Food & wine
FOOD merchant Raw Materials is opening its showroom throughout December for a Christmas sale. Sourcing local and international artisan goodies, Raw Materials offers Blanxart speciality chocolates from Barcelona and The Unexpected Guest granola and muesli. For a ready-made gift consider the "Save the Euro" hamper, offering a collection of Mediterranean flavours. Tastings and refreshments provided. Until December 22 (excluding Sunday).
Today 10am-4pm, 148 Cowper Street, Footscray, 9689 0466, rawmaterials.com.au
THE sweet work of chef Pierre Roelofs has been admired and devoured in such fancy establishments as the Fat Duck, Interlude and, of course, Fitzroy's Cafe Rosamond. In his final Dessert Evening for the year, Roelofs will prepare the usual three courses of inventive sweet dishes, plus a signature dessert tube with a mince tart flavour, served with eggnog.
December 20, 7pm-11pm, Cafe Rosamond, rear 191A Smith Street, Fitzroy, $20-$50 (no bookings), pierreroelofs.com
THE Tasting Table presents a class on wine from the Burgundy region in TTable Experience – White Burgundy & Chablis (Chardonnay). Sorting the mersault from the chablis, it will explore the subtle differences in the terroir of each wine from this most complex of regions. The Tasting Table will also host a one-off Christmas Wine and Produce Market, (today 1pm-5pm).
December 18, 7pm-9pm, 1219 High Street, Armadale, $45, 9822 6754, thetasting-table.com.au
FAIRFIELD FARMERS' MARKET
SPRING Hill Peony Farm brightens up today's Fairfield Farmers' Market with its peak-season blooms. Just-picked cherries from Blue Haze are another highlight along with fresh vegies and new season fruit. There's still time to grab free-range ham and Christmas goodies for feasts as well as gifts – perhaps extra virgin olive oil, preserves or a chai tea blend.
Today 9am-1pm, Fairfield Primary School, Wingrove Street, Fairfield, gold coin entry, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au
CRAFT AND DESIGN
NORTHSIDE fixture The Sisters Market brings its crafty wares to the city ahead of Christmas. Setting up shop in the QV Centre's open-air square, the market comprises stalls from 45 local artists and designers, as well as a line-up of live music and entertainment. After today, the markets will return from next Thursday through to Saturday.
Today noon-7pm, QV Centre, Swanston Street, city, free entry, qv.com.au
CHRISTMAS shoppers can stock up on locally made products at Indie Market Place, which will fill Brighton's Recreational Centre with 60 stallholders offering a variety of handcrafted wares, including jewellery, children's clothing and accessories, such as Pici Papucs' handmade leather shoes for kids and adults, Christmas paraphernalia and assorted edible goods. The event supports charity Out on a Limb Inc.
Tomorrow 10am-4pm, Brighton Recreational Centre, 93 Outer Crescent, Brighton, free entry, indiemarketplace.blogspot.com.au
A WELCOME antithesis of the big shopping centre experience at this time of year, the Shirt and Skirt Market showcases work by emerging fashion and accessory designers in the altogether more serene surrounds of the Abbotsford Convent. Stallholders include So! indesign women's fashion, Danielle Zanetti's vintage-inspired jewellery and Bronwyn Howell's line of women's and children's clothing.
Tomorrow 10am-4pm, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, free entry, shirtandskirtmarkets.com.au
FRESH tree-ripened apricots and stone fruits are coming into their own this week. Flemington Farmers' Market also provides the usual array of locally-grown vegetables, not least new- season celery and lettuce, plus pasta and more. Redbeard Bakery returns with its spelt bread and Poon Boon Lamb is back with barbecue-friendly Mallee lamb. Dr Jesse has the four-legged members of the family covered with organic pet food.
Tomorrow 9am-1pm, 175 Mt Alexander Road, Flemington, free entry, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au
Out of town
AMONG the 22 shortlisted works on display for the inaugural $100,000 Mt Buller Sculpture Award are Deborah Redwood's Emergence, made from old skis, and Adrian Mauviks' fluid epoxy resin sculpture Strange Fruit, which will appear as an otherworldly apparition to unsuspecting visitors. The winning work will be permanently placed on the mountain-top, becoming the inaugural piece in Mt Buller's Sculpture Park. Until April 29.
Today and tomorrow, Mt Buller Alpine Village, free, mtbuller.com.au
THREE centuries of scientific illustrations and photography are showcased in a new exhibition at the MPRG. The Art of Science, comprising more than 150 artworks, rare books and images produced with microscopes, macro-lenses and computers from Museum Victoria's extensive collection, shows the evolution (and consistency) of humans' documentation of the natural world. Until February 17.
Today and tomorrow 10am-5pm, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington, $2-$4, 5975 4395, mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au
THE first Lakeside Twilight Concert features Australian music veterans Daryl Braithwaite, James Reyne (formerly of Australian Crawl) and sister-duo Vika and Linda Bull. The event is put together by regional promoter Duane McDonald, who is also responsible for the popular annual Red Hot Summer Tour.
Today 3pm, Lake Wendouree Foreshore, Ballarat, $50, 136 100, ticketmaster.com.au
THIS will be the 30th annual Carols by Candlelight spearheaded by Maryborough resident Coral Giles. "I keep telling people this will be my last year, but no one seems to listen," says Giles. The event is held next to the beautifully restored Maryborough railway station and features a program of traditional carols performed by the Carols by Candlelight choir. Carols will be led by soprano Christine Hadwen, who will also perform a few solo numbers, and Zac Egan will present his take on a couple of oz-rock Christmas standards.
Tomorrow 7pm, The Station Domain, Maryborough, free, 5461 4786
PULLING back the curtain on carnival tricks, Carnival of Science explains the physics, biology and psychology of the sideshow, without ruining the carnival fun. Featuring a maze of mirrors, a strength tester, a bed of nails and the "human cannonball", the exhibition truly is a carnival of science. Opening today and on display until October next year.
Today and tomorrow, 10am-4.30pm, Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, $4.50-$16, 13 11 02, museumvictoria.com.au
CHILDREN'S entertainer Justine Clarke takes the whole pop-up concept literally in her new concert. Titled Justine Clarke's Pop Up Tour 2012, the show sees the singer-songwriter (and accomplished actor) exploring a life-size pop-up book onstage, performing with her three-piece band. There will also be a musical reading of Clarke's first book The Gobbledygook Is Eating A Book.
Tomorrow 10am and 2pm, Playhouse Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $28, 1300 002 787, artscentremelbourne.com.au
THE Chronicles of Narnia – The Exhibition lets fans through the wardrobe into C.S. Lewis's world of Narnia, as portrayed in the films The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. An interactive experience features more than 150 original film props and costumes such as the White Witch's icy throne, on which visitors can sit and feel the chill. Until February 2.
Today and tomorrow 10am-7pm, The Pavilion, Docklands Drive, Docklands, $15-$20, 136 100, ticketmaster.com.au
USING the likes of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Sidney Nolan and Tracey Moffatt as their inspiration, the next generation of standout Australian artists can make their mark at ArtPlay's Open Studio. A variety of images will be on display to spark the muse, and supervisor Briony Barr is on hand to offer direction and advice. The studio is open to kids aged five to 12, but parents are encouraged to join in too.
Tomorrow 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, city, $15, 9664 7900, melbourne.vic.gov.au/artplay
EXPERIENCE the restorative powers of a good chuckle at Laughter Club. Run on the first and third Sunday of every month by Laughter Clubs Victoria, the gathering bypasses the prohibitive admission costs of stand-up comedy and the depressing inactivity of watching box-set DVDs by cutting straight to the chase: 90 minutes of compulsory laughter.
Tomorrow 11am-11.30am, Swanston Street forecourt, Federation Square, city, free, fedsquare.com
A CHRISTMAS Eve tradition, Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight returns to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this year for an evening of carols and entertainment courtesy of a line-up that includes Marina Prior, Denis Walter, Anthony Callea and young The Voice alumna Rachael Leahcar. All money raised supports children with a visual impairment.
December 24, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, King's Domain, Linlithgow Avenue, Melbourne, $60-$160, 1300 182 183, ticketmaster.com.au