Grow Assembly

An all-day conference with TED-style talks from hospitality-industry leaders is coming to Fitzroy Town Hall. It will give future hospitality professionals valuable industry skills, and this Grow conference’s focus is community.

The line-up of speakers includes Maria Canabal (co-founder of international women’s food platform Parabere Forum); Hannah Coleman (co-founder and general manager of Scarf); Ninna Larsen (founder of Reground); Luke Burgess (travelling chef and owner of Rocky Tops Farm); Jake McKeon (founder of Coconut Bowl); Mal Meiers (chef and founder of Food for Thought); Wenda Donaldson (Victorian director of Australian Red Cross); and TV personality Matt Preston.

Grow presents a new approach to personal development covering emotional and technical skills such as offering good front of house service, writing and sticking to a budget, managing a team of chefs with different skill sets, and promoting your business to the right people.

While you’re there, enjoy morning tea by Q Le Baker, Cobb Lane, Loafer BreadHunted & Gathered and Beatrix, with coffee from Square One Coffee and specialty tea by Somage. Get lunch by AnchovyJinda Thai and Miznon, too.

Floral Masterpieces Dog Photog Pop-up

Capturing your pup’s best angle.

Boutique dog photo studio Dog Photog is hosting another Floral Masterpieces pop-up event, for pooches who missed out on the first one, held last year.

Lon Gallery in Collingwood will transform into a floral paradise – with floral backdrops and doggy bandanas – to host the pop-up photography studio.

The session includes two take-home, screen-resolution JPEGS. Fine-art prints will also be available to order, because every pet deserves a place on the mantle.

Bookings are essential and can be made here.

Ballarat Beer Festival 2018

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A salute to the town’s strong brewing traditions.
Thirty-four brewers will serve more than 150 craft brews this summer at the Ballarat Beer Festival on Lake Wendouree.

The line-up of large and emerging brewers features Bells Beach Brewing, Daylesford Brewing Co., Fury and Son Brewing Company, Hawkers, Hop Nation, Moon Dog Craft Brewery, Red Duck, Stomping Ground Brewing Co. and Young Henrys.

For non-beer lovers there will be cocktails and wine.

Food options include stalls from Farang Thai BBQ, Just Chips Victoria, Round The Way Bagels, The Forge Pizzeria and Slinky Spudz.

Live entertainment will come from The VANNS, Mast Gully Fellers, Hana and Jessie-Lee April, Michael Meeking, and Ballarat’s own Butterfunked.

Festival-goers can also participate in beer trivia and musical bingo games.

From 11am to 9pm.

Ela Greek Pop-Up at Gertrude Street Enoteca

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Sample dishes from the Peloponnese, Crete, Cycladic islands and Northern Greece without getting on a plane.
Get ready to taste the Mediterranean because Greek pop-up restarant Ela is arriving at Gertrude Street Enoteca in January.

Ella Mittas and Mon Ditbunjong will be hosting a month of greek style feasts, drawing inspiration from summers by the Aegean Sea and Rembetiko the film. (If you haven’t seen it, it’s a classic.)

Live rembetiko music will also soundtrack the daily meals based on traditional Greek recipes from the Peloponnese, Crete, Cycladic islands and Northern Greece, including kleftiko, sfakian pie and desserts with Cretan thyme honey.

There’ll also be ticketed late-lunches with set menus every Sunday, and Cold Fix beer, ouzo, biodynamic wines, and magnums of rosé to drink.

Ela opens on January 3 and will close at the end of the month.

Think of it as a well-deserved summer “staycation”.

Off The Grid 2017

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Powered 100 per cent by solar juice.
Off the Grid – an environmentally conscious arts, music and ideas festival – returns to the forecourt of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.

The event is designed as an opportunity for Melburnians to think differently about the future and flip the script on the status quo when it comes to the planet and the way we live on it.

The event includes a program of talks called The Palimpsest, which will include talks from CEO of Moreland Energy Foundation Alison Rowe; founder of organic basics label Vege Threads Amy Roberts; and Erin Rhoads from Australia’s popular eco-lifestyle website about zero-waste living The Rogue Ginger.

Expect music performances by Jay Daniel (US) Chee Shimizu (Japan) and 19-year-old singer KAIIT.

Krakatau, Two Steps on the Water, Ben Fester, Jaala Vs Man, Dianas, Toni Yotzi and SOMA will also perform throughout the day using a sound system connected to a battery bank and solar power.

The festival food line-up include rice dishes and ferments from Rough Rice, and organic and ethically sourced produce from Fresh Fork Catering. Milne’s Zero Waste Bar, Storm in a Teacup and Coffee by Cam’s will provide drinks.

Starts at 9am.

Dessert Disco

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A fantasy-themed evening of treats.
Join dessert expert Philippa Sibley at her first ever Dessert Disco at Syracuse.

Mood lighting and a fairytale-themed dessert menu will offer a sweet evening for your tastebuds.

The Snow White and Rose Red appetiser is a contradiction of textures and flavours, much like the personalities of the two sisters in the German fable. Strawberry soup with coconut sorbet, rhubarb and rose are accompanied by a glass of moscato or botanical iced tea.

The Hansel and Gretel is a pineapple tart tatin with Speculoos ice-cream. Crispy pastry and glazed pineapple is matched with 2013 Petit Guiraud sauternes or a juicy julep.

Sans furry friends, The Teddy Bear’s Picnic is a toasted lavender ice-cream sandwich with pear sorbet, sunken in honey and blueberry jam. Each bite is complemented by a Lavender Bliss Martini or Blueberry Lavender Lemonade.

Tickets are $105 per person and include a five-course set menu with paired alcoholic beverages, or $85 per person for non-alcoholic paired beverages.

From 6pm.

Lucy Folk Salon Pop-Up

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Melbourne designer Lucy Folk is bringing a concept store to Windsor this weekend, inspired by her candy-coloured Bondi boutique, Playa by Lucy Folk.

Folk is known for designs that blend luxury with bold colour, texture and a bit of quirk.

The Lucy Folk Salon will stock Folk’s playful jewellery, sunglasses, clutches, hair accessories, hats and socks from Basket case, her latest collection.

As at Playa, the Salon will also include a number of other labels and products, including towel clutches by Lalla, swimwear by Marysia, summer scarves by Epice and clothing by Lemaire.

Open from 10am to 5pm.

Trailer Happiness Pop-Up at Heartbreaker

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Try the London bar’s Super Sonic Tiki Tonic.
London’s Trailer Happiness rum bar is taking over the award-winning Heartbreaker in the CBD for two nights only.

Trailer Happiness is a Polynesian-themed lounge bar, den and kitchen set on Portobello Road in trendy Notting Hill.

The bar’s extensive drink menu was developed with help from famed cocktail connoisseur Dale DeGroff, who was recognised by the New York Times in 2015 as “one of the world’s foremost cocktail experts”.

Trailer Happiness’s signature mix is the Super Sonic Tiki Tonic, a twist on the classic G&T with Plantation 3 Star rum, watermelon and cucumber shrub, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur and tonic water.

Heartbreaker will transform to replicate the London bar’s aesthetic, complete with floral leis and a free cocktail on arrival.

Aoyama Archive Pop-Up Shop

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Trawl through the racks for some vintage gems.
Aoyama Archive will pop up in Collingwood to feature some of Japan’s most recognised fashion houses including Issey Miyake, Undercover and Yohji Yamamoto.

Among the racks you might find a piece from Comme des Garçons’s fall/winter 1989 collection or Junya Watanabe’s spring/summer 2003. The collection will also include ‘90s vintage pieces by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Local artists Remen Blake Hambly and Nicholas McGinnity will collaborate for two art installations. Visual artist Thomas Russell will project visuals of runways and Japanese manga on old television monitors. There will also be music by local DJs Patrick Adams and Tim Heaney.

The event will be one of the last held at the Magic Johnston space before it’s demolished to make way for new apartments.


Dog Photog “L’artiste” Pop-Up

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Capture your pup’s inner artiste.
Our pooches are creating masterpieces everyday – the giant holes in the backyard, the montage of ripped toilet paper in the hallway – so its time to truly embrace and show off their creative sides.

Design collective Lamington Drive is bringing a dog photography shoot and accompanying group show to Collingwood.

Breton stripes, red neckerchiefs and felt berets will be provided to create a shot deserving of a spot on the mantelpiece.

The Les Chiens group show features six Melbourne artists in celebration of our beloved pets – curated by Dog Photog Studios.

Illustrator and graphic designer Max Blackmore’s whippet will feature in his interpretation of The Simpsons house.

Melbourne-based artist and illustrator Evie Cahir will showcase her “brain dumps” – a scattered illustration of people and their best (furry) friends. Photographer Heather Lighton’s Girlfriends illustrates the intimate relationships people have with their dogs.

Melbourne designer Alice Oehr is presenting her pair of Pomeranians and a dachshund. And artist Minna Leunig’s ink on paper work Hounds On The Prowl, depicts a pack of prowling and howling pups.

The exhibition opens Wednesday November 22 from 6 to 9pm. The Les Chiens show runs from November 23 to December 2.

The portrait price per dog includes the photography session and two screen resolution jpg of your choice.

Art prints will be available to order.