Farmer's Daughters x Starward Whisky Graze + Grains
What: Experience a taste of East Gippsland, and a dram or three of great whisky, as Alejandro Saravia brings his Farmer's Daughters farm-to-table cooking concept to Starward Whisky Distillery for sizzling Saturdays over July, August and September. Gather around for a campfire feast, browse the regional produce market and sip whisky cocktails galore. Alejandro will be cooking up a feast including Starward Whisky cured pastrami using O'Connor's Beef from Gippsland and Lakes Entrance School Whiting cooked over charcoal served with a winter herb salad. And that's just the start of it. Free entry.
When: Saturday 24 August, Saturday 21 September
Where: Starward Whisky, 50 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne
More info: grazeandgrains.starward.com.au
Buy a coffee, give to CafeSmart
What: On Friday August 9 more than 700 cafes from across Australia will donate $1 from every coffee sold (and ask customers to chip in an extra dollar to match) as part of CafeSmart, a national campaign that raises funds for Australians in need. To help smash last year's total, buy your coffee from a particpating cafe this Friday. In Melbourne, that includes Earl Canteen, Axil Coffee Roasters, Rudimentary, Allpress, Moby 3143, Small Axe Kitchen and Auction Rooms.
Where: For the full list or to donate visit streetsmartaustralia.org/cafesmart.
Champagne Saturdays at Stokehouse in St Kilda. Photo: Supplied
Champagne Saturdays at Stokehouse
What: Turn a wintry weekend afternoon into a special occasion, with bottomless Bollinger by the sea at St Kilda's Stokehouse every Saturday throughout August. For $150 per person, diners will enjoy a seasonally driven two-course lunch and two-hours of bottomless Bollinger - and those spectacular views across the bay.
Where: Stokehouse, 30 Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda
More info: via Stokehouse reservations; (03) 9525 5555 or email@example.com
Sensory Underground: sold out but transformed into a bar from August 22-24. Photo: Ben Swinnerton
The Anything But Square Festival at Federation Square
What: For most of August, Federation Square is putting on a lineup of the best artistic, dining and sensory experiences Melbourne has to offer; including a Winter Garden, Winter Village, Red Nose Day celebration and a live virtual reality performance. An up-til-now secret spot underneath Fed Square has been transformed into Sensory Underground: An immersive dining experience with Tokyo Tina. The bad news is it's sold out. The good news, it'll be the Asahi Underground Bar from August 22-24.
When: Until August 25
Where: Federation Square
More info: Anything But Square Festival
The Winter Night Market warms up Melbourne every Wednesday until the end of August. Photo: Supplied
The Winter Night Market at Queen Victoria Market
What: We're into the home stretch, as over the final four Wednesdays of August, market-goers can escape the winter chill and enjoy the warmth of crackling fires, warming food and drinks, and free live entertainment under the iconic sheds of Queen Victoria Market. This year's Winter Night Market features more than 30 global street food stalls and festival bars, along with 50 specialty stalls to shop from.
When: Every Wednesday until 28 August, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Where: Queen Victoria Market – main event entrance, corner of Queen and Therry streets
More info: The Night Market