Great news, outdoorsy food fans. Melbourne’s favourite truck jam is making a comeback. Come June, the grounds of Village Melbourne (the complex formerly known as the Belgian Beer Café Bluestone) will be turned over to a platoon of trucks every Sunday, with a few full weekend stints thrown in.
It’s pretty much the same situation as last year: you’ll be able to smash yourself together a multicultural meal of Po Boys, tacos, banh mi and pudding from the likes of Gumbo Kitchen, Lil Nom Noms, Chingon and The Brulee Cart (those are the June trucks) and grab your beers from the bistro inside. They’re also lining up some DJs to keep things spinning.
A lot of the same vendors are making a return, but this year there’s also Korean Fried Chicken, Pizza Wagon, Waffleworks and Greek Street Food to help fuel your panic.
Trailer Park session one kicks off on the first Sunday in June.… Read more
Calling all flying jaffle fans! It’s been brought to our attention that the good folks behind parachute-delivered sandwich outfit Jafflechutes are seeking a new CBD space from which to launch their next lot of toasted delights. Can you help? We hope so. Do it for all of us. See below their Facebook plea:
We’re on the lookout for some new jafflechuting spots around Melbourne CBD, and we were wondering if you might be able to lend a hand.
Our requirements are pretty basic.. We need:
- A balcony or rooftop space about five storeys high
- A spot that’s mostly out of the way (laneways are *good*)
- No tram lines / evil trees / ungodly winds
- Some electricity
- Nice music
If you know of such a place and would be happy for us to fill it with cheesy craziness for an hour or two, please send us a message!”
Melburnians are divided on this year’s White Night, with many taking to the official Facebook page to share horror stories of being stuck in a CBD crush and others proclaiming it a spellbinding night out. Photographer Roberto Seba managed to get these fantastic pictures while in the thick of it.
Photos by Roberto Seba… Read more
Holy refreshment! The good folks at Melbourne’s favourite cubby-house/café Flipboard have brought back their makeshift pool. If you missed the first one and not sure what this is all about, they rigged up a nifty public pool using plastic and a skip. It’s genius, and it’s free to use for one and all. Go cool your heels.
So by now you should have noticed all the pianos that mysteriously appeared two weeks ago. More than 20 ‘street pianos’ popped up around Arts Centre Melbourne and the CBD surrounds to encourage people to play, interact and explore their creativity, knocking down conventions of ownership and public space. The pianos will only be around for a few more days (Jan 27), so prepare for an impromptu concerto from a fellow commuter or flex those fingers and jam out yourself and unleash your inner Mozart.
Need some inspiration? Check out Gillian Cosgriff (winner of Best Cabaret, Melbourne Fringe 2013), showing us how it’s done like a pro.
Play Me, I’m Yours, around Melbourne, Jan 9-27
Photo: Roberto Seba… Read more
While we’re not what you’d call a hard out nationalist bunch at Time Out, we do believe that serving anything less on Australia Day than all of the beasts/vegetables, basted for days, blasted for hours, and served with enough sides to feed a football team is a flat out insult to our great nation.
We love a barbecue. And so here, we’ve compiled our top tips on the best butchers and barbecue spots so that you may celebrate in style.
Don’t mess around. Get serious about your supplies. Head straight to Donati’s Fine Meats where they play classical music to relax the house-made hams; Skinner and Hackett for cuts usually only made available to restaurants, or newcomer Hudson Meats, the Sydney import where they go to town making their own sausages, and sourcing only the best ducks, pigs (whole pigs – even baby ones!) and hunks of cow possible to get in Victoria.… Read more
Holy refreshment! The good folks at Melbourne’s favourite cubby-house/café Flipboard have rigged themselves up a nifty public pool using plastic and a skip! It’s genius, and it’s free to use for one and all. Go cool your heels.
Sticking it to the sun
Photo source: Flipboard Facebook… Read more
After many engineering difficulties – and nearly five years after it was shut down – the Southern Star Observation Wheel today reopened as the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. As well as offering a bird’s-eye view of the city, there’s a new educational aspect: through displays and audio you’ll hear all about the history, culture and eccentricities of Melbourne.
There are some special Christmas activities planned, so get the family down to Docklands to be entertained by music, face painters and “other surprises” between the following hours:
Monday, December 23: 11.45am – 4.45pm
Tuesday, December 24: 10am – 3pm
Thursday, December 26: 11am – 4pm
Melbourne gets a twinkle in its eye (and on its lawns and walls) about this time of year, and we’ve been out and about taking some splendid pics of what the bulb fiends have been up to in the suburbs. Check out our gallery and our pick of the best suburbs and streets to see Christmas lights in Melbourne.
Want more festive things? Right this way…
Earlier this month Melburnians got a look at Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhale as it was tethered to the forecourt of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, but due to Melbourne’s ever-changing crazy weather the giant hot-air balloon has been tucked away. Finally, this Wednesday 18th December between 6-7am, the Skywhale will fly directly over Melbourne’s city skyline. Make sure you’re looking up!
Update: Due to some low-hanging clouds (thanks, Melbourne!) the Skywhale won’t be flying anywhere tomorrow (I know, we’re disappointed too). We’ll let you know when the lift-off is rescheduled.
Photo: Nick-D… Read more