There’s all sorts of juicy goings-on in Melbourne this month, so here’s just a taster of what to expect.
Date: 7 May
Location: Prahran Market, South Yarra
Oh hey, speaking of tasters! Just in case you didn’t eat enough chocolate last month, the Wicked Chocolate Festival is returning to Prahran Market for a second triumphant year. Confirmed vendors so far include Fritz Gelato, Sweet Greek, Naheda’s Choice, Paddlewheel, Mama Marija’s Cafe, Cioccolato Lombardo, and Fresh Pasta Shop (Nutella ravioli!). There’s also a chocolate eating contest, a massive chocolate fountain, and a “blend your own smoothies” station, as well as plenty of other fun, choc-based activities for the whole family. It’s the kind of day that rich, smooth, creamy dreams are made of.
Date: 12 May
Location: Royal Exhibition Centre, Carlton
The Big Vegan Market certainly isn’t exaggerating. In fact, it’s now so big that it’s had to move to the Royal Exhibition Centre, which should tell you just how popular this planet-friendly event is. It’s packing over 80 happy, healthy market stalls for your browsing pleasure, covering everything from skincare to fashion to food. The line-up includes such favourites as The Raw Food Store, Leo the Label, Love Bree Photography, Medita Chocolates, Nzuri Organics, Vegan Style, The Indian Trunk, Wholesome Hippo, and Hanami Cosmetics, so if you’re vegan or vegan-curious, it’s definitely worth checking out.01
Date: 12 – 21 May
Let’s be honest; it’s kind of hard to have a bad beer week. Still, this particular Good Beer Week is extra good, as it’s one of the leading craft beer festivals in the entire world. It’s grown so huge that it’s now divided into four separate sections; Foodie, Beer Lover, Beer Geek, and Good Times. Each one is packed with events, such as gourmet tastings, workshops, seminars and brewery exhibitions. It’s just as much a celebration of the local community as it is of damn fine beer, so expect plenty of live music, karaoke, mini-golf and more, as well as stacks of warm hospitality.
Date: 18 – 27 May
Location: Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade; St Kilda Town Hall
The St Kilda Film Festival is most definitely not your average film festival. It’s a huge, nine-day showcase of the Australian film industry, promoting local talent and broadening the filmic horizons of all who attend. The festival encompasses multiple events, each of which looks highly promising. Australia’s Top 100 Short Films runs for the full nine days, counting down the most innovative and entertaining short films by directors from across our fine nation. SoundKILDA is a music video contest, and Under the Radar showcases the best works of filmmakers under the age of 21. Then, of course, there’s Tokyo Short Shorts, Vimeo Showcase, and numerous other one-off events throughout the festival.