The Fermentary is the life-long passion project of founder Sharon Flynn, who spent years perfecting the flavours and techniques of the ancient art of slow fermentation in Japan and the US before setting up her own fermenting space in Daylesford, Victoria.
The Fermentary produces small-batch, naturally cultured probiotic foods and drinks, including milk kefir, water kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles and other comestibles—all produced using the essential ingredients of time and love.
The Fermentary uses only local seasonal fruits, vegetables and spring water, so each batch captures the unique terroir of the region. And, unlike most producers, they don’t use any starter cultures or other synthetic processes to help speed the ferment along: just fresh ingredients, patiently cared for. The results are a range of delicious ferments with billions of essential good gut bacteria and vitamins B1, B6 and B12.
Their products are used at some of Australia’s leading restaurants and bars including Cumulus, Inc. and Lake House. Founder Sharon Flynn shares her love for the gut-giving properties of fermentation through regular workshops and events, and last year she published her first book of recipes and stories,Ferment for Good.
The School of Life is a global organisation dedicated to developing emotional intelligence. Founded in London in 2008 by Alain de Botton, it applies philosophy, psychology and culture to everyday life.
You can find its classes, films, books, games and much more online and in its branches around the world including Melbourne and Sydney.
The School of Life Melbourne began with a pop-up term in January 2013 and it became the first permanent branch outside of London when it opened its doors in Bourke Street in March 2014.
The School of Life Sydney began with a pop-up term in March 2016 and went on to open a permanent branch in July 2016.
In 2018, TSOL launched a new curriculum of twelve classes and four workshops including How to Enjoy Life, How to Be Confident, How to Make Love Last and more.
The School of Life has also hosted a wide range of guest speakers including Nigella Lawson, Hugh Mackay, Roman Krznaric, Mari Andrew and more.
Navi is Melbourne’s hottest new restaurant, a 25-seater nestled in the quiet neighbourhood streets of Yarraville, in Melbourne’s west.
Magnum + Queens Wine
Magnum + Queens Wine is an online wine store founded by sommelier Virginia Selleck and photographer Kirsten Dickie. M+Q stocks quality wines at competitive prices, featuring wines from small family-run wineries, young entrepreneurial producers and innovative natural winemakers alongside popular benchmark stalwarts.
Customers can choose from Magnum + Queens Wine's special monthly packs available in three sizes: small (three bottles), medium (six bottles), and large (twelve bottles). Monthly packs are available as a one-off purchase or every month by signing up for a subscription.
One of the site’s most unique offerings is that all of the stock changes on a monthly basis with each month’s collection reflective of a specific theme.
Customers are also encouraged to sign up to the Magnum + Queens Wine mailing list to receive access to its ‘M+Q Cellar’ page which unlocks exclusive offers, rare vintages and other hard-to-find drops.
As well as being a hub for unique wine purchasing, Magnum + Queens also offers food matching suggestions, recipes and wine-tasting notes for the complete wine, food and travel experience.
The good ol’ Aussie pie. Is there anything better?
The Pie Shop is a pastry-filled paradise located at 75 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick.
Founded by chef Matt Wilkinson in 2017, the menu features savoury and sweet pies, a little pie for the little ones, plus extras like hot chips, steaming dim sims, and the old faithful Mars Bar or Snickers to shove in your back pocket for the bike ride home.
There are five savoury pies on offer: The Bruce (spag bol); The Allen (chunky beef and veg); The Shazza (caramelised onion, cauliflower & cheese); The Norma (our curried turkey version of ‘butter chicken’); and The Kevin (tomato, artichoke, green beans, feta). There is also a Little Bruce pie (mini-sized spag bol) for the youngsters. The Allen and The Shazza also come in family size to takeaway cold.
There are also two sweet pies on offer: Strawberry Balsamic and Alphington Rooftop Honey and Buttermilk. Sweet pies are sold by the slice and change regularly depending on seasonal produce.
The Pie Shop uses produce and ingredients from a bunch of top local suppliers including: Warialda Belted Galloway Beef; Deutscher’s Turkey Farm; Pacdon Park; The Hidden Souk; Alphington Rooftop Honey and Demeter biodynamic milk.
It’s been a busy year-and-a-half for Jack Carty following the independent release of his fourth studio album Home State in August 2016. Recorded and produced by Carty in a tiny Brisbane apartment, it debuted at #1 on the AIR Independent album chart, #36 on the ARIA Album Chart and was named one of Rhythms Magazine's Top 10 albums of 2016.
After such a successful launch on home soil, Home State was picked up for release in the UK byGilded Lily/Absolute. Carty quickly followed suit in 2017: relocating to write, record and tour from his base near London.
Join Jamila Rizvi and Clare Bowditchfor a very special evening of honest conversation and uplifting song - celebrating the themes of creativity and courage - at Tea with Jam and Clare on Tuesday 20 March at the Melbourne Town Hall.
If this event was a dating profile it would read: bestselling author Jamila Rizvi and ARIA Award-winning musician Clare Bowditch seek likeminded individuals to join them for one absolutely glorious Melbourne evening of conversation and song on the topics of creativity and courage with a special guest: best-selling everything Zoë Foster Blake.
Why creativity and courage? Because it takes guts to live your truth in the world, and conversations like these help us be braver. Besides - who doesn't like a good tea party?
Australian designer, Sass Cocker is the creative force behind stationary brand Sunday Paper.
From her Melbourne hub - Little Gold Studios - Sass runs Sunday Paper and a custom design service. She has driven her brand with a strong emphasis towards ethical and sustainable concerns - going to great lengths to source local, recycled and Fair Trade materials.
Over the years, Sass has managed design projects for clients including the ABC, Woolmark and Angus & Julia Stone as well as collaborating with a lineup of international artists to produce the renowned Ask Alice Charity Calendars, raising over $48,000 for deserving causes.
Sass is an intrepid world traveller with a love of the ocean and surf. Follow her adventures on Instagram @sass_cocker.