Get Your Multicultural Fix at Courtyard Cantina in Melbourne!

Get your multicultural fix at Courtyard Cantina in Melbourne

Where: Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
When: 5pm – 9pm every Friday in February

We all know that if an event is back by popular demand, it must be pretty, well, popular. That’s certainly the case for Courtyard Cantina, a mind-blowing array of multicultural delights returning to the courtyard of the Immigration Museum for the second time this February.

In the vein of last year’s festival, there will be mouth-watering eats available from some of Melbourne’s favourite food gods including Senor BBQ, Burn City Smokers, Feast of Merit, El Alamo, Trailermade, and Cornutopia. How’s that for a laundry list of tasty global goodness?

Burn City Smokers
BBQ aficionados Burn City Smokers

Naturally, you’ll want to wash down all that deliciousness with an equally enticing beverage or two, and you’ll be covered on that front too, with stacks of drinks on offer and half-price entry to the museum during the event, which includes free wine tastings! If wine isn’t your thing, that’s totally cool, because Fred Siggins of Black Pearl will also be running a tiki-themed cocktail workshop on the first Cantina.

Fred Siggins of The Black Pearl
Fred Siggins of The Black Pearl

Fred filled us in on why he’s excited to be joining the Cantina crew.

What sets Courtyard Cantina apart from other events/projects you’ve been involved in?

Courtyard Cantina is different from other events I’ve been involved in because there’s a really positive community engagement aspect instead of just an excuse to drink. I think it’s amazing for the Immigration Museum to present the idea of relaxing after work on a Friday in a way that’s thoughtful and intellectually stimulating. 

And what should patrons expect from Tiki Time?

Tiki Time will be both an exploration of the history of this amazing cultural movement, and an instructional session on how to make three iconic tiki cocktails with samples of each for everyone. The history part is full of all sorts of fun stories and strange characters, and the drinks are fun, tasty, and perfect for a summer evening. 

How do you feel about working with the Immigration Museum?

Working with the Immigration Museum is amazing. I love being able to use my knowledge of drinks and drinks culture as a tool to crack open broader social, political and historical ideas. I’ve always been interested in history and other cultures, plus I’m always telling people how fundamental Melbourne’s immigrant populations are to our food and drink scene, so I think it’s a perfect match. 

The inaugural Courtyard Cantina
Patrons at the inaugural Courtyard Cantina

Alongside the amazing food and drink selection, there will be no shortage of entertainment on offer, with multicultural designers showcasing their latest designs as part of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. Thanks to a partnership with PBS FM, there will also be performances by live bands and DJs including Mike Gurrieri, Blair Stafford, Cocoa Noire, and CC:DISCO.

We caught up with local Italo disco legend CC:DISCO to talk about her involvement in Courtyard Cantina.

How would you describe Courtyard Cantina?

CC is a great event; it’s got a great welcoming vibe, and it’s the best way to start the weekend.

I play a lot of clubs and festivals, so playing an event like this is great because it’s such a nice vibe with great people who are always up for listening to music they may not know.

What should people expect from your set at Cantina? Should we wear our dancing shoes?

Disco and boogie will be the main genres, and yes, you should always wear your dancing shoes!

Noted! What are your thoughts on the Immigration Museum?

It’s a great place; the site itself is so beautiful, and the team at IM are really great and work hard with their exhibitions and events. I feel like I always come away having learnt something about another culture every time I go, which is really important in this day and age.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Delve into cultural diversity at Courtyard Cantina, on every Friday night from 5pm – 9pm during February at the Immigration Museum. Entry is FREE! Head to the Immigration Museum website for more info.

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