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The Weekender: March 4 – 6

April Dudgeon

Thu Mar 03 2016

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EXPERIENCE art and culture this weekend with a taste of some great foods, a traditional dance or two, and don’t miss your last chance to get geeky with Star Wars. April Dudgeon has more. 

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Friday, March 4 – Sunday, March 13 | Various locations

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an incredible 10 day long culinary festival, and it’s back again for 2016 with an impressive line-up of local and international chefs and winemakers bringing you more than 290 delicious events (25 of them free).

It all kicks off on Friday with the World’s Longest Lunch, which will be hosted at various locations around Victoria, as well as plenty of other great foodie experiences at some of Melbourne’s top restaurants, and local food trucks (for those of us who love food, but need it cheap).

Tickets are still available for many events, and there is always space for you at one of the many free gatherings.

Check out the website for more information.

Flavours Festival
Saturday, March 5 (11.00am – 4.00pm) | Functions On Chapel at Prahran Town Hall

The free Flavours Festival is an annual event that celebrates global culture, traditions, and heritage; with craft stalls, demonstrations, performances, workshops and plenty of delicious traditional cuisine on offer.

The festival program gives the community a chance to see some African dance, Chinese Opera, Bosnian Folk dance, traditional Tibetan dance and Hawaiian Hula dancing.

And if you feel like joining in the fun, you can participate in workshops teaching Japanese Shotokan Style Karate, Tama Tatau (Samoan dance) and Jhoom Bollywood, as well as some hands-on origami folding.

For more information and the full program visit the official website.

Bridge Road Gathering
Sunday, March 6 (11.00am – 4.00pm) | Bridge Rd, Richmond

Multicultural diversity will be on show this weekend as one of Melbourne’s busiest roads comes to a stop.

The Bridge Road Gathering will run from Punt Rd to the Yarra River, and offer nearly every international cuisine you can think of, including Malaysian, American, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Austrian, Greek, Thai, Mexican and French.

Food plates start from $5, and visitors can even get their own foodie passport to get stamped at outlets, helping them to go in the running to win some awesome prizes.

More than 50 stallholders will be there, as well as live entertainment and carnival rides. Still need convincing?

Head over to their website for more.

Star Wars Exhibition: The art of Star Wars and Superheroes
Sunday, March 6 (11.30am – 5.30pm) | Silver K Gallery (1092 High St, Armadale)

This is your last day to catch the largest exhibit of Star Wars art ever presented in Australia!

A feast for your nerdy eyes, the collection of 150 artworks has taken two years to bring together and will take you on a unique journey through the life and times of the entire Star Wars saga.

If that’s not enough, then complementing this incredible Star Wars showcase is a beautiful collection of superheroes artwork, including portraits of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Joker, Harley-Quinn and many more.

Visit their website for location and gallery information.