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The Weekender: March 22 – 24

Diane Leow

Thu Mar 21 2013


WATCH former Masterchef Australia contestants battle it out once again to create something delicious for under $10, catch a French film, and indulge in some fair trade organic chocolate this weekend. Diane Leow offers some ideas for a fruitful autumn weekend.

Picks this week include Live Below the Poverty Line Celebrity Cook-Off on Friday March 22. Photo: Ariel da Silva Parreira

Picks this week include Live Below the Poverty Line Celebrity Cook-Off on Friday March 22. Photo: Ariel da Silva Parreira

Alliance French Film Festival
Until March 24

Alliance Francaise French Film Festival 2013 Trailer from AF French Film Festival on Vimeo.

Touted as Australia’s largest foreign film festival, the Alliance French Film Festival is not to be missed. Coming up this weekend are screenings of popular French films. On Sunday, March 24, the Melbourne leg of the festival closes with a screening of Children of Paradise, a movie made under extraordinary circumstances towards the end of World War II. The festival continues in Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, so do keep a lookout if you happen to be in any of those states! Watch the above video for a sneak peek into what the festival is all about, and jump over to their website for more information.

Mister Mode Fashion Night Market
Saturday, 23 March

Spend your weekend winding through a treasure trove at the Mister Mode Fashion Night Market, as part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

If your idea of a great weekend is spent looking for amazing items at great prices, you don’t want to give the Mister Mode Fashion Night Market a miss. As part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Mister Mode is back with lots of great bargains, live musicians, original artists and more. Meld spoke to the founder of Mister Mode last year, and her passion really shines through – so you know she’s prepared only the good stuff for her customers. Held at Docklands, this weekend’s Night Market is set to exceed expectations and more. Entry costs $10, and tickets are available online.

Community Cultural Fair
Saturday, March 23

Heart of Chocolate

Satisfy your sweet tooth with fair trade chocolate from Heart of Chocolate, at the Community Cultural Fair.

To celebrate Cultural Diversity Week, Melbourne’s Multicultural Hub presents this year’s Community Cultural Fair! Look forward to art and craft stalls from various communities, as well as performances from various cultural groups, including Japanese folk dancing. You may be able to satisfy your sweet tooth too, with fairtrade chocolates from Heart of Chocolate for sale, and competitions to be won. RSVP on Facebook, or simply rock up at Drill Hall at 26 Therry St in the Melbourne CBD between 11am and 3pm on Saturday.

Live Below the Line Celebrity Cook Off
Friday, March 22 – Birrarung Marr

Ever wondered how to make a gourmet meal with just $10? Join former Masterchef Australia contestants Dani Venn, Alice Zaslavsky, Tregan Spiteri and Beau Cook as they battle it out on Friday to create the best meal on a budget. If the cook off whets up your appetite, food trucks White Guy Cooks Thai (check out our profile on him) and Taco Truck are on hand to satiate your hunger. This event is held in conjunction with the Live Below the Line movement, which encourages people to experience living below the poverty line for themselves, raising awareness about real issues, while also raising money to make poverty history. Check out the above video for more information.