Here are some of the best new bars, restaurants and cafes open over the January long weekend.

• These are the best new summery seaside diners to hit the Victorian coastline in the past few weeks.

• Chefs including Shannon Martinez, Alejandro Saravia, Victor Liong and Matt Moran are taking over a tiny country town for one day only.

• South Melbourne’s esoteric fine diner Lûmé has been transformed under a new 25-year-old executive chef.

• New York-inspired brasserie The Mayfair is gone. In its place, Matt Wilkinson’s Pope Joan is back.

• For decades, Melburnians have flocked to this tiny city spot for traditional sausages, smoked pork loin and handmade pierogi.

That’s Amore is now doing very cheesy brunches – which include a spectacularly oozy fried-cheese bagel.

Nigella Lawson was spotted on Smith Street, and we have the blurry photo to prove it.

• Cult Sydney burger joint Mary's is coming to Melbourne again.

This new Windsor spot serves late-night eats and tequila that’s meant for sipping, not slamming.

• Just off Swan Street, Richmond, this new spot is doing Szechuan fried chicken and frosty Japanese brews.

Festival 21 is a two-day series exploring the way food can positively shape the world.

Here’s a light, fresh and family-friendly pasta to make while the sun is high.