The Weekender: May 27 – 29

EXPERIENCE the tastes of Latin American culture, buy some new clothes with actual pockets, enjoy tea tastings or simply make a yarn of your weekend at the Yarn and Craft Market. Yulia Sotnikova has more.

Latin Fiesta Weekend
Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29 (Various times) | 518 High St, Preston

Photo: S Pakhrin via Flickr

Photo: S Pakhrin via Flickr

Over the past few years Food Truck Park in Preston has become a popular attraction and for many it has even become a regular dining spot. On top of that, the park often organises special events and this weekend it’s themed up to the tune of a Latina Fiesta.

The Latin Fiesta Weekend at Preston’s Food Truck Park will feature the best street cuisine from Brazil to Cuba with plenty in the way of entertainment to keep you satisfied in the lead up to this year’s Rio Olympic Games.

In terms of food, you can find a wide assortment of vendors including Latin food truck staples like Don Lopez, Copa Truck, Smokin Barrys, Senor BBQ, Corn Kid, Mannys Doughnuts and Touch of Spain. For modern twists on Latin cuisine, expect to see Those Guys Food, Boss Burgers, Happy Camper Pizza, Loaded Gourmet Hotdogs and so much more!

The Food Truck Park has a large outdoor seating area, indoor warehouse space and onsite car park. The venue is also fully licensed, with Barry’s Bar serving craft beer, cider on tap, wine and pre-mixed spirits.

The park is open Friday nights 5.00pm – 10.00pm, Saturdays 12.00pm – 10.00pm and Sundays 12.00pm – 9.00pm.

For more information about the Latin Fiesta Weekend at Preston’s Food Truck Park, visit the official event page on Facebook

PocketChange Presents: Pocket Pop-Up
Saturday, May 28 – Sunday, May 29 | Magic Johnston Cultural Complex (27 – 29 Johnston St, Collingwood)


Photo: S.E.H Kelly via Flickr

Has anybody noticed how it’s pretty much impossible for a woman to buy a pair of pants with pockets? The best you can get are two fake ones.

For no apparent reason, pockets are becoming extinct; what’s left of the species can now only be found on male pants and even there the population is pitiful.

That’s where Pocket Change Pop-Up comes in. This weekend, the store will be selling a range of clothes, made by 20 Australian and international designers, that all come with pockets.

The organisers see pockets as a symbol of female empowerment, so, all earnings from this event will go towards women’s innovation at The University of Melbourne.

You can start by attending the launch party on Friday, May 27 (a night prior to the weekend pop-up). Tickets are a $7 donation to the scholarship fund and come with a drink on arrival. On Saturday and Sunday, doors open at 9.00am.

For more information, head to the pop-up’s event page on Facebook.

Melbourne Tea Festival
Sunday, May 29 | Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Photo: tokyoshooter via Flickr

Photo: tokyoshooter via Flickr

If you are a tea lover, head down to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre this weekend and participate in the Melbourne Tea Festival.

This festival is an interactive experience designed to help people discover and experience numerous varieties of tea including specialty loose-leaf tea and herbal tisanes of all styles.

The day will be split in two parts: tea market and workshops.

The tea market opens at 9.00am and runs until 4.00pm. There will be more than 50 stalls with tea samples, food trucks, ceramic artists and makers of teaware and homeware. The purchase of a $5 ceramic mug with a built in souvenir to take home will provide guests a chance to sample every tea on offer.

During the second part of the day – the workshops – leading tea specialists will discuss tea basics, blending, tea ceremonies as well as tea and desert pairing and tea meditation.

Pre-sale tickets are $12. Tickets purchased at the door are $15. Workshop tickets are a bit more expensive and can range from – $20 – $44.

More information about the Melbourne Tea Festival can be found at the event’s official website

Yarn and Craft Market – Handknitters Guild Victoria
Sunday, May 29 | Coburg Town Hall (90 Bell St, Coburg)

Photo: Cashmere Beach via Flickr

Photo: Cashmere Beach via Flickr

This is an event for all the knitting enthusiasts out there. There will be numerous stalls of knitting, spinning and craft items by independent suppliers in Victoria at the Yarn and Craft Market this Sunday.

Expect to find hand dyed socks, hand painted yarns, art yarns and many more things that can cheer you up this winter. Most of the stallholders who will be showcasing their work at this market do not have their own shops, so, it’s almost a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to see their work.

Also, there will be raffle tickets on sale where the first prize winner will get the chance to score a large blanket made by members of the Guild with Bendigo wool. Now this is definitely worth going there for!

The market will be open on Sunday 10.00am – 3.00pm and entry is free.

For more information about the Yarn and Craft Market, visit the Handknitters Guild’s website.

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