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JAZZ HANDS AT THE READY… Mornington Street corners, bars and restaurants will come alive over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend, June 10 – 12, as some of the biggest names in the business hit town for the fourth annual Mornington Winter Jazz Festival. The 2016 festival is set to take things to a whole new level with the introduction of a new Blues program which will be jam packed with some of Mornington Peninsula’s favourite artists! The 2015 festival was a huge success, with more than 116 performances in and around Mornington, and this year festival organisers the Mornington Chamber of Commerce are aiming to raise the bar even further. Multi-ARIA nominee Frank Bennett kicks things off at The Rocks on Friday, June 10. Bennett’s uncanny ability to recapture the magic of Sinatra in concert has made him one of the most popular and sought after entertainers in Australia today. Friday evening also plays host to a great blues line up at The Grand Hotel with local favourites Wilson & White, Diddy Reyes and Rob Papp’s Blues Head supporting the unmissable Soul Sacrifice, Melbourne’s best Santana touring band. Off the back of an epic performance in 2015, soul singers Vika Bull and Adrew DeSilva (pictured) are set to draw a crowd to their performance ‘Let’s Get It On, The Life and Music of Marvin Gaye’ at the Grand Hotel Sunday June 12. Likewise, Vince Jones returns to Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery on Saturday June 11 with a new and unique show created exclusively for the Mornington Winter Jazz Festival.

There are also a heap of great free performances in and around town all weekend including a killer blues line up at Double G Saloon, Jazz-A-Thon at Leaf and Bean, a jam packed showcase of jazz at Gods Kitchen and for the latin lovers, newly opened Casa De Playa presents La Rumba who will have you dancing till the wee hours of Saturday night! Between Friday and Sunday there are over 50 performances available for you to experience ranging from intimate Jazz dinner shows to dance floor take over swing and blues sessions including the ever popular Mick Pealing and band at the Bay Hotel Sunday afternoon. For something a little more unique, Brooklands of Mornington are hosting a one of a kind Chefs Choice 5 Course Dining Experience on Friday evening accompanied by an evening of Jazz in the Eighteen78 dining room. Bookings can be made directly with the venue. For a toe tapping good time, The Royal Hotel has created their very own ‘Jazz Club’ offering a night of swing and splendour with the Gatsby Swing performing classics of the roaring 20’s and 30’s. Of course Saturday and Sunday will offer a wide variety of free street entertainment with roving bands parading the Main Street and children’s entertainment to keep the little ones enthralled too! Tickets are Now On Sale! The full program and event information can be found online at www.morningtonjazz.com.au or by contacting Mornington Chamber of Commerce on 5975 4522 (Mon-Wed).

TASTE OF SORRENTO Historical, seaside Sorrento is again hosting its mouth-watering food, wine and beer festival during the first weekend in June, and it’s set to be the best yet. The program includes a variety of gastronomical delights including masterclasses, cooking demonstrations, tutored tastings, degustations, gourmet menus, foodies’ market and more, all in the heart of Sorrento village. Starting Thursday evening and continuing throughout the weekend, a variety of gourmet lunches, dinners and classes will take place in restaurants, cafes and even the demonstration kitchen in the “Taste” marquee hosted at the Claret & Co (previously Three Palms) courtyard at 154 Ocean Beach Road. Taste of Sorrento is proud to play host to several highly-acclaimed chefs and food writers in this year’s event, who’ll present masterclasses not to be missed. Just a few of these include: • Jacques Reymond (pictured) – Michelin star and three-hatted chef • Adrian Li – Saigon Sally • Adam D’Sylva – executive chef at Coda and Tonka in Melbourne • Paul Mercurio – chef, author and TV presenter • Bob Hart – food writer, broadcaster (3AW and the Herald Sun), chef, author (Heat And Smoke, 1 And 11 – Mastering the Dark Art of Real Barbeque) The highly popular foodies’ market and “Taste” day will be extended in 2016 to feature across 2 days! From 10am to 3pm on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June, producers, provedores, wineries and brewers will put out their best gourmet supplies while a series of demonstrations are provided in the Marquee kitchen. With music and kids’


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entertainment filling the street, it will be a great day for tasting, sipping, listening and indulging in the best that Sorrento and the Mornington Peninsula have to offer. With many more interesting boutique activities all set in a spectacular, historic seaside village only 90 minutes south of Melbourne, or a relaxing 40 minutes by ferry across the bay from the Queenscliff, Taste of Sorrento is a great way to treat the senses and embrace all that winter has to offer. A full event program is available at www. tasteofsorrento.com.au, or you can download the Sorrento – Live the Life app from the App Store or Google Play to make direct bookings and find event locations. Brought to you by the Sorrento-Portsea Chamber of Commerce and proudly supported by Searoad Ferries, with thanks to sponsors Mornington Peninsula Shire, Tourism Victoria, Bayside Automotive Group and the Mornington Peninsula News Group.