Truffle Melbourne – a festival favourite on Melbourne’s culinary calendar – is back for its sixth consecutive year this winter. The largest weekend truffle festival outside Europe and dedicated to all things truffle takes place on Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June at Queen Victoria Market. There are also over 70 truffle dining and hunting experiences in this season’s Truffle Melbourne 2019 program.

Truffle Melbourne is all about demystifying the truffle, making it accessible and informing people about how to source it, store it and savour it.

To meet Melbourne’s collective appetite for truffles, this year’s program of more than 70 events over the four months of June, July, August and September will include the free two day event at Queen Victoria Market on Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June as well as a dining program at restaurants across  Melbourne, and truffle hunts at truffieres across Victoria every weekend of the season.

The tastiest truffle temple in town returns to Queen Victoria Market from Tuesday 21 May on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and weekends and will be trading fresh truffle and truffle products. Truffle Melbourne’s Pop Up will be in I Shed, next to Therry Street. Plus the online store at makes truffles available around the clock.

A new innovation this season is Truffle Melbourne’s Truffle Truck. Launching at Queen Victoria Market on Friday 24 May, the truck will serve delicious truffle dishes from breakfast until market closing time. Think Black Angus truffle burgers with red onion and aged cheddar, truffle fries, gnocchi with truffled mushrooms and creamy truffle and cauliflower soup.

To find out more about the program and activities of Truffle Melbourne visit



 Stokehouse Restaurant is celebrating 30 years of service this June, welcoming back three of its chef alumni, Maurice Esposito (Cecconi’s), Micheal Lambie (Lucy Liu, The Smith) and Andrew Blake (Blake’s, Blake’s Feast) to showcase a nostalgic menu from their time running the St Kilda kitchen. rom Monday 3 June, each week one chef will bring back two personal dishes from their Stokehouse stints, giving guests a special taste of years gone by – starting with celebrated chef, Maurice Esposito. Diners old and new can rejoice in flavours of the last 30 years, from chefs who have gone on to become restaurateurs in their own right, recreated by current Head Chef Ollie Hansford over lunch or dinner at the restaurant. 

The chefs-of-the-past menus will run as follows, with details of each dish included in the media release attached, along with some comments from the chefs and which years they spent at the venue.
  • 3-9 June – Maurice Esposito
  • 10-16 June – Michael Lambie
  • 17-23 June – Andrew Blake
  • 24-30 June – Ollie Hansford with menu specials from each of the chefs.

For more information and to book visit



Moon Dog’s Brewery Bar in Abbotsford is turning 5! The team have been brewing up beers for 9 years now and this Friday marks the 5th birthday of their Tropical Indoor / Outdoor Brewery Bar Paradise!
The Brewery Bar has certainly seen some interesting ’things’ over the last 5 years from bucking bulls to a giant inflatable shark slide to roller skating and more.
What better way to mark the occasion than by launching Moon Dog’s Cake Hole Black Forest Stout with Cherry Cakes who will be baking an extra, extra large Black Forest Cake using the beer.
Moon Dog’s neighbours Machine Screen Printers will be coming down and printing up special edition t-shorts on the night in front of your very eyes. Moon Dog have 2 x limited edition designs to choose from – see attached first image for one of the designs up for grabs.
Lots of cake, cake-beers, cool tees and good times to be had!
Event details 
What | Moon Dog Brewery Bar’s 5th Birthday 
When | This Friday, 31st May 
Time | From 4pm until 11pm 
Where | 17 Duke Street, Abbotsford 

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