March Into Merivale Launch Party 2015

Back for the 7th year, March into Merivale launched last night with a fiesta of food and entertainment. Spanning all levels of the ivy, including the Ballroom, Palings and for the first time, the ivy Pool Club, the event was a veritable degustation of signature dishes, cocktails and wines.

March Into Merivale 2015 Launch Party

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VIP guests were welcomed at the elegant Felix Restaurant where Chandon flowed freely before everyone was free to mingle and sample delicacies amidst vibrant and splendid installations by AZB Creative.

Highlights of the food included Scampi from wood-fired oven with chilli & fennel pollen from Uccello, Papi Chulo‘s Smoked Rangers Valley Wagyu Brisket roll, Ms G’s phenomenal Cheeseburger Spring Roll and the Cuban Sandwich by the soo-to-open New Paddington Restaurant.

Palmer & Co popped up for the first time during the festival, bringing a touch of speakeasy to the festival. Cocktails included Sounds of a Hurricane with housemade spiced rum, lime juice, pineapple juice and homemade ginger beer served in a glass covered in a branded brown paper bag and the refreshing gin-based Beachside Fizz.

The festival runs from Monday 23 February to Sunday 29 March 2015 with a host of exciting new and well-loved events.

Top 7 Picks for March into Merivale 2015

1. Coogee Foreshore Festival
On Sunday 15 March, Coogee Pavilion’s ground floor will be transformed into a bustling marketplace filled with food and drink stalls with pop-ups from venues such as Papi Chulo, Mr Wong, El Loco and sushi e. Tickets cost $45.

2. Around the World with Merivale Wines
On Wednesday 11 March at ivy, enjoy a global tasting expedition with Merivale’s world class wines, hand-selected by sommelier Franck Moreau and accompanied by the finest cheeses.

3. Mystery Dinner
Book a mystery dinner and you could be dining at any of Merivale’s restaurants  from the grand dining room at est. or hangout Ms.G’s at Potts Pott. $75 per person includes three or more courses, a bottle of wine and a bottle of Sanpellegrino.

4. European Laneway
On Wednesday 18 March, ivy’s laneway will be bustling with French, Spanish, Greek and Italian influenced dishes from Bistrode CBD, Felix, Ash St. Cellar, Uccello, Lorraine’s Patisserie and Palings.

5. Tuesday Date Night
Chill with your other half on Tuesday Date Night over two courses, a bottle of Sanpellegrino and a choice of beverage from Villa Maria, Chandon or Heineken, from $45 per person.

6. Sunday Brunch
For $55 per person including a set brunch feast and a glass of Chandon Rosé, enjoy a delicious brunch at flagship venues including: Breakfast à la Française (Felix, 1 March), Mardi Gras Recovery Brunch (Beresford, 8 March), BBQ Brunch (Papi Chulo, 22 Mar) and  Brunch Italiana (Uccello, 29 March).

7. Monday Detox
On Monday night, yoga mats will be laid at the ivy Pool Club with free yoga sessions. Follow it up with guilt-free dining at Papi Chulo, The Fish Shop, Coogee Pavilion, The Beresford Hotel and Uccello will offer a spin on a healthy dish and mocktail from $25.

March Into Merivale 2015 – Feast. Sip. Celebrate
23 February – 29 March 2015


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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.