Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival: Federation Square, Sat-Sun 19-20 May. Celebrate the Buddhas Birthday in a spiritual festival promoting the best aspects of multiculturalism.
Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival
Federation Square, Sat-Sun 19-20 May. Celebrate the Buddha's Birthday in a spiritual festival promoting the best aspects of multiculturalism. Art, music and prayer events include World Peace prayers, Blessing ceremonies, photo competition, calligraphy, cooking, delicious vegetarian food stalls and much more. View the whole program at www.buddhaday.org.au.
Fish Creek Tea Cosy Festival
Fish Creek, Wilsons Promontory. Saturday 19 May to Sunday 27 May. Now in its fourth year, this unique festival celebrating the art of making teapot cosies offers a fun trip for all. This year the theme focuses on cultures where tea making is a symbol of hospitality. For more details check teacosyfestival.com.au.
Alice in Wonderland
ACMI, Federation Square. Open daily 10am-5pm. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a popular children’s story since 1865, has been produced many times for screen, TV and stage. ACMI’s new exhibition takes you though more than a century of props, costumes, artwork and films. With a map in hand, journey through a maze of imaginative and surprising scenes. Sit at the Mad Hatter’s tea party, with empty plates turned into an audiovisual feast by digital projections. Entry $25, Concession $21, Member $20, Child $16, Family $65. For more details or bookings visit acmi.net.au.
City Eat & Drinks
TT Hotpot Buffet
Shop 7, 4 Main Road West, St Albans. Open every day 12pm-11pm. The fun way to dine in company! Five hotpot soups to choose from, Gyoza dumplings, Soju drinks, Thai milk tea and other delicious delights. Ideal for birthdays, office gatherings, all special occasions. Booking strongly recommended. Phone 0474 461 800.
Dong Ting Restaurant
295-297 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Authentic Hunan Cuisine - one of the Eight Great Chinese Cuisines, well known for hot and spicy flavour, fresh aroma and deep rich colours. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Phone 9041 3793 for bookings or more information.
Shop MM002, Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre, 620 Victoria Street, Richmond. Open Mon-Wed 9am-5.30pm, Thurs-Fri 9am-9pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm. A great variety of quality Japanese products at one affordable price, $2.80, for each single item. Products range from cosmetics, homewares, kitchenwares, stationery, toys and much more. Something for everybody, children or adults. Become a Daiso fan on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates and exclusive offers. Phone 9429 4567 or visit www.daisostore.com.au.
Hometown Asian Supermarket
Shop 2, 440 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Mon to Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-11.30pm. Wide range of goods from all over the Asian region, specialising in Japanese and Malaysian cuisine. Huge range of sake and umeshu (plum wine), hand-rolled udon noodles, Kurobata pork, many varieties of miso. Also a great variety of well presented sweets. Phone 9663 2603 for queries or drop in for a browse.
Jazz Brew Cafe
Library at the Dock, Docklands, Friday 11 May 4pm until 5.15pm. Free event. The Jazz Brew Cafe is a monthly event on the second Friday every month until June. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon, grab some light refreshments and listen to the music of a Mystery Guest. Who could it be? Come along and see! And hear! For details phone 9658 9161 or book at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/jazz-brew-cafe-mystery-guest-tickets-36990311016?
Thornbury Picture House
802 High Street, Thornbury. Open Wed-Sun 2pm-11pm, Fridays from 10am. The 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. New relases coming up include Gurrumul, A Quiet Place, Isle of Dogs. Tickets $18.50, concession & Breakfast Club members $15, seniors and children $12, all tickets $12 on Wednesdays. For details visit thornburypicturehouse.com.au.
555 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Open Tues-Sun 10am-10pm. Immerse yourself in Virtual Reality at Melbourne's latest family entertainment centre. Over 10 extraordinary new worlds suitable for all ages. Defend your castle from invaders, dodge bullets or have a multiplayer dance off. Cost $35 per person, or $28 per person Tues-Thurs before 5pm. For details and bookings phone 9080 5745 or visit virivr.com.au.
Philippine Street Fiesta
Queen Victoria Market, Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Saturday19 May 9am-3pm and Sunday 20 May 9am-4pm. Authentic Philippine food, as well as dishes influenced by the Spanish Colonial era. Adults and children alike can also enjoy a taste of Filipino culture and games with activities including a street parade, fashion show, Food Eating Competition, and lots of Filipino entertainment. Contact 0431 577 508 or visit www.aseanfest.com.
Melbourne Jazz Festival
Friday 1 June to Sunday 10 June. With events at various locations around Melbourne, there is something for everyone in this annual ten-day musical feast of local and international musicians. Enjoy a favourite artist or discover a new one. This year features Sun Ra Arkestra, Madeleine Peyroux, Chok Kerong Trio, everything from DJ to choir. Tickets are selling fast for many events, so start booking now. See the full program at www.melbournejazz.com.
Hidden Bar and Cocktail Walking Tour
Bourke Street Mall, Thursday-Saturday, 7pm. Let an experienced guide show you the secret bars many people often walk past. Up to 10-15 bars visited in approximately 4 hours. Ideal for small groups or couples seeking a romantic night out. Your guide can customise the bars visited to suit the interests of your group, and fill you in on other great food or entertainment spots. Prices from $109. Bookings at www.partner.viator.com/en/1744/tours/Melbourne/Melbourne-Hidden-Bar-and-Cocktail-Walking-Tour/d384-26803P3
Come For A Bite At The Satay Festival
Indonesian cuisine has a firm place in Australian society, with its mainstays found in hawker bars, Chinese restaurant menus, and even some fish and chip shops.
The best known item in Indonesia cuisine is most probably the satay. Strictly speaking, a satay is a skewer of spiced meat, but over the years the word “satay” has entered the English language as just another word for a peanut-based hot and spicy sauce.
The original authentic satay is still as popular as ever, and thanks to a combined effort by the Indonesian Society of Victoria, PERWIRA Incorporated, Melbourne is treated to a Satay Festival every year.
PERWIRA is a social and a not-for-profit organisation of Indonesian nationals, established in October 1981 in Melbourne. It aims to promote unity and harmonious relations within the Indonesian community, foster the community's physical and spiritual welfare, liaise between the community and Indonesian diplomatic representatives, foster and promote the Indonesian heritage, and promote knowledge and understanding of the Indonesian culture.
The Satay Festival is held annually on the first Sunday of May, but this year it will coincide with Mothers' Day on 12 May, from 11am to 5pm, at Box Hill Town Hall, 379-397 Whitehorse Rd, Box Hill.
The festival will be a celebration of diversity in harmony, where you can try satay from different regions of Indonesia, enjoy traditional musical and dance performances, and increase your knowledge of Indonesian culture just by having a good time.
This is because the festival is about more than the satay. Indonesian culture is diverse in its arts and ethnicities. There will also be business and trade services present, including an exhibition of Indonesian tourism. If you have any wish to visit Indonesia, the festival gives you a chance to get information straight from the horse's mouth.
There is no entry fee, just come along to Box Hill Town Hall to enjoy the atmosphere, taste the food and drink, and connect with the Indonesian community.
For further information, simply check out The Indonesia Satay Festival Facebook page.