What’s Going on in Australia: November Down Under
Taste of Melbourne: November 12-15
Over the course of four days the Taste of Melbourne seizes Albert Park, serving up the best of the best from Melbourne’s finest restaurants for you to try. With over 60 signature dishes available, you can customise your tasting menu as you sample bites from artisans’ stalls, schmooze with the chefs, or just relax and enjoy your meal with a nice glass of wine. The experience is completed with live entertainment and includes a series of events like the Taste Kitchen and short cooking classes.
Night Noodle Markets: November 12-29
Back with a whopping 56 stalls and three bars, Night Noodle Markets will be lighting up the night with old favourites and new flavours of noodles galore. Classics include Longrain, Wonderbao, Red Spice Road, and Hoy Pinoy; dumpling experts will tempt your taste buds with exciting new concoctions. Don’t miss international guest chef Diego Munoz serving up Peruvian Japanese samples at the Lady Carolina pop-up.
Back to the Future Live in Concert: November 13-14
Join the West Australian Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future with live performances of the score set to film on the big screen. Travel back to 1985 and 1955 with Marty McFly and Doc and enjoy the adventure all over again. This is a unique experience not to be missed! Please visit the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s website for more information.
IMB Bank Sunset Cinema: November 13-14, 18-19, 20-21, 25-28
Returning for its fourth season at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the IMB Bank Sunset Cinema will be showing guests a mix of blockbusters, dramas, thrillers, and family films. The experience will be rounded off with live music, food and snacks from London Burgers, a full bar, and beanbag chairs to settle into. For a complete listing of the program, more details, and ticket information please visit the Sunset Cinema website.
Rock N Roll Dinner Cruise: November 14
For a cruise that offers something just a tad different, come aboard for an evening that celebrates the legends of rock and roll music. Your evening will include a round of appetisers while the live music warms up your appetite for the 3-course dinner buffet comprised of gourmet dishes and tantalising desserts. Later in the evening enjoy the Darling Harbour Firework Spectacular followed by dancing the night away to your favourite rock classics. For details and booking information visit the Vagabond Cruises website.
Feast Festival: November 14-29
Currently celebrating its 19th year of LGBTIQ diversity and inclusion, Feast is Australia’s leading festival of queer arts and culture – and is now an international event, attracting performers from all corners of the world. This year’s theme is “Come as You Are” and events will include an array of performances in theatre, cabaret, literature, visual arts, forums, and community celebrations. Please visit the Feast Festival website for more information.
Margaret River Gourmet Escape: November 20-22
The Margaret River area is known worldwide for its amazing surf, beautiful beaches, top-notch vineyards, and unsurpassed produce. This gourmet escape is to host a bevvy of both local and international chefs, foodies, and critics alike. Visitors will have an unforgettable experience with the photography classes, jetty tours, and the surreal surroundings on top of the artisan foods, wines, and beers. The Margaret River Gourmet Escape is one event you simply cannot miss.
Queenscliff Music Festival: November 27-29
Deemed Australia’s “Most Significant Festival and Event”, the Queenscliff Music Festival (QMF) is held every year during the last full weekend of November. This year there are over 60 musical guests scheduled to perform in twelve venues throughout this quaint village. The QMF Mission Statement holds the festival to high standards for its audiences, promising a unique experience and high quality venues, as well as making sure it has a positive effect on the community and brings people closer together. Past festivals have proven them true to their word, providing festivalgoers with intimate, beautiful experiences. The setting for these festivals is perfect, winding attendees through the beauty of this seaside town. Last year’s festival was so successful people were booking tickets for this year before any headliners were even announced! So don’t miss this unique music and cultural experience. It’s sure to be a memorable one! Visit the QMF website for more information.
So there you have some exciting events to check out while visiting the Land of Oz. You are surely aware that Christmas is right around the corner and with it comes loads of festivities that are already beginning. Christmas is no longer just a celebration in December, but one that begins as soon as the sweaters are put away. So be on the lookout for Santa sightings and light festivals this month as we make our way into December.