Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 14/07/2019

Polish those vocal chords. It’ll take a lot of screaming to drown out the sound of Anthony Callea: Live and Unplugged.


10) Vegan Night at Jardin Tan

19th July

What: Jardin Tan is proud to embrace Melbourne’s growing love for vegan food with a Vietnamese inspired six-course dinner. A matching wine list has also been created by Vue de monde Head Sommelier to elevate each dish.

Why: There’s no finer way to experience a night with vegans than via a lot of wine.


9) Fondue & Sake Night

15th July

What: Melissa Mills from Sake Connect will take you on a journey of Sake and Fondue. During the evening, Cheesemonger Olivia and Melissa will share their knowledge of their specialist fields while you enjoy some winter warming Cheese and Sake combinations.

Why: Cheese and alcohol. Throw in a post-dinner cigarette and you’ve got the ‘dying at 40’ trifecta.


8) Ministry Of Clouds Winemakers’ Dinner

18th July

What: Have you heard of Ministry of Clouds?…of course you have. This is the two person outfit from the vale that is setting the wine world alight. Welcome back the two dreamers behind MoC, Bernice Ong and Julian Forwood to Melbourne for a one night only Dinner at Kirks (Downstairs private Cellar) to taste the new releases and get to know these wines up close and personally.

Why: ‘Dreamer’ is such a lovely alternative term for ‘psychologically disassociated drunk’.’-Dinner/5e63c730-a20e-11e9-b14f-a713526e5192


7) PRESSED with Chef Paul Wilson

14th July

What: A degustation of freshly pressed oils & matching dishes; with Mount Zero olive expert Richard Seymour & iconic chef Paul Wilson. Enjoy a cocktail on arrival, a sample bottle of freshly pressed olive oil & 4 exceptional dishes crafted to match this year’s exceptional season of olive oils & exciting winter produce.

Why: A night filled with the most exceptional oils without the need for a morning-after STI check.


6) Flavours of Italy Dinner

18th July

What: Ciao Cielo’s chef Bryan Nelson has curated an elegant four course menu that pays homage to the gastronomic delights of Italy with each course paired with premium Italian and Australian wines. Explore the iconic varieties that have defined the reputation of the superb wine regions of Italy.

Why: Experience the gastronomic delights of Italy beyond vomiting in an anti-government rage. They better put out a hell of spread. It’s hard to match the delight of that feeling.


5) Anthony Callea: Live and Unplugged 

19th July

What: Audiences will be captivated by Anthony’s extraordinary voice and infectious personality in it’s purest form, where he will be joined on stage by piano, guitar and vocals in an intimate setting, performing songs from his 7 albums and more, as well as sharing stories and experiences from his life in and out of music.

Why: Remember this guy? No, not Shannon Noll. Not that other guy, either, what’s-his-name. This is the guy with… Okay, we give up. We’d have to go into the whole history of the period in which Australian Idol was a thing. And time has not yet healed that wound.


4) Bastille Day with a Vue

14th July

What: Bistro Vue was a stalwart of French dining in Melbourne for 10 years and what better way to welcome it back for one night only than in celebration of la Fête nationale. Enjoy a four-course menu with canapés, matched French wine and a glass of champagne on arrival, whilst looking out at some of the best views of Melbourne from Level 55 of the Rialto tower.

Why: Nothing reminds one more of the beauty of Paris than a vision of the sun setting on…Fed Square.


3) Barossa. Be Consumed. 

20th July

What: Not just a tasting of the region’s brilliant wines, ‘Barossa. Be Consumed’ also offers you a taste of the region’s food, culture, history and character. Over 300 wines from 50+ Winemakers, plus artisan gin, local produce, live music and new ‘Meet the Maker’ sessions.

Why: Get pissed and be consumed with all the best parts of a region without being pitched a timeshare.


2) 19th Annual Helpmann Awards

15th July

What: Hosted by the fabulous dynamic duo of comedian, writer and actor Susie Youssef and Artistic Director of State Theatre SA Mitchell Butel, this is a black-tie gala event, saluting artistic excellence and achievement on Australian stages over the past year including musicals, contemporary music, comedy, opera, classical music, theatre, ballet, dance, physical theatre and cabaret.

Why: Don’t worry. Your inferiority complex won’t be raging at this event. It features a performance of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. So. Whilst the creme de la creme of artistic talent are receiving there commendations you can still feel a little superior.


1) Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival 

14th-28th July

What: The 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival features 18 days of spoken word performances, poetry readings, open mics, poetry slams, workshops in venues all over Melbourne. With over 50 events over two and a half weeks, more international guests and more workshops than ever, MSWPF is about to warm up your winter with words.

Why:  We know we always get that warm feeling when after experiencing 3 straight hours of slam poetry we speak the words: “Just leave the bottle”.

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