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It's not just the Queen who likes horses, music, food & wine
Top Events for Queen's Birthday Long Weekend, Melbourne 2013
Portrait of Princess Elizabeth, aged 7 by Philip de László. Image from Wikipedia
Whatever your position in the Republic debate, most people are happy to claim a public holiday and long weekend in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, whose full and proper title is "Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith". So there. The redoubtable monarch is still on the throne and not showing any signs that retirement to the country with the corgis is on the cards in the near future. So spare a thought for Liz when you're out enjoying one of the many events Melbourne is hosting over this year's Queen's Birthday Long Weekend.
Good Food and Wine Show
In recent years chefs have come out of the kitchen and into the spotlight of celebrity, via the medium of television. If seeing the likes of Maggie Beer, Tobie Puttock and Miguel Maestre on the screen has whetted your appetite then the Good Food and Wine Show will give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your favourites. There'll also be wine and cheese tastings, book signings and master classes.
When: From Friday 7 June to Monday 10 June from 10am. Where: Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon St, South Melbourne Tickets: Range from FREE for children under 12 to $44 for General entry plus a magazine subscription. They are available online here. More Information: Visit the website here.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival may be winding down by the time of the Queen's Birthday long weekend, but there will still be plenty of jazz action around town on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June. Look out for free concerts in Federation Square, Jazz in the Salon on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June, or Soundwalks from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June. You could also treat yourself to the amazing vocal talents of Cassandra Wilson, who was named "America's Best Singer" in 2001 on Sunday 9 June.
If you enjoy the thunder of hooves, the thrill of the showjumping, the elegance of dressage, the might and power of the horses, or just the sight of athletes in jodphurs then come along to Werribee Park for the biggest event on Melbourne's equestrian calendar. Apart from the eventing action there will also be food and wine, pony rides and activities for children. It will be a great family weekend with dressage competition on Saturday, cross country on Sunday and showjumping on Monday.
Melbourne's arts precinct will be ringing with the sound of music and singing over the Queen's Birthday long weekend. The festival features the work of internationally renowned choirs, groups and singers in workshops, masterclasses and concerts, as well as a choral festival for school and community choirs. A wide range of musical genres will be represented including classical, gospel, cabaret, a cappella, pop, classical and contemporary. Highlights include Lighting Up the Tree With Voice (as part of The Light in Winter), the Master Singer Concert Series, featuring the Idea of North, the premiere of the documentary, Beyond Hard Knocks, and the Festival Finale Concert.