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Take your tastebuds for a journey around Melbourne

Is it just me or has Melbourne really turned it up lately? I hope I’m not the only one that’s been hitting up every happy hour, food festival and steak night around town. I’m not going to lie, this city is really fun right now, so I’m delighted to share where your taste buds should head along to next.

Ever had that temptation to try every single dumpling on the menu, yet your stomach and bank account couldn’t ever conquer the task? Well, now they can, as the Melbourne Dumpling Festival marks its return to 206 Bourke Street in just a matter of weeks. The festival  – which exhibits the servings of the finest dumpling masters in Melbourne – offers 50 dumpling variations for a one night only, free event. Expect the tastes of China Red, China Chilli, Dragon Boat and Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan on the stove, and if that’s not enough, there’s a Dumpling and Beer Pairing Experience too for just a small price. There are loads of freebies on the night, like live entertainment, a prize pool of over $3,000 and the chance to win a year’s supply of dumplings – imagine that. Head down to the ground level at 206 Bourke Street, Melbourne, on Friday October 20, from 5-10pm to embark on your dumpling adventure. 
 
You’ve heard of California Burgers down Chapel Street right? Windsor’s dreamiest burger joint has been flipping premium patties for a good few years now and they’ve just recently staked their credentials a little higher with their newest, sweetest addition to the menu – doughnuts. But they’re not just your regular round doughnuts covered in sugar and boring sweets, they’re really quite different and something I’ve never come across here in Melbourne. The doughnuts (rightfully named Beignets which takes inspiration from French/New Orleans cuisine) are pillowy-soft and doughy, yet have an airy feel to them too. They’re then completely covered in powdered sugar and other sweet surprises like caramel, strawberry or maple syrup, Nutella, or a unique Greek style syrup topped with crushed walnuts. Once tried, I doubt you will order a sole burger without Beignet to finish again.
 
Ahh the Rochy, one of Melbourne’s most adored pubs. Personally, I love their karaoke nights which bear witness to the entire venue singing along to your crackling voice while hugging and cheering at every failed note. Although recently, I’ve found a new reason to walk beneath the red neon lights, which can be shared in just four words; Wing A Ding Ding. If you haven’t caught on already, yes it’s a wing eating competition and if that’s not a sight you have to see, I would be damned to know what is. If you’re assured you could demolish six hot wings and a tinnie of Young Henrys faster than the next guy then you must get involved. Oh, and did I mention you’re hands are tied behind your back? Easy huh. If you get to the final, and dare I say win, you’ll be awarded some pretty handsome gifts like a Young Henrys prize pack, record store voucher and more. Head down to the Rochy on Saturday October 21 from 2pm to experience the fun.