Episode 05: 9 March
In this week's episode of Postcards, the team travel all over Victoria to take a look at some of the festivals and performances that are currently taking place in Melbourne as well as exploring two lively country towns. Glen takes us to the stunning and historic Royal Hotel in Mornington, unveiling its modern renovations, delectable restaurant menu, cosy tavern and jaw-dropping view, as well as introducing us to the family team behind the Hotel's success. Brodie shows us everything that the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (MFWF) has to offer, including giving us a special look at the World's Longest Lunch event. Lauren learns all about alpaca wool at the Woollen Mill in Creswick and finishes off her trip with an indulgent stop at the luxurious patisserie - Le Péché Gourmand Boulangerie. Shane is joined by co-host Rob Mills - star of the stage show 'Grease' who takes him to his favourite café in Elwood before giving Shane an exclusive behind the scenes look at the musical, including bumping into a few Aussie legends backstage.
The Royal Hotel, Mornington
The Royal Hotel in Mornington is a grand old hotel with a very interesting history and thanks to a major renovation, is again the pride of Mornington. The new modern restaurant menu features only the best seasonal and regional produce. Step outside, and one of the best beer gardens on the Mornington Peninsula awaits. Upstairs you'll find five beautiful newly renovated rooms. All of the rooms are impeccably furnished and feature private bathrooms and a balcony, setting a new standard for luxury accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula. By far, the most spectacular part of this whole venue is the sensational view over Port Phillip Bay, all the way to the Melbourne skyline. Whether you're after a cocktail party or formal sit down dinner, it seems like everywhere you look at The Royal it's hard not to be impressed.
770 Esplanade, Mornington
Ph 03 5975 8555
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is currently underway across Victoria with the World's Longest Lunch fabulously opening the event on 20 February. Fifteen hundred food and wine lovers were seated on a spectacular 530-metre-long-table in Alexander Park, along the banks of the Yarra. Diners were treated to a three-course meal courtesy of three of Victoria's legendary chefs; Stefano de Pieri, Adam D'Sylva and Jacques Reymond.
Further down the River located on Queensbridge Square stands The Immersery Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden. This dining spectacle is the hub for the festival and will play host to Victoria's most inspiring food, wine and cocktails for 17 days. You can grab a seat by the open kitchen and dine on a menu created by seven of Victoria's top chefs, each taking culinary inspiration from this year's festival theme – water. The Immersery is currently open from 8am till 11pm until the festival closes on 16 March.
The Immersery: Festival Kitchen, Bar and Raingarden
Queensbridge Square, Melbourne
Established in 1947, the Creswick Woollen Mill is a 90 minute drive from Melbourne and contains the only coloured spinning mill of its type in Australia - as well as selling luxurious, high quality natural fibre products; including blankets, throws, clothing and accessories. The exhibition 'A Very Fine Yarn' is currently on display and showcases the journey of fibre from its source on the alpaca, to the manufacturing process, finishing at how it ends up on the shop shelf.
For the best lunch in town, head to Le Péché Gourmand for some freshly baked treats. After opening their doors in March 2012 the owners have been busy creating authentic homemade bread and pastries. The name 'Le Péché gourmand' translates to 'sin of gluttony' but to the French it's more about indulging in something pleasurable.
Creswick Woollen Mills
Railway Parade, Creswick
Ph 03 5345 2202
Le Péché Gourmand Boulangerie – Patisserie
69a Albert Street, Creswick
Ph 03 5345 2731
Grease and Jerry's Milk Bar, Elwood
Shane is joined by guest host and star of the hit musical 'Grease' Rob Mills who takes him backstage at Her Majesty's Theatre as well as to his favourite spot to relax before the show - Jerry's Milk Bar in Elwood. Located on Barkly Street, it's Rob's place-of-choice to fuel up before a big show and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Heading over to Her Majesty's Theatre, Shane is treated to an exclusive behind the scenes tour, and an insight to the 143 costume changes and 59 wig changes throughout the two hour performance. Starring Rob as Danny, Gretel Scarlett as the iconic Sandy and Aussie TV legend, Bert Newton as Vincent Fountaine, Grease is star-filled ensemble with Australia's best musical theatre stars in show. The production is bigger and better than ever, bringing audiences classic hits like Summer Nights, You're the One That I Want and Shane's personal favourite, Grease Lighting.
Jerry's Milk Bar
345 Barkly Street, Elwood
Ph 03 9531 3078
Grease – The Musical
Ph 1300 795 012
'Restaurant Express' – Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is now underway, and various restaurants are offering an Express lunch for only $40, so log onto the website and get booking!
Where: Various Melbourne restaurants
When: Until 13 March, 2014
Day Out With Thomas at Puffing Billy
Thomas the Tank Engine is returning to Emerald Station next weekend, so why not take the children and enjoy a train ride, meet the fat controller and take part in the activities on offer!
Where: Emerald Town Station
When: 15–16, 22–23 and 29–30 March, 2014
Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival
Be sure to dust off your dancing shoes this week for Victoria's premier rock 'n' roll event, the Ararat Jailhouse Rock Festival!
When: 14–16 March, 2014