Saturday, November 3, 2012

Win Free Taste of Melbourne Tickets


GIVEAWAY: Taste of Melbourne 2012

Disclaimer: Taste of Melbourne have provided me with tickets both to give away and for personal use. 


Movida. Mamasita. The Aylesbury. Albert Street Food and Wine. These are just some of the top restaurants involved in Taste of Melbourne this year. 


For the first time, the event is taking place at Albert Park Lake, outside at Pelican Lawn. It all kicks off on Thursday the 15th of November and goes until the 18th. Having stuffed myself at Taste of Melbourne last year, I can say from experience that it’s a fantastic day for any food lover. The pictures throughout this post are from the event last year. 


Other restaurants involved in Taste of Melbourne 2012 include: The Point, Taxi Dining Room, The Botanical, The Atlantic, Mr. Hive Kitchen and Bar, Mahjong, Saké, Libertine and Livingroom. You can also expect to see chefs such as Ben Cooper (Chin Chin), Frank Camorra (Movida), Matt Wilkinson (Pope Joan), Philippa Sibley (Dessert Queen of the World) and more. 


The featured restaurants and chefs will create special menus of starter-sized dishes on the day, so you’ll have room for more than one! There will be interactive masterclasses, demonstrations in the Taste Kitchen, and over 100 producers selling the best the food and beverage industry has to offer. Keep an eye out for the free samples. 


But here’s the best bit: you can go to Taste of Melbourne FOR FREE. 

Thanks to Taste of Melbourne and Hothouse Media, I have 5 double passes to give away to Poppet’s Window readers that are valid for the Thursday and Friday. To win, leave a comment below telling me your favourite Melbourne restaurant and WHY. The most original answers will win. 


Terms and Conditions: 

 - Please leave your email address with your answer, or email it to me at feedme [at] poppetswindow [dot] com (need it so I can post your tickets)

 - Winners will have 12 hours to respond with a valid postal address, after which time someone else will be chosen. Tickets will be sent via mail. 

 - This competition will close at midnight on Saturday the 10th of November, Melbourne time. Winners will be chosen and notified via email on Sunday the 11th of November. 

  - Please note this competition is open to all Australian residents, however entrants must be in Melbourne during Taste of Melbourne 2012.



24 comments:

  1. Too many great restaurants in Melbourne to pick just one!

    But recently, had a great experience at PM24. The head chef, Phillipe Mouchel, was wonderful and served us a salmon terrine as chefs compliment and me and my friends enjoyed a 2 course meal, it was truly lovely. Staff are super attentive and knowledgeable.

    I would not say PM24 has the best food in Melbourne (compare to say, Vue de Monde, which is truly exceptional), but a good restaurant is so much more than the food it serves :) great service, great friends, great food = winning experience for me!

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  2. Choosing a restaurant is like having to chose between your children. It is extremely hard but if there was one I MUST chose from, i would be most excited to try Philippa Sibley's desserts. The first dessert i ever tried of hers was the Snicker bar at the Albert Street Food and Wine. As a dessert fanatic i tend to stick with safe choices such as chocolate soufflé and creme brûlée however this dessert changed my whole view on desserts. Taking a favourite childhood candy and spinning it into a sophisticated dessert is simply genius!

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    1. CONGRATULATIONS!

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  3. I really want to trying the offerings from the Taxi Dining Room. Could never afford to dine there, hope to tick of my bucket list this time!

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  4. Hi All,

    Great answers so far!

    Remember to email me so I can contact you for a postal address if you win.

    Keep 'em coming!

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  5. Fine food and stunning wine,
    Décor’ that is just devine,
    Watching the sunset over the bay,
    Brighton Baths, all the way!

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  6. France Soir! Yes it's been there a million years, the food is a little dated but it's always buzzing and you feel like you're back in a bistro in France. I love that the waiters have a cliché French attitude and sleezyness. steak frites with bearnaise always.

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  7. It's not the classiest, prettiest fine dining experience - you certainly won't find egg nests, souffles or confits here, but that's actually why Tiba's Lebanese restaurant in Sydney Road Brunswick is my favourite Melbourne haunt. For less than 20$ a head you get epic platters of meat, dips, salad, falafel, bread and lebanese classics like haloumi pies and dolmades - all garnished with my favourite neon purple pickled turnip! It's plentiful, whole-hearted and the epitome of what it means to share real food with your family and friends. It's also a great example of authentic food coming to life in Melbourne's multicultural food scene without getting bastardised or lost in translation. Despite the plastic chairs and strict no alcohol policy, I always feel like they are welcoming me into their home to eat with them and all their other ecletic and diverse guests;from exhausted taxi drivers to off-work tradies to businessmen looking for a relaxing time. The staff are not fake and pretentious - in fact you're expected to get your drinks out of the cabinet yourself. It's the kind of restaurant experience that you wouldn't find in the Masterchef guide to Melbourne, but one that locals cherish and is always a satisfying feed.


    -- nishakarna@gmail.com

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  8. My favourite Melbourne restaurant is an oldie but a goodie: Le Gourmet. It's a cosy restaurant in a converted mansion, and the service is impeccable. The dishes are a fusion of French and Austrian, and are delicious! The chef often comes out at the end of the evening to chat with the diners, and the atmosphere is homely and peaceful. Great for a romantic dinner :)

    Cheers, Effie (ebakkalis@bigpond.com)

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  9. My favourite Melbourne restaurant is The Olive Tree in south Melbourne :) My favourite dish is their Chicken, Avocado and Prawns! I have that every time! They also have a delicious Apple & Walnut Strudel (my mum's favourite). Plus I love their decor, I can never stop looking at the stuffed animals :P

    Susan (sui_009@hotmail.com)

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  10. I'm a big fan of the French Brasserie. The owner always treats us like long lost family and the food is superb.

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  11. One of my favourite places to eat would have to be Bistro Guillaume. The French food there is always consistently good, classic with some modern flair and value for money. Theres something for everyone - even the fussiest eaters. I know this as I had my wedding reception there and even my family members who are so picky managed to find something they loved on the menu. We go back there each year for our anniversary.

    opcit12(at)gmail

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  12. Spice temple, delicious food, in a romantic setting,and really reasonably priced-this is one restaurant that is as good in melbourne as it is in sydney....HOT HOT HOT

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  13. Hellenic Republic is my fave,
    George's food is what I crave.
    Sharing food is always best,
    Choosing which items is a test.
    We've celebrated many birthdays here,
    With great food and plenty of cheer.
    Greek heritage is in my veins,
    Food so delicious that none remains.
    The service is always great,
    Everything you could love, on a plate.

    kateapattison@gmail.com

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  14. My fave restaurant has got to be Lentils As Anything. The Abbotsford Convent is such a beautiful bike-ride away, and the pay-as-you-feel setup is most amazing. People are so happy to be there, eating wonderful food.

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  15. Ezard...even the condiments are spectacular!

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  16. I would have to that Lupino in Melbourne's CBD tops my list. It's a fairly new establishment, serving great Italian food, in generous sizes, and exceptional service. I went with a group of workmates, and there was so much food to go round.. we left with nice rounded bellies! It wasn't over crowded, and the staff were always on hand for wine top-up's. I wouldn't even say Italian food was in my top 3 favourite cuisine's, but Lupino certainly left a memorable impression!

    Sent by: Julie H (VIC)

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  17. Oh Poppet MoVida is just like a little taste of heaven! Ok so I know that MoVida is notorious for booking out weeks and weeks ahead (of course with only about 12 bookable tables) so the first time I went we managed to swing by early enough on a Saturday to get a spot sitting up at the bar Spanish style! Oh my how delish was everything! I love the idea of having many little bites rather than the traditional entree and main and let me tell you many little bites were had and then some! From the funny, professional yet amiable staff to the scrumptious morsels of delight arriving at a steady pace this was an eye opening experience on how dinner should be done. My cravings for this place are so strong that I'm usually at one of it's conceptions at least once or twice a month, even if it's just for a sneaky cider and my favourite tapa - anchovy topped with a smokey tomato sorbet - yummo! Wonderful food, wine and people - some of the reasons why this place has been so hot for so many years now!

    ms_jacqui@hotmail.com

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  18. I think my last response vanished.

    My favourite melbourne restaurant is Yu-u's. An anonymous looking door leads down to a smokey basement room and its two private rooms.

    I love bringing a small group of friends here. Doing rounds of small sharing plates including ebi Sui Mai and freshly made soba noodles (available by requesting in advance). We usually drink them out of their stock of Pinot noir :)

    Would love to take my partner to taste as a belated birthday present. There's a bunch of names I haven't tried yet that would be great to experience!!

    Polarwarp @ gmail.com

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  19. Thanks to everyone who entered! Some really fantastic responses and great restaurants mentioned.

    I understand that some people had trouble commenting, but please note that I have considered comments that were sent to me via email as well.

    Without further ado, the winners are (in no particular order):

    JP - Yu-u's
    ms_jacqui - MoVida
    Kate - Hellenic Republic
    Anonymous - Albert Street Food and Wine
    Anonymous - Tiba's Lebanese Restaurant

    You should all have confirmation emails in your inbox. Please reply with your addresses by 5pm Mon 12th (tomorrow) or I will pick a runner up.

    Congrats! :)

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