The best events when you're flying solo

Photo: Food Truck Degustation

Valentine’s Day can bring out the feels – and not all of them good. If you’ve almost had your fill of couples-heavy content, take a look at these events that were made for hangs with your BFFs or for treating yourself to some quality solo time. No plus-one required.

The House of Food and Wine

Food trucks. Rosé tastings. Pop-up bars. Chef demonstrations. It’s a jam-packed program at The House of Food and Wine, with 50 food personalities appearing over three days and plenty to stimulate your mind and your tastebuds. Whether you come with friends or alone, there’s no risk of boredom.

Food Truck Degustation

Don’t be fooled – there won’t be white tablecloths or soft jazz at this degustation. Instead Welcome to Thornbury has invited some of its favourite restaurants on wheels to gather in one place for a food truck feast. With six dishes and the option to add matched drinks, you’ll be enjoying the likes of Mr Burger, Bluebonnet BBQ, Pizza Pony and more.

Italian Yum Cha: A Salute to the Steam Basket

In need of comfort food? Combine everything you love about Italian food with the fun of yum cha for a double whammy. From steamer baskets filled with handmade rabbit tortelli to a myriad of classic Italian small-bite delights, The Grand Richmond’s Italian Yum Cha is what you need if Valentine’s Day isn’t your scene.

Delightful Doughnuts

Thinking about dessert for dinner? The Press Club’s development kitchen Press Club - Projects is at it again with a pop-up takeover inspired by the loukoumades bars of Athens. Treat yourself to a night of Greek delights with a specialty cocktail crafted for the event followed by the restaurant’s take on both savoury and sweet Greek doughnuts.

Gin High Tea – Brunswick

Gather your Galentines, crook those pinkies and sip your tea at this decadent gin-inspired high tea at the Mary Eats Cake teahouse in Brunswick. With a menu of unlimited scones and three unique desserts, dive into specialty gin creations including a G&Tea cocktail and drinks by Four Pillars. 

Burnley Brewing Tours & Tastings

Gather your pals for a beer-down at Burnley Brewing, where the crew will offer samples of two developing beers during the fermentation phase. With house brews and beer-friendly snacks in hand, pick the brains of those behind the brewing process and learn about the different types of beer and how best to pair them with your favourite foods. 

Souva-lucky Pop-Up

Roll the dice and get lucky as Press Club – Projects turns its development kitchen into a souvlaki-off. Each day sees the team creating a new spin on the souva, with no two days the same. Take a friend and prepare to be wowed as the team work their magic before your eyes. 

What Lies Beneath Cellar Sessions

Take a deep-dive into New Zealand wines at this wine masterclass and explore Marlborough and beyond through a tastings of more than 10 wines. Discover how to age sauvignon blanc, the impact of sensitive oak and try some quality examples skin contact whites over a three-course lunch at Kirks Wine Bar.