Love Exhibition: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, 10am-5pm daily until 28 April.
Motorsport Fan Zone
Crown Riverwalk, Southbank, until Wednesday 20 March. Mon-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sun 10am-1am. Free entry. In advance of the Grand Prix, get up close to race cars, karting and Formula Ford displays. Classic, custom and muscle cars, plus plenty of photo opportunities. Pick up the latest 2019 Formula One Team and driver merchandise and memorabilia. Phone 9292 8888 for information.
Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, 10am-5pm daily until 28 April. Explore the wonderful theme of Love in its many forms at this exhibition of visual art, historic and contemporary artefacts, and personal reflections from the community. Developed in partnership with the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition is about all kinds of connections between people and features a range of emotional experiences ranging from joy, comfort and intimacy, to grief and sorrow. Tickets $15. For more details please visit museumsvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/whats-on/love.
Peter Pan Sand Sculpting Exhibition
Boneo Maze & Mini Golf, 695 Limestone Road, Fingal. Open Daily 10am- 5pm until Sunday 31st March. Closed in extreme weather conditions. Sand Sculpting Australia is moving from Frankston to the beautiful surrounds of Boneo Maze on Mornington Peninsula. See 3,500 tonnes of sand transformed into incredible sculptures illustrating scenes from the timeless story of Peter Pan. Free Entry for children under 3, Child 3-17yrs $10, Senior $12, Adult $15.
Eat & Drinks
Herb Chilli Festival 2019
125 Quayle Road, Wandin, Sat-Sun 16-17 March. Professional chefs and amateur cooks share the most interesting and unique herbs and chillis available. Learn how you can grow, store and cook with each variety. More than 90 stalls with f oods from all over the world. including South America, Greece, Senegal and Nepal, and even a chilli beer! Entry cost from $27, children under 14 free. More information at www.herbchillifestival.com.au.
Gold Leaf Restaurant
Five locations: Docklands, Preston, Burwood, Sunshine & Springvale. Renowned for high quality Cantonese cuisine made from the freshest seasonal ingredients, the place for authentic Cantonese yum cha and great dining experience. This month’s special is Mud Crab, 30% off from now until 12 April. For more information and bookings, please visit www.goldleafrestaurant.com.au.
Cnr Hopkins & Leeds Street, Footscray. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 7am. Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish and seafood, poultry, all conveniently under one roof with parking for 800 cars and close to public transport. Contact management team to open a shop or stall. Phone 9687 1205 or visit www.footscraymarketvictoria.com.au.
Korea Town Mart
527 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Open daily 8.30am-midnight. KT Mart specialises in all things Korean. There’s a great variety of pickles, including fresh kimchi. The wide range of chilli pastes and sauces is hard to find anywhere else. The store also has one of the largest ranges of dumplings and gyoza, with seafood, vegetable and pork packages ready to cook, and specialty rice from all over Asia. Phone 9329 8242.
Live at Warrawee
Warrawee Park, Corner Drummond St and Atherton Rd, Oakleigh. Saturday 16 March 4pm-9pm. A night of stellar Australian music at the Warrawee Pop Rock Party. Live performances by Taxiride, X Factor Australia 2011 winner, Reece Mastin, Australian Idol runner-up Emily Williams, and many more. Bring a picnic, pick up a take away from a local trader, or grab dinner from one of the delicious food trucks on site. Free entry. Nonsmoking event.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Princess Theatre, 163 Spring St, Melbourne.
The first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, this popular award winning performance has been extended in Melbourne. Information, news and bookings at www.harrypottertheplay.com/au.
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. Some classic films coming up include Mad Max, Wizard of Oz, Dumbo, Gallipoli. Tickets $18.50, concession & Breakfast Club members $15, seniors and children $12, all tickets $12 on Wednesdays. For details visit thornburypicturehouse.com.au.
Food and Wine Festival
8 March to 24 March. Over 200 Free and Ticketed Events in restaurants and cafes throughout Melbourne, including many of the hidden haunts tucked in our laneways. Attracts around 250,000 people every year. Some events are already sold out. See the full program at www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au/program.
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens, 27 March to 31 March. Get inspired about your garden and home decorations. This show brings the latest gardening lifestyle trends Melbourne, providing tips to bring the magic to your own backyard. Spectacular fragrant floral creations, landscaping and horticulture workshops, stalls selling flowers, tools and books, sculpture and boutique exhibitions. Tickets and details at melbflowershow.com.au.
Single Asian Female
Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Rd. Wed 3 April to Sun 21 April. What does it mean to be an Asian woman in Australia? Award-winning author and playwright Michelle Law’s sassy, fierce and very funny incisive new comedy tells the story of the Wong family and dynamics that pit sister against sister, spill family secrets and put the spotlight on a mother trying to overcome generational and cultural gaps to connect with her two daughters. Book at artscentremelbourne.com.au or phone 1300 182 183.
Exploring Melbourne’s Famous Coffee Culture
Melbourne is often called the “coffee capital” of Australia. Every shopping district in the metro area boasts at least two or three coffee shops, with trained baristas ready to serve coffee exactly the way you want it. Many also decorate their coffees with artistic designs in the froth.
The history of coffee goes back centuries to the ancient coffee forests of Ethiopia, in Africa. Legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of the coffee bean after he noticed that his goats became too energetic to sleep at night after eating the berries.
A brew made from the beans became popular in monasteries, where the monks found the drink kept them alert through the long hours of evening prayer. By the 15th century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia, then spread through the Middle East, reaching Europe in the 17th Century.
After WW II, Italian and Greek migrants to Australia introduced us to espresso coffee, made by pumping boiling water through coffee grounds to create a strong dark brew.
Here are some of the popular forms of the drink.
Said to be an Australia invention, a shot of strong coffee topped up with milk.
Similar to flat white, but more of a flavoured milk drink. It is usually served in a glass, with froth on top.
Like a latte, its main feature is a thick top layer of froth, sprinkled with chocolate powder.
This is a mixture of coffee and chocolate within the drink itself.
This has only a small amount of milk.
Long or Short Black
Also called Americana, this is coffee without milk, in a large or small cup,
You can also choose how to “whiten” your coffee, with low fat “skinny” milk, or milklike substances like soy milk or almond milk.