Melbourne’s newest music event A Weekend In The Gardens attracted 12,000 music fans to Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens on the weekend with an all-Australian line-up.
A Weekend In The Gardens is the latest event from Mick and Anthea Newton, founders of A Day On The Green.
Over three nights the backdrop of the picturesque gardens Royal Botanic Gardens has fed a live soundtrack from nine of Australia’s greatest acts, including an all-Melbourne based line-up on Friday with John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite and Ross Wilson.
Saturday featured the more alternative Boy & Bear, San Cisco and Amy Shark while Sunday had Icehouse, James Reyne and Clare Bowditch.
A special treat for A Weekend In The Gardens were the Native Cocktails, featuring ingredients grown in the garden.
Wattle Seed Espresso Cocktail
Vodka, Wattle Seed Syrup, Cold Brew Coffee
Wattle Seeds come from the Acacia family and are roasted & ground. Their flavour is somewhat similar to coffee and cacao.
Citriodora Collins Cocktail
Gin, Citriodra Syrup, Soda, Absinthe
The leaves from both Backhousia citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) & Eucalyptus citriodora (Lemon-Scented Gum) are used to give a huge lemony kick.
Negroni Soda Cocktail
Gin, Maidenii Sweet Vermouth, Red Okar, Native Soda
Both the Maidenii & Okar use quite an amount of native plants. The native soda will be a soda using native muntries, riberries, davidson plums & vanilla. Flavour wise the soda tastes similar to a creamy soda with a bitter edge & some plummy floral characters.
Native Nuts Cocktail
Whisky, Native Nut Syrup, Coconut Water
The native nut syrup combines things like Macadamias & Bunya Nuts, perhaps some sandalwood nuts too. The flavour of these are nut like, and slightly creamy.
The gourmet The Eatery also featured the best of Melbourne’s restaurants and food trucks from Ladro, Burn City Smokers, Royale Brothers, Pommery Champagne and Oyster Bar, Mr Chow and Happy Endings by Mr Chow.
A Weekend In The Gardens brought the whole A Day On The Green experience into the city in a scaled down way.
For those who also delight in the big event outdoor experience, the sister event A Day On The Green will feature Don Henley and Jewel at Mt Duneed near Geelong this coming Saturday.