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Two tips for food and footy fun in Melbourne

The 2013 Writers Festival has just wrapped up and while it’s sad to see it end for another year, there is always another festival to enjoy around the corner.

Food lovers (aren’t we all) should check out the The Asian Food Festival which runs from 1 September to 15 October, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy this multicultural celebration of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisines. Activities will centre around Melbourne’s colourful Chinatown district, so you can work off your indulgences with a stroll.

Whether you’re a local or just passing through Melbourne you are sure to find something to tempt you during the Asian Food Festival

Most participating restaurants in the area will offer a special Asian Food Festival Banquet Menu. So this may be the prefect opportunity to try one of Melbourne’s Asian icons.

More adventurous visitors might try one of the Floating Yum Cha, a cruise down the Yarra River through the bustling port to historic Williamstown and Hobsons Bay while enjoying a yum cha buffet.

From March to September Melbourne a trip to Melbourne isn’t complete without a footy match. It’s not always easy to get tickets, especially when the finals are on. But it would be a shame if you’re here in September to not try. Find out more about our great game at the Official AFL site. Tickets are sold through Ticketek.

An important tip, for visitors, if you can’t get tickets, or can’t squeeze a match into your first* visit to Melbourne, at least download the Official AFL app and watch the games live on your iPhone, iPad (via iTunes) or Android phone or tablet (via Google Play Store).  Having a sneaky peek at the footy on your phone or tables while you’re waiting for a meal or waiting for a tram, will have you looking like a local in no time.

I say first trip to Melbourne, because, well once you’ve been here, you will want to come back, whether you’re visiting from Western Australia or West Virginia.

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