The Weekender: November 8 – 10

GET back into shape, enjoy a few sliders, celebrate being a vegan or browse around the Melbourne Design Market. You’re never short of options this weekend as Elizabeth Yick explains. 

Fitness at Fed Square
Friday, November 8 (7.00am-7.45am); Federation Square


Banish that exam flab with a fitness class at Federation Square this Friday morning.

Led by professional health coaches and fitness instructors from Healthy Lifestyle Lounge, the classes aim to promote health and fitness to city workers through a range fun circuit-based exercises, which work on cardio and core strength.

Classes are simple, fun, and best of all, absolutely free. So drag yourself out of bed this Friday morning to kick-start a healthy summer!

To learn more about this event, head on over to the event’s page on Federation Square’s website.

David Jones Slider Bar on Union Lane
Friday, November 8 (5.00pm-9.00pm); Union Lane, entry via Little Collins St or Bourke Street Mall


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In honour of The Age Good Food Month and to usher in the wonderful summer weather, David Jones is operating a pop-up Sliders & Wine Bar on Union Lane every Friday night for the month of November.

The $15 Burger & Beverage deal gives you a brioche burger and the choice of chilled bubbly or boutique craft beer. For the burger, you may have either the lamb (spring lamb with mint mayo, pickled radish and wild rocket) or the wagyu beef (waygu beef with sriracha mayo, baby cuchumber pickles and watercress).

There will also be live music from DJ Nico. With the warmer weather, a burger and a cold drink may be a perfect way to start to kick off a summer weekend!

More information about the David Jones Sliders Bar can be found on their website.

World Vegan Day Melbourne
Sunday, November 10; Melbourne Showgrounds (276-318 Epsom Rd, Flemington)


All vegans rejoice for this Sunday is World Vegan Day Melbourne!

However, this event is not just for the vegans amongst us. In fact, it is a community festival aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle to vegans and non-vegans alike, especially in living with ‘compassion’ to vegans.

With information talks and seminars, as well as innovative cooking demonstrations, the festival teaches the many fun and delicious ways of co-habiting with a vegan partner, family member, or friend.

The festival will also host a variety of live music performances throughout the day, as well as a range of entertainment including speed dating and mini cruelty-free makeovers at the beauty bar sponsored by Adorn Cosmetics.

Of course, there will be numerous stalls selling delicious vegan-friendly food, and produce for you to stock up on.

No bookings are necessary and entry is via a gold coin donation on the day, so check out what’s on offer and see what vegan living is all about!

More information about World Vegan Day Melbourne can be found on their official site.

Melbourne Design Market
Sunday, November 10 (10.00am-5.00pm); Federation Square (carpark near the children’s playground along Riverside Walk)

From knick-knacks, home decor to spiffy handcrafted leather bags, find it all at the Melbourne Design Market. Photo: Facebook

From knick-knacks, home decor to spiffy handcrafted leather bags, find it all at the Melbourne Design Market. Photo: Facebook

This Sunday, head along to Federation Square to experience the original design market that started off all craft markets.

The Melbourne Design Market began in 2004 and runs twice a year, attracting more than 250,000 visitors.

The market boasts high-quality products from an outstanding mix of talented local designers. Items on sale include fashion pieces, jewelry, homeware, furniture, art, textiles, stationery and other accessories.

Whether you are a design-market enthusiast or just browsing, the Melbourne Design Market is well worth a visit – especially if you want to get a head start on the Christmas shopping this year with some beautiful and unique gifts!

For more information, visit the Melbourne Design Market website, where they even have an online store for the ‘best in show’ pieces!

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