If you’re yet to be told of the amazing Asia Topa (Asia-Pacific, Triennial of Performing Arts), I am most pleased to be the one to share. With what collaborates, connects and most importantly celebrates Australia’s loyal relationship with contemporary Asia, we witness Melbourne light-up, jump and leap into a month-long celebration of performing and visual arts. However, the creativity of Asia Topa doesn’t stop here, as excitingly, it stems through to the innovation of Asian food too. Melbourne is no-doubt home to countless top restaurants of Asian cuisine, such as David Moyle’s Long Grain, Jerry Mai’s Pho Nom, Victor Liong’s Lee Hoo Fook, and now all three will come together at the Art Centre for an Asia Topa Dining Takeover. Victor Liong transforms the Members Dining Room into a modern Chinese eating house (expect fish fragrant eggplant), David Moyle serves Thai in The Barre and The Barre Backyard (expect thai pork sausage) and Jerry Mai takes over the much-loved Cafe Vic (expect steaming pho) for an unforgettable collaboration. This cultural dining experience runs until Sunday March 5.
Mexican cuisine will take a stronger stance on Melbourne this year as Chef’s like Malcolm Williamswork on expanding our knowledge of Mexican dining. We’re all comfortable with dressing a taco, demolishing a burrito and have even become familiar with cooked cactus in our quesidillas. But never have we tasted ancho-cured ocean trout with corn puree, avocado crema and soused fennel, or lamb cutlets with pasilla glaze and spring onion and radish salsa. Introducing, Queen of the South, Malcolm William’s new Mexican restaurant located on High Street, Prahran. The restaurant offers mesmerising Mexican flavours as well as premium tequila and mezcal – if you don’t know what mezcal is, I will leave this in the capable hands of Queen of the South. Enjoy.
One of the greatest joys of holding a music festival in a winery is, obviously, the wine. This year, the Grampians Music Festival will hold an intimate music event nestled between the calming mountains of Hall’s Gap, and have impressively set up a quaint wine bar at the scene. To make things even sweeter, the bar is hosted by local award winning wine-makers showcasing their finest creations. There’s something that really warms my heart when imagining being among the vineyards as the locals serve their best drops to you and your friends. Accompanying food is also on offer which is yet to be released. Grampians Music Festival will run from Friday March 24 – Sunday March 26.