The Weekender: March 15 – 17

TOP of our picks in this edition of The Weekender include the screening of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, the Writing Project and an “edible garden” hightea at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Elizabeth Yick has the details. 

The Writing Project
Saturday March 16, 10am – 1pm, Kensington Neighbourhood House (89 McCracken Street, Kensington)


Photo: Jean Scheijen

Ever dreamed of being a writer… a published writer? Well, here is a chance for those aspiring wordsmiths. Starting this Saturday, Kensington Neighbourhood House is running a special creative writing program called The Writing Project. Led by Australian author Emilie Collyer and other guest writers and editors, the project is a series of five master-classes over the year on the development of writing from creation to publication. Participants will learn how to write, edit and polish a piece of writing in a style of their choice. Each session is a “stand-alone”, however, if you wish to have your piece included in a published collection at the end of the course, attendance of at least three sessions is required. Sessions are $25 (concession, $40 for full-priced) and payable by cash or cheque. Bookings can be made through emails to or by phone on (03) 9376 6366.

Ice Hockey – Australia vs. Victoria All-Stars
Saturday March 16, 5-7pm, Medibank Icehouse (105 Pearl River Road, Docklands)

Catch an ice hockey match. Photo: Sasky Saves via flickr.

Catch an ice hockey match. Photo: Sasky Saves via flickr.

Don’t miss out on the farewell match for the Australian ice hockey team before The Mighty Roos head off to Croatia for the Ice Hockey World Championships (Division II) come April. This Saturday, the Australian national side will take on a team of Victoria’s best players in friendly ‘show-down’ at the Medibank Icehouse. The last time the Mighty Roos played at Medibank Icehouse, they took out the World Championship title (Division II) in front of a very excited home crowd. The match this Saturday promises to be a fast-paced high-intensity contest between some very talented players, and will also kick off the 2013 Australia Ice Hockey League season. Tickets are $20 and available at the Medibank Icehouse website.

‘Underground – The Julian Assange Story’ Screening and Q&A Session
Sunday March 17, 6.30pm, Cinema Nova (368-384 Lygon Street, Carlton)

WikiLeaks, who doesn’t know about it? Who isn’t a little bit fascinated by its founder-editor Julian Assange? Don’t we all secretly wonder how long he will hide out in the Ecuadorian embassy in London? Or whether he will really contest for an Australian senate seat come the September elections? Well, for those who missed out on the Channel Ten screening of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, Cinama Nova will be holding a special screening of the movie Underground this Sunday evening. The screening will be followed by a special Q&A session with Rob Connolly (the writer / director), actors Alex William and Rachel Griffiths (who respectively play Julian Assange and his mother Christine) and – wait for it – Christine Assange herself. Tickets to the event are $15 for students ($19 full-priced). So, for the chance to ask Mrs Assange some probing questions about her infamous son, book online now to secure tickets for the screening.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Until Sunday March 17, various locations around Melbourne and regional Victoria

Last chance to catch this year's Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. From left, the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar, and edible garden desserts. Photos: City of Melbourne

Last chance to catch this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. From left, the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar, and edible garden desserts. Photos: City of Melbourne

It is the last weekend of the annual Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and for those who haven’t had the chance to go to any of the events, it is not quite over yet…

Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar
Daily 8am – late, until Sunday March 17, Queensbridge Square (1A Queensbridge Street, Southbank)

If you haven’t already visited the Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar, do head down to the Queensbridge Square this weekend to sample some of Melbourne’s best coffee. The baristas serving up some of their delicious brew in the final weekend include those from popular Collingwood café De Clieu, renowned coffee institution St Ali, and talented newcomer Collective Espresso. At night, the space is transformed by some of Melbourne’s most institutionalised bars, who will serve up their delicious coffee-inspired cocktails.

La Terre Sucrée Hightea at the NGV International
Daily 10am – 5pm, until Sunday March 17, The Tea Room at the National Gallery of Victoria (180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne)

Pop into the NGV Tearoom for a high-tea experience like never before. Peter Rowland’s award-wining team of pastry chefs have created La Terre Sucrée (The Sweet Earth) – a collection of delicious treats in the form of an edible garden – to delight both foodies and art-lovers alike. Tea sets are priced at $50, which comprised of a three-tier high-tea set, as well as a glass of French sparkling wine, as well as a tea or coffee. Bookings are encouraged and can be made by phoning (03) 8620 6431.

For many more exciting regional events outside of metropolitan Melbourne, check out the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival official site.

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