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The Weekender: September 16 – 18

Stevi Lee

Tue Sep 13 2016


SHOP around the Fitzroy and grab a few vegan bites, experience Latin American culture in Coburg or make a day of it in Dandenong and celebrate the Full Moon Festival. Stevi Lee has you covered this weekend. 

The Fitzroy Market
Saturday, September 17 (10.00am – 3.00pm| Fitzroy Primary School (319 George St, Fitzroy)

Held every third Saturday of every month, the Fitzroy Market is back this weekend with 65 stallholders selling all kinds of handmade goodies — including various artwork and jewelry — as well as some cool vintage clothing, secondhand books, CDs and records and even seeds and seedlings!

Based in the inner city suburb of Fitzroy, this market also helps raise money for the local community through its gold coin donations —  recipients have included the Fitzroy Primary School and Fitzroy Learning Network.

What better way to spend your Saturday than to enjoy the friendly vibes of a bustling community and by browsing through goods that could be turned into your own treasures!

For further information about about the Fitzroy Market website.

Vegan Day Out Fitzroy
Saturday, September 17 (09:00am-6:00pm) – Sunday, September 18 (10.00am – 5.00pm) | The Cruelty Free Shop (385 Brunswick St, Fitzroy)


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If you are planning to go for the Fitzroy Market on Saturday, why not enjoy some quality vegan meals as well while you’re in the suburb!

The Cruelty Free Shop, Australia’s Vegan Supermarket, is returning with its Vegan Day Out weekend. With a strong focus on vegan food and drinks, expect to see local cafes and businesses in the area like Doughnut Time and The Chocolate Yogi offer vegan themed specials. These include meal deals, free coffee, food sampling, discounted vegan groceries, discounted wines, wine tastings, and so on!

To know which other businesses will be participating, you can collect your Vegan Day Out Map from the Cruelty Free Shop (385 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) on Saturday between the hours of 9.00am and 6.00pm or on Sunday between 10.00am and 5.00pm. In order for you to claim discounts or special offers, you must show each participating outlet your map! The outlets can be reached at walking distance and what’s more is that this is a mostly cost free activity!

So make sure you focus and grab your map from the Cruelty Free Shop to see all of the other tasty offerings on offer for the weekend!

For more information and updates, please visit the Cruelty Free Shop Facebook page and The Vegan Day Out Facebook page.

Latin Spring Festival
Saturday, September 17 – Sunday, September 18 (10.00am – Late) | Pentridge (1 Champ St, Coburg)

In honour of Chilean, Mexican and El Salvadorian independence celebrations, the Latin Spring Festival is bringing the the best of Latin American culture to Melbourne!

Don’t worry about travelling to Argentina or Cuba, spend the weekend soaking up the  spring weather in Coburg by enjoying authentic Latin street food, dancing away to live entertainment and music and more!

The Food Expo stands out as one major highlight of the festival where visitors can sample the best in Latin cuisines, taste exquisitine wines and see chefs showcase the latest in fusion flavours from Spain to Columbia.

The Festival can be easily reached by public transport by commuting to the Coburg Train Station or taking tram 19.

For more information and updates for the event including the partners they are working with and the bands performing, visit their Facebook page and their website.

Full Moon Festival
Sunday, September 18 (10.00 am – 4.00pm) | The Terrace, Dandenong Market (Corner Clow and Cleeland St, Dandenong)

If you have a craving for an atmosphere where you can discover delicious flavors, aromas, sounds and colours from various Chinese cultures, come along to the Full Moon Festival located in Dandenong!

The Full Moon Festival celebrates the fullest and brightest moon of the year — a moon that symbolises prosperity, peace and family reunions in the traditional Chinese custom. In history, the Ancient Chinese were thankful to the moon for the good crops and successful harvest, and they offered a sacrifice to the full moon in the form of a moon cake.

The Full Moon Festival will be bringing various food traders and partners to the festival, ranging from traditional cusines from a vast array of Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Japanese, Indonesian and so much more! They even have Melbourne’s first cupcake food truck – Miss Molly’s Cakes!

The event is FREE for all. If you are travelling by train, Dandenong Station is only a 15 minute walk from Dandenong Market.

For more information and udpates about the event, please visit the Dandenong Market website.