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popping UP in melbourne #10

…autumn in Melbourne – time to eat, drink and…


The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) is in full swing – halfway through already – but there’s lots still happening and one of the most popular events is yet to come ! There are no less than 19 locations hosting the World’s Longest Lunch* on 15th March – what could be more civilised than sitting down at a very large table with several hundred of your closest friends ?

This year we see many pop up installations happening around the themes of good food and drink, including :

  • The Urban Coffee Farm & Brew Bar installation at Queensbridge Square is “a world-first installation that reinterprets a terraced coffee farm, including shipping containers from Melbourne’s own port, timber pallets and packing crates, in the centre of our bustling city”*. Over 18 days of the MFWF the cafe (open every day, early ‘till late) will feature workshops, coffee service (and some healthy attitude ?) from our best local bartenders and baristas.
  • There’s a twist on the famous Melbourne travelling tram restaurant theme this year – the Everleigh Cocktail Tramcar* will serve up creative concoctions from drink trolleys as they rattle around the Melbourne CBD. The cocktail tram will be serving food (‘though Everleigh says that’s a 2nd thought…) from the (very popular, year-round) Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. Might be advisable to also buy a tram ticket for the ride home, or maybe a city hotel room…
  • Several restaurants within The West End at Crown* precinct (Crown Riverwalk) will join the MFWF with an outdoor showcase and pop up bars (featuring Rekorderlig, Matilda Bay, Treasury Wines and others) over this long weekend – Saturday 9th to Monday 11th March, 12-9pm.

Not associated with the MFWF (and a half-hour trip out of the city) Kingston Council* is hosting a City Hall Pop Up Bar. While there’s a pop-up shipping container parked outside the front door, inside the old Moorabbin Town Hall will be live bands and DJs. The ‘boards will be bouncing on Fridays March 8th, 15th and 22nd and finally on Thursday March 28th, from 4.00pm til late.

Also serving coffee and something extra this month – a new residential development has installed a cafe and green place with a difference…. Broadsheet Melbourne weekend* says “a group of roasters, designers and developers have come together to bring new life to the neighbourhood through coffee, urban gardening and architecture” – offering delicious fresh brews of course but also showcasing the “edible gardens” concept of the development – growing food creatively within limited urban spaces. The Coffee and Edible Greenery installation is open Saturdays & Sundays at 350 Clarke Street Northcote – until 24th March.


Other pop ups around Melbourne right now :

My Best Friend Is A Bag* at Melbourne Central this week – in the Little Black Dress Project. My BFB will be at the Melbourne Central Link Bridge (Community Garden, level 2) until Wednesday 13th March.

The Little Black Dress is part of the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival – that’s a whole ‘nother festival gearing up between 11th – 18th March (which really deserves it’s own post, very soon…)

Online female fashion brand Noireluxe* have opened a pop up shop this week at Watergardens Town Centre (Taylors Lakes)

And The Thousands Melbourne* announced Fix It ! pop up workshops at the Per Diem Cafe, 163 Lennox Street Richmond. Free advice and help on mending / restoring your loved items ! The guys from Fix It ! will be there on Saturdays 2nd to 23rd March, between 10am – 2pm.


* so they say, I admit we haven’t checked these out ourselves…


featured image : The World’s Longest Lunch (or Largest Panama Hat Party ?) – Broadsheet Melbourne



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