The Weekender: May 20 – 22

TASTE a bite of Malaysia in Fed Square, plan your next winter escape, feast your eyes on local films and splurge on unique children’s gifts. Lunnie Gan brings you the highlights of the weekend.

Fiesta Malaysia Melbourne 2016
Saturday, May 21 (11.00am – 5.30pm) | Federation Square


Photo: Sheikh Mohd Hafiz Abu Bakar via FLickr

Craving for a taste of Malaysia right in the heart of Melbourne? Delight your tongue this Saturday at Fiesta Malaysia 2016 at Fed Square. This annual fiesta will be full of stalls with authentic Malaysian food, live performances and exciting Malaysian games.

With the promise of being the best Fiesta yet, Fiesta Malaysia 2016 celebrates Malaysia’s diversity through a variety of means. Tantalise your taste buds with the fiesta’s food vendors ranging from Little Ipoh, Mamak to Harajuku Crepes on Wheels.

Experience an exciting line-up of Malaysian performances and activities including performances with wonderful dancing lions and dragons or try your hand at some traditional Malaysian games such as Congkak. Others may want to put their skills to the test in the durian eating challenge. 

For more info on Fiesta Malaysia 2016, check out their website or head over to their Facebook page.

Snow Travel Expo 2016
Sunday, May 22 (10.00am – 4.00pm) | Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank


Photo : Mikael Zetterberg via Flickr

If you consider yourself a big fan of snow travel, check out the Snow Travel Expo 2016 this weekend.

Hitting its 11th year, this expo brings more than 50 global ski resorts to Australia from exquisite locations all over the globe. If you’re planning your next winter escape, do take some advice from the snow travel specialists, see the latest and greatest snow gear and even be in the running for a chance to win a trip for two to Alta, Utah in the United States.

Apart from that, the expo showcases a range of events for visitors as well. Check out pro snowboarders in the live rail jam, be wowed by the Howling Huskys sled tours, run riot in real snow brought to you by Mt Buller Resort and be amazed by a Japanese cultural art display.

To find out more about the Snow Travel Expo 2016, visit the event’s official website.

2016 St Kilda Film Festival
Thursday, May 19 – Saturday, May 28 | 232 Carlisle St, Balaclava 


Photo : via St Kilda Film Festival Official Facebook Page

Movie fanatics, listen up! The 2016 St Kilda Film Festival is back in town!

Emerging filmmakers in Australia will be in the spotlight as more than 100 short film entries look set to showcase the sights and sounds of Australian film making.

In addition to the 100 films screened at the festival, St Kilda Film Festival’s rich program of music videos, special screenings and events, youth programs, filmmaker development programs and so much more will no doubt bring out the creative in you.

So, mark your calendars down for a week filled with captivating cinematography and quality films!

Ticket prices range from $15 to $18 this weekend. If you’re looking for more information, check out the event’s official website.

The Essendon Children’s Market
Sunday, May 22 (10.00am to 3.00pm) | Ukraine Hall, Essendon


Photo : Lina via Flickr

Looking for one-of-a-kind gifts for kids? International students looking out for gift ideas for friends and family won’t want to miss The Essendon Children’s Market which launches this Sunday!

As an all-indoors and pram friendly community market, be ready to shop through nicely curated kids homewares, quality designed clothes to unique baby shower presents at the Ukraine House.

Featuring local designers and creators, this market, which is all about design and lifestyle, is definitely not your run of the mill baby market. Stallholders that await include Fizzy Pop Designs, Oh Boy Bow Ties and lots more.

If you’re looking for more information, head over to the event’s Facebook page.

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