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The Weekender: January 23 – 25

Hieu Chau

Thu Jan 22 2015


FROM sampling delicious dishes at the International Street Food Festival to sliding at Nova FM’s Slidestream, there’s plenty of ways you can celebrate Australia Day weekend! Hieu Chau brings you the details.

International Street Food Festival
Sunday, January 25 & Monday, January 26 (10.00am – 10.30pm); Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington.

Taking over the Melbourne Showgrounds is a street food showcase you won’t want to miss out!

The International Street Food Festival takes advantage of the Australia Day long weekend and serves up a smorgasbord of street food from around the world. Try your luck with exotic street foods from countries such as Afghanistan, Thailand, Argentina, Tibet and many more!

In addition to tasting cuisine from every corner of the globe, attendants will be treated to some live performances from the likes of The Cat Empire, Pete Murray and X-Factor’s 2013 winner, Dami Im.

Aspiring chefs should also take note as a number of professional chefs such as Dani VennChris Moran and Gad Assayag will be on hand to dish out their kitchen’s secrets and advice.

For more information on the International Street Food Festival, including ticketing and vendors who’ll be attending, head on over to their official website.

Nova Slidestreet
Saturday, January 24 (9.00am – 7.00pm); Lansdowne Street, Fitzroy Gardens.

Nothing’s more Australian than having a slip’n’slide in your background, or so one of Melbourne’s most popular radio stations will tell you.

To celebrate Australia Day weekend, Nova FM will be bringing a huge slip’n’slide in their backyard at Lansdowne Street, for people to let loose and get wild in.

The 315-metre-long slip’n’slide, the first of its kind in this fair nation, will also be accompanied by some food and drinks stalls available on site, as well as live music from Nova FM‘s DJs.

A single slide in a three hour session will set you back $20 on the day while an unlimited number of slides within a three hour session will cost $50!

For more information on the Nova Slidestreet, visit the event’s official page to learn more.

Summersalt Festival
Friday, January 23 – Saturday, February 21 (Various times); Various location.


Starting this weekend and running all the way through February is the month-long arts festival, Summersalt Festival.

Across five Aussie summer weekends, attendees will be able to bask in many events and activities Melbourne’s vibrant arts scene has to offer.

Enjoy a free concert of classical compositions performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, revel in the theatrical circus of Scotch + Soda, or witness Melbourne’s finest female soul singers pay tribute to genre legends, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Esther Phillips all only at the Summersalt Festival!

To learn more about the Summersalt Festival, including what’s available and how to acquire tickets, refer to Summersalt Festival’s official website.

Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence
Saturday, December 6, 2014  – Sunday, February 22, 2015 (10.00am – 5.00pm); The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square.

While international students might not be too familiar with the Australian brand, Mambo, there is a chance they have at least seen some people rock its gear around town.

NGV Australia’s The Ian Potter Centre has been honouring one of Australia’s most eye-catching brands for more than a month now and visitors can attend this exhibit to see what all the fuss is about over Mambo.

Featuring the largest displayed work of Mambo‘s designs, the exhibition isn’t just limited to the t-shirt prints Mambo is most commonly known for. From sculptures to prints to surfboards, the exhibition isn’t just a celebration of Mambo‘s thirty years as a brand – it is also a celebration of something that feels uniquely Australian.

For a better idea of what Mambo is all about, check out the FREE exhibition today!

More on Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence can be found at the exhibition’s page on NGVA’s official website.