This was an old event so it might happen now due to Covid19
The inaugural Sausage festival was on and it’s on every year at Prahran Market. Here we got to taste and vote on the best sausage by the best trader of which there are a few. This is held in time for Australia day where we love our snags. The tasting and the voting for the different sausages was fun.
I wanted a snack so I went to the new Bratwurst store to try one for $7 and $1 extra for toppings. This was a pork sausage and the skin was quite hard. Here this was not cooked long enough but I did like the bread and the toppings of Sauerkraut and Onion. Sorry guys I prefer Queen Victoria market’s one anyday.
I also went to El Alamo for their dessert empanda ($5) and this was an apple one which tasted a lot like Apple pie, except it was smaller and has less calories than apple pie.
If there is a sausage festival anytime soon, do pop by it. Although post Covid times there may not be one until a few years later.
We talk about St Patrick’s day which is celebrated in Melbourne with good food
St Patricks Day is an Irish day and its on the 17th of March. It is a celebration of Irish culture and it is a day where St Patrick was born. St Patrick is one of Ireland’s saints. Whilst in Ireland it’s spring in Australia its Autumn.
Here it is all green and many of the pubs here have their St Patrick’s day parties. This year due to the Coronavirus there aren’t many St Pat’s celebrations. People celebrate it in Irish pubs with Guinness and Irish food. Guinness is an Irish beer which is dark and fruity in flavour.
If you choose not to go out this year, here’s how you can celebrate it at home with cake and Irish food.
In Melbourne many pubs would offer specials. The pub that I like is called Bridie O’Reilly’s and its on Chapel st in South Yarra. Here they are lovely and vibrant. In the days before St Patrick’s day they would have their free beer days.
Here are some of the events we attended in February. February was a busy month with Valentines day and it was the last month of summer
The High Country fundraiser
This fundraiser was held at the Timber Yard in Port Melbourne. Here thousands of people came to this and paid a gold coin to get in. They had heaps of good food and drinks. Alcohol was sold by the glass and there were no alcohol tastings.
Here I had the vegan burger in a bun and it was really nice. The chilli jam was lovely. If I wasn’t doing Febfast then I would have loved to try the sweets. There were sauce stalls and they were amazing. Bright brewery was there and they were popular. Cans were $7 each
Fed Square Beach pop up
For the last month of summer Fed Square has a beach pop up where we can enjoy movies outside. Here they had free food during their launch and I enjoyed their Poptastic ice cream. Remedy had a kombucha stand. I think because of the Coronavirus people stayed away
St Kilda Festival
This was fun and free and lots of live bands and samples! Lots of people came after 3pm and the trams were packed. Here people enjoyed free drinks and free indomie
National Margarita day!
National Margarita day was on the 22nd of Feb and here many people celebrated it by enjoying a Margarita in their favorite bars. TGI fridays advertised it to members for $5. But bay city burrito does the best ones at $8. Here i had the jalepino one and it was fingerlickly good! I enjoyed the jalepino kick!
You can sip with us event in Ella
You can sip with us was a three day event in Ella. You can sip with us was all about the cocktails which uses Australian native ingredients. The cocktails were from Byrdi and were divine. Here we enjoyed the sorbet one and the berry one. The sorbet one was really popular and that sold out within two hours. Although the tickets were $32 each for two cocktails there were huge lines on Friday night. What the organisers should do is organise some priority lanes and people that want these should pay an extra fee (ie say $20-$30) to be in the lane.
Black friday is the day after Thanksgiving and here they have loads of deals. And a fun treasure hunt at Melbourne central!
The line for the hunt was long and some things such as fresh and co they charged for the juice, when everything should be free as it is about businesses promoting things
Here they also have free drinks and black foods. We tried Gyoza Gyoza welcome drink with Asahi and agedashi tofu. We bought the asahi ourselves. The welcome drink was a mocktail. And then we tried a red pinot from Aesop.
Lastly we tried a chocolate tart at The Strand. It was sweet and decadent. But you had to sign up for their newsletter
We give you some tips on having fun, but a cost-effective day at the Show. The show is on from the 21st of September to the 2nd of October at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
This is one kind of lunch that you could bring to the Show
Going to the show can be expensive for families but it doesn’t need to be. With a bit of planning, it can all work out.
There are deals for RACV members but you must buy your ticket online. You can also enjoy the show after dark for $21 per adult.
How will you get there?
Car parking at the show is about $20 a day, so if you can why not take the tram or the train? It’s only $8.40 a day for adults to travel within the metropolitan area but if you have a pass it’s free. On the 57 tram, they have stairs but you can ask another passenger to help you if you have a pram.
If you travel by public transport, why not set yourself a limit and say three bags per person? That way its more manageable and you won’t have to fork out a lot for show bags.
The bonus is if you go on public transport you can drink and enjoy some alcohol.
There are lots of free attractions such as the New Joneses house and the RACV cafe for RACV members. The Woolworths Pavillion is also another great place to check out.
The treasure hunt is on again and there are about 15 things to collect.
Wanna go on rides? It’s a good idea to buy the Ticket to ride which allows you to budget a certain amount and then just stick to it and go on no more after that. You can only get this online.
Set yourself and your family a time limit and stick to it. Make sure that everyone wears a watch on that day and get out on time. If you set yourself a limit then you cannot overspend on time or money.
How not to lose kids at the show and even if they do get lost!
Write your number on a piece of paper and your name and tell the kids that if they get lost to give the paper to an adult and ask them to help your child call you
Photograph them before you get to the show on your smartphone in their clothes. Then if you lose them you can show the photo to the Pie in the Sky staff and they will help you find your child.
Dress them in something unique ie a costume. Or you could put some a light colored scrunchie in their hair. Something that helps you to recognize them
Food and drinks
BYO your own if you can. But if you can’t or forgot your lunch there is the Woolworths Pavillion which has a lot of show specials on offer. Don’t go for the overpriced food. It’s so not worth it
If you go during the daytime you could go for the scones at the CWA kitchen.
But don’t bring glass into the show as that’s not allowed.
Get show bags which are useful and you can use the items in it. For me, I’d buy the Women’s weekly ($18), Women’s Health ($27) and My Kitchen Rules ($27). Don’t get the ones with all the chocolate in it as its usually a waste of money.
There are usually some good show bags on offer at the Woolworths Pavillion too and you can use all the items up within a year.
Here’s a roundup of what happened in August. August saw some new openings and some events. It is also the last month of winter.
International beer day
This day was really fun and I enjoyed sampling a beer at the Richmond Club hotel. The place is really close to Richmond station and the MCG that it was filled with footy punters. Here they were $7 a pint. This beer was just awesome. And then I continued it the following week with another $8 Mountain goat beer.
And at the end of the month and the start of September I went back there with a friend.
Daffodil day was on the 23rd of August where it was a really nice and sunny day to sell Daffodils! Here it was run by the Cancer Council and their volunteers do a lovely job of selling flowers and merchandise to help raise money for research.
The Opening of Ella
Ella is a new dining hall in Melbourne Central and they had a one week party to celebrate their opening. Here they gave away free food and beer. It was 200 serves of food.
The lines were long at Chilli Everest last night.
I wasn’t here for the food. I came to see the new bottle shop and they did not disappoint. I loved the chocolate flavored beer and it worked well with my chocolate brownie.
The live entertainment was really good and they have it every Friday night during happy hour
I tried the coffee from Reverie. It was really lovely
The Winter Village
The Winter Village was on during the winter, but I didn’t have a chance to go there until August. Here you can have lovely intimate parties so long as you book an igloo. The pizzas are $20-$30 and they are a cashless system. You have to buy your pizza online on this website that they post throughout the venue. I had the truffle pizza and it was amazing.
Also, their partners are Furphy beer and the beer is $10 per cup. The wine is from St Hubers.