Your weekend: out and about
Ball Park Music will play at Moomba Festival.
Food & wine
Melbourne's fascination with the coffee bean reaches new heights with The Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar, an installation at Southbank for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Constructed with timber pallets and packing crates, the centre features 120 coffee plants from around the world and some of the nation's top baristas on rotation behind the espresso machine. Serving today are the crew from Seven Seeds and Newmarket Hotel.
Today and tomorrow 8am-4pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm, Queensbridge Square, 1A Queens Bridge Street, Southbank, free, melbournefoodandwine.com.au
HIGH TEA WITH A TWIST
Street food steps up at Fitzroy restaurant Southpaw's High Tea from the Hood. Taking cues from traditional South and Latin American dishes including Peruvian picarones (sweet potato and pumpkin doughnuts), butifarra sandwiches and empanadas, the menu delivers locally grown organic produce with a few quirky twists. The high tea is served with either a pot of tea ($40 for the meal) or a pisco sour cocktail ($50).
Today and tomorrow 1pm-3pm, 4pm-6pm, Southpaw, 189 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, $40-$50, 9004 2590, melbournefoodandwine.com.au
FOOD & ART
A special fundraising evening for Arts Project Australia teams food with a more permanent art form. Guests will preview At the Table, an exhibition curated by Emiko Davies that explores the use of food, and its rituals, while dining in the gallery on a four-course menu prepared by Merricote's Rob Kabboord. The main course features kiln-baked poussin and dessert will make use of seasonal autumn fruit.
March 14, 7pm-10.30pm, Arts Project Australia, 24 High Street, Northcote, $250, 9482 4484, artsproject.org.au
Southpaw's High Tea from the Hood.
Try a fruit pie from White Hen at the Old Cheese Factory Farmers' Market today. Pick up some pork for an autumn roast from Rustic Free Range Pork, along with new season apples and pears grown on the Mornington Peninsula by Peter Mullins. Shopping tunes are provided by youth band Jazz Running Wild.
Today 8am-12.30pm, The Old Cheese Factory, 34 Homestead Road, Berwick, $2 entry, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au
Central Geelong Farmers' Market has bloomin' marvellous fresh cut flowers from Geelong Flower Farm and infused oils from Springfield Olive Grove. Look out for biodynamic, grass-fed and chemical-free beef and lamb from Maldon Dynamic Meats. Warrion Produce offers fresh vegetables including its popular rhubarb and potatoes.
Today 8.30am-12.30pm, Little Malop Street, Geelong, free entry, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au
Stallholders at the monthly Yarraville Markets include CakedayAU bakers, floral-inspired accessories from Handmade by Jacinta and quirky handmade jewellery by Ruby Louise.
Today 10am-5pm, Masonic Hall, corner Canterbury and Willis streets, Yarraville, free, yarravillemarkets.blogspot.com
North-east of Bendigo, the Elmore Markets is a kind of troika, with three sections that are separate yet grouped together; one for local artisans, another for regional farmers' produce, and the third for new and used goods. This month's edition will include an Easter bonnet parade and DIY workshops for kids and grown-ups by Bunnings.
Today 8.30am-1pm, Elmore Trotting Track, Elmore-Raywood Road, Elmore, free, 5432 6544, bendigotourism.com
Located in the grounds of Werribee Mansion and Victoria State Rose Garden, the Werribee Park Market is a classy setting for handmade craft, fine foods and fresh produce. Stallholders include Country Sounds handmade windchimes, children's books from Rothwell Publishing and cushions and ironing board covers by Barnes Covers.
Today 9am-2pm, K Road, Werribee, free, craftmarkets.com.au
Out of town
Taradale's Mineral Springs Festival.
Andrew Pattison, founder of '80s Melbourne venue The Troubadour, hosts The Burke and Wills Folk Festival at his winery in Lancefield. The small and intimate festival will be a combination of music, food, wine, camping and relaxation, and features Vin Garbutt, Kristina Olsen and Martin Pearson. Winds up on March 11.
Today and tomorrow, Burke and Wills Winery, 89 Coombes Lane, Mia Mia, $45-$100, 5425 5400, wineandmusic.net
Though it might not match the glitz of its big city counterparts, Chillout Festival is Australia's largest country Queer Pride event. As well as tomorrow's Street Parade and Carnival Day (with live music from Cash Savage and the Last Drinks), there's an eclectic program of events running all weekend including Gourmet Horse Trail Rides, a women's AFL tournament in Trentham, the LOL Big Gay Comedy Night and a roller derby competition.
Today and tomorrow, various venues, Daylesford and environs, 5348 4516, chilloutfestival.com.au
Voted best community event in the region, Taradale's Mineral Springs Festival lasts all day tomorrow and has something for everyone. For adults, there's wine tasting, but everyone will enjoy sampling local preserves, olives, puddings and oils. As well as live music, there will be activities such as whip-cracking, and a jumping castle for the kids. BYO picnic blanket.
Tomorrow 10am-4pm, Taradale Mineral Springs Reserve, Jackson Street, Taradale, gold coin entry, 5423 2302, maldoncastlemaine.com.au
Pack the deck chairs and the Esky for an evening of live music, spoken word performance and short films at Flix in the Stix. The show includes an hour-long program of short films curated by Nash Edgerton, a live set from The Whitlams and a reading from poet Murray Hartin. Food and drink will be available, including wood-fired pizzas, and all alcohol must be bought onsite.
Today 6.30pm, Fairylands, Lake Wendouree, Wendouree Parade, Ballarat, $20-$45, 13 28 49, flixinthestix.com.au
Otway Fly transforms into Jurassic Park this weekend.
The latest of Scienceworks' temporary exhibitions, Megawatt explores electricity and teaches kids about its role in our lives. The museum's display has more than 40 interactive exhibits and tackles questions such as: how does an electric guitar work? And, do animals use electricity? Children learn about the importance of safety when dealing with electricity, while sending Morse code messages, becoming a human battery and creating their own sci-fi soundtrack.
Today and tomorrow, 10am-4.30pm, Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, free-$10, 13 11 02, museumvictoria.com.au/scienceworks
Danish children's theatre company Carte Blanche presents Water Reflection as part of the Moomba festival. The show explores the evolution of life from the first unconscious being to the present day, through the prism of water. Free performances run all weekend and Monday. No bookings required, but turn up early to ensure you get a seat.
Today and tomorrow, 12.30pm-1.15pm, 3pm-3.45pm, 5pm-5.45pm, ArtPlay, Birrarung Marr, city, free, 9664 7900, melbourne.vic.gov.au/artplay/
On the final day of the month-long Bikefest program, the family can cycle along to Abbotsford Convent and partake in the Shadow Electric Bikefest Village Picnic. Pack a picnic basket, bring a plate to share or buy something there. There's live music and roving entertainers, as well as a baking and chutney competition. The event lasts all day and into the evening and has a film-screening (The Bicycle Thief) for an extra cost of $16.50-$19.50.
Today 11am-11pm, Mercator Lawn, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, free entry, melbournebikefest.com.au
Otway Fly transforms into Jurassic Park this weekend. The Dinosaur Petting Zoo is an interactive show from Sydney-based Theatre Company Erth, incorporating life-sized puppets of dinosaurs that roamed the Otway ranges in the cretaceous period. The toothy line-up includes Leaellynasaura, Australovenator and Meganeura. Entry to the show includes admission to the Treetop Walk.
Today and tomorrow 10am, 1pm, Otway Fly, 360 Phillips Track, Weeaproinah, $20-$30, 1800 300 477, otwayfly.com
Northsiders love their fixies, their treadlies, their BMXs. But how well do they know the streets and laneways of their travels? Northside Knowledge is a Bikefest event, half treasure hunt, half trivia quiz. Participants work in teams of four, and use photo clues to identify sites within a three-kilometre radius. They then ride to the sites and answer a question. At the end, all will be invited back to a local pub for prizes and pints. Important note: this is not a race.
Today 2pm-6pm, Whitlam Place, corner of Moor and Napier streets, Fitzroy, free, melbournebikefest.com.au
A lot of fuss has been made over Kylie Minogue's outfits over the years – but in Dizzy Heights, the focus moves to the diminutive style icon's feet. Curator Margot Anderson leads an illustrated discussion about Kylie's extensive range of designer shoes now held at Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection. No bookings required.
Today 5pm, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, city, free, artscentremelbourne.com.au
The always-entertaining Moomba Festival returns. Melbourne's biggest outdoor community festival and some of its events, such as the Birdman Rally, have become fixtures of our city's autumn calendar. This year there are performances from the likes of Ball Park Music, Kasey Chambers, Electric Empire and a host of others, plus a wealth of food, multicultural events, silent discos, dance workshops and the Moomba parade. Ends March 11.
Today and tomorrow, various locations, free, melbourne.vic.gov.au/moomba
Laneway bar Section 8 is little more than a pile of brick pallets and a couple of shipping containers – that's what makes it so charming. It's the ideal location for Earthly activation, an informal afternoon discussion about sustainable architecture, restaurants and products. While taking in ideas on growing food in office buildings and inner-city apartments, sip on a local beer or cider and munch on a gourmet hot dog.
Today 12.30pm-3pm, Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, city, free, melbournefoodandwine.com.au
RMIT's Design Hub is hosting not one but two inaugural exhibitions. Archizines is an international touring exhibition celebrating alternative and independent architectural publishing, and Public Offer, its sister exhibition, is a more parochial approach to the same topic. Both exhibitions are accompanied by a program of talks, events, and social gatherings, culminating on March 26 with a round table discussion.
Until March 26, Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm, Project Space 1 & 2, RMIT Design Hub, 501 Swanston Street, city, 9925 9799, free, architecture.rmit.edu.au/Events
Outdoor exhibition space Chapter House Lane brings the gallery experience to the streets. The series of windows have been home to consistently intriguing work from emerging artists over the past year or so. The latest exhibitor is West Australian transplant Jackson Eaton, whose personal, amusing work is on show until March 31.
Today and tomorrow, 7am-midnight, Chapter House Lane, entry via Flinders Lane between Russell and Swanston streets, free, chapterhouselane.org.au