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The Weekender: March 25 – 27

Deborah Goh

Thu Mar 24 2016

The Flying Calamari Brothers

FROM Easter-themed events to Latin dancing and enjoying the best of regional Victorian craft and produce, there’s no better time to be out and about than this Easter long weekend. Deborah Goh has the details.

Melbourne Easter Show 
Friday, 25 March – Sunday, 27 March (11:00am – 9:00pm) | Lawson Poole Reserve, Cranbourne

Participate in the Easter egg hunt at the show |Photo: Melbourne Easter Show 2016's Official Website

Participate in the show’s popular Easter Egg Hunt| Photo: Melbourne Easter Show 2016’s Official Website

There’s no better place to celebrate Easter than at the Melbourne Easter Show!

This year’s show is completely free to attend and is jam-packed with activities for all age groups! Some highlights include a hotdog eating competition, an animal petting farm, an Easter egg hunt, a food truck park and a range of exhilarating amusement park rides.

Finally, if you plan to head to the show on Friday or Saturday, make sure that you hang around till late (past 8.45pm) to catch one of the show’s most highly anticipated events – an amazing fireworks display that’s bound to take your breath away!

For more information about the event, check out the Melbourne Easter Show’s website or Facebook page.

International Melbourne Latin Festival 
Friday, 25 March – Sunday, 27 March (10:00am – 1:00am) | Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, North Melbourne

Calling all dancing enthusiasts! Come marvel at the moves of the some of the best local and international professional Latin dancers over three consecutive nights at the International Melbourne Latin Festival!

Coined “a celebration of Latin dance”, this year’s festival’s line-up looks particularly impressive and includes a cannot-be-missed performance by Frankie Martinez, one of the world’s most renowned Latin contemporary dancers. 

If you feel the overwhelming urge to dance after watching all of the incredible performances on stage, you’re in luck! Over 40 Salsa, Samba, Cha Cha and Argentine Tango workshops which cater to all experience levels will also be held throughout the festival.

To secure tickets to this event, proceed to the Melbourne Latin Festival’s official website.

The Red Hill Show 
Saturday, 26 March (8:30am – 5:00pm) | Red Hill Recreation Reserve, Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill

The Red Hill Show, one of Victoria’s most popular agricultural shows, is back and bigger than ever!

Getting up close and personal with some of Australia’s native wildlife, watching a livestock competition go down and being privy to a cooking demonstration led by MasterChef All-Star, Dani Venn, are just a few of the many activities that’ll be taking place at this year’s show.

Tickets to The Red Hill Show will set you back $15. Children and concession card holders will receive a $5 discount.

To learn more about the show and to book tickets, visit The Red Hill Show’s official website

Flemington Racecourse Market 
Sunday, 27 March (9:00am – 2:00pm) | Flemington Racecourse

The Flying Calamari Brother's Salt and Pepper Calamari is the perfect way to finish off a long day of shopping at the market | Photo: The Flying Calamari Brothers' Facebook Page

The Flying Calamari Brother’s Salt and Pepper Calamari is the perfect way to finish off a long day of shopping at the market | Photo: The Flying Calamari Brothers’ Facebook Page

Don’t miss out on the best of regional Victorian craft and produce at the Flemington Racecourse Market on Sunday!

Upon your arrival, be sure to select something special from Ninotchka Design’s beautiful range of handmade glass tile jewellery and topick up a few jars of Joys of Red Hill’shomemade preserves and chutneys before they sell out.

Once you’re done perusing the rest of the locally sourced products on offer, indulge in a bag or two of The Flying Calamari Brothers’ delectable salt and pepper calamari to conclude a fruitful day of shopping at market!

To find out more about the stallholders that will be present at the market, head to the Flemington Racecourse Market’s official website.