Calendar of local events

 

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Vegan vegout 17:00
Vegan vegout @ Welcome To Thornbury
May 1 @ 17:00 – 22:00
The food trucks offering vegan food who sometimes attend include: Bomba Wood Fired Pizza; Curry Up Now; Lady Rawsome; Paper Plains Food Truck; Pierogi Pierogi; Super Taco;Taitas Falafels; The Real Jerk Food Truck; Vegilicious; Von’s [...]
Pruning fruit trees with Karen from Edible Eden part two 18:30
Pruning fruit trees with Karen from Edible Eden part two @ Whitehorse Horticultural Centre
May 1 @ 18:30 – 21:00
Karen Sutherland, from Edible Eden Design, will focus on maximising yield through disease management, pruning techniques and cultivar selection to get the most out of apples, pears, grapes, fig, mulberry, persimmon, kiwi and berries.
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Introduction to permaculture and urban agriculture (6 sessions) 10:00
Introduction to permaculture and urban agriculture (6 sessions) @ Finbar Neighbourhood House
May 3 @ 10:00 – 14:00
On six consecutive Fridays, from 3rd May to 7th June. The course will include sessions on: seasonal food growing; composting and worm farming; soil preparation; plant propagation; organic pest control; and animal husbandry. Participants will [...]
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 14:30
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 3 @ 14:30 – 15:30
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
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Introduction to horticulture – 9 session course 09:30
Introduction to horticulture – 9 session course @ Edendale Community Environment Farm
May 4 @ 09:30 – 15:00
Every Saturday for 9 weeks. Book by phone (9433 3744). This 9-week hands-on course is ideal for people considering a career in horticulture. No prior experience is necessary. Working as a team with fellow participants, [...]
Recycling your food waste at home 10:00
Recycling your food waste at home @ Kew Library
May 4 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Nearly half of the waste in our bins consists of food and organics that could easily be composted and turned into nutrient-rich fertiliser for your garden. In this workshop, Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden, [...]
Growing food in small spaces 10:30
Growing food in small spaces @ Smith Reserve
May 4 @ 10:30 – 11:30
Want to grow some fresh fruit, vegetables or herbs for your kitchen but feel like you don’t have the space? Poppy Turbiak will cover the tips and tricks to make your space more productive – [...]
Intro to gardening workshops with DIVRS 13:30
Intro to gardening workshops with DIVRS @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 4 @ 13:30 – 15:00
The DIVRS garden is a vegetable and fruit garden that specialises in growing fresh food for DIVRS’ emergency food relief efforts. Their volunteers will guide you through a hands on workshop on composting and worm [...]
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Make your own beeswax wraps with Emma Grace 10:00
Make your own beeswax wraps with Emma Grace @ CERES
May 5 @ 10:00 – 14:00
What you will learn: How to make and maintain their own beeswax wraps. Learn skills that are transferable to the home environment. Bundling techniques. What you will get: Take home your beeswax wraps. Presenter: Emma [...]
Organic backyard chook keeping with Jessamy Miller 10:00
Organic backyard chook keeping with Jessamy Miller @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 5 @ 10:00 – 11:30
In this workshop, ABC Organic Gardener writer Jessamy Miller will focus on keeping chooks in a suburban environment as well as introduce you to her own flock. You will learn how to build an ideal [...]
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 12:00
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 5 @ 12:00 – 13:00
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
Backyard bees 101 workshop 13:00
Backyard bees 101 workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 5 @ 13:00 – 14:30
Backyard beekeeper Morgan Koegel will introduce you to her hive and teach you what you need to know to get started on a beekeeping journey. Morgan will talk about the time and cost commitment, the [...]
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Lakeside Good Earth Group – seed library launch and beeswax wraps 14:00
Lakeside Good Earth Group – seed library launch and beeswax wraps @ Lilydale Library
May 7 @ 14:00 – 15:30
They will launch the Eastern Regional Libraries Seed Library – a place to share free seeds among gardeners at their local library. Sharon will then show you how to make eco-friendly beeswax and soy wax [...]
Bush skills and kids farming 16:00
Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
May 7 @ 16:00 – 17:30
For children aged 5-13. Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating seed saving, planting, weeding, [...]
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How is chocolate made? 19:00
How is chocolate made? @ Coburg Library
May 8 @ 19:00 – 20:00
Debbie Makin, from Ratio Cocoa Roasters, will teach you about the 10-step, month-long process that goes into making their chocolate bars. Registration essential.
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Home composting and worm farming 10:30
Home composting and worm farming @ Thomastown Library
May 9 @ 10:30 – 12:00
Learn how to set up a worm farm and its environmental benefits. Bookings essential.
Native edibles for companion planting 18:30
Native edibles for companion planting @ Bulleen Art and Garden
May 9 @ 18:30 – 20:30
What you will learn: A range of edible natives that are easy to grow in Melbourne. Basics of companion planting. Which plants to choose in your garden planning, and how to grow and care for [...]
Permablitz guild social night featuring Charlie Mgee 19:00
Permablitz guild social night featuring Charlie Mgee @ Open Studio
May 9 @ 19:00 – 22:00
Permablitz Melbourne wants to get everyone together and say thanks because, without you, permablitzes simply wouldn’t happen. Join them for a night of conversation, games, music, permie discussions, music, laughter and music. Charlie Mgee, of [...]
Retrosuburbia book club 19:30
Retrosuburbia book club @ Central Ringwood Community Centre
May 9 @ 19:30 – 21:00
Are you looking to create a more sustainable life? Thinking about retrofitting your house but not sure where to start? Would you like to grow more food for your family? Go and join like-minded others [...]
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Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 14:30
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 10 @ 14:30 – 15:30
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
Ramadan Iftar dinner 16:30
Ramadan Iftar dinner @ Bell St Mall Shopping Centre
May 10 @ 16:30 – 18:30
Break the fast together and learn more about Victoria’s diverse cultural and faith traditions. Buffet halal meal at sundown (vegetarian options also provided).
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Brunswick Neighbourhood House composting workshop 09:30
Brunswick Neighbourhood House composting workshop @ Brunswick Neighbourhood House
May 11 @ 09:30 – 11:00
Facilitated by Anna Sonogan. Brunswick Neighbourhood House Community Garden has upgraded its composting facilities. In this workshop, you will learn: how composting works, including the difference between hot and cold compost; how to balance your [...]
Edible weeds 10:00
Edible weeds @ CERES
May 11 @ 10:00 – 12:00
What you will learn: How to identify edible weeds. How do use them in your everyday life. What you will get: Detailed handouts. Samples in class of prepared edible weeds. Presenter: Monique Miller. Learn about [...]
Home brewing with Paul Rigby 10:00
Home brewing with Paul Rigby @ CERES
May 11 @ 10:00 – 15:00
What you will learn: Make your own beer. All about full grain brewing. The fermentation process. What you will get: Samples of different beers. Recipes to take home. The workshop will be a practical demonstration [...]
KABUU – constructing the new greenhouses 10:00
KABUU – constructing the new greenhouses @ Private address
May 11 @ 10:00 – 14:00
KABUU needs some help with constructing their new greenhouses, which are being supplied by Croft Greenhouses. The plan is to finish the greenhouses over the weekend so that they can then get the soil ready [...]
Green at Kathleen: preparing for winter harvest 11:30
Green at Kathleen: preparing for winter harvest @ Kathleen Syme Library
May 11 @ 11:30 – 13:00
This workshop is all about growing produce in the colder months, including winter crop suggestions, crop rotation, and soil maintenance. Winter needn’t be an unproductive time for your garden. Bookings essential.
Productive gardening with kids workshop at Poppy’s Patch 14:30
Productive gardening with kids workshop at Poppy’s Patch @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 11 @ 14:30 – 16:00
Poppy’s Patch started as a father/daughter project when Poppy was aged three and the family decided to use the space on the front lawn to start an edible garden – to not only grow food [...]
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Backyard quails workshop 10:00
Backyard quails workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 12 @ 10:00 – 11:00
You will meet Kat Lavers’ covey of quails. You will learn all about quail care including housing, feeding and how they can work to support a garden system. Kat Lavers is a garden farmer, permaculture [...]
Natural pest management workshop 11:30
Natural pest management workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 12 @ 11:30 – 12:30
Kat Lavers will explain natural pest management techniques relying on permaculture principles. You will have the opportunity to explore these techniques in practice in Kat’s permaculture garden which features fruit trees, intensive vegetable growing and [...]
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 12:00
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 12 @ 12:00 – 13:00
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
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Bush skills and kids farming 16:00
Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
May 14 @ 16:00 – 17:30
For children aged 5-13. Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating seed saving, planting, weeding, [...]
Woman’s hormonal health 19:00
Woman’s hormonal health @ Hawthorn Community House
May 14 @ 19:00 – 20:30
Presented by Kate Boyle, B. App. Sc. (Nutrition & Food Science). Do you feel you suffer from painful or irregular menstruation, hormonal headaches, mood swings or PMS? Kate will show you how food and diet [...]
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Neighbourhood House Week – moveable feast – dinner 18:00
Neighbourhood House Week – moveable feast – dinner @ Chirnside Park Community Hub
May 15 @ 18:00 – 19:30
Drop in for a free Italian feast. Phone (1300 835235) to let them know you are going.
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Composting to improve your soil 11:00
Composting to improve your soil @ Fawkner Library
May 16 @ 11:00 – 12:00
Facilitated by Tash van Velzen. Understand what is really going on in the compost heap and worm farm.
Healthy productive compost and worms 18:30
Healthy productive compost and worms @ Bulleen Art and Garden
May 16 @ 18:30 – 21:00
What you will learn: The importance of compost for soil health. How to fix common composting problems. Setting up and looking after a worm farm. Presented by Diana Cotter. Learn how to make great compost, [...]
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Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 14:30
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 17 @ 14:30 – 15:30
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
Behind the bar – Suburban Gin / Imbue Distillery 17:30
Behind the bar – Suburban Gin / Imbue Distillery @ Nillumbik Cellars
May 17 @ 17:30 – 19:30
Imbue Distillery are a new maker of gin and are based in Eltham. Nillumbik Cellars have been trading for over 30 years and are based in Diamond Creek. This is your chance to try some [...]
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Native bee workshop for kids and families 10:00
Native bee workshop for kids and families @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
May 18 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Katrina Forstner, founder of Buzz and Dig, will introduce your family to native bees, pollination and increasing urban biodiversity. This session aims to bring joy and wonder to children in as they discover insect biodiversity [...]
Edible weeds walk 11:00
Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
May 18 @ 11:00 – 13:00
This walk will take place twice on the day, at 11am and at 2pm. What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What [...]
Sticky date with the Backyard Honey beekeeper 11:00
Sticky date with the Backyard Honey beekeeper @ Bunnings
May 18 @ 11:00 – 14:00
Facilitated by Peter Dyer, from Backyard Honey. Watch a live honeybee colony at work. Taste raw cold-pressed Victorian honeys and discover what you can do to sustain healthy bees and pollinators in our community.
Native bee workshop for adults 11:30
Native bee workshop for adults @ Sylvester Hive Community Garden
May 18 @ 11:30 – 12:30
Katrina Forstner, founder of Buzz and Dig, will introduce you to the amazing world of native bees and how to attract them into your garden as pollinators for flowers and edibles. This workshop will demonstrate [...]
Beeswax wrap making class 12:00
Beeswax wrap making class @ Private address to be confirmed
May 18 @ 12:00 – 13:30
Facilitated by Caitlin Ludwig. You will learn how to make your own beautiful, re-usable and natural food wraps. All materials (beeswax, resin, jojoba, coconut oil) will be provided to make 3 completed wraps per ticket. [...]
World Bee Day events 13:00
World Bee Day events @ Warrandyte Neighbourhood House
May 18 @ 13:00 – 16:00
Celebrate World Bee Day with them. The event will include: a beekeeping workshop presented by an experienced apiarist; a demonstration of making bees wax wraps; making your own hand-rolled bees wax candles (fun for kids); [...]
Worm farm workshop 13:00
Worm farm workshop @ Rushall Community Garden
May 18 @ 13:00 – 14:00
Do you have a worm farm at home but don’t quite know how to look after it? Do you want to get a worm farm. Do you want to maintain the worm farms in Rushall [...]
Edible weeds walk 14:00
Edible weeds walk @ Precise location to be given upon booking
May 18 @ 14:00 – 16:00
This walk will take place twice on the day, at 11am and at 2pm. What if many of the weeds in our garden were just as edible as the vegetables we tend beside them? What [...]
Edible winter gardening 14:00
Edible winter gardening @ Watsonia Library
May 18 @ 14:00 – 15:00
Robin Gale-Baker will discuss how you can look after your winter vegetables and give tips on how to give your fruit trees a winter prune.
Fruit tree maintenance and pruning workshop 14:00
Fruit tree maintenance and pruning workshop @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 18 @ 14:00 – 15:00
Maya’s garden includes 32 apples, persimmons, cherry guavas, feijoas and citrus. Using grafting and pruning techniques, she has created an edible hedge of her fruit trees with a combination of espalier, cordon and other interesting [...]
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Winter vegetable gardening 09:30
Winter vegetable gardening @ Hawthorn Community House
May 19 @ 09:30 – 11:30
This event is also happening at 12.30pm (with different booking details). Join Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden to receive practical tips and advice on soil preparation, winter plant selection and sustainable pest control for [...]
World Bee Day celebration 09:30
World Bee Day celebration @ Alphington Farmers' Market
May 19 @ 09:30 – 10:30
Learn how to build a native bee hotel with Buzz & Dig. Afterwards, there will be free face painting.
The importance of green manure and cover crops 10:00
The importance of green manure and cover crops @ Knox Community Gardens Society
May 19 @ 10:00 – 12:00
Tomas Cifuentes, co-founder of Seed of Life Farmers Market, will tell you about: the importance of green manure and cover crops to your garden; and how they benefit your soil and keep the weeds at [...]
Citrus and apple tree propagating workshop with Harry Kalathas 11:30
Citrus and apple tree propagating workshop with Harry Kalathas @ Private garden (address provided on booking)
May 19 @ 11:30 – 12:30
There is nothing more satisfying than propagating your own plants. In this workshop, Harry will demonstrate two propagating techniques for citrus and apple trees: basic aerial layering and grafting. You will gain an understanding of [...]
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 12:00
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 19 @ 12:00 – 13:00
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
Winter vegetable gardening 12:30
Winter vegetable gardening @ Hawthorn Community House
May 19 @ 12:30 – 14:30
This event is also happening at 9.30am (with different booking details). Join Maria Ciavarella, from My Green Garden to receive practical tips and advice on soil preparation, winter plant selection and sustainable pest control for [...]
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Bush skills and kids farming 16:00
Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
May 21 @ 16:00 – 17:30
For children aged 5-13. Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating seed saving, planting, weeding, [...]
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Native herbs for the kitchen and garden 18:30
Native herbs for the kitchen and garden @ Bulleen Art and Garden
May 23 @ 18:30 – 21:00
What you will learn: Which native produce-plants are suitable for growing in the Melbourne area. What to harvest and when. How to use them to flavour your dishes and enliven your garden. Presented by Karen [...]
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Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 14:30
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 24 @ 14:30 – 15:30
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
How to raise healthy eaters with the biting truth 19:00
How to raise healthy eaters with the biting truth @ Only About Children Hawthorn
May 24 @ 19:00 – 20:00
Dietitians Alex Parker and Anna Debenham, from The Biting Truth, will be providing practical tips and tricks for parents wanting to raise healthy eaters and give their child the best start in life through proper [...]
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Introduction to natural beekeeping (two-day) 10:00
Introduction to natural beekeeping (two-day) @ Precise address to be given upon booking
May 25 @ 10:00 – May 26 @ 17:00
Suitable for beginners, and ideal for the backyarder, this two-day event is designed to provide participants with the information they need to start natural beekeeping with confidence. It will cover such subjects as: legislation, diseases, [...]
Telopea Mtn Permaculture Nursery potted tree sale 10:00
Telopea Mtn Permaculture Nursery potted tree sale @ Telopea Mtn Permaculture Nursery
May 25 @ 10:00 – 15:00
A one day only clearance sale before the bare-rooted season starts in June. 25% of many potted trees, most of which are bigger, older and have previously fruited.
Olives to oil harvesting party 14:00
Olives to oil harvesting party @ St James Park
May 25 @ 14:00 – 16:30
People will be coming together to harvest unwanted olives from Melbourne backyards and street trees to be pressed into local olive oil to take home for free. Go along to this event either to drop [...]
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Permablitz 217 (Croydon) 10:00
Permablitz 217 (Croydon) @ Precise address to be given upon booking
May 26 @ 10:00 – 16:00
On the day, they will be: Clearing a privet forest, and using the timber for the hugelkultur. Levelling the ground for 2 veggie bed locations. Adding 3 raised veggie beds, hugelkultur style. Weeding. Planting natives. [...]
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 12:00
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 26 @ 12:00 – 13:00
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
Learn to DIY – ditch the toxins! 13:00
Learn to DIY – ditch the toxins! @ Private address
May 26 @ 13:00 – 14:30
If you have been looking for ways to reduce your exposure to chemicals and toxins in your environment, this is the workshop for you. Sharda Sethi will demonstrate 10 easy-to-make, cleaning and personal care products [...]
Kitchen medicine – the garden farmacy 14:00
Kitchen medicine – the garden farmacy @ CERES
May 26 @ 14:00 – 16:30
What you will learn: An introduction to herbal medicine making. Plant identification. Guidelines for foraging and wild-crafting. Medicinal uses for plants. How to introduce medicinal herbs into the kitchen for medicine. What you will get: [...]
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Bush skills and kids farming 16:00
Bush skills and kids farming @ Joe’s Market Garden
May 28 @ 16:00 – 17:30
For children aged 5-13. Learn about the life of plants, animals, and their interactions with the environment, cultivating wonder and wisdom from nature play. The activities will vary with the seasons, incorporating seed saving, planting, weeding, [...]
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Heidi garden club 10:00
Heidi garden club @ Heide Museum of Modern Art (Heide I kitchen garden)
May 29 @ 10:00 – 12:00
A monthly (last Wednesday of the month) gathering of like-minded people who enjoy chatting about all things garden, in particular productive gardening. Set in the Heide I kitchen garden, join them for a chat and [...]
Smarter living – urban agriculture, cultivating a community discussion panel 19:00
Smarter living – urban agriculture, cultivating a community discussion panel @ Box Hill Town Hall
May 29 @ 19:00 – 21:00
Urban agriculture is the practice of growing, harvesting and cooking food in an urban setting. At the heart of urban agriculture are communities that are come together to develop relationships, share knowledge and build creative [...]
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Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour 14:30
Ratio Cocoa Roasters behind the scenes chocolate factory tour @ Ratio Cocoa Roasters
May 31 @ 14:30 – 15:30
A behind-the-scenes tour of the 10 step chocolate making process at Ratio Cocoa Roasters. Followed by a guided chocolate tasting. Tasting plate can be adapted to non dairy / vegan, please advise on arrival.
Behind the bar – Four Pillars Gin 17:30
Behind the bar – Four Pillars Gin @ Nillumbik Cellars
May 31 @ 17:30 – 19:30
Go along and meet Four Pillars Gin Head Distiller, Cameron Mackenzie. There will be drink specials on the night and tasting of the 2019 vintage release. Free to attend, free to taste, and no bookings [...]