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The Weekender: September 6 – 8

Vivian Tan

Thu Sep 05 2013


INDULGE at the Asian Food Festival, shop for vintage clothing, catch some films at the Environmental Film Festival or relive your childhood by catching a Disney classic. Vivian Tan fills you in with this weekend’s activities.

Asian Food Festival
September 1 – October 15, Chinatown (Cnr Lt Bourke and Swanston St, Melbourne, 3000)

Photo: Charles Haynes via Flickr

With delicacies from all across the Eastern and South Eastern regions of Asia, the Asian Food Festival has plenty of treats for everyone to enjoy. Photo: Charles Haynes via Flickr

The 24th annual Asian Food Festival will feature delicious and exotic cuisine from Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Japan, China and Vietnam.

A number of established Asian restaurants including Shark Fin House, China Red and Hutong Dumpling Bar will be taking part in some promotions and activities in honour of the festival.

Some of these  include lunch and dinner banquets, all-you-can-eat dumplings and a “yum cha” cruise!

In addition to participating restaurants’ special offers and promotions, the Chinatown Market Day – which happens on the third Friday of every month – will coincide with the Asian Food Festival, offering its visitors famous street food and souvenir stalls.

For pricing and event dates, visit the Asian Food Festival’s website.

Retro Market
Every Saturday and Sunday from August 31 – September 29, The Lounge (243 Swanston St, Melbourne, 3000)

This vintage pop up market is like no other. Apart from the unique pieces of clothing you will find from parts of Europe, USA and UK, Retro Market will have plenty of burgers and booze stocked up to keep you happy.

It really is a bargain this month as a $20 clearance sale is going on – so grab your friends and give your wardrobe a makeover!

For more information check out Retro Market’s Facebook page.

Environmental Film Festival Melbourne
September 5 – 13, Kino Cinemas (Collins Place, 45 Collins St, Melbourne, 3000)

Cinquième Saison – Bande annonce / The Fifth Season – Trailer from We Electric on Vimeo.

Now in its fourth year, the Environmental Film Festival’s primary objective isn’t just to entertain. More importantly, it is to raise awareness about the environment and the ongoing changes it faces.

It is said that people often take nature for granted and these films aim to educate its audience on environmental issues that are currently affecting our world today.

The vast selections of films originate from many countries including Australia. While documentaries usually take centrestage, this year the festival will screen its first narrative-driven feature, The Fifth Season. Check out the above video for the trailer.

For the full list of movies and times, visit the Environmental Film Festival’s website.

Disney’s Golden Age Classics
Every Sunday, September 8 – October 6, Astor Theatre (Cnr Chapel St and Dandenong Rd, St Kilda, 3182)

While this might look like an event targeted for kids, it doesn’t mean you should miss out on the opportunity to release the inner child in you!

This weekend, relive your childhood and fond memories with some magic that only Disney classics can bring. The famous Astor Theatre will be showing one Disney film every Sunday throughout the month of October.

All screenings begin at 2.00pm and the movies that will be showing are: Dumbo, Bambi, Cinderella, Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp.

Remastered and restored to a pristine condition, what better way to relive some of Disney’s classics than on the big screen?

For further information check out the Astor Theatre’s website.