7th Malaysia Day Festival: Queen Victoria Market, Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne. Sat 21 April to 9am-3pm and Sun 22 April 9am-4pm. Free event...
Celebration of Xuzhou and Greater Dandenong
66 McCrae Street, Dandenong, Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm. LAST DAY 15 April. Dandenong has enjoyed an international relationship with the Jiangsu Province city of Xuzhou, China, since 1996. To celebrate this, Heritage Hill is exhibiting rarely seen objects from the Civic Collection gifted from Xuzhou, including the popular art-form of Chinese paper-cutting. Phone 8571 1666 or visit www.greaterdandenong.com/events/4688/sisters-cities-a-celebration-of-xuzhou-and-greater-dandenong/19172.
Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street. Opens Thursday 5 April and runs until July. Museum is open daily 10am to 5pm. Entry $15. A digital interactive exhibition celebrating the life and achievements of India's inspirational leader Mahatma Gandhi. Curated from more than 1,000 archival photographs, 130 minutes of footage, 60 minutes of film clips and 20 voice recordings of Gandhi’s speeches. For details please visit /museumsvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum.
Tai Chi & Qigong
Fed Square, Cnr Swanston Street and Flinders Street. Tuesdays 7.30am and Fridays between 8am and 9 am. Feel refreshed, rejuvenated and energised with the Chinese martial art that promotes health and relaxation. Free classes by expert instructors from Tai Chi Australia, ideal for all ages and levels of fitness. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat shoes. In bad weather sessions will be held in The Atrium (off Flinders Street). Phone 9655 1900 or visit fedsquare.com/events/tai-chi.
City Eat & Drinks
209 Commercial Road, South Yarra. Named after the Thai word for “happiness”, with a menu to match. Pad Thai, Laksa, Thai Style Boat Noodles, Spicy Catfish, green and red curries, and plenty more to delight your taste buds. Open every day except Monday, 11am to 3.30pm and 5pm to 10pm. Phone 9827 9086.
Asian Street Food Tour
Saturday 21 April 3-6 pm. Cost: $59. Meeting Point: Swanson Street, CBD. Guided tour around a variety of Asian cuisine venues, each with their own delicious samples to share. Private tours for 8 or more also available. Book at foodi.com.au/book/17741 or phone 1300 39 40 41 by Thursday 19 April.
Wedding Showcase at Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Ave, Parkville. Sunday 22nd April, 10.30am-1.30 pm. Free entry with RSVP. Special opportunity to experience a beautiful wedding ceremony at Melbourne Zoo and also discover its unique reception venues. A range of creative wedding suppliers will be on hand to help you host your dream wedding. For queries, email email@example.com. To attend, please RSVP eventbrite.com.au/e/wedding-showcase-at-melbourne-zoo-tickets-42111058309?
Newquay Promenade, Docklands. Every Sunday 10am to 5pm. Stroll along the peaceful promenade and browse the sights, sounds and scents of stalls selling handmade clothing, jewellery, art, homewares and toys. Fresh coffee, juice and snacks available, and sometimes live music. For details visit www.melbmarkets.com.au/docklands-sunday-market.
335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Play a variety of pinball and vintage arcade games, while enjoying the select menu of beers, ciders, spirits and cocktails. Over fifteen machines, from modern Game of Thrones and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy to old classics like Time Crisis II and Mario Kart 64. Prices vary, most are $3 for one game or $5 for three games. Change machines on premises. Open Tuesday-Sunday 3pm till late, closed Monday. Phone 9629 9921 or visit www.facebook.com/bartronica
Jazz Brew Cafe
Library at the Dock, Docklands, Friday 13 April 4pm until 5.15pm. Free event. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon, grab some light refreshments and listen to the music of soul and jazz singer Henry Manetta and his band. The Jazz Brew Cafe is a monthly event on the second Friday every month until June. For details phone 9658 9161 or visit www.eventbrite.com.au/e/jazz-brew-cafe-henry-manetta-tickets-36990218740?.
Thornbury Picture House
802 High Street, Thornbury. Open Wed-Sun 2pm-11pm, Fridays from 10am. A new home for independent film, housed in a converted 1919 automotive garage, 57 large seats, 6-metre screen, Krix 5.1 sound system. Beers, cocktails, coffee, popcorn and choctop ice cream available. First session Thurs April 12 8pm, Reel Funny, a collection of short films. Private screenings available for hire. Tickets $18.50, concession & Breakfast Club members $15, seniors and children $12, all tickets $12 on Wednesdays. For details visit thornburypicturehouse.com.au.
7th Malaysia Day Festival
Queen Victoria Market, Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne. Sat 21 April to 9am-3pm and Sun 22 April 9am-4pm. Free event. Adults and children alike can enjoy a taste of Malaysian culture and games, with activities including a game of congkak, henna art, sarong tying, balloon making and cultural performances. There's an “Amazing Race” competition and authentic Malaysian food, as well as dishes influenced by the Japanese, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese. Phone 0431 577 508 or visit www.alivegroup.com.au for information.
Japaneasy, L4, 126-128 Russell Street. Sunday 15 April 12pm-4pm. Japanese cultural and education centre Japaneasy marks its 10th anniversary with a FREE a celebration event. There will be performances of Japanese drummming, dance, Okinawan music, and Choir. Enjoy the Tea ceremony, workshops in origami, calligraphy, and other arts, even trial Japanese lessons. Everyone is welcome. For details visit www.japaneasy.com.au or our Facebook page.
Ball Pit Party
338 Queensberry St, North Melbourne. Friday 27 April 6pm to 12 midnight & Saturday 28 April 2pm-12 midnight. Dive into the ultimate adult play pen, a LED illuminated, glow-in-the-dark pit of 200,000 balls. Swim through the pit and watch the lights pulsate in time with music from a live DJ set. Ball Pit Tickets $40.26 for 2 hour slots to play and dance. Cash bar with fire cocktails. Bottomless Brunch $62.70, Saturday only, 10am-12pm and 12pm-2pm. For info and bookings go to www.universe.com/explore and Search “Melbourne”.
Authentic Asian Hawker Dishes At Queen Vic
Tourists and locals all over Asia know a key component of Asian cuisine is street food. It can serve as a simple introduction to Asian food for the outsider, or a convenient quick snack on the run, but apart from its practical value, almost everyone agrees that it has a charm and cultural significance you cannot buy in a restaurant.
Australian food handling laws never allow street vendors to operate as they do in Asia, but there are venues where the street food culture can thrive inside the boundaries of the law, usually in dedicated and easily supervised food halls.
Melbourne now has a new venue of this kind in HWKR, established in a narrow ground-floor space in EQ Tower, 137 A'Beckett Street, a few blocks from Melbourne's famous Queen Victoria Market.
Whereas many similar venues are permanent food halls, the HWKR concept is a rotating group of tenants, changing every three months. The first instalment began in February, and runs until the end of April.
Diana Chan's restaurant, Chanteen, serves Malaysian and Singaporean street food, inspired by Chan's family recipes. These include lobster brioche with a chilli crab sauce and traditional Malaysian rice noodles, marinated charcoal cooked pork belly, chicken and tofu, or Chan's specialty, Satay.
Bread & Beast, a Hong Kong-based eatery, produces Asian sandwiches with premium ingredients and imaginative flavour combinations. The Ngau Lam combines slow-cooked beef brisket with spring onion, pickled daikon and mayo.
Shane Stafford and Rahmie Clowes, proprietors of Southeast Asian restaurant Rice Paper Scissors, bring the flavours of Bali and the Philippines to their HWKR offering, Khao.
Sydney-based chef Reynold Poernomo and his brothers operate the Koi Dessert Bar and a cocktail bar called Monkey’s Corner. Here you can try ox tongue, king prawns with a kombu emulsion, and specialty sweets such as Mango Yuzu, and the simply named Moss, made with pistachio sponge and apple sorbet, as well as other desserts and cakes.
The foodhall creates an Asian atmosphere with lanterns, neon lights and timber tables.
The only permanent tenant, Manymore Cafe, open every day from 7am until late, is a charitable enterprise, donating 90% of its profits to food-related charities and initiatives, and 10% to other charities.
For the other food suppliers mentioned above, they will only be there for another month. Then, if all goes well, there will be a whole new group of caterers to sample.
HWKR is open from 11am daily, closing at 1am Thursday to Saturday, and 11pm other days. For more information or bookings, phone 9018 7135 or visit hwkr.com.au.