March is bursting at the seams with festivals, art exhibitions and more – pencil these four events in your calendar now!
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival offer gourmands and novices a smorgasbord of events, including masterclasses, workshops and international chef dinners. The festival hub, at Southbank’s Queensbridge Square, will pay homage to all things dairy and showcase expert cheese and ice cream makers from around the globe (Gelato Messina anyone?). Other highlights include the Crawl ‘n’ Bite series of restaurant and bar trails and Latin American Street Food Fiesta. The Yarra River will become a foodie’s playground with free entertainment, food trucks and pop-up markets for the festival’s opening weekend.
WHEN: March 4-13
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival promises a sidesplitting line-up of comedy, cabaret and theatre. Gracing the bill are acclaimed comics Arj Barker and David O’Doherty as well as Aussie stars Charlie Pickering and Fiona O’Loughlin. Revellers can get their kicks at more than 500 shows across 330 venues.
WHEN: March 23 – April 17
There’s good reason why Melbourne is often referred to as Australia’s garden city. So it’s no surprise the city celebrates its love of the botanical with the biggest flower and garden show in the Southern Hemisphere. See the world-heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens transformed with award-winning displays, floral design workshops and competitions.
WHEN: March 16-20
The world premiere of Jurassic World: The Exhibition is set to open at the Melbourne Museum this March. The immersive exhibition – based on the blockbuster film – will allow fans to get up close with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, inspired by the movie and created in collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner. There will also be interactive, educational elements to keep the kids busy.
WHEN: March 19-October 9