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Heineken is inviting Melburnians with a taste for mystery and world travel to a brand new event on Thursday August 4. Heineken City Shapers Festival will see guests boarding an exclusive Heineken train to be transported to a hidden warehouse. Here, they’ll find a dynamic festival space packed with unique experiences that channel the spirit of a number of vibrant cities of the world. Savour food, music and art and entertainment from around the globe. Experience the vibe of a bustling Asian city and a chic New York jazz club. Witness dazzling performances and unexpected reveals. Enjoy a climactic performance from a surprise international act. To get tickets to what’s destined to be one of the biggest parties of 2016, all you have to do is head to the event page at www.heinekencitiesfestival.com.au. In partnership with the festival, Time Out is activating similar events in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, all of them inspired by the cities of the world that have shaped each Australian city's dining scene, music and nightlife. Keep up to date with the Heineken City Shapers Festival by following @Heineken_au and the hashtags #CityShapersFestival #OpenYourCity.
RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride – a rolling bike festival
Experience Victoria as you never have before at the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride, where you'll ride through Victoria's beautiful scenery from the Grampians to the Great Ocean Road. The annual bike ride has been running for 30 years and is quite possibly the best-kept secret in local travel, for two unbeatable reasons: you can experience great scenery by day and a party atmosphere by night. Riders can opt to do a three, five or nine-day ride across Victoria. The three-day option (188km) runs along the coast from Apollo Bay, Bellbrae, Queenscliff to Geelong from December 1-4. The five-day course (339km) runs from the historic town of Halls Gap and winds down to the coast past the Twelve Apostles to finish at Apollo Bay from November 26 to December 1. For riders who are in it for the long haul, there's the nine-day ride from Halls Gap to Geelong (527km) from November 26 to December 4. This event is open to riders of all ages (children included), though a reasonable level of fitness is expected. While the rides will cover plenty of distance, full support and service from the RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride will ensure no one gets left behind. Everything is included in the ticket price: the support team will provide three meals a day, toilets, hot showers at the campsites and luggage transfers. Don't have a tent? There are rental options available. It's not all about the riding either – once you get off the saddle, the evenings will take on a festival atmosphere with live mu
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Most of the time, it feels like we have everything in this town. But there are still some dining institutions in other cities that inspire dining envy – and recently, two of those were Sydney dining staples Fratelli Fresh and The Cut. Happily, both have now claimed a home in Melbourne's heritage beauty, Alfred Place. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Fratelli Fresh’s reputation stems from its fresh, slightly rustic, hearty and not-too-pricey Italian fare. Think primo pastas, pizzas and risottos, washed down with fresh OJ and Campari and capped off with a good, strong espresso. The Cut, a New York-style steakhouse, brings a more fine dining offering – think parquetry floors and custom-made leather banquettes. Basically, it’s a meat-lovers daydream, featuring ten different cuts of Aussie beef and its own glass-walled dry-aging facility, which allows patrons to have a gander at the prime cuts mellowing and tenderising over time. With an increasing public interest in farm to table, it’s a good chance to get more familiar with your food. The lamb and seafood choices are equally plentiful, including highly sought-after Hidden Cove oysters from Tasmania. To round out The Alfred offering are two new bars. The Fratelli Bar rings in an aperitivo happy hour between 3pm and 6pm daily, featuring five buck spirits, beer and wine and spritzers and a Negroni on tap for a tenner. The Library, adjacent to The Cut, is a cocktail bar which also boasts an impressive global wine list of ove