Whats On // April 2016

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This April, resist the urge to go into hybernation as the days get shorter and colder. Rug up and head to these delicious events instead.

Milk Cow Pop-up    

Obviously Melbourne is crazy for ice cream. Messina continues to delight us at its ever-expanding fleet of stores across the city, and consumers are all-embracing of increasingly wilder flavours and textures created by artisanal ice cream makers.

It’s no wonder then that Korea’s sophisticated soft serve outlet Milkcow has whipped Melburnians into an utter frenzy with its two-month pop-up in the CBD.

This is no ordinary soft serve – the milky icy goodness is made from locally sourced organic milk and is churned onsite every morning. With add-ons ranging from fairy floss, to espresso shots to macarons, this is one pop-up we’ll be hotfooting to ASAP.

The Milkcow pop-up will run until May 31.

www.milkcow.com.au

Williamstown Chocolate and Wine Festival

Gluttons rejoice: the Williamstown Chocolate and Wine Festival is taking two of our favourite things and making a whole smashingly indulgent festival out of them.

Celebrating chocolate and wine in its many forms, there will be wine on offer from some of Australia’s top winemakers alongside highest quality chocolate products, including chocolate-inspired coffees and chocolate cocktails.

There will be lots of delicious food vendors heading to the event, master classes, food and wine pairing stations and live entertainment. Head on over to Williamstown during the last weekend of April to check it out.

Runs Saturday April 30.

www.wineandchocolatefest.com.au

Boots For Change Market Days

Does boot painting and boot-related cooking and baking intrigue you? It certainly does us!

A concept created by five young finalists of ABC’s youth competition Heywire, the Boots For Change campaign is all about celebrating Australia’s hard working farming communities.

On your local farmer’s market’s Boots For Change market day in April, don your boots – they can be gumboots, work boots, heeled boots, you name it – and engage in a host of boot-related activities to raise funds and awareness around fresh, local food and the farmers that produce it. Find out how you can participate on the website below.

Runs throughout April at all participating farmer’s markets.

www.bootsforchange.org.au

Queen Victoria Market Spice Trade

Queen Vic Market has just spiced up its Sundays with their enchanting bazaar, the QVM Spice Trade!

A seducing mix of spicy street food, live entertainment, camel rides and other exotic attractions, this is just another reason to spend Sunday at the Market (other than to gorge yourself on a bunch of borek and donuts… although that works for us, too).

Queen Street will be transformed into all things spice as it takes you on a culinary journey along the ancient Silk Road spice trade route that is not to be missed.

Runs from April 10 to June 26.

www.qvm.com.au/event/spice-trade/

Wine and Cheese Festival

Wine and cheese, At a festival. Obviously we don’t have to sell this one to you… but indulge us! After a successful two years at the Seaworks site in Williamstown, the heritage Meat Market site in North Melbourne will be home to the 2016 Wine and Cheese Festival.

Aside from the obvious wine, cheese and other delicious food available on the day to consume your way through in embarrassingly large quantities, there will be a heap of fun stuff to do on the day – think grape-stomping competitions and actual cheese-making! GET EXCITED.

Runs April 10 2016.

wineandcheesefest.com.au

Lauren Bruce

Lauren started her writing career as a communications adviser before she realised she couldn’t ignore her passion for food and the arts any longer. So now she does both! Now editor of Gram Magazine, she has also contributed to Quest Magazine, Spook, the Herald Sun, Paper Sea and Junkee.