Top 5 things to do in Melbourne this weekend (Mar 17-19)
Well, we've got a little bit of summer warmth ahead this weekend, so we've planned a cracker for you...
1. QUEEN STREET PLAZA
Queen Street Plaza is Melbourne’s favourite festival place, right in the heart of Queen Victoria Market!
It’s the perfect spot to take a break from shopping and soak up all the market atmosphere, sample delicious street food, relax with a drink in the beer garden and enjoy free family entertainment all day long.
Queen Street Plaza is open every weekend, and home to a wide variety of Multicultural Festival and Food events throughout the year.
There's so much to eat, drink and see, and you don't want to miss the sweet Melbourne-y vibes!
Oh, and why not enter to win a $150 voucher to spend there - click here to find out more!
When: Saturday 9am - 3pm, Sunday 9am - 4pm
Where: Queen Victoria Market
2. MELBOURNE TOMATO FESTIVAL
The Italian community of Melbourne is the second largest ethnic group in Melbourne, and nothing defines Italian Culture in Melbourne more than the backyard tomato harvest and suburban garage sauce making.
So many Melburnians will have spent hours stomping on, or bottling, or just talking to their Nonna about tomatoes, and this is your chance to get amongst it if you haven't!
Founded by the Grossi Family, Melbourne Tomato Festival brings this positive childhood memory to the wider community in support of multiculturalism and preservation of cultures and customs through food. Also, social well-being through connecting people to each other with food.
It's basically an awesome gathering of local farmers selling produce, as well as speakers, agriculturalists, cooking demonstrations, Italian food, artisan producers, special guests, history, workshops, entertainment and of course passata making!
When: Sunday March 19, 10am - 6pm
Where: All Nations Park, Northcote
Cost: $25 / $10, and kids under 5 are free!
3. LADIES IN BLACK
Make sure you get along to this stunning and triumphant piece of new musical theatre, written by New Zealand rock legend and former Split Enz / Crowded House member Tim Finn, with a book by Carolyn Burns.
The show features over 20 original songs written by Finn and a stunning range of some 30 custom-designed and created dresses and suits.
With a stellar female cast, amazing music and costumes that are worth the price of admission alone - catch this fantastic show before it leaves Melbourne!
When: Until March 18
Where: The Regent Theatre, Melbourne
Cost: from $97
4. ST. PATRICK'S DAY
The global religious and cultural festival that is St Patty's hits Melbourne in so many colourful ways this Friday, and although we may not know exactly why we celebrate it, we certainly love an excuse to get our Guinness on!
There are heaps of amazing places to celebrate in style, including Melbourne's iconic Irish pub 'Bridie O'Reilly's', as well as The Last Jar, The Limerick Arms, The Drunken Poet and basically all of the best Irish Pubs (and really, all pubs) in town!
Don your finest green apparel, grab some mates and get on the Guinness!
Where: All over Melbourne!
5. FANCY HANK'S SUNDAY LUNCH
They've established themselves as the masters of the smoked meats in Melbourne, but what would happen if Fancy Hank's let a guest chef take over the smoker?
Well, here's where you can find out!
Charley Snadden Wilson, the Sous Chef from 'Embla' will be bringing his modern Australian spin to the smoker, presenting an amazing meal for all who make it along!
When: Sunday, 12pm - 4pm
Where: Fancy Hank's, 79 Bourke St
Cost: approx. $64