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Melbourne Festival Feasts and Our Tour

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Melbourne Festival has teamed up with some of the city’s best dining establishments to keep Festival-goers nourished during the Festival.

The World Loves Melbourne (Randie Anderson) was part of a tour of foodies exploring some of the Festival Feasts prior to the upcoming Melbourne Festival.

We negotiated a busy precinct on a Thursday evening to experience some of Melbourne's finest eating houses. The Melbourne Festival has you covered when it comes to standout dining experiences.

Whether it's for an entrée or an encore this year’s restaurant partners cater to all tastes and budgets, all within close distance to Festival venues and transport hubs. Each venue has a special offer available for ticket holders during the Melbourne Festival period. #festivalfeasts on Instagram or Twitter

ARBORY 1 Flinders Walk Arbory Bar & Eatery is an all day outdoor bar and eatery Offer: For $18, get Chef Nick Bennet’s specially created softshell crab burger plus a glass of selected wine or beer www.Arbory.com.au

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THE CARLTON 193 Bourke Street The Carlton offers an inner city escape with produce-driven seasonal fare, pub staples and tasting dishes. Offer: $10 Passionfruit Paloma Cocktail with the purchase of any main meal. Offer valid on the day of the ticket used to claim offer. www.thecarlton.com.au

CHOCOLATE BUDDHA Federation Square A Japanese communal dining room in Federation Square, providing the essence of Japanese cuisine: simplicity, flavour, technique and presentation. Offer: Express Dinner Menu with a selection of dishes served on a tray for $25 per person. www.chocolatebuddha.com.au

FATTO River Terrace, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne Fatto is an all day Italian bar and cantina offering delicious simple Italian food by Anthony Musarra with head chef James Kummrow. Offer: Spaghettini of crab, lemon, chilli, parsley & pangrattato with a KIRIN beer for $30. www.fatto.com.au

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GIRL WITH THE GRIS GRIS Level 1, 18 Market Lane The sounds, smells, and tastes of the bayou have arrived in Melbourne. Direct from New Orleans, Head Chef Chris Weysham, is introducing Melbourne to his Cajun heritage and home style, Louisiana cooking. Offer: 10% discount on dinner bill, including drinks for Melbourne Festival ticket holders. www.dingdonglounge.com.au/kitchen

HARLEY HOUSE Basement, 71 Collins Street Harley House is Australia’s only Picanteria—a traditional Peruvian bar and eatery. Offer: Two for one drinks including Pisco Sours on arrival on presentation of a ticket for the event(s) of the day. *This will be for the first round only and one drink purchase per ticket (ie two drinks). Second drink must be of an equal or lesser value. www.harleyhouse.com.au

LA VITA BUONA City Square, 44-86 Swanston Street La Vita Buona is an independent wine bar and retail shop. Offer: Complimentary glass of wine with a main meal purchased over the value of $25, from 4pm. www.lavitabuona.com.au

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GRAND TRAILER PARK TAVERNA 87 Bourke Street The Grand Trailer Park Taverna is an east-coast-inspired burger-andbar diner serving up burgers alongside signature spiked shakes, cocktails and desserts. Offer: Free small chips with any burger purchase. www.grandtrailerpark.com.au #MELBFEST #FESTIVALFEASTS

LOOP ROOFTOP Level 3, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne Loop Roof is a rooftop cocktail bar café-restaurant set in open air, exotic garden setting. Offer: Cider glazed pork belly sliders with apple slaw - $12 for the duration of Melbourne Festival, or with a pot of KIRIN Beer for $15 for ticket holders. www.looprooftopbar.com.au

LUCY LIU 23 Oliver Lane, Melbourne Lucy Liu is a multicultural Asian eating & drinking space designed to cater for people wanting Asian sharing tastes with cool drinks in a buzzy, stylish and fun street food environment. Offer: Four course menu for $40, for bookings up until 6pm, for the duration of the Festival. www.lucylius.com.au

MESA VERDE Level 6, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne Mesa Verde is a Mexican inspired restaurant and saloon style bar Offer: Buy any cocktail from the Mesa Verde menu and receive a free cocktail of choice from the $10 SHOPPE menu. www.mesaverde.net.au

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OM NOM 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne Om Nom at the Adelphi Hotel is the place to experience desserts that look like pieces of art and taste delicious. Offer: 15% off the total bill for ticket holders. www.omnom.kitchen #MELBFEST #FESTIVALFEASTS

PASTUSO 19 ACDC Lane A modern peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar taking you on exciting journey of discovery through the coast, andes and the jungle of peru’s beautiful food and culture. Offer: Chef’s Platter set menu with a complimentary pot of KIRIN for $49. www.pastuso.com.au

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SAKE Hamer Hall, Melbourne Saké Restaurant & Bar Hamer Hall has cemented its longstanding reputation as the most-loved and celebrated Melbourne Japanese Restaurant. Offer: Show your festival ticket and receive a complimentary matched sake taster when you dine on the pre-theatre menu. www.sakerestaurant.com.au

SAN TELMO 14 Meyers Place, Melbourne An Argentine inspired Restaurant & Bar offering great food and drinks in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment. Offer: Chef’s Platter set menu with a complimentary bottle of KIRIN $55. www.santelmo.com.au

STATE OF GRACE 477 Collins Street Conveniently located on the New York end of Collins Street in a 1889 built landmark, State of Grace offers a bustling restaurant on street level with a little European flavour. Offer: Complimentary dessert or choice of a signature cocktail with any main meal or grill purchase. www.stateofgracemelbourne.com.au

FOXTEL FESTIVAL HUB

A riverfront lounge; an al fresco café; a beer and cider bar; and a live music venue – the Hub will light up the banks of the Yarra for 15 days and nights of October. Located on the riverbank between Princes Bridge and the boat sheds, this versatile venue is equal parts pop-up, drop-in, wine & dine, stay & play destination. It’s the perfect place, to gather friends before or after a show, be it a languid weekend lunch, a casual coffee or a leisurely night cap long after the final curtain has fallen. And if you’re ready to chill, keen for some tunes or determined to dance, the Foxtel Festival Hub offers a stellar line-up of local, national and international musicians from techno and electronic to R&B, reggae, indie, pop, rock and post punk.

Keep an eye on the Festival’s social media for programming updates, unmissable offers, food and drink specials and much much more. Friday 09 – Sunday 26 October, 2015 Tue – Fri 4pm – late Sat & Sun Midday – late Food and drink at this year’s Hub includes: KIRIN On site at the Foxtel Festival Hub our Festival partner KIRIN with their unique range of crafted beers and ciders—perfect for a warm spring day taking in the gorgeous views of Melbourne.

KIRIN also features in our Festival Feasts offers for Melbourne Festival audiences. Loop Rooftop will be using KIRIN Apple & Mikan Cider that to cook and glaze a pork belly slider; Pastuso and San Telmo are doing a chef’s platter matched with a pot of KIRIN; and Fatto are doing a Spaghettini of crab, lemon, chilli, parsley & pangrattato matched with a KIRIN beer. KIRIN will also once again bring the visual art piece KIRIN Bit.Fall to the Hub—an interactive stream of words engaging the festival crowd. Mesa Verde This year we are thrilled to have Mexican inspired restaurant and saloon bar Mesa Verde on site serving up delicious snacks day and night including quesadillas, nachos, and signature margarita or tequila flights.

Mojo Winemakers Mojo wines will be served at the Foxtel Festival Hub and people can take part in their colouring in competition where you design your very own wine logo.

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