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Six things to love about Capital Collab

Ashleigh Went

What’s better than a celebration of one city’s craft beer, food, wine and music?

A celebration of the tastes of two cities, which is exactly the premise of next weekend’s Capital Collab. The free event brings together two of the world’s greatest little capitals: Wellington and Canberra, right in the heart of NewActon.

This particular corner of our city will be transformed for the pop-up event, with the addition of an incredible structure made with wooden trusses that has a kitchen, bar and a ‘rooftop’ stage. The structure will feature the work of local artist Anna Trundle, and will be located in Kendall Lane, next to Goodspeed and Parlour.

Here are a few other things to keep an eye out for.

The laneway kitchen

Image: Martin Ollman.

Image: Martin Ollman.

If you’ve been to Wellington, then you’ve surely been to Egmont Street Eatery, and if you haven’t, then now’s your chance to get your hands on their grub. Egmont chefs Rob Essenburg and Simon Pepping are collaborating with Monster kitchen and bar’s Sean McConnell and Dan Flatt for a delectable, one-off menu. Dishes on offer include a Ma Pa Toful with Tofu Custard ($16), Crispy Skin Pork Belly with Green Mango, Coriander, Peanut and Red Nahm Jim ($18) and Asparagus, Freekah, Macadamia, Date, Mint and Smoked Goats Curd ($16).

The pop-up bar

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If you love a good brew, then you’ll want to visit the pop-up bar, featuring award-winning craft beers. From Wellington, there will be offerings from Garage Project, Choice Bros, Kereru and Fork Brewing. Canberra favourites on offer include Capital Brewing Co and Bentspoke. Beth Brash, the brains behind Wellington’s Beervana festival, will be on hand to talk all things beer.

Whether you’re a regular beer drinker or not, it’s worth stopping by to try some of the interesting craft creations on offer, like Kereru Brewing Company’s Karengose—a salty seaweed ale made from native New Zealand seaweed and salt water from the Cook Strait. 

The wine tasting

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A modest $20 will get you access to Capital Collab’s wine tasting event, hosted by Canberra District Wine Association. There’s a huge variety of Canberra wines on offer,  with a line up that features Capital Wines, Contentious Character, Four Winds Vineyard, Gundog Estate, Kerralee Vineyard, Long Rail Fully, Lerida Estate, Mount Majura Wines, Pankhurst Wines and Summerhill Roads—what a list! From Wellington, we have Larry ‘McPinot’ McKenna of the award-winning Escarpment winery.

Each winery will be showcasing their current varietals with four to six different kinds of wine that you can taste, so you’re bound to find a drop you love. Plus, you get a tasting glass that you get to take home with you. Winner.

The capital tunes


The event will be set to the tune of some sensational artists. Wellington’s Eva Prowse and Canberra’s beloved Lucy Sugarman have collaborated to create a song specially made for Capital Collab. Sip on a vino or beer, enjoy some delicious food and let the delightful tunes of these songstresses transport you to both sides of the sea.

Local DJ’s Capital City Soul Sessions will also be performing live, spinning their signature funk, soul and original R&B.

The story telling

Sean Costello. Image: Facebook.

Sean Costello. Image: Facebook.

Sean Costello, the creator of the much-loved Capital Yarns has created a zine that’s based on his recent journey to Wellington. It tells the story of love and discovery between a Canberran and a Wellingtonian—we’re told there’s a special twist at the end, so make sure you grab yourself a copy to find out more.

The giveaway

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Fancy a a trip for two to Wellington’s Toast Martinborough wine, food and music festival this November? Who wouldn’t! The price is worth over $2,500 and includes return economy airfares with Singapore Airlines, three nights bed and breakfast accommodation at the boutique QT Museum Hotel, and tickets to Toast Martinborough, plus other tours and activities. Get yourself in the running by entering at the Destination Wairarapa stand during the event, or online.

the essentials
What: Capital Collab: A taste of two cities
Where: NewActon
When: 12pm-5pm, Saturday 7 October 2017
Register: Capital Collab is a free event, but you can register for the wine tasting here.

Feature image: Martin Ollman.


Ashleigh Went

HerCanberra ACTIVE Editor Ashleigh Went has a passion for all things health and wellness. As someone who loves champagne and cheese almost as she loves a sweaty workout, she's all about living a healthy, balanced lifestyle. She can usually be found with her nose in a book, planning her next adventure, in the gym or updating her Instagram @wentworthavenue. More about the Author

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