HARLOW OPENS IN RICHMOND
Harlow, Richmond’s flavour-packed, good-times charged pub is now open. Bringing new life to what was the old Great Britain Hotel, the 300pax Church Street property has been reborn as an all-occasions destination, with a spacious outdoor courtyard, basement and balcony dining. Suited to all ages, occasions and tastes, Harlow offers a variety of versatile spaces and experiences within the new-look pub. Guests can start at the ground floor bar and dining area, before stepping out into the sprawling sun-drenched courtyard, complete with a separate entrance for those who want to bring along their four-legged friends. When the sun goes down, they can retreat to the neon-lit basement bar, with low booth seating and a dimly lit metal mesh bottle display. Music remains at the heart of the venue, with the soundtrack as diverse as the venue itself.
Harlow’s love of music carries through to the menu, full of pub classics with modern twists and vibrant flavours. Executive Chef Telina Menzies has designed a menu that can be experienced the same way people would a gig. Just like their stage counterpart, the opener starts the feast off in style – like fried chicken, with pickled watermelon and blue cheese mayo or cheeseburger empanadas with special sauce. For the support act, guests can tuck into the H-low cheeseburger, complete with cheese, pickles, Harlow’s burger sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion. As a headliner, Harlow is serving classic pub favourites including the spicy meatball melt with smoked mozza, basil and crisps; the prawn roll, served with a side of salt and vinegar chips; and the ‘snack pack’ kebab, a decadent wrap made with lamb, chips, garlic yoghurt, chilli sauce and cheese. There is no party quite like the after party, so to top off the meal, Ha serves up mini gin and juice pops, made with gin, tonic, orange bitters, rosemary and chocolate, and the BIG Mess, Harlow’s take on the classic meringue dessert. Large groups are encouraged to BBQ the Harlow way with a pre-paid BBQ, where the chef slings proteins on the grills to a backdrop of 80s and 90s bangers on the decks.
447 Church St, Richmond
PROSECCO FESTIVAL RETURNS IN 2019
Some say Prosecco is best paired with prosciutto and parmesan, while others appease the palate with freshly shucked oysters and lemon vinaigrette. Whatever your predilection, everyone can agree a glass of bubbles bodes best with delicate flavours from across the Mediterranean – and that’s exactly the type of fare festivalgoers can expect at next year’s Prosecco Festival.
Popping back onto the summer scene on Saturday 23rd of February 2019, following a standout debut earlier this year, Melbourne’s Prosecco Festival is an exclusive affair for the aficionados of fine Italian sparkling wine and cuisine.
In a bigger venue on Melbourne’s hip north side, expect the big names in local Prosecco including Wines of the King Valley – comprising Dal Zotto, Pizzini, Chrismont, Sam Miranda and Brown Brothers – together with Box Grove Vineyard, Vinea Marson, Santa & D’Sas, Symphonia Wines, and Politini Wines. From Italy comes a stunning array of DOCG wines, with importers including Festival City Wines, Regina Vino, Alepat Taylor, Winestock, and still more to come. Tricolore Imports are also back on board with their ever-popular Rosé Cuvée.
Whet your appetite by pairing your Prosecco with delicious food hand-selected for the event, including 400 Gradi, Gelato Papa, Eat Cannoli, Yarra Valley Caviar and Arancini Art. There’s even salami made with Prosecco, thanks to James Mele at The Meat Room.
What’s more? Attendees will be able to relax in the festival’s Spritz Garden, a zone dedicated to a Prosecco cocktail of choice, with drinks served from Australia’s first mobile Prosecco and Spritz Bar, Van Di Vino.
Guests can sip and graze their way across one of two sessions, 11am-3pm and 4pm-8pm, at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, immersing themselves in a day of divine food, wine and conversation.
Tickets are available online for $50 and include a Plumm crystal tasting glass and tote bag for take- home wine purchases.
Due to space constraints and licensing restrictions this is an adults only event – children under 18 cannot be accommodated at any time. So line up a babysitter and send off summer in style because it’s #ProseccoTime!