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Wine and Microbrewery Showcases at Fed Square

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by Bahar Kutluk (subscribe)
Bahar is a freelance writer and a wanderer who is determined to uncover all the secrets of Melbourne and share them the only way she knows how, through writing.
Published July 11th 2012
Federation Square has proven itself to be the city's cultural hub and it is now home to many festivals, exhibitions, concerts and events. It has been so embedded in Melbourne's identity that anyone who is looking for a fun day out in Melbourne surely checks out the program at Fed Square first. The options are countless and with more than 2000 events a year it is hard not to find something to do. So why not attend a wine or beer tasting event?

Ever wondered why the Atrium is closed on certain evenings with wine glasses lined up and a jazz band set up? That's right, the Fed Square Wine Showcase, a bi-monthly celebration of some of the best Victorian wines. It is a great opportunity to tantalise your tastebuds and discover some new and exciting wines from the regions premium wineries.

Not many of us have time to drive up to Victoria's many wine regions, stop at almost every winery, enjoy the wine, discuss its features with the winemakers and buy straight from the cellar door. That's why Fed Square Wine Showcase is an excellent event to attend as it provides all of the above and much more without even getting out of the CBD. What's even better is that you will get the chance to taste special cellar door releases and some of the latest wines before the general public.

Don't worry if you are not much of a wine buff, all you need is some genuine interest and you will sure to find a winemaker or a like-minded enthusiast who is willing to tutor you and share the enticing world of wine.

2011/2012 program is now coming to an end and the last showcase will be held in August before the 2012/2013 program starts. This will be a "Best of the Best" showcase, also featuring the Fed Square Wine Awards ceremony. It is the perfect opportunity to experience everything that Fed Square Wine Showcase is about.

Not interested in wine? If you are a beer person and enjoyed the GABS festival this year and can't wait until the next one, there is something for you at Federation Square as well: Microbreweries Showcase. Held bi-annually in March and October, Microbreweries Showcase is similar to Wine Showcase yet feels a lot more intimate and lets you mingle with almost the entire craft beer industry in Victoria. It gives you the opportunity to meet the brewers, learn more about the brewing process (maybe steal an idea or two), and even get some useful tips to use on your home brewery kit. From the moment you step into the Atrium, you immediately feel like a part of a larger group who has come together for the same ultimate purpose: glorifying the boutique beer.

Just like the Wine Showcase, you don't need to be a beer geek to enjoy this event; you just need to have the enthusiasm to try something new and have an open mind. The only problem with the system is that with all the passionate talks you are bound to have with the brewers, it becomes hard to taste most of the beers on offer and you end up leaving the showcase wondering about the ones that you couldn't have sip from.

Don't miss the next Wine Showcase on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 August 2012 and the next Microbreweries Showcase on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 October 2012.
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Why? To taste the best wine and craft beer Victoria has to offer.
When: Wine Showcase is held bi-monthly on the first Wednesday & Thursday of the month at 4:30pm. Microbreweries Showcase is held bi-annually in March and October every year.
Phone: 03 9655 1900
Where: The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne
Cost: Entry is $25, plus $2 glass deposit
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