What’s On in February

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What’s on in February

February is the last month for you to get your summer fun on… here’s a guide to saying goodbye to everyone’s favourite season with a (delicious) bang!

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

Apollo Bay is one of Victoria’s jewel-sea alcoves along our prized coastline. What better way to enjoy it than by eating the delicious seafood it has to offer? The Apollo Bay Seafood Festival on the 20th Feb has everything you want to experience The Great Ocean Road at its best – a beautiful view, delicious seafood and good wine and beer.

There will be cooking demonstrations from local and international chefs including the iconic Jacques Reymond, wine and beer from Otway Estate Winery and Brewery, fresh local produce on offer and of course, an abundance of seafood. Take a trip to the coast for the weekend and experience what makes Victoria’s coast culture so great.

http://www.apollobayseafoodfestival.com

Courtyard Cantina at the Immigration Museum

Tracing our rich cultural history, Melbourne’s Immigration Museum is a feast for the brain – and every Friday in February, it’s a feast for the mouth, too. As part of the North South Feast West series, Courtyard Cantina brings a host of different food cultures to the one place.

Take a load off at the end of the working week and head there for a cocktail, some music, wine tasting and some delicious fare from the likes of Feast of Merit, Burn City Smokers, El Alamo and Cornutopia.

http://museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/whatson/nsfeastw/courtyard-cantina/courtyard-cantina-program/

 Yarra Valley Ice Cream Festival

Ice Cream lovers and dessert enthusiasts alike should head down to The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery this Feb – the annual Ice Cream Festival is in town!

The Ice Creamery’s annual festival will feature 144 ice cream flavours which will all come in a “mega scoop” (for those of us with portion control issues when it comes to desserts of the frozen variety). There will be a host of innovative and exciting as well as traditional flavours on offer – and some delicious ice-cream-adorned dessert options, too!

www.ycvi.com.au

Melbourne Tomato Festival

With our strong Italian culture, Melburnians know the importance of “Tomato Day” – families getting together and making/bottling passata from fresh tomatoes to be the base of many many delicious Italian dishes to come.

Melbourne Tomato Festival is all about celebrating this fantastic tradition. With cooking demonstrations from Karen Martini, Guy Grossi and more, passata-making, and talks about sustainable tomato growing, the Melbourne Tomato Festival will turn you into the most nonnarish of nonnas yet.

http://www.melbournetomatofestival.com

Chinese New Year in Melbourne

Chinese New Year is HUGE in Melbourne, with the whole month of February choc full of awesome things to do, see and of course, EAT– from sweet monkey-shaped dumplings to sizzling hotpot.

Check out our guide here for the best places to dine to celebrate the Year of the Monkey!

http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/chinese-new-year-festival#.VrgmLlK52RA

Lunar Markets at Docklands

For the first time, The Age is hosting a pop-up market at the Docklands to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

The Lunar Market offers many delicious things to eat, from Wonderbao’s dessert bao to yummy Thai fusion treats from Bangkok Street Food. Running until Feb 14 at the Docklands, check it out now before it’s too late!

http://www.melbourne.lunarmarkets.com.au

Lonsdale St Greek Festival

As much as Italy is important to Melbourne, so is Greece – and most importantly, Greek food!

The Lonsdale St Greek Festival celebrates this with Melbourne’s biggest Greek street party. On the 27th and 28th of February, Lonsdale St tranforms into a fiesta of Greek street food, cooking demonstrations, Zorba dancing and live music.

With over 60 food and drink stalls offering everything from soutzoukakia to loukoumades, it’s a delicious excuse to indulge in a weekend of Greek feasting.

http://www.greekcentre.com.au/lonsdalestreetfestival/

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. She gave up the world of state politics to concentrate on freelance writing and styling. She has since contributed to Spook, Paper Sea and Junkee and is a regular contributor to GRAM Magazine.