Best things to do in Melbourne in September
A succulent lasagna for one night only. Your last chance to visit a locally beloved pie shop. Earn 30 kilos of pasta (plus 84 – yes, 84 – bottles of wine). And much more. Here is what Large format Melbourne editor Tomas Telegramma is visiting Melbourne in September.
It’s picnic season
Finally, a glimmer of freedom. Completely vaxxed? Recruit four partners who are also completely vaxxed. Not yet completely vaxxed? Make one-on-one plans (and start counting the days until you get doubled). The picnic is a matter of location, location, location: find Large formatDiscover here the best places to picnic in Melbourne and find out which ones are within the respective 10 kilometer radius of your friends and your friends. But once you’ve decided where to put your picnic mat, there are a few other things to remember. Picnic alcohol is currently banned (but socializing should give you at least some buzz?), So here are 38 alcohol-free alternatives to try. And if you’re determined to picnic, rain, rain or shine – as you should be – here is a chic wet weather outfit to invest in.
Lots of page turners
If the conversation or – God forbid – snacks dry up at your next picnic, bring a book. I recently demolished Who is Maud Dixon?, a dark and twisty psychological thriller by American author Alexandra Andrews, who has been compared to The talented Mr. Ripley. Recommend. Twelve others Large format staff members also compiled this reading list of books they couldn’t let go this year. It features a gripping race and class thriller, an insightful memoir of growing up in a fundamentalist Mormon community, a fun tale of millennial life, and a beautifully written story of a hoarder trying to find companionship in the world. through objects. Need something more calming? Check out our list of Covid comfort readings, with picks from acclaimed author Benjamin Law, Archibald Award winner Yvette Coppersmith and more.
Grand finale fever
The big dance won’t be so big this year, with the usual game day antics once again. But, at the very least, we can eat well. We’ve rounded up eight special packs of foot snacks to order for the Grand Final weekend, including Attica Nacho Bread, now on a two-year streak of winning streak. Plus, the Pentolina Pasta Bar is bringing back its deliciously layered lasagna for just one night. Or you can keep it simple with a foot pie. Our comprehensive guide to the best pies in Melbourne features Matt Wilkinson’s locally beloved Pie Shop, which closes for good on the day of the Grand Final. And the brewer of Geelong Furphy is offering 1000 beef pies to mark the end of the football season; find all the details here.
What are pasta dreams made of
This year marks the 150th anniversary of King & Godfree. It’s a hell of a step. To celebrate, longtime Carlton Grocery has partnered with Large format to donate nearly $ 5,000 in pantry staples (and pasta shortcuts, when those are finally authorized). It includes 30 kilos of dried pasta and canned San Marzano tomatoes; lasagna to reheat at home; Pidapipó ice cream tubs; Mount Zero olive oils; and a whopping 84 bottles of wine. I repeat: 84 bottles of wine. Did the lockdown leave your pantry and liquor cabinet a little bare? Enter here for a chance to earn a replenishment to end all replenishments.
Hospo products to add to cart
Ordering take out direct is a sure-fire way to support your favorite Melbourne restaurants, cafes and bars – and help them stay afloat during what has become a long-drawn lockdown. But this is not the only way. We’ve put together a list of killer hospo products to buy, so you can show your love in a wearable way – not just edible. Relax in 1800 Lasagna trackies; put on one of Pidapipo’s pretty gelateria hats; or pull on a Leonardo’s Pizza Palace, Frankie’s Tortas & Tacos or Hector’s Deli T-shirt. Plus, the Smith & Daughters Dog Denim Jackets will make even the most placid dog look like a bad ass.