May is one of those in-between months that doesn’t really get much attention. It’s cold, dreary, rainy, there are no long weekends, no festive holidays; everyone is still at work or stuck studying for uni exams. However, this doesn’t stop Melbourne. Even in this very bland, watery and grey month, Melbourne is still buzzing with more to do than ever.
Let’s kick this month off with a little indulgence for a good cause.
Feast of Merit’s Produce Showcase
YGAP’s Feast of Merit in Richmond on an average day is the perfect blend of fine-dining, communal sharing and comfort food. However, once a month they bring out all the stops for a night of celebration for beautiful Australian produce. This month, Feast of Merit’s Produce Showcase on May 4th will host Hopkins River Beef and Mount Zero Olives. Steak and olives? Is this heaven? Five courses of steak and olives sure is.
YGAP is an incredible organisation and different to most traditional charities. It is predominantly volunteer run, and it seeks to find, accelerate and support ‘impact entrepreneurs’ who run businesses in developing communities and Australia that lift people out of poverty. If you want to help this noble cause, while indulging on some stellar quality local and seasonal produce, head to Feast of Merit and book yourself a seat at their next Produce Showcase. Tickets are $75 for a five course meal, with all proceeds going to YGAP.
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The Art of Fondue
If you’re more Philly cheese than Philly cheese steak, prepare yourself because this event will surely make you tremble with anticipation. As the weather turns grey and we feel so far from daylight savings that we may never see a blue sky again, this is the time we rely on comfort food to sustain us through the dark months. On May 19, the Spring Street Grocer and cheesemaker, Anthony Femia, will be drowning your sorrows in melted cheese (and beers and wines to match).
Spring Street Grocer
157 Spring Street
Bookings via 03 9654 6657
Melbourne International Design Week – 11 – 17 May
Now here’s where Melbourne really cranks May up a notch. Melbourne International Design Week is a celebration of Australian and international design excellence. Melbourne has a huge design culture, which is nourished by events such as this. The festival celebrates all forms of design, from architecture, to illustration and photography; from fashion, to film and animation. Throughout the week there will be conferences, forums, and countless exhibitions, from “Shifting Gears: Design, Innovation and the Australian Car,” to “Cosmic Affair,” a jewellery design exhibition showcasing Melbourne-based designers’ works linked to the KLOKE A/W fashion collection.
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[email protected] – Independent Design Sunday Market
Now the perfect segue: Everyone loves a good Sunday market, but this month, [email protected] is a Sunday market on steroids. It will be a showcase of the cream of the crop in Australian independent design. On Sunday 24 May, Federation Square will become a shopping mecca with over 100 of Australia’s most talented creatives, selling ceramics, homewares, jewellery, fashion, stationery and prints. Get there at 10am and shop till your wallet hurts. When the market wraps up at 5pm, pop across the road to Arbory Bar and Eatery on your way home on Platform 13 at Flinders Street Station for a much needed cocktail, provided you’re not laden with too many ceramics.
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Good Beer Week – May 16 – 24
Can you hear the fizz of the froth? The clinking of glasses? The laughing, banter, and general sounds of merriment that go hand in hand with an icey glass of ale? Or lager if you will. Melbourne has well-established itself as the Australian beer capital, with new craft breweries popping up every week. What better way to acknowledge this than with a whole week of celebrating! The independent, not-for-profit Good Beer Week provides a platform upon which local brewers, venues and the wider food and beverage industry can showcase themselves. The festival this year will feature more than 200 events across Melbourne and Victoria, from masterclasses, meet the brewer sessions, and dinner events.
Top event picks not to miss: Chin Chin X Quiet Deeds: Brewing up a Banquet, and Saturday Late Breakfast with Fresh Beer at The Kettle Black. If you ever needed an excuse to finally get to some of Melbourne’s finest restaurants, this is it, with other beer and food collab events at such renowned establishments as Meatmaiden, Saint Crispin, Rockwell and Sons, Tonka, Cookie, Little Creatures Dining Hall, Nieuw Amsterdam and barrels more.
The festival’s official hub is at Beer Deluxe in Federation Square. They will be celebrating a bit early at their Albury outlet, Beer Deluxe Albury, better known as “Paddy’s, on Sunday May 3 with a tribute day to celebrate regional beers. Local breweries such as Bright, Beechworth, Two Birds etc will pop-up at the venue along with local regional beer experts, brewers and beer-food stalls such as paella and sliders.
There are simply too many events, I can’t possibly fit them all in. All I can say is that you’d be crazy to miss it. May’s starting to sound pretty good, right?
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Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Rounding off this month is the opening of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, starting on May 28 and running until June 7. Warm up this winter with some hot jazz, with an incredible program featuring some of the world’s most important and iconic jazz artists, genre bending innovators, virtuosic instrumentalists and soulful singers. With workshops, free concerts, gigs and events all over the city, from the Arts Centre to alleyway jazz clubs, this is a truly special time for Melbourne to shine as one of the world’s leading jazz hubs. As if Melbourne isn’t buzzing enough in May, the sounds and the spirit of jazz will pervade the city as we plunge into winter. You won’t even feel the cold with all this world class music to warm your hearts and souls.
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Stonnington Jazz Festival
You can get your Jazz on a bit earlier in May with the Stonnington Jazz Festival. The award-winning Stonnington Jazz Festival will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this year by showcasing more than 40 events over 11 days in 10 venues across the City of Stonnington. Running from 14 – 24 May, this year sees the festival expand its program to incorporate the new genre of soul. One of our picks for the festival is the ‘Brass Band Battle’ between Melbourne street bands – the Horns of Leroy and the Immortal Horns – will see 13 young musicians go head to head in a lively performance.
For more program information and tickets visit www.stonningtonjazzfestival.com.au