As things slowly come back to life in this Covid-19 world I'll start posting again on things to see and do in West Melbourne and Beyond.

As a starter, the Ballan Farmers Market is back and worth a visit if you've never been before.  Starts at 9am so remember to include that in your travelling time.



Check out their Facebook page here. 

If you are starting to feel bored why not try this free Android music trivia app that covers the 2010 decade and the 1990 decade.  As a bonus this app also contains a general knowledge quiz with over 3,000 questions.

Relive the 2010 decade of Adele, Drake, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and others.  The rise of Dua Lipa and other pop singers such as Rita Ora, Mabel, Ava Max, Charli XCX, Meghan Trainor and more.  The app also includes plenty of trivia on rock musicians and hip-hop artists as well.


Music Trivia 2010's
Music Trivia 2010's Ultimate

Learn something new about your favourite artists and find that maybe that they weren't as successful as you thought.

It's easy to play while you vege out on your favourite tv shows.

Get the app here.
As usual there is a lot going on in West Melbourne and Beyond this weekend.


Laverton Festival


  • Laverton Festival. 23 Feb, 11AM - 4PM. Epsom Street Neighbourhood Park, Epsom St, Laverton, VIC 3028.
  • Vernon Street Festival (Kingsville). Sun, Feb 23, at 11 AM – 3 PM. Vernon Street, South Kingsville 3015.
  • Splash Festival 2020 (Williamstown). Sat 22 Feb.  1:00 pm – 10:00 pm. $$$. Fees apply. Children 10 and under free. Seaworks Maritime Precinct, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, VIC 3016.
  • Streat Eatz (Melton) Fri 21 Feb - Sun 23 Feb. 4PM to 10PM.  Police Paddock, 231-233 High Street, Melton 3337. Fees apply. $$$. Children 4 and under free. Others $5.
Looking Ahead
Markets

Check our calendars for regular markets in West Melbourne and Beyond.



Feel like heading out to Gisborne for a day trip or check out the market?

Great food at Jed
Anyway, check out our review of Jed Cafe that is a fantastic cafe and well worth a visit if you go to Gisborne. Highly recommended.
As usual there is a lot going on in West Melbourne and Beyond this weekend.


Looking Ahead
Markets
Check our calendars for regular markets in West Melbourne and Beyond.



Chinese New year is such a big thing and gets even bigger with each passing year.  It's great that there are festivals celebrating the Chinese New Year out in the West so people don't have to go to the city if they do not want to.

Dragon

As always, it's best to plan ahead.  If fireworks are your thing then it's best to come out in the evening.  If you want to see the dragon dance then check out the timings so you can maximise your time.

Dance

As per most festivals, the Point Cook Lunar New Year festival has plenty of food stalls, some information and marketing stalls from local businesses and rides and activities for the children.  Plan ahead as the rides do cost some money.  There is also plenty of free entertainment such as the fore mentioned Chinese Dragon Dance, Chinese dancing, songs and other cultural performances as well as other live performances representing other cultures.  In fact it's kind of a multi-cultural festival at the same time.

Shop

The festival keeps things moving spritely which may or may not be your thing.  For example, some singers do sets of 2-3 songs.  Great if you are not interested but disappointing if you are getting into it.  There's no right or wrong here.  It's just an obvious observation as it's a bit different from other festivals.

Fortune

What I will say is that it didn't seem overly populated during the day time although that may have changed in the evening.  I'll never know as I was only the during the day.  If you don't like large crowds then that's great but I did miss the atmosphere of a bigger crowd.  

Performance

According to organisers the current Coronavirus did put off a few performers.  It may have put off attendees as well but I'm only guessing.  Anyway, if you do like a bit more atmosphere I'd suggest going to the Footscray Lunar New Year Festival instead.  It's just  a lot busier.  I'm not knocking the Point Cook festival, it's just a reality.

Singer

Anyway, all up I quite enjoyed it.  There's plenty of food to choose from, the crowds aren't over whelming, the performances move on quickly and there is plenty of variety of performances and all the car traffic is blocked off.  They also have a fireworks show that is always great for the children.

Singer

Photo's
You can check out a few more photo's from the festival, here.
As usual there is a lot going on in West Melbourne and Beyond this weekend.


Year of the rat
Get out to Point Cook this Saturday to Celebrate the Year of the Rat
Looking Ahead
Markets
Check our calendars for regular markets in West Melbourne and Beyond.



Check out our review of Pelican's Landing restaurant in Williamstown here.

Pelican's Landing


A great pub styled restaurant with kind of waterfront reviews, great atmosphere and good priced quality food.

I recommend the small shared platter that is fantastic value.
As usual there is a lot going on in West Melbourne and Beyond this weekend.


St Albans
Looking Ahead

Markets
Check our calendars for regular markets in West Melbourne and Beyond.



Read our review of Cafe Polo in North Melbourne here.

.Dessert

A budget eatery that is good for what it is.
Check out our review of French restaurant Bon 'Ap on Brunswick St (193 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065) in the city here.

Escargot
Escargot
Bon 'Ap is a cute, stylish and overall great French restaurant worth checking out.
As usual there is a lot going on in West Melbourne and Beyond this weekend.
Festival
East Meets West

  • East Meets West Lunar New Year Festival (Footscray). Sun 12 Jan 10 AM to 10 PM.
  • Pete Murray: Pop Up Park (Werribee). Fri 10 Jan 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Station Place Werribee VIC 3030.
  • Aladdin (Outdoor Cinema, Werribee). Sat 11 Jan 2020 6pm-8pm. Station Place Werribee VIC 3030.
  • SMVS Kite Festival (Mt Cottrell). Sun 12 Jan, 10am - 4pm. 435 Davis Road Mt Cottrell Vic 3029
  • So Frenchy So Chic (Werribee Mansion). Sun 12 Jan. Fees apply. Book tickets ahead of event.
  • Sunset Safari. Werribee Open Range Zoo. Fees apply. Book ahead of event. 11-12 Jan.

Looking Ahead
Quang Minh Tet Festival. 24 Jan, 6pm–1am. Quang Minh Temple, Braybrook
Yarraville Festival. 16 Feb, 9am–7pm, Yarraville Village Precinct
Pasifika Festival (Footscray Park, 7 March 2020)


Check out our review of Niku Niku Japanese restaurant in the Melbourne CBD (338 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000) here.

Lobster
Lobster
Niku Niku is a nice looking reasonably priced restaurant with a bit of quirkiness thrown in as well.  For a Japanese restaurant that is a bit different they are worth a try.