The Weekender: October 21 – 23

SAMPLE Melbourne’s best dumplings, celebrate India’s festival of lights, go on a three-day shopping spree and find cute designs at the Little Sparrow Market. Hieu Chau has you set for the weekend. 

Melbourne Dumpling Festival
Friday, October 21 (5.00pm – 10.00pm) | 206 Bourke Street

Photo: Charles Haynes via Flickr

Photo: Charles Haynes via Flickr

Dumplings – a perennial favourite for students on the go or those that need something to eat during study.

If you appreciate one of China’s most beloved dishes, you’ll be pleased to know that 206 Bourke Street will be hosting the Melbourne Dumpling Festival; a one night festival celebrating the best dumplings in that area.

Happening this Friday, Tim Ho Wan, China Red, China Chilli and Dragon Boat will go head-to-head in competition to win over your tastebuds with their signature dumplings. To make things even more special, the first 600 people to arrive at the festival’s Lava Bomb mini-pop up will be among the first in Melbourne to sample Tim Ho Wan’s delectable custard dumpling, currently only available in Sydney.

Additionally, Good Beer Week co-founder and Brooklyn Brewery ambassador Miro Bellini will be matching craft beers to each of these restaurants’ speciality dumplings. These free dumpling and beer pairings are free, however, they are also only limited to 30 people per sitting.

Other things to do and see at the Melbourne Dumpling Festival include attending free Chinese calligraphy workshops, Chinese paper cutting demonstrations and enjoying some free live entertainment too!

For more information on the Melbourne Dumpling Festival, visit the event page over at 206 Bourke Street’s official website and show your interest over at the festival’s Facebook event page.

Victorian Festival of Diwali
Saturday, October 20 (12.00pm – 10.00pm) | Federation Square (Corner Swanston & Flinders St)

Photo: Tali C. via Flickr

Photo: Tali C. via Flickr

Celebrate India’s festival of lights this Saturday as Federation Square comes alive with the Victorian Festival of Diwali!

The festival has a huge program for attendees which includes singing and dancing competitions, art displays, yoga and meditation presentations, Bollywood dance workshops and of course, plenty of food to keep you perked up throughout the day.

Once you’ve tuckered yourself out from the day’s proceedings, sit back and take in the spectacular fireworks display to cap off the evening along the Yarra River.

For more information on the Victorian Festival of Diwali, head over to Celebrate India’s official website.

Melbourne Shopping Festival 2016
Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23 (Friday & Saturday: 10.00am – 6.30; Sunday: 10.00am – 6.00pm) | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf)


Sure, you could be studying for your exams or finishing off your final assignments for the year… OR you could totally just delay the inevitable by making hasty purchases at the Melbourne Shopping Festival!

If you’re looking for a reason to treat yourself early, head down to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for this three-day shopping extravaganza!

Get HUGE savings off almost everything from brand name clothes and luxuries to deals on textiles, electronics, furniture and more! Some of the brand names you can expect to encounter include: Adidas, Mossimo, Nike, H&M and Alexandar Wang with so much more to discover inside expo halls.

Though it is a ticketed event — $18.70 for each day — just think of all the discounts and bargains you’ll rack up!

For more information on the Melbourne Shopping Festival, head to its official website.

Little Sparrow Market
Sunday, October 21 (10.30 – 4.30pm) | Federation Square (Corner Swanston & Flinders St)

What’s a typical Melbourne weekend without an independent design market? This Sunday, head down to the Little Sparrow Market and support local designers, retailers and artists.

Held three times a year, the Little Sparrow Market will feature more than 65 design, art and gourmet food stalls.

Find various jewellery, original art, athletic wear, clothes and and various bric-a-brac all at this design market in Federation Square’s atrium!

If you’re interested in finding out more from the Little Sparrow Market, check out its official website for more details.

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