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HOT: Sweets, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne + Giveaway!

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As an immigrant, Melbourne’s Immigration Museum holds a special place in my heart.

Housed in the beautiful Old Customs House by the river, the museum presents the stories of people from all over the world, people just like me, who have made their home in Australia and Victoria. It’s important to me to support and promote a dedicated space that acknowledges the contribution of immigrants to the richness of life in Australia. (Oh and there’s a picture of me in the ‘Identity’ exhibit – that’s another story!).

And when their newest exhibition is about desserts….well, it’s right up my alley!

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Starting on 15 March, Sweets: tastes and traditions from many cultures will explore the ways in which Victorian communities use sweet foods in their cultures.
Five different communities have been chosen to participate in the exhibition – Indian, Italian, Japanese, Mauritian and Turkish – and the exhibition will examine how the sweets are made and how they are used to mark important rituals, celebrations and life events within the community.

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Two events relating to the exhibition will also be held in conjunction with Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – a five course dinner with matching wines, the Sweet Dinner by Guy Grossi on 15 March, and the Sweets Festival on 18 March.

I was invited by the Immigration Museum to have a taste-test of some of the delights that will be on offer at the special one day Sweets Festival, from Japanese mochi to baklava to pistachio biscotti to gateau coco. Most of the treats (other than the notoriously difficult to make Japanese sweets) were made by women from the communities. Impressive!

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The Sweets Festival will also feature cooking demonstrations, films, workshops and displays, making it a great day’s outing along with a visit to the permanent exhibitions at the museum.

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Giveaway!  Thanks to the Immigration Museum I have double passes to the museum plus a Sweets exhibition catalogue (which contains recipes for the sweets featured) with each pair of tickets for 5 lucky readers. You’ll be able to use the passes to visit the museum at any time until 30 June 2012 though of course you can use them to attend the Sweets Festival.

To win all you have to do is leave a comment and the 5 winners of each ticket + catalogue pack will be drawn randomly and announced on Wednesday 14 March 2012. Good luck!

The random winners are: #2 Sophie, #4 Jillian, #12 Madeleine, #29 Ross, #33 Zanna – your prize will be posted to you shortly!

Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne
Open daily, 10am – 5pm (Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Adult $10, concessions & children free

Sweet Dinner by Guy Grossi
Thursday 15 March 6:30-10:30pm
Adults $180 MV members $170

Sweets Festival
Sunday 18 Mar 2012 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Included with museum entry

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41 comments for “HOT: Sweets, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St, Melbourne + Giveaway!”

  1. Oh dear…I can feel the jeans getting a wee bit tight!

    Posted by Jess
    Twitter: jesselynlim
    | March 9, 2012, 2:29 pm
  2. Oh! They all look so good! I’m never great at making little sweets, but I’m tempted to give some of these a shot.

    I wonder if they have recipes there…hmm…

    Posted by Sophie
    Twitter: aecliss
    | March 9, 2012, 2:36 pm
  3. Amazing! Oooh I want to eat them all.

    Posted by Kate | March 9, 2012, 3:28 pm
  4. Awesome stuff! :)

    Posted by Jillian
    Twitter: jillianjtl
    | March 9, 2012, 3:46 pm
  5. Yum yum, is this dessert heaven?

    Posted by kelly | March 9, 2012, 4:01 pm
  6. oh my, yes please! omnomnom :) x

    Posted by Julia
    Twitter: uberjoi
    | March 9, 2012, 4:08 pm
  7. Yummo! These gorgeous photos remind me of the delicious Greek sweets my aunties make!

    Posted by Effie
    Twitter: EffieAustralian
    | March 9, 2012, 4:20 pm
  8. Love food. Love sweets!

    Posted by Lauren
    Twitter: ilovelollies
    | March 9, 2012, 4:54 pm
  9. Hmmm!!!! yummy looking sweets

    Posted by david | March 9, 2012, 5:20 pm
  10. Those sweets look gorgeous. Definitely be going along to that.

    Posted by Louise Gordon | March 9, 2012, 5:24 pm
  11. Oh sugary heaven awaits!

    Posted by Claire | March 9, 2012, 7:58 pm
  12. Lucky I just signed up for a gym membership! My sweeth tooth rules my life!

    Posted by Madeleine | March 9, 2012, 9:07 pm
  13. I’d love to experience Melbourne’s Food & Wine festival. I’ll start with this! Lol. Everything looks so yum!

    Posted by Jam
    Twitter: jammiii
    | March 9, 2012, 9:41 pm
  14. ohhh. Calorie-Heaven. Would love to win the double passes…and promise that I will ride my pushbike to the Immigration Museum – will need the exercise…

    Posted by Gabriele Urban | March 10, 2012, 7:27 am
  15. Now I have a sweet excuse to visit the Immigration Museum!

    Posted by Yin | March 10, 2012, 8:35 am
  16. Looks delish! I just love the sweet things and they llok gorgeous<3

    Posted by Claire
    Twitter: Arjolie
    | March 10, 2012, 9:33 am
  17. Yummo!!!!! Wednesday the 14th, as part of MFWF, Joost will be hosting a 4-course dessert degustation. More sweets to stuff your gob with!

    Posted by Samantha | March 10, 2012, 10:40 am
  18. That looks yum. I have to visit this place.

    Posted by VicBus
    Twitter: vicbuscharter
    | March 10, 2012, 11:56 am
  19. OOhhhh………..YUUUUUM!! Right up our alley too…suburb, Heaven!! Absolutely to DIE for, stuff of dreams, brilliant concept…what a clever idea!! Mmmmmmm :o))

    Posted by Glenys | March 10, 2012, 12:02 pm
  20. Sugar AND education? Count me in!

    Posted by Kate
    Twitter: grangermouse
    | March 10, 2012, 12:09 pm
  21. Looks delicious!

    Posted by Julian | March 10, 2012, 12:28 pm
  22. This looks great!

    Posted by Alison Szetho | March 10, 2012, 1:40 pm
  23. Oooh, gosh, this looks like such a fun exhibition! What a great way to help people see what wonderful contributions immigrants have made to the desserts we eat!!!

    Posted by JessB
    Twitter: JessTheReader
    | March 10, 2012, 3:59 pm
  24. YUM!

    Posted by Darwin C
    Twitter: blockafterblock
    | March 10, 2012, 9:40 pm
  25. Mmmmmmmelbourne is sweet.

    Posted by Emily | March 10, 2012, 10:06 pm
  26. Oh how I’ve just stumbled upon this little blog! Precious! Those treats look delectable. Definitely have got to check out the Immi Museum :) Thanks for the post!

    Posted by Ben | March 10, 2012, 10:58 pm
  27. Ohhhhh WOW

    Posted by Martina | March 11, 2012, 12:13 am
  28. Can’t wait to see this exhibition!!

    THanks for sharing!

    Posted by Mathilde | March 11, 2012, 9:39 am
  29. What a great way to learn about other cultures… I’ll just keep telling myself I’m learning SO much as I eat just one more.

    Posted by Ross
    Twitter: RossS12
    | March 11, 2012, 10:05 am
  30. I would love to go to such an exhibition! =D

    Posted by Stephanie | March 11, 2012, 11:02 am
  31. wow this is my dream festival… sweeets!!

    Posted by Kelly | March 11, 2012, 11:47 am
  32. I would love to win one of the double passes . thanks for the tickets!!!!Yay I love food..

    Posted by Renata | March 11, 2012, 4:32 pm
  33. I have the sweetest tooth, I need to attend!

    Posted by Zanna | March 12, 2012, 9:09 am
  34. Wow! Not a good time to go off sugar…:)

    Posted by Gina | March 12, 2012, 10:17 am
  35. Delicious!

    Posted by Annie | March 12, 2012, 12:13 pm
  36. Sweets are even more delicious because they are born of want rather than of necessity – however necessary they sometimes seem to be!

    Posted by Chris | March 12, 2012, 4:15 pm
  37. Ohmy! Ive never been to the museum before but it sure looks like a yummy exhibition! Perhaps it is time to embrace some museum time soon?! Nice blog yo got here. thanks for tips. Love this city!

    Posted by Kristina
    Twitter: norgK
    | March 12, 2012, 10:17 pm
  38. Would love to win – thanks for the chance!

    Posted by Keri | March 13, 2012, 11:38 am
  39. This is a delicious prize I would love to win!

    Posted by Anna Lee
    Twitter: annaleeanda
    | March 13, 2012, 1:57 pm
  40. My wife and I would love to go to this!!! thanks for the giveaway!

    Posted by Noah | March 13, 2012, 5:58 pm
  41. This is why I love living in Melbourne!

    Posted by StevenW | March 13, 2012, 7:22 pm

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