•Acclaimed Igni chef Aaron Turner is opening a second Hot Chicken Project. The new shop will serve Turner’s ever-popular Nashville-style fried chicken, and there’ll be some seaside-friendly additions to the menu.

•Cayenne-watermelon, and fiery habanero and carrot are two of the inventive hot sauce flavours Fancy Hanks (one of the city’s best barbeque spots) has just released. Pick them up at the CBD diner or order online.

•The Queen Victoria Market is putting on an epic cheese festival.

Archie Brothers is a nostalgic, neon-filled bar themed on an amusement park-slash-circus.

•Here’s our hit list: eight of the best new Italian spots to open in Melbourne in recent months.

•In North Melbourne, Kuura Tea is selling the hard stuff – you might even wind up “tea drunk”.

Future Future just opened in Richmond, serving fun and imaginative modern Japanese. The monstrous okonomiyaki is a standout.

•Yakitori skewers are the specialty at new Queensberry Street eatery Torissong, and come with a choice of sea salt or tare, a semi-sweet Japanese dipping sauce.

•Much of Melbourne comes to a standstill on Grand Final Day, so we’ve pulled together this list of the best new venues that’ll be keeping their doors open.

•Get ready for summery cocktails and sunshine. Floating waterfront bar Arbory Afloat is opening early this year.

Citrico is a Chilean eatery that just opened in Fitzroy North. Head in for pisco cocktails, and fire-fuelled dishes by an ex-Rockpool chef.

•Lûmé executive chef Shaun Quade is handing over the reins of the innovative south-side fine diner to a 25-year-old rising star.

•Asian hawker-style jamboree The Night Noodle Markets is back.

•Collingwood’s Congress wine bar is collaborating with Northside Fruit and Vegetables (supplier to St AliBomba and Smith & Daughters, among others) to throw two decadent veggie-only dinners.

•Melbourne-based playwright Jessica Bellamy shares her version of a sweet, comforting honey cake – it can easily be made vegan, too.

•Argentinian restaurant Palermo is hosting two tasting dinners exploring the regional wines of Mendoza (home of the malbec varietal) and Patagonia (known for its semillón, viognier and sauvignon blancs).