If lockdown has its teeth into your very soul, you are not alone. The entire city needs a pick-me-up and Attica, in collaboration with local musical legends the Avalanches and Melbourne Food and Wine Festival have the answer: a big, free party.
On Saturday, September 12, the Avalanches' Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi will be live streaming a set into your living room, supported by DJ Soju Gang.
For his part, Attica chef Ben Shewry will be releasing a series of party tip videos including recipes for the greatest get-down foods of all time: cheese and pineapple hedgehogs; "better than sausage, sausage rolls"; and "hectic" prawn cocktails.
According to Shewry, one of Australia's most respected fine dining chefs, "nothing truly shows a person's party food chops like a cheese and pineapple hedgehog. The wackier the better, so lean into your inner 1970s vibe."
While the tone is light, the motivation from all parties involved stems from a desire to help Melburnians stay strong in lockdown. Di Blasi and Chater say, "we have watched people struggle desperately with mental health, losing businesses and so much more. This is a love letter and a thank you to this city that has supported us for so long."
The event is free, simply register via melbournefoodandwine.com.au. Shewry's videos will also be housed on the site and released a week ahead of go time.