Melbourne Style!

Melbourne is wonderful. Yes, I've been hearing it for countless times but I have yet to visit the beautiful place on my own. Guess what? A bunch of lovely Australian came over to Malaysia and decided to bring us to experience almost everything in Melbourne style!

Let's explore Melbourne!
Events - Dining Out - Shopping

Nicole and I joined the rest of the medias for "Melbourne Style" event which was held at Grand Hyatt Hotel last week. We didn't know what to expect but when we're served with these wines, they tasted awesome, especially the sparkling wine. 

Melbourne Style @ Grand Hyatt Hotel
Melbourne Style, a tourism event to showcase Melbourne's food and wine, café culture, fashion, design, arts and major events that hosted by the Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher in Kuala Lumpur as part of the Victorian Government's Super Trade Mission to South East Asia. This mission is Australian's largest to the region, with more than 445 delegates representing 315 Victorian companies. 

Emcee - Lina Teoh

Melbourne is Australia's number one destination for food tourists. Melbourne and Victoria's quality food and wine experiences are delivered by passionate, risk-taking, entrepreneurial, innovative, adventurous and generous individuals who provide outstanding culinary experiences from simple pleasures to 5 star extravaganzas.

Minister of Tourism and Major Events - Hon Louise Asher MP
Ms Asher shared that "Malaysia is an important and growing source of tourists to Victoria. Melbourne's strong calendar of events, stylish city experiences and the ease of access to nature-based attractions on the city's doorstep appeal to the increasingly discerning Malaysian travellers". Well, I guess most of us Malaysian agreed on this too! :D

This event featured acclaimed chef Adam D'Sylva of Coda and Tonka restaurants and also Melbourne's fashion and design credentials also on display with a fashion parade curated by stylist Emily Ward accompanied by unique hats created by milliner Kim Fletcher. Let me show you some of the shots taken during the fashion show in Melbourne style! 


Yours truly was really enjoyed the fashion show! It certainly something new to me, it's not that I never watch for any fashion show but the collection that showcased on that day, were marvellous and unique in style. Those hats may look rather weird but once you paired it with the correct outfit, you have the style. Both stylist Emily Ward and milliner Kim Fletcher shared few experiences of theirs while designing all the clothes and hats, what are their favorite in Melbourne and so on. Pretty interesting!

Emily Ward is not only a Melbourne stylist but also an accredited media delegate of the Fédération Française de la Couture attending Paris Fashion Week annually. Kim Fletcher began creating her beautiful and distinctive headwear in 1993 and since the her feet have hardly touched the ground. Based in her Elsternwick hat shop in Melbourne, Kim designs and handcrafts all her headwear individually, spending countless hours creating meticulous bespoke pieces for her local and international clients. The horse racing industry provides the majority of her clientele.

Next up, the most talked about chef in town - chef Adam D'Sylva of Coda and Tonka restaurants up on the stage to share more on Melbourne cuisines. As part of owner and head chef of CODA, Melbourne's hottest bar and restaurant, Adam has built himself an enviable culinary reputation.

Adam growing up in a mixed Indian/Italian family and his mother was his major influence on his decision to follow his passion for cooking. He has won The Age 2008 Good Food Guide's Young Chef of the Year and also twice beent he Victorian winner in the Lexus Young Chef of the Year award. Within a year opened his restaurant, it has awarded One Chef's Hat in The Age of Good Food Guide of 2010 and 2011. 

A picture for all
We're not only get to know more about Melbourne through the video presentation and fashion show, but also sample the cuisine, coffee and wines on that day too! Surrounded by all the Australian just made you feel as if you're already in the city of Melbourne itself. 

Chef Adam and Caroline

The coffee scene is cutting-edge in Melbourne with serious coffee roasters and baristas who bring love and respect to their crafts. There's no surprise that café culture is king in the city with networks of lane ways full of interesting cafés, bars and eateries. 

Meet Jason Lo, the Grand Champion at the 4th Malaysia Barista Championship (MBC) who were there  to allow each of the guest enjoyed fresh brew of coffee fix!

A cup of Cappuccino
Beautiful Hats

Moving on to the next booth, it's where you'll get to know more about Melbourne fashion style. I love how simple yet presentable in a way.

Caroline and Mr Paul
Various Wines
We tried the shiraz and we love how smooth it was and I was quite surprised that Nicole enjoyed few glasses of those wines. She is not really a wine person and she fell in love with them. I believe this will not stop here, it's time for me to plan for a trip to visit Melbourne soon!

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