Melbourne Museum SmartBar – Giveaway!


Melbourne Museum is opening up next Thursday night 20 August for its popular adults-only Smartbar, with a theme for this event being Get Stuffed!

Spend a night exploring the scientific and historic background of taxidermy with the museum’s experts.

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Title Felis silvestris, Wild Cat mounted mammal specimen
Source: Museum Victoria / Photographer: Heath Warwick

This adults-only event is stuffed with demos, drinks, talks and a dash of digital media that will make you think differently about taxidermy – an art form that takes years to learn and even longer to master. You’ll also be able to learn why Museums still collect in the 21st century and explore shifting attitudes towards taxidermy.

Food and drink is available for purchase on the night, or walk to nearby Fitzroy and check out some great eateries.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 concession/MV members – buy tickets here or call 131102 and join the Facebook event here.

Giveaway! Thanks to Melbourne Museum I have 3 x double passes to give away to attend Smartbar on Thursday 20 August 6-9:30pm.

To enter, follow the instructions below and the three winners will be drawn randomly after the competition closes midnight Monday 17 August. Good luck!

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Melbourne Good Food and Wine Show 2015 – Giveaway!

Alistair1Australia’s largest consumer food and wine exhibition the Good Food and Wine Show is being held in Melbourne over the long weekend on Friday 5 June – Monday 8 June  at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The main ambassador for this year’s show will be UK celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott, where he will exclusively take part in the Melbourne show. He’ll be there along with a line up of renowned local and international chefs plus  hundreds of boutique exhibitors and a focus on on-trend foods and beverages.


Take a shopping trolley, lots of cash, wear comfortable shoes and clothes and don’t drive or ride a bike – there’s beer and wine on offer!

Tickets are $34 general entry for adults, $20.40 for children 12-17 years and kids under 12 years are free.

Giveaway! Thanks to Good Food and Wine Show  I have 3 x double adult passes for general exhibition entry on any of the 4 days to give away. To win all you have to do is leave a comment before midnight Monday 1 June and the winners will be selected randomly. Good luck!

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The Greatest Love Of All – The Whitney Houston Show – Giveaway!

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The Greatest Love Of All – The Whitney Houston Show celebrates the iconic pop singer Whitney Houston and her most loved songs. The show is coming to Melbourne in May 2015 with the breathtaking voice of South African singer Belinda Davids after selling out in Dubai, New Zealand, Canada, the US and South Africa.

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The 2 ½ hour concert and stage show spans Houston’s 29 year career and includes hits How Will I Know, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, Didn’t We Almost Have It All, I’m Every Woman, Exhale (Shoop Shoop), Step by Step and I Will Always Love You.

Watch this preview clip to hear the amazing Belinda Davids – she has a 4 octave range!

The Greatest Love Of All – The Whitney Houston Show, Athenaeum Theatre, 188 Collins St, Melbourne

Friday 15 May to Saturday 23 May 2015

Tickets from $49.90 from Ticketek 132 849

Giveaway! Thanks to The Greatest Love Of All – The Whitney Houston Show I have 2 x double passes to give away for the opening night Friday 15 May.

To win just follow the instructions below. The competition closes midnight Monday 20 April and the two random winners will be contacted by email. Good luck!

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Brick Man Experience – The Complete Collection by Ryan McNaught – Giveaway!


Are you a LEGO family? I am! So I’m excited that for the first time ever Ryan “Brick Man” McNaught, one of only twelve LEGO Certified Professionals in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere, will exhibit his remarkable collection of over 50 original LEGO works at the Brick Man Experience – The Complete Collection by Ryan McNaught.


The exhibition includes all of Ryan’s works, such as the 4m long “Elvis” Erikson Aircrane Helicopter and the 250,000 brick “Love Boat”, plus behind the scenes stories, original drawings and sketches. I’ve seen some of Ryan’s pieces on display at Brickvention and they’re spectacular!

In addition to Ryan’s pieces, for the first time anywhere in the world works from other LEGO Certified professionals will be displayed, based around the “Transport” theme from their native country.

There will also be a chance for visitors can participate in building their own masterpiece!

Brick Man Experience – The Complete Collection by Ryan McNaught

Melbourne, The Exhibition Hall, Crown Conference Centre, Tue 31 Mar – Sun 12 Apr

Sydney, Sydney Town Hall (Lower) Sat 27 Jun – Sun 12 Jul

Tickets via

Giveaway! Thanks to Brick Man Experience – The Complete Collection by Ryan McNaught I have 3 double passes (2 adults valued at $69.80 ) to give away for any session during the Melbourne season Tue 31 Mar – Sun 12 Apr.

To win comment below with which session (date and time) you’d like to attend. The competition closes midnight Monday 30 March winners will be selected randomly. Good luck!


The Red Dress – Giveaway!


The Red Dress is an award-winning dance drama by the China Ningbo Performance & Arts Group tells the touching love story of a young man and a young woman from two rich families in an ancient town in southern China. Sweethearts since they were young, they fall in love and then move apart.  The promise of marriage makes the beautiful bride-to-be wait for years with her dream of a red wedding dress.


The Red Dress is playing at the Palais Theatre on Tuesday 10 March at 7pm and Wednesday 11 March at 7pm. Bookings via

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The Red Dress, Palais Theatre, Lower Esplanade, St Kilda

Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 March 7pm

Ticketmaster or 136 100

Tickets from $24.00 to $70.00

Giveaway! Thanks to The Red Dress I have 2 x double passes valued at $140 to give away for the performance on Tuesday 10 March at 7pm.

To win, just follow the instructions. Competition closes midnight Wednesday 4 March. and the winners will be selected randomly. Good luck!

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THRILLER LIVE is a spectacular concert production that celebrates the music of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five. The 2 hour show features non-stop hits, high-energy choreography and dancing and Michael’s innovative dance moves, video footage, a myriad of effects and dazzling costumes.


THRILLER LIVE has played in London’s West End for six capacity years since 2009 and it premieres in Australia in Perth on 10 December, then tours nationally to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.  Two of the stars on this tour will be Australian’s MiG Ayesa and Prinnie Stevens who have just performed the roles in the West End, London.


THRILLER LIVE  is a homage of Michael Jackson’s 45 year musical history and contains all of Jackson’s favourite songs. Don’t miss it!

THRILLER LIVE, Arts Centre Melbourne, State Theatre

Wednesday 28 January to Sunday 8 February, 2015

Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday – Friday 8pm, Saturday 4pm & 8pm, Sunday 1pm and 6pm

Tickets from $69.90. (Booking and transaction fees may apply.)

Bookings: ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE 1300 182 183 or

Groups 10+ SAVE! Call Group Bookings 1300 002 787

Giveaway! Thanks to THRILLER LIVE I have 2 x double passes to give away for the opening night Wednesday 28 January. To win all you have to do is follow the instructions below. Two winners will be randomly selected and notified via email and tickets posted out. Competition closes midnight Monday 8 December. Good luck!

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Scottish Fling Festival at Immigration Museum – Giveaway!

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On Sunday 16 November the Immigration Museum will be holding a one-day Scottish Fling Festival to celebrate the launch of a new community exhibition exploring Scottish migration and culture in Victoria called Scots Wha Hae (Lowland Scots for ‘Scots Who Have’).

Visitors can enjoy pipe bands, traditional and contemporary folk music, the singers of the Scottish Gaelic Choir and watch highland dancing performances.

Little ones can ride a Shetland pony, try family tree craft activities, play mini golf and join in the fun of the Team Tartan group artwork. Adults can book into whisky tasting workshops exploring the renaissance in the Scottish whisky industry with Melbourne-based distillers Nippy Sweetie Whiskies (additional fee and bookings required).

There will  be traditional Scottish food with classic haggis, black pudding, square sausage, Scotch broth, potato scones, clootie dumplings, shortbread and oat cakes, washed down with Irn-Bru or speciality teas.

Scots profiled in Scots Wha Hae include former AC/DC front man Bon Scott, opera legend Dame Nellie Melba, and Sir Macpherson Robertson, who invented the Freddo Frog and Cherry Ripe and later funded an Australian Antarctic expedition. Scots Wha Hae will be on display until 31 May 2015.

Scottish Fling Festival, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Sunday 16 November 2014 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Festival Day entry fee:

Adults $15 (includes museum and exhibition entry)

Children, Concession and MV Members FREE

Whisky Tasting Workshops additional fee: Adults $23, Concession $20, MV Members $20, MV Member Concession $17

Bookings 13 11 02, or online at

Giveaway! Thanks to the Immigration Museum I have 3 x double passes (two adults, kids are free) for the Scottish Fling Festival on Sunday 16 November.

To win just follow the instructions and the 3 winners will be randomly selected at midnight Monday 10 November and tickets posted to you.  Good luck!

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HOT: Hot Chocolate Festival, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen

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This recent icy cold weather is the perfect excuse to indulge in cups of hot chocolate!

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Throughout August the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is hosting a Hot Chocolate Festival with 31 limited edition flavours of hot chocolates being served. Every week there will be 8 flavours on rotation and I was invited to try their week 1 menu consisting of a mix of traditional to unexpected flavours.

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The hot chocolate tastings cost $8 a head, only 50c more than a standard hot chocolate from the cafe, so it’s a good way to taste different flavours. All the hot chocolates are whisked with callettes of the finest Belgian couverture chocolate and the ingredients and garnishes are made on site, paired with the chocolate considered most suitable for the flavour.

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Most of the 8 tasters are made with milk chocolate and I’m not sure whether any substitutions are permitted if you’re more of a dark or white chocolate fan.

My favourite flavours were the nutella (last year’s bestseller), salted caramel and roasted macadamia, while the flavours like Turkish delight and bubblegum were too sweet for me. I’ve voted for my favourite flavour and am now crossing my fingers to win my body weight in couverture chocolate from the Chocolaterie!

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To finish off the tastings you can choose a giant handcrafted marshmallow – a wonderfully soft mouthful of vanilla, chocolate or berry and violet.

yarra valley chocolaterie

yarra valley chocolaterie

After trying out the hot chocolates, doing some free chocolate tastings and chocolate shopping, make sure you stay for morning or afternoon tea in their Café. The chefs are all European trained patisserie chefs (who specialise in chocolate) and we tried the chocolate brownie, chocolate mousse gateau and white chocolate and berry parfait.

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yarra valley chocolaterie

The brownie was particularly spectacular – a crunchy outer housing an oozy centre. It comes served with ice cream that’s churned from cream and is made fresh on premises. When RM asked T about the best part of his day he said ‘the chocolate brownie!’.

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As if you haven’t had enough chocolate the desserts all come with a shot of milk, dark and white chocolate from the chocolate wheels by the counter, so remember to specify what chocolate shot you’d like!

Giveaway! Thanks to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery I have 1 x hot chocolate tasting for 4 people to give away. To win, just follow the instructions below and the winner will be randomly drawn Friday 8 August 2pm. Good luck!

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Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Rd (cnr Melba Hway) Yarra Glen

Hot Chocolate Festival 1 – 31 August 10am and 2pm $8 per person

Open every day, 9-5pm

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HOT: Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne + Giveaway!

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Queen Victoria Market’s annual winter night market is back!

Luna1878 Night Market is a midweek celebration of winter that is happening every Wednesday night until 27 August. Before you groan about leaving your warm house to venture out on a freezing school night, just note two things:

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1. The market is actually much warmer than you might expect. I think it must be because of the roof, the number of cooking fires and bright lights. I didn’t notice any outdoor heaters about but I didn’t feel the cold at all.

2. There is mulled wine!

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Under the sheds of Queen Vic you’ll find a large range of street food to sample, interspersed amongst diverse stalls of local designers and craftspeople. I was invited to try out what was on offer at the market and I was pleasantly surprised by the broad range of food and entertainment on offer. The set up was a lot more spacious than my previous visit to the summer night markets and there was enough seating for quick bites in between strolling.

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I think the food is the reason to get most excited about Luna1878 Night Market. You can choose to eat the world with Filipino coal-roasted meats, soups in a cob loaf to steaming pans of paella. Some of it was ok, other dishes were fantastic and most of it was priced around the $7 mark with nothing more than $15.

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My recommendations go to the Xinjiang spicy lamb skewers, the grilled cevapi from the cevapi cart and the baby octopus from the Sicilian barbecue.

queen victoria market night market

For dessert there were a few options – crepes, creme brulee, waffles or cannoli from a guy who had a cannoli for a head (kidding! just caught him at the right angle).

queen victoria market night market

I think there could be more dessert options as the line for all of these stalls was pretty long and in the end we settled for a chilli and spice hot chocolate from Market Espresso. Unfortunately this was probably the worst thing we tried on the night, with badly burnt milk combined with a syrupy spice mix. We dumped half of it in the bin.

Perhaps my pro tip is to just swim against the crowd and eat dessert first and savouries later!

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The lively vibe in the market was enhanced by the free entertainment, including musicians, street performers and comedians. I actually found the cooking just as much fun to watch as crews hacked into a whole pig at the Hoy Pinoy and a primary school kid deftly flipped pizza dough at 400 Gradi.

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If you’re planning a trip to Luna1878 Night Market then mark next Wednesday 23 July in your diary as on that night only Kit Webster will be presenting his amazing multimedia installation called Enigmatic.

Luna1878 Night Market, Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria Streets, Melbourne

Every Wednesday 9 July – 27 August 5-10pm

Free entry

Giveaway! Thanks to Queen Victoria Market I have 3 x $30 food/drink vouchers for Luna1878 Night Market to give away. To win just follow the instructions and the three winners will be chosen randomly. Entries close Monday 28 July midnight. Good luck!

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World Cup 2014 Festival of Football – Giveaway!

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The Festival of Football will be taking over the historic George Cinemas in the heart of St Kilda to screen every match of the 2014 World Cup across three huge cinema screens.

The Festival of Football will kick off with the first match between Brazil and Croatia at 6am on Friday 13 June and will run until the Final on Monday 14 July at 6am.

There are three levels of seating available:

• The Stadium – enjoy the game in theatre seats with a bar serving drinks throughout

• The Lawn – sit back and relax in lounges, bean bags and deck chairs

• The Super Box – rally your mates and do it in style with a private booth for ten and an all-inclusive food and drinks package

For the full schedule and to book tickets, visit:

Giveaway! Thanks to the Festival of Football I have 3 x double ‘Lawn’ passes to the first game between Brazil and Croatia on Friday 13 June at 6am.

To enter just leave a comment below and the winners will be drawn on Wednesday 11 June so you have time to set your alarm clocks. Good luck!

The winners are #2, #7 and #10! An email has been sent to you.

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