate native food stocks or how Victoria’s brightest food producers are working to preserve water and enhance sustainability. All guests will leave with a hand crafted ceramic water vessel to commemorate the evening. Tickets are $98 per head and can be booked via  georgie@georgiesharvest.com.au or 0400 802 676/0409 397 051
  • Perfectly Matched Sake and Cheese at Milk the Cow (1/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda)- Sake is, at first glance, a simple creation. The main ingredients are water, rice, koji, and yeast. It’s pristine and uncomplicated. But things get a bit more involved beneath the surface. Water is an appropriate analogy of the apparently simple yet inherently complex nature of sake brewing. Laura Lown, Head Cheesemonger at Milk the Cow will be showcasing four delicious cheeses perfectly matched with four stand out sakes from The Deja Vu Sake Company. Cheese and Sake is $45 per person and tickets can be bought online here.

Tuesday 11th March

  • Chateau Pontet Canet Wine Dinner at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – Together with Alfred Tesseron, owner of Chateau Pontet Canet, we are delighted to invite you to a ‘once in a lifetime Bodeaux Wine Dinner’.  Alfred will present 12 wines from his magnificent 18th century estate, including the exquisite 1990, 2000 and 2005 vintages, along with the 100 point rated 2009 and 2010 vintages. Matched over a four courses this is a truly unique opportunity to enjoy the wines that dream are made of, whilst sharing the insights of the man behind the wines themselves. Tickets are $319 per person and can be booked via info@thebotanical.com.au or by phone on 9820 7888.
  • Fisherman’s Sustainable Feast at Gingerboy (27-29 Crossley Steet, Melbourne) – Join Delwyn Tuanui from Chatham Island Food Co. and Gingerboy head chef Leigh Power as they present a seafood lover’s fantasy banquet featuring the best sustainable produce from here and across the ditch. The dinner will feature the champion of the remote Chatham Islands: the endemic Blue Cod, plus Chatham Island Food Co’s line caught NZ Hapuka and a host of support acts, such as Soft-shell Crab from Queensland, diver caught Scallops and Aussie Oysters paired with the fab four ‘hot, sour, salty and sweet’. Gingerboy’s sommelier has selected a range of wines to match that share a low-impact approach to the earth’s resources. Delwyn Tuanui will be present on the night to discuss low impact fishing and the windswept lands (and bays) of Chatham Island. Dinner is $140 for a 5 course banquet with matched wines. For bookings, call  9662 4200.
  • Love from Oriental Venice at Davids (4 Cecil Pl, Prahran) – Welcome to Zhouzuang – the river village popularly known as the ‘Venice of the Orient’. Take a culinary tour of this exotic city whose network of canals and waterways have inspired the local cuisine. Zhouzuang is a village that captures all the romance of a city on water, but with a distinctive Chinese flair. From the perfumes of soy and spices wafting in the air, the sounds of woks clanging busily from home kitchens, the rickety boats meandering through the canals. Be transported to the popular tourist destination with a dinner feast designed to celebrate the riches of its canals and waterways. Dinner is $65 with matched wine, $45 for food alone. Bookings can be made by phone on 9529 5199.
  • Hellenic Home by the Sea (434 Lygon Street, Brunswick East) – Celebrating the Greek fisherman, and his family table. Hellenic Republic are having a seafood feast as an ode to the fisherman and the fishing villages around the islands. A menu devoted to all the marvels of the underwater world. Dinner is $95 per head and can be booked by phone on 9381 1222.
  • Rumi’s Mezze Feast (116 Lygon st, East Brunswick) – The Bardouni River flows through the lush Bekaa Valley in Lebanon and has long been synonymous with traditional mezze dining. The region is picturesque and romantic, with restaurants that operate along the river enticing guests with large flowing fountains and pools built into their dining areas. Rumi cannot promise any spectacular water features but they will bring you as unique and distinctive Lebanese mezze feast as you could ever experience sitting aside the Bardouni River. Wines and arak will be sourced for the event specifically from wineries located alongside the Bardouni River. Dinner is $90 including matched Lebanese wines. For bookings, call  9388 8255.
  • The Two Masters – A Cheese and Sake Degustation at Kumo Izakaya (152 Lygon Street, Brunswick East) – Join Master of Cheese Will Studd and Sake Master Andre Bishop for an evening of gastronomic indulgence and education supporting victims of 2011 Japanese Tsunami. Whilst it is not common knowledge, cheese and sake is the perfect match and there is science behind it. Enjoy this discovery with two characters that are equally passionate about their field of expertise. Experience a selection of cheeses chosen by Will with sake matched by Andre, accompanied by an informative and fun presentation. This event is to be held on the anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to Living Dreams, a non-profit organisation, helping orphans in Japan rebuild lives post-tsunami.
  • Water Courses at Pei Modern (Collins Place 45 Collins Street, Melbourne) – This five-course dinner celebrates sustainable delights and grapes grown with respect for the precious water resources needed to raise them. Restaurants are becoming increasingly aware of their impact on water resources to produce delights for hungry diners. Pei’s dinner in conjunction with Chalmers and Tom Kime focuses on ethical farming and fishing. Dinner is $160 for 5 courses with matched wines. For bookings,email reservations@peimodern.com.au or call 9654 8545.
  • Harper and Blohm Cheesy Dinner at Brooks (Basement 115 – 117 Collins St Melbourne) – Harper & Blohm Cheese Shop opens soon at the Prince Wine Store Essendon. The shop will offer a superb collection of cheeses from Australian and around the globe. To celebrate Brooks is hosting a cheesy 6 course dinner designed by Nicolas Poelard, with matched wine selected by the Prince Wine Store. Dinner is $90 and includes 6 courses with wine matches. For bookings, email info@brooksofmelbourne.com or phone Brooks on 9001 8755.

Wednesday 12th March

  • Acqua Panna Tuscan Experience at Grossi (80 Bourke Street, Melbourne) – Acqua Panna natural mineral water encompasses the very essence of Tuscan lifestyle, heritage and fine dining elegance.  Grossi Florentino has a heritage and history dating back to the advent of fine dining in Melbourne. The famous murals of Florentine life and the Florentine food espoused by owner and chef, Guy Grossi present a formidable union. Guy creates a menu that highlights the effect Acqua Panna has on its environment, people and culture through produce and tradition. Wines from Villa Panna’s close neighbour, Castello Frescobaldi complete this triumvirate. Dinner is $160 and bookings can be made by pone on 9662 1811.
  • Good Beer Week Gala Showcase at Ormond Hall (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – This is your opportunity to be one of the first to get your hands on the eagerly anticipated 2014 Good Beer Week Official program. With 200 events across 160 venues . There will also be FREE masterclasses available covering a range of Good Beer goodness.  The Village Melbourne chefs will be offering Food and Beer matching for you to enjoy at this night of nights using your food tasting tokens as you wish! Entry is $30 per person and includes 20 x 60ml tasting tokens, and food tasting tokens.  You can book online here.
  • Dehydrate Vs Rehydrate at Hammer and Tong (412A Brunswick St, Fitzroy) – Eating your way through a five course tasting menu, you will discover how some flavours, textures and appearances are enhanced by the key ingredients being starved of H2O and also experiencing the transformation of adding a water substance to some. Dinner is $55 per head, matching wines are additional. Bookings can be made on9041 6033.
  • Mastering a Sea Monster at The Greek Deli and Tavern (583 Chapel Street, South Yarra) – Inspired by the memory of sitting at a down-to-earth Lesvos-style fish taverna on the beach, watching the grey mullet fight over the leftover bread thrown into the sea, the Greek Deli invites you to join them at sunset for a traditional seaside village food menu including white bait, fresh anchovies, grilled octopus and whatever the fishermen have caught that day matched with local and Greek wines and ouzo. Dinner is $69 and can be booked on 9827 3734.
  • A Mediterranean Story at Epocha (49 Rathdowne Street, Carlton South) – Our chef Michael Bolam with Fish & Co’s Tom Kime will offer up a sustainable seafood feast grilled with Southern European love on the barbecue. Four courses matched with wines from the warm coastal lands surrounding the Mediterranean. Indulge in an ethically sustainable catch and wines which will bathe you in warm European sun. Dinner is $140 for 4 courses with matched wines and can be booked by calling 9036 4949
  • Water and Wine Pair Offs at Armadale Cellars (813-817 High St, Armadale) – Could Margaret River be as famous as Bordeaux? Can Mornington Peninsula match the incredible wines of Burgundy? Find out as six premium wines are paired for each battle that will be mediated by a visiting winemaker from one of the regions. After tasting some truly outstanding wines the evening will conclude with a light supper. Tickets are $125 a head and can be bought online here.
  • Turning Water into Wine at The Tasting Table (1219 High Street, Armadale) – With more stress on water supplies and more and more vines being planted every year in many different climates and soils, each vineyard must choose whether to irrigate their vines or not. In this masterclass we will explore some of the top irrigated and dry grown sites in Australia, with all the wines taste tested blind. See if you can tell the difference between the irrigated and the dry grown from a lineup of 4 Chardonnays, 4 Pinot Noirs and 4 Shirazs. Tickets are $49 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Chateau Pontet Canet Masterclass at The Botanical (169 Domain Rd, South Yarra) – Winestyleonline.com.au are delighted to invite you to an exclusive masterclass tasting where Alfred Tesseron, owner of Chateau Pontet Canet will present 5 wines from his magnificent 18th century estate, including the exquisite 100 point rated 2010 vintage. This Grand Cru Classe estate is in a halcyon period with their wines, particularly in recent years, receiving wordwide acclaim. Owned by only 3 families in its long history, Alfred will talk of its history and its future whilst we taste his wines in the best possible environment. Numbers are strictly limited, and this is a complimentary event so do not hesitate! Bookings can be made via wine@winestyleonline.com.au or by phone on 8644 4040.

Thursday 13th March

  • Greeks Vs French: Who is Best? At Gazi (2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne) – A festival favourite. This annual debate will be home to the Greeks and the French. Who is better?! Come along and see for yourself. Join George Calombaris and Manu Feildel to see who will lead their team to victory. Three panelists from each side will debate topics including cuisine, entertainment and sport. It’s sure to be heated debate with loads of laughs! Dinner is $125 per head and you can book by phone on 9207 7444.
  • Blood is Thicker Than Water at Casa Ciuccio and Cutler & Co (15-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) – Starting in one venue and spilling onto Gertrude St, enjoy a selection of bloody morsels paired with glorious Mencia wine from Spain. Then, walk the short distance to the second venue where you will experience further blood-inspired dishes and wines such as morcilla, boudin noir, canard au sang, blood on toast. Dinner is $95 a head and bookings can be made via info@cutlerandco.com.au or by phone on 9419 4888.
  • Message in a Bottle at Royal Melbourne Zoo (Elliott Ave, Parkville) –  Message in a bottle is an event that has been created to take you on a journey through the seas, its inhabitants, our oceans and their health. As Melbourne Zoo’s dedicated caterer, Liberty Catering Concepts’ Executive Head Chef Dianne Kerry has made a commitment to sourcing sustainable seafood, which will be showcased with a progressive canapé style event and talks on local sustainable seafood. Commencing your evening on land with drinks and delectable canapés at the newly built Lemur Island, you will then enjoy a keeper talk at Wild Seas, whilst enjoying sustainable seafood canapés with the Seals. The voyage will end at an underwater bar indulging in the purists of Vodkas, Victorian grown and produced wines and a final catch of delicious seafood. Dinner is $135 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Masterful Matching at Woodland House (78 Williams Rd, Prahran) – Three legends of the industry come together in this one-off dining experience to explore the masterful matches between Jacques’ dishes and Giaconda and Dalwhinnie wines. The menu will be created using the most outstanding local seafood, perfectly combined with Chardonnays, lamb reared from the wet marshland creating the perfect flavour to match with Rick & David’s exceptional reds. With Jacques returning to the kitchens of Woodland House for this special event, this is one not to be missed. Dinner is $250 a head and can be booked by phone on  9525 2178.
  • Cooking Sustainable Seafood at William Angliss (555 La Trobe St, Melbourne) – Join one of William Angliss Institute’s highly skilled chefs for a seafood cooking demonstration. Learn what to look for when purchasing seafood and how to ensure your choice is as environmentally responsible as it is succulent. William Angliss Institute is the specialist training centre for foods, tourism, hospitality and events, bring over 70 years experience in cookery training to this event. The demonstration is $30 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Marchand and Burch Burgundy Masterclass with Pascal Marchand at The Prince Wine Store (177 Bank St, South Melbourne) –  The Prince is once again delighted that the entertaining and informative Pascal Marchand is back to host this intimate masterclass which feature Marchand & Burch’s negociant wines from Burgundy including village, premier and grand crus from the very good 2011 vintage. The Masterclass is $65 a head and can be booked online here.
  • Ides of March Dinner at Romulus and Remus (648 Bridge Rd, Richmond) – Romulus and Remus along with Prime Wines are putting on a dinner to celebrate the Ides of March. They are presenting 4 courses with matched wines from Victoria and Western Australia to see which wine reigns supreme. Dinner is $75 a head and can be booked by phone on 9429 3042.
  • Good Beer Week Gala Showcase at Ormond Hall (557 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – This is your opportunity to be one of the first to get your hands on the eagerly anticipated 2014 Good Beer Week Official program. With 200 events across 160 venues . There will also be FREE masterclasses available covering a range of Good Beer goodness.  The Village Melbourne chefs will be offering Food and Beer matching for you to enjoy at this night of nights using your food tasting tokens as you wish! Entry is $30 per person and includes 20 x 60ml tasting tokens, and food tasting tokens.  You can book online here.

Friday 14th March

  • A Night of Gin at The Flinders Hotel (Cook and Wood St, Flinders) – Flinders Hotel hosts a hedonistic night of gin consumption showcasing the unique tipple of Bass & Flinders Gin with classic cocktails as well as a chance to create your own. With plenty of Bass & Flinders Distillery’s unique gin and fine food, guests will enjoy some of the worlds classic gin cocktails as well as participating in the creation of some of their own unique drinks. Bass & Flinders Distillery offer a range of gins that have been vapour infused with botanicals to give them a unique and distinct flavour. The night is $130 a head and can be booked by phone on  (03) 5989 0201.
  • Corangamite Foodies Feast (Adeney Street, Camperdown) – Head out to Camperdown to see for yourself why the Corangamite region is fast becoming renowned for quality local produce. This small region has a big trophy cabinet including award winning cheeses, whisky and wines crayfish, ice cream, yoghurt, strawberries and beer. The 2014 Corangamite Foodies Feast will celebrate seasonal produce and will feature the dairy produce for which Western Victoria is renowned. Sensory cheese tasting with chefs from Dairy Australia will also take place as part of the Corangamite Foodies Feast. Tickets are $110 and can be booked online here.
  • It Begins at the River (864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream) – In the heart of the Yarra Valley, at the source of Melbourne’s iconic river, Chef Jose Chavez will take on journey discovering the river’s yabbies, trout, eels and salmon, demonstrating the strength and depth of the Valley, matched with award winning Oakridge wines. Come dine in elegance at the new state-of-the-art dining room at Oakridge. Dinner is $135 per person and can be booked online here.
  • Sausagefest at Duchess of Spotswood (87 Hudsons Rd, Spotswood) – So you think you can make snags? Put your money where your mouth is and bring your sausage along to the Duchess of Spotswoods Sausagefest. Entry is $15 and winner takes all. Each entry must supply 4 sausages of 100gs each with entry from 6pm, judging and cooking from 7pm. For non sausage makers, entry is free but bring money for snags and beers. There will be spot prizes and novilty prizes awarded throughout the night. To enter your snag, RSVP via twitter on @duchesscafe or by email on info@duchessofspotswood.com.au
  • James Bond Vs Don Draper at The Dispensary Enoteca (9 Chancery Lane, Bendigo) – Take a retrospective look at last century’s most enigmatic and celebrated decade through the watery eyes of James Bond and Don Draper. Gimlets to mint Juleps and black velvets to vodka tonics – both men loved ice-shaking cocktails. Put on your best steely looks with 60’s dress code, music, cuisine, quiz and an ice sculpture. Dinner is $185 per head and can be booked by phone on (03) 5444 5885.

Saturday 15th March

  • Down by the River at Tani Eat & Drink (100 Gavan Street, Bright) – A 5 course dinner with matched beverage at Tani Eat & Drink embracing the Ovens River. The Tani crew have put together a dinner with a sense of place. Drawing inspiration from their surroundings incorporating the ‘borrowed’ ingredients from the Ovens River to the farmed products the river has to offer. Matched wine from the Alpine Valley region and the mountains spring water complete the scenic dining experience. Dinner is $125 per head and you can book by calling (03) 5750 1304.
  • Lilo’s and Prosecco with Dal Zotto Winery (4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Rd, Whitfield) – A fun-filled day of sledding on the King River with Dal Zotto Wines and Melbourne Adventure Hub. Meet at the Dal Zotto Trattoria in Whitfield where you will receive a quick safety demonstration, and a few handy hints on river sledding. Then grab a lilo & we will travel to the nearby King River for a couple of hours of river sledding. Finish off the day with some prosecco & a two-course lunch back at the Dal Zotto Trattoria. Adults are $155 and children are $145. To book email info@dalzotto.com.au or call (03) 57 29 8321. For more info, click here.
  • Patricia Lunch with Brown Brothers (239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Rd, Milawa) – Join members of the Brown family in the delightful setting of the Epicurean Centre as they pay tribute to their matriarch, Patricia Brown.  Head chef Douglas Elder will create an amazing lunch perfectly matched to our flagships wines named in Patricia’s honour.  The event will kick-off with canapés and sparkling, followed by four courses and a cheese board. Set to coincide with the 11th release of these benchmark wines, this special event gives you the opportunity to be amongst the first to sample the Patricia range and hear the story behind them. Tickets are $155 per person and you can book online here.
  • Rocca di Montegrossi Lunch at Ombra (76 Bourke St, Melbourne) – Marco Ricasoli-Firidolfi invites you to his table at Ombra for a casual Saturday lunch Nonna style. Over a rolling lunch where multiple courses blend into one long grazing session, you will get an intimate understanding of the wines from Chianti Classico as well as trying his Super-Tuscan release. Lunch is $120 per person and you can book by calling 9639 1927.

Sunday 16th March

  • Nha Trang Yaught Club at Rooftop at Habour Room (2 Pier Rd, St Kilda) – Replicating the Nha Trang Yacht Club, the pop up venue for the Saigon Sally and Hanoi Hannah festival presents an impressive beachside backdrop to food stalls, tropical cocktails and vibrant live music. Attendees can expect much-loved fresh Vietnamese cuisine with dishes such as chargrilled lemongrass beef cigars, soft shell crab rice paper rolls and kingfish ceviche on betel leaf. Refreshing the palates with spiced coconut rum or a fresh ginger and chilli mojito with lush Vietnamese mint, revellers will love the exotic cocktails from both restaurants made with market fruits. Entry is $35 and includes a coconut. To book, call 9939 5181.
  • Australia Vs Lebanon Wine Tasting Lunch at Zikrayat Restaurant (229 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern) – Both Lebanon and Australia enjoy a rich tapestry of history, accomplishments, cuisine, and wine. Please join Top Australian Wines for a modern-day trip back to the good ol’ days. A Lebanese lunch & wine tasting you’ll never forget! Lunch is $85 a head and consists of 3 courses with matched wines. You can book online here.
  • Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Glenferrie Hotel (324 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn) – The Glenferrie Hotel goes GREEN to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Join them as their talented chefs whip up and Irish inspired 3 course menu and wash it down with a pint or two of Guinness. Lunch is $55 a head and to book, call 9818 6530.