HOT: 9Fest at The Dream Factory, 90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray

the dream factory

The former Lonely Planet site in Footscray is now The Dream Factory, a creative hub for Melbourne’s west powered by Inspire9.

Inspire9 are celebrating the official opening of Inspire9 Footscray at The Dream Factory with a month-long festival of ideas called ‘9Fest.

The 9Fest program runs from 12 June to 8 July and includes free talks, workshops, tours and demos of the Makerspace and VR Lab. The festival culminates in the Inspire9 Footscray Launch Day on Saturday 8 July.

the dream factory

9Fest will be held on the ground floor of The Dream Factory, which has been transformed into a pop up cafe and interactive space called ‘Space9’. Space9 is a collaboration between Inspire9, Creative Suburbs, The Impact Investment Group, and General Assembly working with a whole bunch of innovative and creative people

Space9 is now open for work and play!

the dream factory

Inside you’ll find the Dumbo Feather Airstream serving coffee and baked treats by Scapegoat.

the dream factory

the dream factory

….A ping pong table ready for play…

the dream factory

…the Ideas Cube where you can share your big ideas for Footscray, Melbourne and life in general…

the dream factory

…Free wifi, meeting and worktables and break-out spaces.

the dream factory

Finally, there’s a bright kids play area on the astroturf with a collection of toys and books.

the dream factory

On Saturday 1 July I will be taking over the Space9 play area with Jo Skladzien from Small Scapes. Together we will help families start to build ‘The Inspire9 Dream City’.

the dream factory

The Inspire9 Dream city is a FREE construction play event running from Saturday 1 July 10-12pm. Using only recycled or reusable craft materials, we invite families from Melbourne’s West to construct their dream city as inspired by the surrounding cityscape and landscape. You’re only limited by your imagination!

Bookings for the launch of The Inspire9 Dream City will open soon. Sign up to the Facebook event so you know when and how to book. We can’t wait to meet you at The Dream Factory!


9Fest at The Dream Factory, 90 Maribyrnong St, Footscray

Tuesday 13 June – Saturday 8 July

Space9 open Monday-Friday 7am-3pm, Saturday 10am-3pm

The Inspire9 Dream City Saturday 1 July 10-12pm

What’s On – Friday 2 June to Thursday 8 June 2017

Hello winter!

This weekend I will raving at the first Big Fish Little Fish Family Rave (sold out sorry!), speaking on the panel of the first Feminist Family Salon (sold out but join the waitlist and watch the Facebook Live event) and heading to the first Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Market, an annual winter ritual!

CBD/Docklands

  • Melbourne Good Food and Wine show (Fri 2 Jun – Sun 4 Jun) – celebrate the best in food and wine. 
  • Melbourne International Jazz Festival (Fri 2 Jun -Sun 11 June) – over 500 Jazz artists from around the world will be converging on Melbourne’s bars, clubs, and venues.
  • Eau de Vie Winter Degustation (Fri 2 Jun – 24 Jun) – five-course meal paired with cocktails designed by their award-winning bartenders.
  • Dialogue in the Dark (Fri 2 Jun – Thu 30 Nov) – an immersive experience in total darkness through which, led by blind guides, guests learn to interact in a world without pictures, and rely solely on other senses.
  • Second Line Street Party (Sat 3 Jun) – Join the jubilant energy of the quintessential New Orleans art form – the second line parade – kicking off the Melbourne International Jazz Festival’s 20th anniversary celebrations.
  • Festival of Steve (Sat 3 Jun) – designers, retailers, purveyors of classic merchandise, stylists and outfitters for the modern gentleman.
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sat 3 Jun – Sun 4 Jun) – A place to sit, eat, have a drink and enjoy free family entertainment right in the heart of the city.
  • Slide, Skate and Chill (Fri 2 Jun – Thu 31 Aug) – undercover riverside ice rink and toboggan slide.
  • Aladdin the Musical (Fri 2 Jun – Sun 22 Oct) – Disney film turned into lavish musical. Read the review.
  • Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Market (Wed 7 Jun – Wed 30 Aug) -crackling fires, mulled wine and a revolving line-up of roving entertainers and live music, over 30 street vendors and designer and artisan stalls. READ THE REVIEW.

 

NORTH / NORTH-EAST

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

WEST

  • The Cell Newport (Fri 2 Jun – Sat 10 Jun) – interactive art installation at Substation Newport. Full review.
  • Jazz Out West (Fri 2 Jun – Sun 11 Jun) – Experience inspired Ethio-jazz stylings, laid-back beats, old-school funk and soul-inflected grooves with these free events in Footscray, Moonee Ponds and Yarraville.
  • Seddon Makers Market (Sat 3 Jun) – market celebrates and showcases Inner west local makers and beyond.
  • Discover Footscray tours (Sat 3 Jun) – free art, history and food walking tours of Footscray.
  • Winter Music in the Valley (Sun 4 Jun) – series of four free classical music concerts held on Sunday afternoons.

HOT: Skate Slide Chill, The Common Man, 39 Duke’s Walk, South Wharf

skate slide chill south wharf

Make the most of Melbourne’s winter with Skate Slide Chill, a new pop-up ice skating and tobogganing winter wonderland at  The Common Man South Wharf.

skate slide chill south wharf

We are invited to the launch and have a great time trying out the whole Skate Slide Chill experience, starting with skating on the undercover ice rink, sliding down the toboggan slide and relaxing in the chill out zone with food and drinks from the kiosk.

Each skate and slide session lasts for 45 minutes and begins on the hour, every hour. The session fee includes skate hire and if you’re a beginner they have little animals that you can use to balance on.

skate slide chill south wharf

If you’re not keen on skating yourself but still need to supervise a child under 5s then you grab some rubber shoe grips that allow you to walk safely on the ice rink in your shoes. Lifesaver!

skate slide chill south wharf

The toboggan slide is short and sharp. Beware it is faster than you expect – I witnessed quite a few crash landings!

skate slide chill south wharf

For refreshments the kiosk offers pies, sausage rolls, hot dogs and jam doughnuts as well as Absolut cocktails, mulled wine, Seppelt wines and Lavazza coffee.

You can also book a table to dine at The Common Man restaurant or other South Wharf restaurants. Restaurants are offering dinner and drink specials or you can add a $25 dinner voucher with a value of $30 when purchasing your skate session tickets.

There’s a rotating range of activities taking place including Discount Mondays (50% off tickets if you join the database), Teach Me Tuesdays (free curling lesson 8-9pm), Date Night Thursdays, RnB night Fridays and Funday Sundays (kids receive a free candy bar treat and face painting from 2-4pm). Just make sure you book ahead to ensure you get the timeslot you need and be dressed appropriately – that means at least dry sock


Skate Slide ChillCommon Man Lawn, 39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf

Thursday 1 June – Sunday 31 August

Normal Trade 

Monday to Wednesday: 5-9pm

Thursday & Friday: 4-10pm

Saturday: 12-10pm

Sunday: 12-8pm

School holidays (Fri 30 Jun – Sun 15 Jul)

Monday to Wednesday: 12-9pm

Thursday & Friday: 12-10pm

Saturday: 12-10pm

Sunday: 12-8pm

Queen’s Birthday: 12-10pm

Adults $24.50

Kids (6-14) $18.50

Kids (3-5) $15

2 Adults 2 Kids $69

1 Adults 2 Kids $52

Group Pricing: Booking of 10 $210

What’s On – Friday 26 May to Thursday 1 June 2017

Get warm and cosy during the last official days of Autumn as we welcome Melbourne’s winter in June!

CBD/Docklands

  • Craft Hatch (Sat 27 May) – enjoy the best in handmade, ethical, original and Melbourne-made craft.
  • Magic Mary  (Sun 28 May) – 5 tantalising takes on the Bloody Mary at Magic Mountain Saloon.
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sat 27 May – Sun 28 May) – A place to sit, eat, have a drink and enjoy free family entertainment right in the heart of the city.
  • Snow Travel Expo (Sun 28 May) – There is a real snowplay zone for the kids, presentations in the Snow Lounge and helpful people from dream snow destinations.
  • Slide, Skate and Chill (Thu 1 Jun – 31 Aug) – undercover riverside ice rink and toboggan slide.
  • Aladdin the Musical (Fri 26 May – Sun 22 Oct) – Disney film turned into lavish musical. Read the review.

NORTH / NORTH EAST

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

EAST

  • Melbourne Tram Museum (Sat 27 May) – Visit a Melbourne icon at this quirky museum. FULL REVIEW.
  • Rocky Road Festival (Fri 26 May – Wed 31 May) – 31 different flavours, a host of Rocky Road infused temptations plus a world record beating block that every visitor can try for free!

WEST

HOT: Mr Lawrence, 67 Beach St, Port Melbourne

mr lawrence melbourne

Mr Lawrence in Port Melbourne has moved from the London Hotel and relaunched at a new site that was previously occupied by Tenpin, Mr Lawrence’s sister venue.

mr lawrence melbourne

I am invited to experience the relaunch of Mr Lawrence and I leave very impressed by the delicious Middle-Eastern inspired food and friendly service at the new venue. It is a much bigger space than its previous incarnation, with two storeys of dining and bar service on both levels. 

mr lawrence melbourne

Firstly, the view is stunning, with tall windows revealing the wide expanse of Port Melbourne beach. Upstairs the balcony twinkles with lights from the cruise terminal and Spirit of Tasmania.

mr lawrence melbourne

In keeping with its beachside location the interior is airy and light with touches of the Middle East in the artwork, lighting and cutesy figurines.

mr lawrence melbourne

I try a selection from Mr Lawrence’s ‘modern mezze’ menu with spices and ingredients influenced by Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and North African cuisines.

mr lawrence melbourne

Highlights include crunchy Eygptian felafels with labne…

mr lawrence melbourne

…house smoked trout shredded with potatoes to make a Lebanese-style potato salad…

mr lawrence melbourne

…light-as-air .filo parcels filled with haloumi and feta accompanied by date jam and chermoula salmon with fennel and spinach tagine and fat mograbieh. Both the salmon and the boureks are the best dishes on the night for me

Having said that, leave room for the Moroccan Mess, a twist on the traditional Eton Mess. It’s a Pink Troll hairdo hiding a sweet mass of strawberries, rhubarb, double cream and smashed meringue.

Finally, the professionalism and generally chilled out nature of the staff is notable. Everyone is friendly without being overly familiar and the service is attentive without being fussy. Plates are brought to the table with a simple ‘this is the hummus’, not with long-winded flowery explanations, and water/drinks top ups are done regularly. It makes for a delightfully relaxed evening and rates Mr Lawrence as one of my favourite places to eat in Port Melbourne.


Mr Lawrence, 67 Beach St, Port Melbourne

Open 7 days for lunch and dinner

12pm–late

HOT: Sebastian’s Food and Wine, 303 Hampton Street, Hampton

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

Sebastian’s Food and Wine faces the railway crossing at Hampton and is a popular haunt with commuters, families and nearby worker for all day breakfast or lunch.

You can choose to hang out at the outdoor pavement tables or step away from the buzz to sit in the leafy courtyard instead.

We try the Marrakesh salad ($16) with roasted cauliflower, poached egg, lentils, almonds, dates, spinach, chickpeas. I opt for a slab of grilled haloumi ($3.50) as well. It’s a crispy, healthy mix though the tahini-lime dressing could do with more oomph as it’s barely discernible.

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

The freekeh salad continues in a similar vein ($18) with freekah, tabouleh, grilled haloumi, broccolini, roasted cauliflower. The pickled grapes are an unusual addition and give an interesting sweet/sour tang to the bowl.

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

The Straight Outta Hampton burger ($14) is straight out of a burger textbook. The wagu beef patty does lift it beyond the norm but otherwise it’s a fairly standard stack of lettuce, tomato, pickles, barbecue sauce and mustard.

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

The buttermilk hotcake is an artist’s palette on a plate. The fluffy pancake is one single tall stack with stone fruit, berries and edible flowers.

Sebastian’s Food and Wine

While Sebastian’s Food and Wine doesn’t push any boundaries it is a convenient and reliably good option for local Hampton folk.


Sebastian’s Food and Wine, 303 Hampton Street, Hampton 03 9533 475

7 days a week from 7am – 4pm
Sebastian's Food & Wine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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