Melbourne in July

It may be winter, but there are plenty of reasons to brave the cold, with a host of exciting events coming up throughout July in Melbourne … and beyond.

Tipico Pizza Masterclass
Tipico242 High St, Windsor VIC 3181
For one Saturday in July, Windsor's favourite Italian, Tipico, is celebrating Melbourne's favourite carb with a pizza rendition of its sell-out masterclass. Classes will be taught by Head Chef Daniele Colombo and hands will get messy as guests knead and roll their own dough. Once in the oven, participants can relax and enjoy a lunch of freshly baked pizza paired with a glass of wine, before taking home dough of their own making, ready to wow at the next Italian dinner party.
Date: Saturday, 20 July 2019
Timing: 10.00am–12.00pm
Offering: Pizza masterclass with Tipico Head Chef Daniele Colombo, $55 per person

Booking: Via Eventbrite

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Good Morning Vietnam
Hanoi Hannah New Quarter79 Swan Street, Richmond VIC 3121
Following the success of last year’s Good Morning Vietnam, Hanoi Hannah’s one-off brunch is back, this time partnering with hospitality social enterprise STREAT for feasting to feel good about. Commune Group – the team behind the Vietnamese favourite – will host the annual event on Sunday, 21 July at its flagship New Quarter site on Swan Street, Richmond, with proceeds of the ticket sales to be donated to STREAT to help disadvantaged youths. In a collaboration that sees two distinctly Melbourne hospitality brands join forces for a worthy cause, Executive Chef Anthony Choi is teaming up with STREAT’s Head Baker Didiet Radityawan to create a special Vietnamese-inspired pastry. Kick start the day with a freshly brewed Viet-style coffee designed by STREAT using its award-winning blends, before diving into decadent brunch bites including lobster and garlic butter banh mi and wild mushroom and truffle banh xeo – a crispy Vietnamese pancake. And guests can make it a boozy brekkie, with bloody Marys and punch bowls aplenty.
Date: Sunday, 21 July
Times: 9.00am, 10.30am, 12.00pm
Offering: STREAT Charity brunch inclusive of two courses and a coffee, $55per person. Additional drinks to be purchased separately.
Booking: Via Eventbrite 


What Grows Together Goes Together
Stokehouse30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3181 
Following the success of last year’s What Grows Together Goes Together winter series at Stokehouse St Kilda, Head Chef Ollie Hansford and Van Haandel Group Sommelier Gavin Cremming will present a sequel to the special dinner events, this time championing a new selection of regions throughout Victoria. Hosted in the Palm Room – Stokehouse’s stunning private dining space – Ollie and Gavin will take guests on a culinary tour of Victoria whilst hearing from a selection of passionate local producers highlighted on the menu. Coming up this month will be the second event for the 2019 series, shining a spotlight on Victoria’s High Country on Thursday, 18 July. Epitomising Stokehouse’s commitment to sustainability and local, ethical sourcing, they will first hand forage and meet with local farmers, winemakers, fruit growers and producers to then showcase the region through food and wine pairings at the event.
Date: Thursday, 18 July
Time: 7.00pm until late
Offering: $145 per person, including canapés and four courses matched with premium beverages

Booking: Made via Stokehouse reservations; (03) 9525 5555 or 

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Bottomless Pasta at Fatto
Fatto Bar and Cantina100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004
Unlimited pasta is back by popular demand. With Melbourne in the midst of winter, relaxed Italian eatery Fatto Bar and Cantina has extended its bottomless servings of pasta throughout July. Priced at just $30 per person, Head Chef James Kummrow will showcase his pasta artistry with endless bowls of his most popular dishes, ideal for feasting with friends.

Pasta dishes include:

Orecchiette, saffron cauliflower, golden raisins, white wine, parsley, parmesan

Puttanesca; bucatini, tomato, olives, capers, anchovy, chilli

Pasta Alla Norma; tagliatelle, eggplant, tomato, oregano, salted ricotta 

Rigatoni, red wine braised beef shin, parsley, parmesan


Date: All of July
Time: Monday to Friday, 7.30pm until late; Saturday and Sunday, 12.00pm–4:00pm
Offering: Bottomless bowls of pasta, $30pp
Bookings: Bookings are essential and can be made via, by emailing or calling (03) 8598 8800

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Ishizuka Truffle Kaiseki Dinner
IshizukaBasement level b01/139 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
On Monday, 8 July, Ishizuka will present a special eight-course kaiseki dinner, celebrating the culinary world’s most revered ingredient. Using truffle in each dish, Head Chef Hitoshi Miyazawa’s menu will showcase premium Australian truffles at their best, perfectly tying in to kaiseki’s philosophy of honouring the finest produce.
Date: Monday, 7 July
Times: 6.00pm and 8:30pm
Offering: Eight-course kaiseki dinner, $295pp
Bookings: Via the Ishizuka website or

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Winter Cooking Classes at Terindah Estate
Terindah Estate90 McAdams Lane, Bellarine, VIC 3223
Terindah Estate is hosting its annual Winter Cooking Class Series, led by chef Ivan Roianov. The interactive, rustic and relaxed culinary sessions will span across six Friday evenings throughout winter. Guests will have the opportunity to hone skills across much-loved cooking styles, including classic Middle Eastern cuisine and pasta making. Each class will finish with guests enjoying their completed dishes, paired with matched Terindah Estate wines. The interactive series is suited for people of all cooking abilities and is the perfect way to warm up on a Friday night throughout winter or to give as a gift.
Date: July 19, Classic Middle Eastern Cuisine; July 26, Perfect Pasta Making
Time: 6.00pm–9.30pm
Offering: $120 per person – includes cooking class, dinner, wine and recipes to take home.
Bookings: Bookings are essential, call (03) 5251 5536 or email


Trentino Alto Adige Lunch at Tipico
Tipico242 High Street, Windsor VIC 3181
Continuing its first birthday celebrations, Windsor restaurant Tipico has revealed the second menu of its regional Italian lunch series. July sees the venue launch a menu dedicated to the northern Italian region of Trentino Alto Adige. The special menu will feature crunchy polenta with wild mushrooms and brie, spätzli verdi with spring onion and speck, and venison spezzatino with mashed potato.
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, July 2019
Time: 12.00pm–4.00pm
Offering: $45, includes antipasto, pasta and a main dish plus a glass of wine
Bookings: Via or (03) 9089 0768

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Sunday Sessions at Terindah Estate
Terindah Estate90 McAdams Lane, Bellarine, Victoria, 3223
Enjoy an afternoon filled with delicious food, estate-made wine and live music at the heated Deck Lounge at Terindah Estate every Sunday throughout July, with local talent performing live from 1pm–4.30pm. The Deck Lounge, enjoying picturesque views of the vineyard and across the bay, is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and share a French-inspired plate with friends at Terindah Estate. With an amazing sun-soaked aspect, laze back in the comfortable lounges or pull up a stool and enjoy the best-kept secret of the Bellarine Peninsula, along with some memorable live music!
Date: 7 July, Keiran.T; 14 July, Blue Wax; 21 July, SHY; 28 July, Mr. Meaner Duo
Time: From 1.00pm
Offering: Sunday sessions with live entertainment
Bookings: Call (03) 5251 5536 or by email


Bastille Day at L’Hôtel Gitan and Bistro Gitan 
L’Hotel Gitan32 Commercial Rd, Prahran VIC 3181Bistro Gitan52 Toorak Road West, South Yarra VIC 3141
On Sunday, 14 July, French gastropub L’Hôtel Gitan and contemporary French establishment Bistro Gitan will be offering special set menus in celebration of Bastille Day. Each venue will serve a four-course lunch of classical French dishes, with guests to tailor the menu to their tastes. L’Hôtel Gitan is open for both lunch and dinner with a four-course set menu lunch offering for $60 per person; dinner is available à la carte. Bistro Gitan is open for lunch only with a four-course set menu offering for $65 per person.
Date: Sunday, 14 July 
Time: From 12.00pm
Offering: Bastille Day set menu 
Bookings: L’Hôtel Gitan (03) 9999 0990; Bistro Gitan (03) 9867 5853


Running of the Bulls at Pontoon
Pontoon30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda VIC 3182
For those not planning a warm European escape from the icy clutches of Melbourne winter, Pontoon is bringing the Spanish streets of Pamplona to the shores of St Kilda. To celebrate the yearly chaos that is the Running of the Bulls, the seaside venue will host a three-day-long Paella Party. For $25, each guest can feast on three different types of bottomless Basque-inspired paella all day long, feeling the Euro-summer warmth from the inside-out. 

Paella dishes include:

Arroz negro: squid ink black rice, Chorizo, squid, aioli
Paella Pollo y Alubias: saffron rice, chicken, green beans, smoked paprika 

Paella de Marisco: saffron rice, mussels, squid

Dates: Friday 12, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 of July 2019
Time: 12pm–onwards
Price: $25pp
Sitting: Two hours
Bookings: Bookings are essential and all guests on the table must join the party. To reserve a table, contact the Stokehouse reservations team on 03 9525 5445 or email

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