An outdoor cinema in Portsea
Point Nepean National Park is home to The Barefoot Cinema this summer. With views of Port Philip Bay, and live music before sunset, the film line-up includes classics such as The Castle, Anchorman and Happy Gilmore. There will also be a bar and food trucks and, for those who feel like extra comfort, a VIP area with reclining seats.
Yoga at Peninsula Hot Springs
If you’ve headed all the way out to soak in the mineral hot springs, you might as well take the relaxation a step further. The Hot Springs has just launched outdoor yoga classes, so you can either start or end your day on the mat. All levels welcome.
More information here.
The Botanical pops up in Portsea
The Botanical restaurant is taking over the upstairs dining room at the Portsea Hotel this summer, with a menu inspired by the city’s food offering, but with seaside-appropriate dishes including oysters shucked to order and snapper carpaccio.
Make a reservation here.
Barbeque on the Mornington esplanade
Burn City Smokers is bringing its slow-cooked, Southern barbeque to Counting House on the Mornington esplanade from December 16 to January 29, except Christmas Day. The pop-up menu includes beef short rib, a brisket burger and a Chopped Whole Hog Roll, with wine and beer from local producers. The pop-up is also open for breakfast, serving toasties and Small Batch coffee.
A Food and Wine Series in Red Hill
Sommelier Kate Christensen (Banksii Vermouth, Tonka, Coda) and chef Mal Meiers (Bennelong, IDES, Tonka) return to Avani Winery for their summer Food + Wine Pop-Up. Held for a month, the summer lunch series will take place in a rustic dining room overlooking a Red Hill vineyard. During the week, there's an à la carte-style lunch menu, while weekends will feature a four-course shared set lunch menu, priced at $65 per person.
The 2017 Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo
The annual Portsea Polo comes to Point Nepean on January 14. Naturally, there’s a polo match – with international players on the field – but it is like Spring Racing Carnival, where it’s as much about the fashion and the party as it is about the horses.