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MUNICH BRAUHAUS THROWS BAVARIAN-STYLE 3RD BIRTHDAY BASH

Friday 25th August

Melbourne’s most popular Bavarian restaurant Munich Brauhaus is turning three this Friday and is throwing a party to celebrate!

 The red carpet will be rolled out this Friday for an assortment of celebrations, including festive music, singing and dancing all night long. 

 An official keg tap at 7pm will kick off the party while the haus band performs in the dining hall with a mix of Bavarian and Australian tunes, Oompah style of course.  Guests will be invited on stage to show off their yodeling skills, while the front bar with its resident DJ, will rock until the early hours of Saturday.

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 Guests will be given the option to dine on the special ‘Mayor of Munich’ package, which includes a freshly baked pretzel and 500ml beer on arrival; choice of main from half pork knuckle or schnitzel; a haus-made apfel strudel to finish; and their own ‘Mayor of Munich’ sash, for $50 per person.

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 Competitive types have the chance to show their skills on the night with the ‘Stein Hoist and Hold’ test of strength to see who can hold a 1-litre stein for the longest without spilling a drop.

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MAKE YOUR WAY TO MUNICH BRAUHAUS FOR “THE MONEY FIGHT”

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Sunday, 27 August from 12:00pm

This is the fight everyone has been waiting for.  Undefeated boxing champion, Floyd Mayweather, and trash-talking UFC superstar, Conor McGregor, will enter the ring in Las Vegas to go head-to-head in one of the most hotly anticipated boxing bouts of all time.

 So grab your friends and head to Munich Brauhaus to see The Money Fight screened live and loud in the Front Bar.

 In addition to Munich Brauhaus’ famous schnitzels, burgers and hot dogs, there will be $1 chicken wings all-day, $8 Bud and $10 Guinness.

 For bookings: www.munichbrauhaus.com

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Information & Images Courtesy of Munich Brauhaus/Minc Communications-Michelle Campbell/Rockpool Dining Group/Photographer: Sam Ali

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SYDNEY FOOD & CHAMPAGNE LOVERS…

Saké Double Bay offers free-flowing Dom Pérignon at Australia’s most opulent Champagne lunch, from Saturday 26th August.

Saké Restaurant & Bar Double Bay is dialling up the decadence with free-flowing Dom Pérignon,
 where from Saturday, 26 August, guests can indulge in a carefully curated lunch menu ($75pp) every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm.

Guests can fizz things up with a two-hour Champagne package, during which time the finest of bubbles will be free-flowing. That’s right: empty flutes will be frequently refreshed.

The premium Dom Pérignon package costs an additional $299pp, or enjoy Veuve Cliquot for an additional $99pp.

Lunch menu comprises:

Selection of sashimi (6 pieces)

Chawanmushi – steamed egg custard & sea urchin

Prawn spring roll

Miso caramelised Glacier 51 Toothfish skewers

House salad

Chef’s selection of nigiri

Clam miso soup

Selection of bite size desserts

yuzu tart | chocolate sesame choux | miso vanilla brulee

Lunch guests can opt for an à la carte food menu, instead with a minimum $75pp spend.

Saké Restaurant & Bar: 33 Cross Street, Double Bay. www.sakerestaurant.com.au

 

Information & Images Courtesy of Saké Double Bay/Rockpool Dining Group – Rachel Lebihan

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Rockpool Dining Group welcomes Shaun Presland back to the fold, as Saké Executive Chef, and Resident Chef at Saké The Rocks.

Shaun was a key member of the launch team of the first Saké Restaurant & Bar in The Rocks in 2008, and oversaw the broader group of Saké restaurants in Double Bay, Hamer Hall in Melbourne, and Eagle Street Pier in Brisbane.

Shaun’s return is to lead culinary vision, innovation and execution for the whole Saké brand.

Shaun has mostly been travelling in New York, London and Tokyo, where he won the silver prize at the Washoku World Challenge 2016.

Rockpool Dining Group Chief Executive Officer, Thomas Pash, said the seven years Shaun spent with Saké means he has a deep connection with, and understanding of, the group.

“Shaun is one of Australia’s most esteemed contemporary Japanese chefs, and we’re looking forward to tapping back in to his extensive Japanese culinary skills and knowledge of the craft,” Mr Pash said.

“It’s great to have him back on board. He will play a fundamental role in taking the Saké brand to the next level and its expansion to new markets.”

Shaun said he was thrilled to be back with the group: “Saké feels like home, and I’m looking forward to taking the inspiration from my recent travels and applying it to some new dishes for the Saké fleet.”

Rockpool Dining Group Culinary & Brands Director, Neil Perry, said he was looking forward to working closely with Shaun to continuously improve the Saké dining experience.

“Shaun has exceptional Japanese culinary experience and a long history with the group, and I’m looking forward to working on some new menu additions with him and the team.”

Shaun and Head Chef, Richard Slarp (Saké The Rocks), are working on some new menu items, along with their team, to be introduced over coming weeks.

Neil, Shaun, and Richard, are also working on some new and exciting Omakase menus for the group.

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Information & Image Courtesy of Rockpool Dining Group/Rachel Lebihan

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 Saké’s Bento Box Express Lunch

Review by Celeste Iuliano…”a real stand-out”.

It can be hard to grab a satisfying lunch on the run. The good news is that you can ditch your sad servo sandwich, because Saké Restaurant & Bar has recently launched the Bento Box Express Lunch at their five locations across Melbourne and Sydney.

Part of Australia’s largest dining group, Rockpool Dining Group, Saké upholds the brands’ reputation for quality and innovation. Their bento box is a creative and refined taken on the traditional Japanese workers’ lunch, featuring modern classics prepared with fresh ingredients. The many elements of a bento box naturally guarantee that you’ll be spoilt for choice, however Saké’s version rotates on occasions to keep things interesting!

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The Bento Box currently on offer comes with miso soup, sashimi, nasu dengaku (miso-glazed eggplant), popcorn shrimp, and ginger garlic chicken. It’s hard to know where to begin when everything looks so good. Fortunately you’ll start your meal off with a generous serving of warm, slightly salty edamame seasoned with nori chilli. These humble soybeans are a favourite snack in Japan, where people often enjoy them with a good beer at their local izakaya. Saké offers two fantastic Coedo beers on tap to help you wash them down – Shiro, a smooth white beer with a hint of banana, and the sharper Marihana.

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Once you’ve whet your appetite, you’re ready for the main event! The nasu dengaku has a deliciously sticky coating with 5 types of sesame seeds, and is a fantastic introduction to the bento box. As for the chicken, it’s sous-vide for 12 hours then flash fried to give the skin a light crisp. Its flavours are delicate, with the mushrooms in the dipping sauce giving it a nice umami. Of course, the seafood is the hero of the meal. The sashimi is fresh, with the salmon being a personal highlight, and the popcorn shrimp is a fun addition – springy and chewy with the light acidity of yuzu juice cutting through the creamy coating.

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You’ll definitely be feeling full and happy at this point, but there’s always room for dessert. The final element of the lunch is a delicious scoop of green tea ice-cream, made fresh in-house every 2 days.

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This is an express lunch, so of course you can take it away to enjoy in the comfort of your office. But, if you find yourself with some time up your sleeve, there’s no better way to escape these cold winter days than by savouring your meal in the transportive restaurant. The choice is yours.

The Bento Box Express Lunch is available daily from 12pm-3pm at all Saké restaurants

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**Celeste Iuliano was a guest of Saké Restaurant & Bar, Flinders Lane, Melbourne. She is a regular writer for The Australia Times Gourmet News, and loves nothing better than checking out the latest menus and tasty morsels around her city, as well as attending awesome events, sharing her experiences with readers. Her last fab review? The Donut & Beer Fest!

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Images Courtesy of Thomas Bindley/Saké Restaurant & Bar/Michelle Campbell – Minc Communications/Rockpool Dining Group

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New Middle Eastern themed menu  launched recently at  Melbourne’s Trunk Restaurant & Bar…

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The new Middle Eastern themed menu at Melbourne’s Trunk Restaurant and Bar is going down a treat with Melbourne food lovers, with founding owner, Nick Kutcher, predicting this ancient cuisine as about to have a renaissance.

“It’s clear Middle Eastern food is picking up momentum in 2017. International chef, Yotam Ottolenghi, visited Australia this year, and there was a lot of interest around his use of Middle Eastern flavours – it really pushed the cuisine into the spotlight. Places like Tulum are further putting the spotlight on Middle Eastern food.”

“Modern day Middle Eastern food is inspired by so many different countries – it’s incredibly diverse and many people might not realise this. Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Iran, and Israel, all play a part in the kaleidoscope of flavours found in Middle Eastern food.”

“It’s been a fascinating cuisine to explore at Trunk Restaurant and Bar. The colourful Persian jewelled rice, served with pistachio crusted chicken is such a pretty dish; it’s definitely one of my favourite additions,” said Kutcher.

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Other highlights from the Middle Eastern menu include tuna tartare with sashimi grade tuna, burghul, pomegranate, taramasalata, quail egg, and crisps; Bastilla with confit duck, dates, walnuts, cinnamon, radicchio and beetroot salad; and char grilled octopus with merguez, smoked paprika, potatoes, peppers and walnuts.

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For dessert, try the highly Instragrammable Arabian Pavlova, a rosewater meringue piled high with pistachio semifreddo, halva, Turkish delight, and berries.

For a more casual offering, Trunk Diner – located adjacent to Trunk Restaurant – serves American-style breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks 7 days a week from a stand-alone kitchen and bar. Trunk Diner seats 60.

And it’s not all about the food; guests from the restaurant, bar and diner spill out into the CBD’s biggest outdoor beer garden – Trunk Beer Garden – with 14 tap beers, 30 speciality cocktails, and more than 100 different wines on offer.

Kick off the night with an indulgent Espresso Martini, with 5 creations, including the Ferrero Rocher (Frangelico, Wyborowa vodka, cold-drip coffee, choc-hazelnut wafer, chocolate floss) and the Salted Caramel, (house-infused caramel vodka, Kahlua, caramel, cold-drip coffee, chocolate pretzel rim). For a Middle Eastern twist, try the Rose Martini (Melbourne Gin Company gin, grapefruit, lemon, eau de rose, and pistachio crumb).

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A private dining option is also available at Trunk’s Rintel Room – an intimate event space hosting up to 60 guests. The Restaurant and Bar, Diner, Beer Garden, or the entire venue can be reserved for events.

Restaurant and Bar: Open every day 12.00pm until late

Trunk Diner and Trunk Beer Garden: Open weekdays 7.30am until late; Weekends 8.00am until late

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Last chance to attend the Donut & Beer Fest – Sunday 20 August

Melbourne Events Writer, Celeste Iuliano, headed to the Launch of the 2017 Donut Fest for a sweet, sweet time ahead of this weekend’s event…

Donuts. Beer. Great on their own, outstanding together! This weekend you can find your two favourite carbs in one place, as Melbourne plays host to Australia’s only donut and beer festival, Donut Fest. All your favourite vendors, including Donut Time and Nuts About Tella, will be serving up exclusive flavours in a bid to win the prestigious Best Donut Award (as judged by you and a panel of expert foodies!) We had a sneak peak at the donuts on offer and were spoilt for choice, with perfected classics and some surprise combinations. Sweet temptations included creamy bombolone, sticky loukoumades, the exotic ‘ostrich egg’, and lots and lots of Nutella-filled treats…and you’ll have the chance to sample them all!

All that tasting can make for thirsty work, so be sure to look out for the local breweries serving up their best drop. If having your pick of Melbourne’s finest drinks and doughies isn’t enough to convince you to come down, how about knowing that it’s for a good cause? A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Fair Share, ‘a food rescue charity working to address the issue of food hunger in Australia’.

Review by Celeste Iuliano

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Donut Fest: Winter Edition is on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017 at Batman Royale,

14 Gaffney Street, North Coburg.

Two sessions each day – 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 8pm both days.

ENTRY: $15 (kids under 12 free).

Tickets include fast entry and a taster of the official festival beer.

BOOK TICKETS NOW VIA EVENTBRITE

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Additional Information & Images Courtesy of Donut Fest/Inka Creative – Dee McNamara

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Sydney Food Lovers…

Fratelli Fresh brings fresh Italian flavours, hand-tossed pizzas and a craft beer garden to the Entertainment Quarter Saturday 19 August 11.30am!

Rockpool Dining Group will bring casual Italian dining, the city’s largest selection of Italian craft beers, and a spacious indoor-outdoor beer and wine garden to Sydney’s Eastern suburbs with the opening of Fratelli Fresh at the Entertainment Quarter.

On Saturday, 19 August, the latest Fratelli Fresh will unveil a magnificent al fresco drinking and dining experience at 11.30am. A lush and leafy indoor-outdoor Italian beer and wine garden, and an inviting open kitchen, are the heart and soul of this venue, which accommodates over 300 guests.

The menu is perfect for a swift, pre-game meal, a quick wood-fired pizza before a movie, or long lingering lunches and dinners with family and friends. In addition to authentic, hand-tossed pizzas, the menu features Fratelli classics, including its famous zucchini flowers, lamb ragu and gnocchi.

All Fratelli meals are best ended on a sweet note, with house-made tiramisu, signature banoffee torta, Fratelli rocher cannoli, plus a rainbow of gelato, including hazelnut and salted caramel, yoghurt and amarena, and chocolate crunch.

Fratelli Fresh Entertainment Quarter boasts the biggest line-up of beers of all the Fratelli restaurants, with 15 Italian craft beers available from Urban Craft Brewing Co, Birra del Borgo and Les Bieres Du Grand Saint Bernard.

Three bars will help keep the drinks flowing, with an emphasis on freshly made froze, as well as red, white and rose wines from the barrel, and Negronis on tap.

Happy hour kicks in every day from 4pm-6pm with $7.50 Negronis, $5 house wines and beer, and $10 selected cocktails. Kids under 12 eat free every Sunday and guests can enjoy a long lunch every Saturday and Sunday with 3 courses, plus bottomless wine, available for $59pp.

Customers across the Eastern suburbs can also indulge Fratelli-style at home or work, thanks to a delivery service by Deliveroo.

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 11.30am-midnight. http://www.fratellifresh.com.au/

Information & Image Courtesy of Fratelli Fresh/Rockpool Dining Group

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Michelton Chocolate Festival This Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August

Mitchelton Wines and The Ministry of Chocolate will again partner to deliver the Mitchelton Chocolate Festival on the grounds of the iconic winery over this weekend!

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Bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, the winter festival will again be headlined by celebrity chefs Adriano Zumbo, Deniz Karaca, Kirsten Tibballs, Kylie Millar and Arnaud Vodounou and will be held on site in Nagambie in the heart of the Goulburn Valley. The celebration of all things chocolate will also showcase the best in local wines and produce together with established, Melbourne-based chocolate companies.

The Ministry of Chocolate owner and head chocolatier Drew Maddison, said that the event would be another step up from last year’s incredibly successful event, expecting to attract more than 8,000 visitors over the weekend which would be a huge boost for local tourism.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Adriano Zumbo and Kirsten Tibballs back this year, as well as many more elevated chefs and industry leaders to be involved in this celebration of all things chocolate. We’ll also be holding the much-anticipated chocolate and wine paring classes in the iconic Mitchelton Tower.”

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“The grassy outlook of Mitchelton Wines will again be lined with colourful marquees brimming with mouth-watering treats and the best knowledge of all things chocolate and sweet. Guests will also have the opportunity to walk through one of Australia’s largest and rarely seen underground wine cellars.

**The family-friendly event is free to enter and will include an exciting Children’s Zone complete with jumping castle and petting zoo.

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For more information please contact Drew Maddison on 0488 771 992 or visit http://www.micheltonchocolatefestival.com.au

Information & Images Courtesy of The Ministry of Chocolate/Michelton Wines/Circus Media – Taylar Lavars

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Sydney Tea Festival Serves Up the Best Sunday 20th August

The ultimate celebration of speciality loose leaf tea, the Sydney Tea Festival will sweep the city this Sunday 20th August. Discover, experience and connect with speciality teas from Australia and beyond.

Returning to Carriageworks, the one-day event will feature a new do-it-yourself tea blending station, and an interactive tea ceremony performance, together with a fresh program of workshops and talks hosted by leading industry experts.

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THE TEA MARKET

Festival-goers can wander the tea market and taste a huge range of speciality loose teas and tisanes including premium, single origin, organic and rare teas; healthy herbal blends, chocolate, chai, and iced teas; and a range of locally grown and globally sourced teas.

Tasting tea will be a breeze with the festival’s signature porcelain cup appearing again. Valued at $5 and included in every adult ticket, this cup will allow visitors to taste their way through the day.

In addition, food on offer will cater to those seeking both sweet and savoury bites, with a range of food purveyors and trucks boasting global cuisine and tea inspired creations.

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Also on the day, visitors can participate in the ‘Tea with a Stranger’ tea ceremony performance, hosted by members of Ueda Sōko Ryū Australia. Festival co-founder, Corinne Smith, describes the interactive experience as a way of facilitating deep connection, openness and communication.

“Tea with a Stranger encourages people to leave their digital self behind and step into the vulnerability of face-to-face human connection facilitated by the sharing of tea,” Smith said.

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DETAILS

Date & Time: Sunday 20 August 2017 9.00am – 4.00pm

Location:       Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh

Cost:                Pre-sale adult entry $15.50 (including all fees and charges)

                          Door-sale entry $20.00 (plus credit card processing fees)

                           Workshop tickets $48.00 and Talks $15 (including all fees and charges)

                           Kids Under 12 Free

                          All tickets include a festival tasting up (valued at $5)

Visit:               http://www.sydneyteafestival.com.au/

Social media: #sydneyteafestival

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sydneyteafestival/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sydneyteafestival/

Twitter:       https://twitter.com/teafestivalsaus

Youtube:    https://www.youtube.com/user/sydneyteafestival

Information & Images Courtesy of Nicole Warwick – Liquid Ideas/Renee Creer – Tea Festivals Australia – Photographer: Alana Dimou

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Melbourne – 19th & 20th August

 Australia’s first donut & beer festival is back: bigger, badder & hol(e)ier than ever!

Due to popular demand, Donut Fest returns to Melbourne this August with a brand new Winter Edition.

Inspired by the donut festivals of America, our Donut Fest has a local twist. How to make something more Australian? Just add beer! Aside from an official bar hosted by Manchuria, the festival welcomes a range of craft brewers to their local line-up of local and independent donut vendors. There will even be a doughnut-friendly beer made from sessional ale with a touch of caramel malt developed exclusively for the festival by Kooinda Brewery!

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DONUT FEST: WINTER EDITION 2017 Line-up

Sweet Vendors: Doughnut Time / Lukumades / Nuts About Tella (Nutella donut burgers)

The Hungary Boy / Honey Dee / Ostrich and the Egg / Dip’d (mini donuts)

Ahhh, Donuts! / Dandee Donuts / (hot jam donuts)

Uncle Donut / Jamm’d / St Gerry’s / Goldelucks (gold croissant donuts/“dossants”)

Krumbs (glow in the dark donuts)

Penny for Pound / Jamm’d / Señor Churro / Simply Gluten Free and more…

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Savoury Vendors: Giant Springs (spring rolls) / El Jefe (South American) / Hangi Boys (traditional New Zealand cuisine) / Gnocchi Bar (glutenfree vegan gnocchi donuts) / The Real Jerk (Carribean) / Twisted Mac (mac ’n’ cheese) and more…

Beverage Vendors: Kooinda Brewery / Square Keg / Gageroads / Stomping Ground / Odyssey Craft Brewing (beer)

Those Girls (hot apple cider) / Wimmera Hills (mulled wine) / Welshman’s Reef (wine) / Manchuria (beer, wine, spirits, cocktails)

Koffee Kartel (coffee) and more…

Yet Donut Fest is not just another food market; they take the festival part of the name to their fried food-laden hearts by showcasing varied entertainment all weekend long.

THIS HOLEY EPIRENCE INCLUDES:

  • Live music
  • Donut eating competitions with prizes
  • Best Donut Award judged by a panel of experts
  • People’s Choice Best Donut Award
  • Miniature Donut Museum with a Donut Wall and art installations that take after L.A.’s wildly popular Museum of Ice-cream
  • Savoury Food Vendors experimenting with a homage to the donut shape
  • Beer and cocktails exclusively developed to complement donuts
  • Donut styles from around the world: Argentina, Greece, Hungary, South Africa, America, Denmark, Australia, and even Nutella donut burgers to Glow in the Dark donuts!

Donut Fest likes their donuts iced, but there’s no need for festival-goers to be. Winter warmers on-site include hot chocolate, mulled wine, plenty of outdoor heating and cheery festoon lighting. The huge new venue – the industrial warehouse of Batman Royale – means Donut Fest will be housed partially inside and undercover. Also kids under 12 can join in the fun with free entry.

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Donut Fest: Winter Edition is on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August 2017 at Batman Royale, 14 Gaffney Street, North Coburg.

Two sessions each day – 11am to 3pm and 4pm to 8pm both days.

Early Bird Tickets (just $10) are on sale now, full price $15 (kids under 12 free).

Tickets include fast entry and a taster of the official festival beer.

BOOK TICKETS NOW:  http://www.eventbrite.com.au/     

**read below re: cashless payment system if buying tickets on the day 

Information & Images Courtesy of Donut Fest/Inka Creative – Dee McNamara

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