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Melbourne March Madness

24 February 2017

If you’re lucky enough to have secured your annual leave and a couple of plane tickets to Melbourne next month you will not be disappointed, Melbourne’s March is looking Hot, Hot, Hot! Here are 4 reasons Melbourne is the place to be in March.

PS. If you haven’t booked your flights, there is still time!

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1. Melbourne International Comedy Festival

If you find yourself in the heart of Melbourne in March, you’re likely to see an increased number of mischievous grins on the faces of locals - almost like there is a joke the entire city is in on!

These grins will likely stem from one place – the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, which tends to infect the town like a leaking laughing gas cylinder at a dentist!

Being one of the largest comedy festivals in the world, with over 550 shows and free entertainment in Federation Square, its energy is infectious, making it almost impossible to keep a straight face while you explore the infamous streets of Australia’s arts capital.

The festival knocks into gear at the end of March and kicks on until late April. Though there are many free events, ticketed events cost on average $30 per person and can be booked at www.comedfestival.com.au

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2. 2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

It’s fast, it’s exhilarating and it’s one of the biggest on the planet, the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is the first round of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and as always, is set to be a crowd pleaser this March!

Aside from the main attractions track side, the kid’s corner ensures littlies are never bored with racing themed activities for all ages. M-lane (Albert Park's mini Melbourne within Melbourne) brings food, art and live music to the track, so you still get to experience the best Melbourne has to offer without missing any thrills or spills.

All the action takes place at Melbourne’s Albert Park from the 23 – 26 March 2017. Tickets are available at www.grandprix.com.au

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3. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

So you thought Melbourne’s food scene couldn’t get any cooler – how wrong you were!

In March every year Melbourne’s City Centre aims to tip your taste buds over the edge with tantalising flavours from the world’s top chefs, wine makers and old Melbournite favourites.

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has been going for 25 years and it sure does show, with quality free and ticketed events for every food and/ or wine fetish, this event is a sure way to say Au Revoir to your summer bod and Bienvenue to your winter tracky-dacks

The 2017 event runs from 31March untill 9 April and should definitely be on your must visit list this Autumn. For more information visit www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au

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4. Melbourne Coffee Week

Yes, that’s right, there is a whole week dedicated to drinking coffee and yes, I’m also wondering why I hadn’t heard of it before now!

Eager to celebrate Melbourne’s coffee culture, the Melbourne International Coffee Expo expanded their event into a week-long café break in 2016 and are eager to keep everyone’s favourite week rolling.

Commencing with the Australian International Coffee Awards, all eyes then turn to the national barista and cup taster championships on day two and three, and finally the coffee industry gets to come out and play at ‘MICE’ (Melbourne International Coffee Expo) which brings the caffeinated week of barista bliss to an end.

Event tickets range from $35 to $80 and are on sale at internationalcoffeeexpo.com

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