With the Melbourne Ring Festival in full flight (complete with winged Valkryries), there are a number of Wagner-inspired events around town from backstage tours of the Ring Cycle set at the Arts Centre to free flicks at Federation Square on the big screen.
Laneway Lunch with Wagner is a special event combining everything that makes this city so special. Think pop-up opera, laneways, good food, street art, a spot of rain and even the odd cyclist – shake well and you have Melbourne in a nutshell!
For the next two Sundays, experience it yourself in Cohen Lane, near Chinatown, with a superb four-course meal made by the good folks from Añada and Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop, with matched Katnook wines.
Enjoy alfresco entertainment by Caroline Vercoe and Matthew Thomas from the Melbourne Opera, performing light opera classics from Verdi, Puccini and of course, Wagner.
After the delicious Spanish fare, including Bomba’s signature dish of Pedro Ximenez braised pork cheek with a celeriac mash, the unexpected arrival of Cocoloco street performers (complete with a heavily pregnant bride and desperate father) took the lunch to a more playful level.
Unlike some operas, it all ends well for the bride, and also the diners, with a dessert of chocolate croquettes filled with dark chocolate ganache, surrounded by a pool of vanilla custard and roasted hazelnuts.
For a truly special experience of fine music, food and wine, don’t miss the Laneway Lunch with Wagner, happening on Sunday 1 and 8 December.