From Romance to Brewmance

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February 12, 2011 1:00 pmtoFebruary 14, 2011 11:00 pm

I’d Tap That!
This Saturday hop along to the Local Tap House for The Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, a showcase of specially brewed, one-off beers from all around Australia. Fruit beers, an ANZAC biscuit-inspired beer, even a cucumber sandwich brew. Gold coin donation at the door goes to raise funds for those struggling with the apocalyptic weather.
When: Saturday, 12 Feb
Where: The Local Taphouse, 184 Carlisle Street, St. Kilda
More Info: www.thelocal.com.au

I’d Type That!
As part of the I Am A Typewriter Festival this Sunday Canberra based typewriter collector Robert Messenger will be in Melbourne to show off and talk about some of his favourite portable typewriters.  Session are 11am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 2.30pm.
: Sunday, Feb 13
State Library, 328 Swanston St. Melbourne
More info:
Email The Sticky Institute with your preferred time for confirmation and further info at downstairs@stickyinstitute.com

Writer’s At The Convent
This weekend writers, publishers, book sellers and lovers will converge on the well manicured grounds of Abbotsford Convent for the Writer’s At The Convent literature festival. Guest speakers include Shaun Micallef and Andy Griffiths, plus visit on Saturday and drop by the Farmer’s Market at the Collingwood Children’s Farm next door.
When: Friday to Sunday
Where: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St. Helliers Street Abbotsford.
More info: www.writersattheconvent.com

Happy VD Day at Gasometer
Valentine’s Day traditionally may be a time where heterosexuals exchange saccharin messages of love, but let’s be honest, Valentine’s Day always has been pretty gay. This VD Day Gay Shame, Danceteria, and Gasometer are presenting an anti-romantic event for everyone who hates the coocheecoos.  Featuring DJ’s Leather Locklear & Mzzz Erin Tasmania, party games such as speed hating and food and drink specials. “Whether you’re single and desperate or just over all the schmultz come and celebrate V.D. with us…WARTS N’ ALL!”
Monday, Feb 14. 7pm – 1am
: Gasometer, 484 Smith St, Collingwood
More Info: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=188557481163035

In Search of Spa-rk
One of the most romantic things anyone has ever done for me was to whisk me away for a weekend in Spa country Daylesford. This might be a bit pricey or out of the way so here are two more affordable ways to get into a spa closer to home, even if it is just a spa bath:
Baden Powel
Pub and Restaurant downstairs, affordable accommodation upstairs from $80-160 a night. From double rooms with en-suites to king rooms with spa baths. The Baden Powell Hotel lies between Smith Street and Wellington Street in Collingwood.
A Steamy Affair
Peninsular Hot Springs Victoria’s first natural hot mineral springs are just 90 minutes from Melbourne and are offering a number of special Valentine’s Day packages.  Pamper yourself, alone or with a partner be it a youmance, romance, bromance or womance there’s something for everyone.

Food and Drink


Game of Rhones returns

Wine, wigs, wenches and dragons are coming this winter weekend.


Fed Square Wine Showcase

Sample and judge a bunch of beautiful regional wines at the Fed Square Wine Showcase.


Let the Beer Run Free at Fed Square

As the mercury nudges 30C quench your hard earned thirst at the Microbrewery Showcase this week.