With summer in full swing, there’s plenty on offer in Melbourne, with endless options to see, make and eat! Here are some ideas to get you started.
Calling all meat-loving Melburnians! The Yaks Melbourne Barbecue Festival returns this week to present a massive American-style cook-off. In a bigger venue, with more teams, more barbecue and an action-packed program of music, entertainment and demonstrations – head on over to Flemington for a big ol’ cook up! Flemington Racecourse, 6 February.
Create your own city garden
Do you ever dream about growing your own veggies, but don’t have a backyard to do so? Don’t let the limitations of city living deter you – join one of three free workshops to learn simple, hands-on steps for growing an edible garden in a small space. The first session happens this Saturday in Southbank, the next in Carlton on 20 February, with the final held in Docklands on 27 February. Be lean, go green! Various locations and dates.
Zoo Twilights are back this summer at Melbourne Zoo. Walk around the grounds and visit the animals, watching as some retire and some wake for the night (roaring lions anyone?!). Then settle into your rug on the lawn and watch one of fifteen concerts that will entertain you in a live music setting like no other. Coming up – Josh Pyke, Jedidiah, San Cisco, Mark Seymour, C.W. Stoneking and more! Melbourne Zoo, until 12 March.
Grab a spot on the lawn, pack a picnic or hit the food truck and bar, and enjoy the gorgeous surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens at the Moonlight Cinema. Upcoming films include cult classics Blade Runner, Labyrinth and Breakfast at Tiffany’s; newer blockbusters include The Hateful Eight, The Revenant and Star Wars. Royal Botanical Gardens, until 27 March.
Carlton Farmers’ Market
Pack some green bags and head to the Carlton Farmers’ Market this Saturday. There is plenty on offer with accredited stall holders selling meat, fruit and vegetables, nuts, eggs, cheese and more – direct to you with no middle man whatsoever. Breakfast/brunch/lunch is sorted with freshly baked pies, delicious toasties, homemade chai and for those weary early starters, coffee! Carlton Primary School, first Saturday of the month.