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This open air cinema is taking the meaning of movie snacks to a whole new level

After a sold out season in 2017, Gourmet Cinema is returning to Caulfield Racecourse, bringing together Melbourne’s best restaurants with a line-up of your favourite films across the first two weekends in March.

Each screening will be catered by four restaurants as well as one ‘hero restaurant’ heading up the whole thing, meaning that you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking out your movie-going treat. Each item on the menu takes inspiration from the film screening that night, with the participating restaurants to be announced soon. 

The season kicks off on Thursday March 1 with the Jon Favreau film Chef. The hero restaurant on the night will be Smith Street restaurant Hotel Jesus, who under the guidance of head chef Luke Hammond will serving up tostadas, Margaritas and other Mexican delights to the masses. 

This year’s line-up of films includes the high-fiving and volleyball playing classic Top Gun (apparently there’s also some planes in it as well) alongside Shannon Bennett's Benny Burger, indie darling Little Miss Sunshine alongside Jimmy Grants, and Before Midnight, the gorgeous finale to Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, which will be presented by Hellenic Republic. See below for the full list of flicks on offer alongside their snack mates.

Reserve tickets will include your own patch of comfy grass complete with a deck chair and blanket at the 196 Below Deck Chair Lawn, which comes with an exclusive 196 Below choc top. Or you could go for the cheaper non-reserved option, just make sure you get in early with your picnic rug to snag that prime movie-watching spot. Each session will have a 20-minute interval, giving you plenty of time to stock up on all the tasty eats available.

The line-up of films includes: 

Chef presented by Hotel Jesus
Little Miss Sunshine presented by Jimmy Grants
Top Gun presented by Benny Burger
Sideways presented by Uncle
Before Midnight 
presented by Hellenic Republic
La La Land 
presented by Uncle
The Lost Boys 
presented by Benny Burger
Vicky Christina Barcelona 
presented by Mamasita

By: William Dunn

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