The Weekender: January 22 – 24

IT’S a food and drink kind of weekend! Head to Prahran for a Sausage Fest, visit South Wharf for a Pop-Up Craft Beer Garden, stop by in Richmond for its Lunar New Year celebration or trek to Yarra Valley for the inaugural Victorian Cider & Pork Festival.   

Prahran Market Sausage Fest
Friday, January 22 (12.00 – 4.00) | Prahran Market (163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra)

Snags on snags on snags. Photo: alpha via Flickr

Snags on snags on snags. | Photo: alpha via Flickr

It’s not as weird as it sounds! This Friday arvo, Prahran Market will be hosting the cheekily titled Sausage Fest where visitors can sample some of the best local sausages.

Prahran Market’s butchers and poulterers will be competing against one another in the second annual Sausage Fest, grilling their best snags on the barbie. Last year’s Sausage Fest brought snags in all shapes and sizes, with sausages coming in a range of flavours from duck and orange to lamb and rosemary — who knows what culinary creations these sausage experts will make this year?

This event is free to the public.

For more information about the event, visit Prahran Market Sausage Fest’s official page

Munich Pop-Up Craft Beer Garden
Fri, January 22 – Sunday, January 24 (11.30am – late) | Munich Brauhaus (45 South Wharf Promenade, Melbourne)

Who says you have to go to Germany for authentic Munich beer? | Photo: alpha via Flickr

Who says you have to go to Germany for authentic Munich beer? | Photo: alpha via Flickr

Hosted by Munich Brauhaus, their Munich Pop-Up Craft Beer Garden invites visitors to eat and drink their way through Germany.

Try out their new range of craft beer which the eatery maintains will pair perfectly with their unique Bavarian burgers and haus-made dogs. For the vegans and vegetarians, you can also join in on the fun and create your own salad too!

This week, Munich Pop-Up Craft Beer Garden will be having their Hop Dock Wheat Beer for all to sample (arguably the establishment’s signature beer, according to them!).

To learn more about the event, visit Munich Pop-Up Craft Beer Garden’s official event listing at Munich Brahaus’ website.

Richmond Lunar New Year Festival 
Sunday, January 24 (10.00am – 10.00pm) | Victoria St, Richmond

Photo: gappa01 via Flickr

One of many Lunar New Year celebrations around Melbourne! Head down to Richmond this weekend. | Photo: gappa01 via Flickr

One of Melbourne’s many homes to pho and spring rolls, Richmond’s famous Victoria St will be closed off to make way for its annual Lunar New Year Festival — one of many around of Melbourne!

If you missed out last week’s event at the Melbourne Showgrounds, head down to Richmond this Sunday for a fun-filled day. Expect to see a lot of Vietnamese food vendors as well as additional food options from countries such as South Korea and China.

Plenty of rides and games as well as shops selling various accessories and trinkets will also be on site. And don’t forget to drink copious amounts of sugar cane drink!

This event is free to the public!

Victorian Cider & Pork Festival
Saturday, January 23 – Sunday, January 24 (11.00am – 7.00pm) | Rochford Winery, Yarra Valley

Pork and cider - no better combo this weekend. | Photo: Alberto via Flickr (Changes have been made)

Pork and cider – no better combo this weekend. | Photo: Alberto via Flickr (changes have been made)

If you’re keen to make the trip away from Melbourne this weekend, Victorian Cider & Pork Festival might just be the perfect retreat for you this weekend! In its first year running, the event promises food and drink connoisseurs a great time in Yarra Valley.

The festival will be serving up the best of both worlds. For cider, expect names like Yarra Valley Cider, Napoleon, Hills Cider, Granite Belt Cider Company, Colonial and more.

As for pork, you’ll find variations of the pig like bacon, crackling, pulled pork and pork belly from food trucks and pork producers such as Pig on the Spit Victoria, Fancy Hank’s BBQ Joint, Australasian Barbecue Alliance, Pulled Kitchen, Seven Fires BBQ and more.

For more on the event, visit the official website.

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