It all ends on the 30th of July, so don't miss out!
Map 57 - St Kilda's Winter Garden 2017 at the St Kilda Triangle has been running since mid-June and is in its last leg of the event. If you haven't wandered down past the Palais Theatre towards Jacka Boulevard, you should. Right next door to the theatre, there's lots to keep kids and adults alike, entertained. For bookings of shows head to the website or phone (03) 8609 1015. You can also get ticets at the Box Office onsite.
The tall ferris wheel is unmissable as you drive past beckons to be checked out. Ending on the 30th of July, if you've missed the flyers about the event completely, take the whole family down, and keep some nights aside for adults only entertainment. The precinct is closed on Mondays and operates between 11am and 10pm Tue-Thu and Sunday. It stays open till 11pm on the Friday and Saturday.
On the evening I wandered down on foot, after spending some time on Acland street, Chooh La La was the first stop by the entrance with their enticing aromas of freshly roasted praline almonds and macadamias cooked on site to a 400-year-old recipe. Totally vegan, all natural, no oil and gluten-free; what's not to love. Plus they are very generous with their free samples to taste.
Nearby, even the Australian Red Cross is playing at part at this event with wares to satisfy your craving to feel, touch and buy.
As I was there quite early, people were only just starting to flow in and the ice rink was pretty loose and cruisy with not a huge crowd. Cost ranges from $16 - $24. The first thing I noticed to my delight was that instead of the usual penguin, there were kangaroo skating aids. Aussie Aussie Aussie!
Typically, Coopers had a huge space to quench your thirst, and there were food stalls alongside like Chip Shop with beer battered flathead and a serve of chips for $12; potato cakes, spring rolls, dim sims, Chico rolls and the like. Just what you crave for on a cold winter's evening. Gyoza Records' Dumplings food stall was a colourful sight for sore eyes, with dumplings steaming in those big beautiful bamboo steamers. There's also pizza, bbq and more for a good feed.
Aside from the ice rink and ferris wheel and other entertainment, you can find some adult entertainment at the fabulous Aurora Spiegeltent in the form of 'the sexiest show to come to Melbourne in years - The Age'. They are of course talking about Blanc de Blanc, which is the headline act of Map57.
Be warned, this is an 18 plus adults only event, with full frontal nudity and more. It is also the finest cabaret and acrobatic talent from around the world. It promises big moves, great tunes, lots of skin and more than a few surprises.
There's more than enough Aussie talent to match with the remaining shows that include the following, some with repeat performances and some for just a couple of nights or one night only, so start booking. Tickets for Blanc de Blanc range from $55 (concession) to $78 (premium); and other performances between $30 and $45. Kids shows come in between $15 to $25 on average.
Loose Ends - An award winning one-man show of groovy gadgets, playful puppets and skilful clowning.
How to be a Rockstar - A multi award winning comedian takes you through a powerhouse of physical comedy that releases your inner rock legend with air guitar, power poses and signature dance moves.
Blanc de Blanc - an ADULTS ONLY, nudity involved, amazing cabaret at the Aurora Spiegeltent.
Russell Morris - King of pop and Australian Icon famous for his release of 'The Real Thing' in 1969.
Chopper All Killer - A grab bag of favourite jokes in a comedy Frankenstein of F**k yeah!
Djuki Mala - Indigenous dance and YouTube sensations direct form NE Arnhem Land.
Mother's Ruin - A cabaret about gin. Discover more about this drop in a mixed up musical history lesson delivered with dry wit and harmonies.
Raymond Crowe - He's a magician, comedian, inventor, master of illusion, ventriloquist, shadow and mime artist.
The Black Sorrows - Does onstage powerhouse Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows really need an introduction? This band continue to impress globally!
Tina Del Twist - A live cabaret concert with Australia's much loved, gin soaked, velvet draped nightingale.
Peter Combe - A quirky, interactive, fun filled new show loved by little kids.
Dandyman - Australia's Prince of circus and physical comedy.
Vika & Linda - Two of the most distinctive, versatile and emotionally charged sounds on the Australian music landscape.
Disco Yoga - A vinyasa class packed with uplifting disco tunes and positive messages. Dress in your best winter costume.