Swan Street’s excellent wine bar Clover and Hugo’s Deli a couple blocks down are collaborating this weekend only. Head to the sandwich shop for steak frites in a baguette, with porterhouse, cafe de Paris butter, green sauce, fried capers, comte and, of course, fries. Clover chef Charley Snadden-Wilson is also making a fairy bread pudding cup, filled with woodfired pound cake, quince and vermouth jam, brown butter creme diplomat and nostalgic sprinkles. Yum.
India comes to the NGV
Not India Mahdavi, the acclaimed designer behind the scenography of the gallery’s colourful Pierre Bonnard exhibition, but an explosion of culture, food and heritage from the South Asian country. NGV’s free Indian Community Day, happening on Saturday June 24, includes Bollywood, hip-hop and classical dances, as well as live instrumental performances. Indian creatives such as Masterchef contestant Kishwar Chowdhury, filmmaker Mitu Bhowmick Lange AM, artist Bushra Hasan and photographer Anu Kumar are chatting on a panel hosted by SBS’s Manpreet Singh. And there’ll be free curator tours of the NGV’s South & Southeast Asian Collection throughout the day.
Insomnia in the west
New community arts event Sleepless Footscray Festival kicked off last weekend, and goes for another week. It features live performances, art installations and transformations of familiar venues across the inner west suburb. There are 24-hour art exhibitions, a church pipe organ concert until 11pm, immersive sound bathing, electromagnetic fields of light, and more.
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Nori taco ‘bout it
Mr Miyagi’s nori tacos are now available in miniature. The Japanese restaurant in Windsor now offers a trio of mini Peking duck, spider crab and salmon nori tacos – which are made with a crispy nori shell – every Tuesday.
Stretch your cheese-pulling muscles
Deep End Pizza is turning one this weekend. To celebrate, the Fitzroy joint known for Chicago-, Detroit-, and New York-style pizzas, is throwing a cheese-pull championship. Stop by on Saturday June 24, pick up a slice of Chicago deep dish pizza and see how far you can stretch the cheesy topping. Four cheese pull competitors will win a five-kilo deep dish pizza, but the real prize is the right to use the title of Cheese Pull Champion.
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