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The Weekender: November 1 – 3

Estella Koh

Thu Oct 31 2013


CELEBRATE Malaysian culture, participate in Good Food Month, honour the dead or explore the world of James Bond. There’s plenty to do and see this weekend as Estella Koh explains. 

Melbourne Malaysia Festival
November 3; Queensbridge Square (1A Queens Bridge Street, Southbank, 3006); 12.00pm – 9.00pm

Photo: Phalinn Ooi via Flickr

The Melbourne Malaysian Festival is sure to see the Malaysian community in Melbourne turn out in droves. Photo: Phalinn Ooi via Flickr

Celebrating the Malaysian culture as well as the strong Australian-Malaysian ties, the inaugural Melbourne Malaysia Festival will be officiated by the Foreign Minister of Malaysia.

Many of Malaysia’s delicious cuisines will be showcased accompanied by traditional performances on the day with profits all going towards InspireSEA, a program dedicated to helping unprivileged students in Malaysia.

Other festivities on the day also include a durian eating competition, roti canai making competition and Malaysian home cooking masterclasses.

For more information about the Malaysia Festival, visit their official website

The Age Good Food Month
November 1 – November 30; Various Locations

November marks the start of The Age Good Food Month. Throughout the month, restaurants, bars, leading food businesses and top chefs all around the state will join in this huge celebration of food.

Some of the events include the  “Shoot the Chef” food photography competition as well as visiting the iconic Night Noodle Market at the Alexandra Gardens.

Food lovers will be in for a special treat as they too will be treated to discounts and deals for special breakfast, lunch and dinner meals across Melbourne.

Other than the absolute value for money treats, the month is also packed with fun filled activities to do, see and taste.

For the entire program, check out the The Age Good Food Month 2013 program.

1800 Tequila Day of the Dead Festival
November 2; 405 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000; 3.00pm – 1.00am

Photo: Rob Sheridan via Flickr

Honour the dead at the Day of the Dead Fesstival this weekend. Photo: Rob Sheridan via Flickr

Can’t enough of Halloween? 1800 Tequila Day of the Dead Festival prolongs your experience with the “living dead”.

Designed to celebrate the history, culture and heritage of Mexico, this festival aims to preserve, promote and support preservation of traditions of celebrating the unity of life and death.

Known as Día de los Muertos, it is a very special time where it is believed that spirits of loved ones who have died returns to earth to celebrate the occasion with their friends and family.

Faint hearted, maybe, but it is not all that scary! Be sure to expect a vibrant and dynamic festival as the event would feature mariachi bands, video art projections, Aztec dancers, Mexican street food as well as pop-up art stores.

More information about the event can be found at the 1800 Tequila Day of the Dead Festival’s official website.

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style
November 1 – February 23; Melbourne Museum (11 Nicholson St, Carlton, 3053); 10.00am – 5.00pm

Die hard James Bond fans should not miss the chance to enter the world of the fictional secret agent.

Ever since his debut on screen five decades ago, this screen hero has been an impact on various forms of art, music, fashion, technology, travel, automotive design and lifestyle.

Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is a collaboration between the Barbican Centre London and the Bond production company.

Specially curated, this exhibition celebrates this hero as it takes visitors on a multi-sensory journey through a dozen themed rooms and environments from 1962’s Dr . No to Bond’s latest outing in 2012’S Skyfall.

Booking information can be found at the exhibit’s official website