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This Week in The Can: Weekend Edit

HerCanberra Team

10 things to to do this weekend in Canberra!

Every Monday for nearly five years, we’ve published This Week in The Can – but sometimes it’s just too epic to get through! That’s why we’re introducing our Weekend Edit… Here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss!

Windows to the World

Tour the world, without the long haul flight! Windows to the World opens the gates to reveal the beautiful landscapes, superb architecture and diverse cultures of Canberra’s embassies and high commissions from 19 September to 11 October.

Take a stroll through Yarralumla, Deakin, Forrest and O’Malley to sample some of the flora, flavours, customs, sounds and culture of Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa with a range of open days, tours, performances, exhibits and displays.

Some bookings are required. Numbers are strictly limited at some of the participating missions. Full details on www.events.act.gov.au/windows

Floriade 

After a bumper first week, the Floriade 2015 program continues this weekend with exciting activities for all ages, as it embraces the theme of Stories. Here are some highlights to look out for:

Saturday 19 September

Get up close and personal with one of Australia’s favourite personalities, Gretel Killeen, as she shares the story of a career and life that she says is only just beginning. You can find Gretel in the Inspiration Hub at 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Wander through the Inspiration Hub throughout the weekend to witness the stunning collision of fashion and flowers in the Horti-Couture: Stories of Canberra exhibition. Crowds can also celebrate the stories of Australians who have been awarded Churchill Trust fellowships and travelled overseas to learn more in the fields of history, music, science, art, health and more.

Don’t miss Canberra’s French chef Claude Fremy cook up a storm in The Kitchen Company Tasting Plate at 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm, and stop by at 11:30am and 1:30pm to see Chifley’s Bar and Grill’s Michael Chatto in action.

Sunday 20 September

Learn how to create magic with the humble herb as Better Homes and Gardens food editor Elle Vernon offers up some fast, fresh and fabulous ideas in The Kitchen Company Tasting Plate at 10:30am and 11:30am.

Keep your eye out for Floriade’s roving performers such as the quirky comedy act Flycycle, musician Justin Sane and the circus-show extravaganza Le Petit Circus.

Head on down to Kids’ Corner for a packed program of fun for the little ones! Kids can meet the animals from Matilda’s Farmyard and learn how to make healthy snacks from 10:00am-4:00pm, while the importance of home is emphasised with PLAY UP (11:00am-3:00pm) from Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House.

Green Savvy Sunday

Old Bus Depot Markets – Green Savvy Sunday brings together products and community groups focused on domestic green sustainable living. Discover the latest in green technology for the home environment. Buy specialist green/sustainable products and speak to a variety of government agencies and companies about what programs, assistance and products they provide to the community and householders.

You’ll find products made using low energy, organic techniques or recycled materials, delicious organic food to enjoy and information on relevant initiatives at the Old Bus Depot Markets building, Wentworth Avenue, Kingston from 10am t0 4pm this Sunday 20 September.

Kitchen Cabinet PopUp

The Kitchen Cabinet PopUp will be at The Conservatory, the restaurant at the National Arboretum that offers the city’s most spectacular views. Visitors can call in any day during Floriade to select delicious gifts, edible souvenirs of the national capital, or just something good to enjoy on the spot. Everything you find at The Kitchen Cabinet PopUp is made with passion and flavour showcasing Canberra’s finest regional produce including olives, olive and nut oils, cheeses, vinegars, jams, chutneys, chocolates, ciders, selected fresh produce and fine local wines.

The PopUp will be open from 9am – 4pm every day during the Floriade period providing wine tastings between 11am – 2pm every weekend.

Fash ‘n’ Treasure 

Fash n Treasure Market is renowned for its unique variety of local and interstate designers mixed in with vintage finds and stylish wardrobe clearouts. The market expanded to include preloved and collectable books, old magazines, records and comics. Entry is $3 and there’s free parking.
Happening at Exhibition Park in Canberra this Saturday 19 September. 
More information at www.fashntreasure.com.au

Our Place

Belconnen Arts Centre is gearing up for celebrating Belconnen’s 50th birthday in 2016 launching it with a community celebration from 4pm to 8pm this Saturday 19 September. Our Place will include showcasing local music, lantern and badge making, new collaborations, food, opportunities to place your mark on the Belconnen map and digital projections illuminating Belconnen’s visual journey.

You will be invited to express what living in Belconnen and the region means to you, share your story and make your memory. Our Place will be fun for family and friends together to kick off Belconnen’s birthday for 2016. Entry is free. Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank Belconnen. 

Night at the Museum: Chance

To take a chance is to experiment with the unknown, to face failure or wild success – there are no guarantees. For one night, experience the chances others have taken and take some of your own. A night complete with bars, food, music and art for over-18s only.

At the National Museum of Australia this Friday 18 September. Grab your tickets from www.nma.gov.au/engage-learn/adults/night-museum.

ACT Legislative Assembly Open Day

The ACT Legislative Assembly are celebrating spring by opening the doors and giving you an opportunity to see behind the scenes in your Assembly building from 10am to 2pm this Sunday 20 September.

You can take a tour of the building hosted by MLAs, enjoy a BBQ and join an art tour by a local artist, visit the replica Magna Carta display and watch a debate from the public gallery. It’s all happening at ACT Legislative Assembly, 196 London Circuit, Canberra City.

Lifeline Spring EPIC Bookfair

 Join Lifeline Canberra for the BIGGEST ever Spring EPIC Bookfair! With over 120 tonnes of books, CDs, DVDs, comics, puzzles, games and more –  there’s something for everyone.

Held over three huge days from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September, at Exhibition Park in Canberra. Saturday is family day with fun activities for the kids from 10am to 1pm. Entry is by gold coin donation, proceeds go to Lifeline Canberra’s 13 11 14 Telephone Crisis Support service. For more information, please visit www.act.lifeline.org.au/item/springepicbookfair

Latin American Flavours Festival 

The capital is feasting on the wonders of Latin American food with a special line-up of dinners being held at the Hyatt’sPromenade Café, created by Executive Chef Nitin. The chef and his culinary team have spent months researching authentic dishes by 12 countries, from Cuba right through to Mexico.

Tonight, you can taste Argentina; on Saturday, Peru will dish up humitas (traditional corn cake steamed in corn husk); and on Sunday you can enjoy Uruguay pascualina (a traditional dish with spinach and hard-boiled eggs stuffed in pastry).

$69 per person for a buffet dinner and dessert. See the website for details about nights and cuisines.

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