Top 10 Melbourne Culture On this week 29/09/2019
Prepare your stomach juices. Live contemporary theatre isn’t exactly a joy to process.
10) Melbourne Vegan Tours 1st Birthday
What: Melbourne Vegan Tours is turning one! It’s been a big year of vegan touring around Melbourne, showcasing the amazing vegan scene that the city has to offer. To celebrate, enjoy delicious Israeli street food from Tahina in their courtyard, sip on drinks, meet vegan business owners, and enjoy giveaways and prizes and plenty more. Bring your friends for a great night of vegan food and fun!
Why: Bring your enemies for a night of vegan food and vegans.
9) Monster Jam
What: The most intense family motorsports entertainment experience on the planet, Monster Jam, is BACK for one Australian city only and this time it’s bigger, better, faster, stronger! Direct from the USA this action-packed live event with superstar drivers, brings fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family! Starring the biggest performers on four wheels, Monster Jam trucks take on a life of their own.
Why: The easiest way to teach your children that the phrase ‘Direct from the USA’ usually prefaces chemical-spewing destruction.
8) Ballarat International Foto Biennale
29th September-20th October
What: The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is one of Australia’s pre-eminent photographic festivals. Program highlights include To the Moon and Back, in recognition of the Apollo moon landing 50 years ago, A History of Misogyny, Chapter One: On Abortion, a stark look at women’s reproductive rights, and Adi Nes’s homoerotic portraiture, which delves into questions of gender, masculinity and humanism.
Why: One of the few events that features the art of photography in which your data won’t be sold at a major profit. Though if you do decide to use Instagram while you’re there, that’s your prerogative.
7) Spring Carnival Lunch
What: Ask any horse racing enthusiast what connects us and unites us, and one answer will stand clear: shared passion for world-class racing. Bells Hotel’s Main Hall in conjunction with Seppelt Wines invites you to taste the food, to laugh with friends and dive into the fun all whilst sipping on Race Day wines, listening to a panel of industry experts covering all aspects of this years’ Group One racing calendar.
Why: Ask any horse racing enthusiast what connects us and unites us after about 1 in the morning, and they’ll jump off a bridge. It’s a wonderful life.
6) Distillery Open Day: Brogan’s Way
What: To mark Brogan’s Way’s first year they will be opening the distillery for all. Throughout the day they will be running mini tours, holding cocktail demonstrations and serving selected signature cocktails at special prices. There will also be tasty bites on offer and a ping pong table challenge for a bit of extra fun.
Why: The closest thing you’ll get to an enjoyable open day since you were lied to about the existence of Willy Wonka.
5) Five at 5 #4: Grand Septet
What: Join Orchestra Victoria’s musicians for an evening of haunting lyricism, rhythmic vitality and symphonic beauty, featuring the remarkable works of Kreutzer, Hindson and Shostakovich. You’re invited to stay and meet the musicians and enjoy light refreshments after the performance.
Why: There’s nothing more ego-boosting after hearing a perfect rendition of an impossibly complex Shostakovich piece than having to pretend you also understand the ensuing conversation with those that performed it.
4) Yarra Yering Wine Dinner
What: Enjoy an evening at Edwin Wine Bar and Cellar as they celebrate one of Australia’s most respected wineries, Yarra Yering. Meet the winemaker and enjoy a number of back-vintage wines that are rarely available for sale to the general public. Each wine illustrates the unparalleled quality, character and longevity of Yarra Yering. There will be a a five course seasonal dinner menu provided, matched to the hand-selected Yarra Yering wines.
Why: ‘Yarra Yering’ – a wine perfectly suited to the enunciative talents of a drunk.
3) Kid’s Food Truck Day Out
What: Do your kids love having fun?! Do you love street food from Melbourne’s best Food Trucks? Get down to Moonee Valley Racecourse to have both! The Food Truck Park is jumping for joy to be hosting this year’s Kid’s Food Truck Day Out. Enjoy gourmet food trucks delivering only the yummiest food imaginable, craft beer, cider & wine for the adults and live entertainment and games for the kids!
Why: A kids event that knows how to play to the paying crowd: liquor.
2) Whisky: A South Side Story
What: Not for the faint-hearted, this tour will introduce you to three Victorian distilleries and bring together talented distillers, award-winning whiskies, and the best of Melbourne’s coffee, food & spirits in Melbourne’s south side. You will learn about the whisky-making process, taste different styles of grain spirit and discover stories about the past, present and future of whisky in Victoria.
Why: A tour featuring upscale whiskies, Bloody Mary cocktails, pastries and a gourmet lunch is absolutely an appropriate event for the historic connotations of the term ‘south side’.
1) Melbourne International Arts Festival
What: Provoking and inspiring, Melbourne International Arts Festival seeks to connect art forms, people and ideas. At the heart of Melbourne’s culture of creativity, it curates unique experiences that bring people together and break new ground in culture and the arts.
Why: There’s nothing more unique than experiencing random explosions of unsolicited live performance art in Melbourne.