FREE FESTIVAL FUN AND FINGER-LICKIN’ FOOD TRUCK FARE IN LIVERPOOL

On Saturday 25 August, Western Sydney will light up with two vibrant events showcasing the very best food, music and culture out West. Liverpool street celebration Eat Your Heart Out runs from 2 – 9pm on Railway St, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)’s FREE flagship youth event GENEXT GOES WEST runs from 5 – 8pm at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.

“After a fantastic inaugural year, Eat Your Heart Out returns to celebrate the best of the Liverpool region and celebrate the rejuvenated city centre. The day is a spectacular opportunity for both locals and wider Sydneysiders alike to come together and enjoy a day of tantalising food and incredible local arts,” said Festival Producer Vi Girgis.

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Credit: Melissa Carey
Liverpool Street Arts Fest
Liverpool Street Arts Fest

Taking over Liverpool’s Station Street, Eat Your Heart Out returns for a second year of mouth-watering food trucks, music and arts. Catch food truck fare including Dirty Bird’s Japanese fried chicken delights and Berlin Bangers’ array of wondrous wursts, or check out a pop-up shipping container restaurant and bar from Liverpool’s Macquarie Bistro, showcasing its menu by celebrity chef Colin Fassnidge.

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Dirty Bird
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“Come evening, young people can hop on a train for GENEXT GOES WEST, programmed by young people, for young people! Parent and teacher-free, teens can catch live music from the hottest emerging musicians and get involved with thought-provoking workshops – all for FREE!” said CPAC Director Craig Donarski.

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Gennex Goes West

From 5pm, MCA’s GENEXT GOES WEST will transform Casula Powerhouse into a bustling festival-style event of art, live music and performance. The MCA Youth Committee and CPAC Youth have programmed an event exclusively for young people aged 12-18 years featuring live experimental pop queens Kota Banks and Princi, eclectic producer CLYPSO and electro-soul starlet Clarissa Mei, as well as engaging workshops from local artists including Leila El Rayes.

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Genext
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Credit: Jacqui Manning

For tickets and further information visit www.casulapowerhouse.com/booknow
GENEXT GOES WEST tickets, booking required, https://www.mca.com.au/whats-on/genext/goes-west-2018/
Stay up to date through: www.facebook.com/casulapowerhouse

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The Yard
Credit: Prudence Upton

Event Info
What:
Eat Your Heart Out Liverpool
When: Saturday 25 August, 2 – 9pm
Where: Railway Street, Liverpool NSW 2170
More info: https://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/events/eat-your-heart-out

Dirty Bird
Dirty Bird

What: MCA’s GENEXT GOES WEST: Casula Powerhouse
When: Saturday 25 August, 5 – 8pm
Where: Casula Powerhouse, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula NSW 2170 (don’t forget, Casula has its own train station!)
Booking required: https://www.mca.com.au/whats-on/genext/goes-west-2018/

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TUT performance

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Barkly Street’s Newest Member – Saint Evie

Review of Saint Evie Cocktail Bar & Restaurant – St Kilda – Melbourne

Words by Celeste Iuliano/Images Courtesy of Eugene Canty

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How do you find Saint Evie? Weave through the side streets and onto Barkly, retracing the steps of a St. Kilda legend back to where it all began.

It’s been a short wait, but Saint Evie is finally open for business! Located on the ground floor of the Crest on Barkly Hotel, this lively space is offering brunch by day and bar by night in one of Melbourne’s most vibrant suburbs.

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The name Saint Evie pays homage to a local legend, Evie – a young girl with a generous heart. Back when the hotel was known as the Beverly Crest, Evie would regularly appear at the kitchen entrance after dinner service to collect the leftovers and deliver them to the homeless. While she moved away without saying goodbye, her generous spirit has made its mark.

Inspired by this story, the menu at Saint Evie is designed to be shared. Among the star dishes on the modern Australian/Asian menu are the slow-cooked pork belly baos and melt-in-your-mouth pulled beef short rib croquettes. Seafood lovers are also spoilt for choice between the fresh oysters, salmon blini, and strikingly presented black and white sesame prawns.

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As darkness falls (or it’s simply time for a toast), the signature cocktail is at the ready. Aptly named The Saint, it’s made with a refreshing mix of vodka, ruby grapefruit, fresh ginger, and lime juice sugar syrup.

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The Saint cocktail

With a cosy courtyard just off the main dining area, Saint Evie is the perfect venue for friends to chill out on a sunny weekend or linger on into the night.

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Saint Evie

47 Barkly Street, St Kilda

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“Saint Evie warmly welcomes you to join us for our all-day brunch menu and by night to come and sample some finely prepared, Asian-inspired cuisine designed to share. Kick back with a crafty cocktail or indulge in a wine from our extensive list, all in a comfortable and ambient space bathed in pink neon.

Stop by some time, your table is waiting”.

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REVIEW OF BAROQ HOUSE – MELBOURNE AFTER WORK

BAROQ HOUSE – MELOURNE ‘Baroq House is a 17th Century themed luxurious three level mansion located in a leafy cobbled city laneway; undoubtedly one of the most glamorous and exclusive venues in Melbourne. Combining great music, impeccable service and a first class menu, this venue is where contemporary sophistication meets the glamour of the old … Read more

Janet DeNeefe Brings Balinese Cooking to Melbourne for 2 Nights Only

Janet DeNeefe from Ubud’s Casa Luna Heads to Tolarno Eating House – Melbourne Melbourne expat Janet DeNeefe and proud owner of Ubud’s renowned Casa Luna, will be presenting her famous Balinese home-style cooking for a two-night feast at the historical Tolarno Eating House & Bar in St Kilda. The venue that is known for its … Read more

QV Melbourne’s Wrap Party 6th to 22nd December

PARTY ON AT QV MELBOURNE’S WRAP / PARTY!

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That’s a wrap: new-school carols, dance battles, The After Bar pop-up, free rides on the Christmas Carousel and more in an all-out end of year party at QV Melbourne.

As production closes on 2017, the crew at QV Melbourne are hosting a 17-day Wrap / Party to celebrate the year that was. The program of tinsel-tastic entertainment and events will take over iconic QV Square and surrounding laneways from 6-22 December.

Kicking off with a glitter-bomb-bang at 5pm on Wednesday 6 December, the Wrap / Party launch event will feature new-school carols performed by some of Melbourne’s best voices. Main stage entertainment comes from a range of dance groups including internationally acclaimed hip-hop crew Superhoodz (Australia’s Got Talent) and leading break-dancers BreakHoodz. Joining them are MiniHoodz and JnrHoodz (aged 5-12), busting out advanced hip-hop, funk and break dance moves.

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Hip Hop Crew –
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Be one of the first to snap the perfect ‘Carouselfie’ on the free Christmas Carousel, strike a pose at the spectacular Christmas balloon installation and sip on free cocktails at The After Bar, all while enjoying roving entertainment throughout QV Melbourne’s many laneways. Host Kate Meade (radio host and Victorian Dance Festival founder) will oversee proceedings at the launch event, ensuring the maximum level of fun is achieved.

Free Christmas Carousel
Free Christmas Carousel

In striking pastels and summery hues, QV Melbourne’s FREE Christmas Carousel isn’t just for kids. Hop on the Insta-worthy horses and circle the square to the tunes of the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s, with some Christmas classics thrown in for good measure. The Christmas Carousel is open from 12pm to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm daily. Take a much-needed pit-stop at The After Bar pop-up in QV Square, open 6 and 15 December from 5pm until late. The After Bar serves up FREE fruity and flirty cocktails and mocktails: the perfect pick-me-up after a long day of shopping cardio.

Kick up your sneakers on Friday 15 December when Wrap / Party gets large with an epic Dance Battle at 6.30pm, when Superhoodz go head to head with their mini-me companions, youth hip-hop group Minihoodz. Breakhoodz and JnrHoodz will also compete. Cheer your favourites with free cocktails from 5pm at The After Bar.

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Hip Hop Junior Crew – MiniHoodz

On Wednesday 20 December DJ Chango Phat (Victorian Champion, Australian Turntable Championships) will set the scene for the silly season, spinning tunes from 4pm until 8pm while Schnitz will pop up with a bar serving craft beers and wine, plus some free cheeky Schnitz chips.

Dress your dog in their festive best and bring them along for a complimentary Pooch-mas Photography session on Saturday 9 December and Saturday 16 December between 11am – 4pm. Assemble your squad and get snap-happy as the Christmas Balloon Selfie Station sets up shop in the QV Square from 10am – 8pm daily. Tag @QVMelbourne on 6 December for the chance to win an awesome prize from Harvey Norman.

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Pooch-mas Photography Session

Wrap / Party is the third installation in QV Melbourne’s Laneway Series: a seasonal program of eclectic outdoor events, festivals and activations in the QV Square and surrounding laneways.

What: QV Melbourne’s Wrap / Party: celebrating 2017 with a range of entertainment and events

Where: QV Square, Level 2, QV Melbourne, corner Swanston and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne

When: Wednesday 6 December to Friday 22 December.

Times vary, visit qv.com.au for details.

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New Royal Stacks Food Truck Unveiled

Royal Stacks Food Truck – Melbourne

Words by Kate Taylor

Images Courtesy of Rosanna Faraci/Additional Images HRPR

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You might know Royal Stacks burgers – they’ve been in Melbourne CBD and Brunswick for a little while now. What you might not know is that they’ve just launched their first food truck!

The Royal Stacks Food Truck launched last week. So I’ve just sorted your weekend, right?

Sitting loud and proud out the front of Whitehart up the back of Whitehart Lane in Melbourne’s CBD, the truck offers the entire Royal Stacks menu. They also have built-in augmented reality, but seriously, they don’t need it. It’s nearly summer, Meredith Music Festival is around the corner, and everyone loves a food truck. Pokémon Go, or no Pokémon Go.

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There were loads of people, loads of burgers (and I mean trays and trays of free burgers), free drinks from the bar, live music, and cameras everywhere at the Royal Stacks official launch party. It really was a party! I’m not sure I’d expect much less from the fella behind Royal Stacks, Dani Zeini (he brought you Grand Trailer Park Taverna), and Whitehart owners Stephen Johnson and Sabrina Santucci. Fun fact – Stephen Johnson is an Australian writer, director and producer, best known for his work on Australian classic Yolngu Boy. Shout out my film degree. Just paid for itself.

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Photo by HRPR

Royal Stacks burgers are of the US Shake Shack, rather than your 8bit or Huxtaburger variety – more savoury than sweet. The simplest of the three tasty burgers I ate – yes I ate three – was the Single Stack (one patty, tomato, butter lettuce, American cheddar, special burger sauce, pickles). The pickles! Deliciously surprising. Get this one if you just can’t make a decision. There are nine burgers to choose from after all.

The Miss Elizabeth (one patty, swiss cheese, truffled mayo) was my next grab. It sounds simple and unassuming, but you just wait. She will impress, I promise. Pair this with one of their salty sides and you’ll wonder what to do with your life when you’re done. Did I mention the gems? Potato gems are coming back in a big way, and I’ve got to say, I’m very happy about it.

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My third and final burger of the evening was the Kavorka (crispy fried chicken, tomato, coleslaw, American cheddar, chipotle mayo, spicy pickles), messy and super tasty, will definitely lure you in – the menu suggests adding a corn and cheese croquette. I suggest adding the mac and cheese croquette. Do it.  Don’t think about it.

Get over there this weekend. Everyone loves a food truck.

**The Royal Stacks team revealed more exciting updates during the launch, soon for The Australia Times Gourmet News

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WINE ISLAND RETURNS TO DROP ANCHOR IN SYDNEY HARBOUR!

‘ENJOY A DROP IN THE HARBOUR THIS NOVEMBER WHEN WINE ISLAND RETURNS TO DROP ANCHOR’ Now in its third year, Australia’s most tropical and unique wine festival, Wine Island, returns to Clark Island, Sydney Harbour from Friday 10 November – Sunday 12 November, 2017. This is the place where you can feel like you’re leaving … Read more

SLEEK AND STYLISH: MELBOURNE’S NEW DIESEL BAR

Words by Kelly Sargent

Images Courtesy of Carly Ravenhall 

Melbourne’s newest CBD Bar, Diesel, is as ‘Melbourne’ as it gets; that is, an inconspicuous facade with plenty of action on the inside.

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Located at 202 Little Lonsdale St and part of Melbourne Central, the new Diesel Bar and Eatery is a spacious three level venue which could be dismissed as another heritage brick building should you miss the sign. Diesel boasts a stylish fit out; a classy bar perfect for after work drinks, or a lively night out. 

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The entry door opens to the middle floor, revealing a long room and open kitchen where you can watch the chefs in action. There’s a friendly vibe, with both reasonably priced and fine wine options. It’s not too often ‘friendly and stylish’ go together, but the middle floor at Diesel bar makes it work. Couldn’t get enough of the tenderised beef bites and tasty spring rolls, topped off with a drop or two of sparkling!

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The sleek downstairs powder room hosts both girls and guys…yes they’re unisex toilets! Apparently this is an increasing trend in inner city bars, and if you thought this was due to lack of space, that’s not the case at Diesel.

Upstairs you’ll hear city beats pumping across a chic, industrial space. There’s a sizeable central island bar with booths on one side, great for socialising, or perhaps you’d prefer to slink into a private space. The romantic lighting and warm atmosphere make this an excellent date night choice, or a great spot for an intimate catch-up with the girls. 

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The outdoor area is part of the rear laneway, offering a smoking area only. This is fine given all that’s happening inside, typically Melbourne once again. 

With a slick interior of various dynamic spaces, along with fine food and wine, Diesel Bar and Eatery has quickly earned the reputation as one of Melbourne’s most sought after bars.  

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AFL FOOTY FESTIVAL: GRAND FINAL FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY FROM THIS WEDNESDAY!

MELBOURNE – GRAND FINAL FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY FROM THIS  WEDNESDAY!

The AFL’s free Footy Festival brings together the best of Melbourne’s food with ‘Taste of Football’ food trucks and pop-ups, music, kids activities, and of course, footy in a four day celebration! Wednesday 27th September until Toyota AFL Grand Final Day, Saturday 30th September.

Located at Yarra Park, outside Gate 3 of the MCG, the festival will be packed full of some of Melbourne’s favourite food trucks, Australia’s first UberEATS restaurant, pop-up bars, local DJs and plenty of activities for the kids. Culminating in a live broadcast of the Grand Final on the big screen, this has to the best place to get amongst the action outside the MCG.

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Members of the public are encouraged to buy a Premiership Cup Pin from the Ladder (with support of Public Transport Victoria (PTV)) stall, with all sale proceeds supporting Ladder’s work tackling youth homelessness.

FOOTY FESTIVAL 2017 PRECINCTS:

The Footy Festival will be held across three areas outside Gate 3 of MCG at Yarra Park.

FESTIVAL TIMES:

Wednesday 27th September 10am-6pm

Thursday 28th September 10am-6pm

Friday 29th September 9am-6pm

Saturday 30th September (Grand Final Day) 9am-6pm

TOYOTA AFL GRAND FINAL LIVE SITE

The entertainment hotspot and the heart of the Footy Festival site, the Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site will host free activities for the whole family including interactive displays, prize giveaways and the chance to meet the players.

From Wednesday to Friday, past AFL matches will be shown on the Big Screen, along with award-winning AFL360, the ever-entertaining Bounce and the 2017 Toyota AFL.

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On Grand Final Day itself, things will really heat up. The atmosphere is sure to be electric when the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final and pre-match entertainment is broadcast live from the festival’s Big Screen. Fans will be able to hear the crowd roar, and join in, from their seat on the Yarra Park lawn. This is the place to head for anyone who doesn’t have tickets to the match.

At the 2016 Fox Footy Festival Live Site, Yarra Park, Melbourne. September 28th 2016. Photo: Daniel Pockett
At the 2016 Fox Footy Festival Live Site, Yarra Park, Melbourne. September 28th 2016. Photo: Daniel Pockett

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‘Feathered and Fierce’ premieres at Sydney Fringe Festival 2017

Behind the scenes with dance champions: Feathered and Fierce premieres at Sydney Fringe Festival 2017

A World Champion Samba dancer takes audiences beyond the glamour to the sweat, grit and incredible strength it takes to win in the highly competitive Latin dance world.

 Lauren Eisinger and Amy Mills are proud to present Feathered and Fierce, an unorthodox Latin dance show premiering at Sydney Fringe Festival from 5 – 9 September 2017 for five shows only. Tickets are selling fast via sydneyfringe.com.

 Director and Choreographer Amy Mills (World Samba Solo Champion 2015) has led her all female team to three National Samba Championships (2013, 2014, 2016). In their stage debut, Amy and her team will reveal all in an intimate visceral dance performance, at one of Sydney Fringe’s hottest new warehouse venues.

 Feathered and Fierce will throw back the curtain and reveal the raw strength, failures and dogged determination that it takes to create a moment in the spotlight,” says Amy.

 Producer Lauren Eisinger is known for her unique and eye-catching stage and circus shows, at some of Australia and the world’s most eclectic festivals and venues.

 “This is Latin dance like you’ve never seen it before,” says Lauren.

 “Eight powerful women push their physical and mental limits without restraint. In this stripped back space you’ll see the sweat, hear every breath, feel the camaraderie and find the drive that fuels this world-class team.”

 Amy Mills plans to create a unique experience for audiences.

 “We are giving audience members a real look behind the scenes, incorporating costume racks, ladders and road cases into a Latin dance, with performers who don’t leave the space throughout the show. We will use the versatility of the warehouse space to stage scenes in and around the audience, resulting in a highly immersive experience,” says Amy.

Feathered and Fierce will feature a soundscape unique to the troupe’s shows: a mix of instrumental Latin rhythms and modern pop music. 

 Feathered and Fierce will be an up-close and personal experience of the world within the world of competitive Latin dance. 

 What: Feathered and Fierce, theatrical dance show at Sydney Fringe Festival 2017

 Where: HPG Festival Hub Stage One, 225 Euston Rd, Alexandria, Sydney

 When: 7:30pm, 5 – 9 September 2017

 Tickets: Adult $25, Concession or Under 12 $22, Group 6+ $22. All tickets available from www.sydneyfringe.com

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