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This Outdoor Cinema Pairs Melbourne's Best Food with Critically-Acclaimed Films

Watch Frida with a Mexican feast from Fonda or find yourself in a bowl of Baby pasta during Eat Pray Love.
By Tom Clift
January 31, 2017
By Tom Clift
January 31, 2017

Two of our favourite things — good food and fantastic film — are coming together at Caulfield Racecourse this March. After a sold-out debut season last year, Gourmet Cinema will return for two weeks starting on Thursday, March 2 to pair menus from some of Melbourne's top restaurants with a critically-acclaimed film. So bring your picnic blankets, but leave the baskets at home.

Each film on the program has been matched to a corresponding restaurant. Lost in Translation should go quite nicely with Japanese nosh from Tokyo Tina, while Slumdog Millionaire seems better paired with Horn Please's much-loved Indian food. Alternatively, you can 'find yourself' in a big bowl of pasta from Baby during Eat Pray Love, watch Frida with a feast from Fonda, or revisit Amélie with a French picnic from L'Hotel Gitan. Other vendors on the list include Kong, Saigon Sally, Meatmaiden and The Atlantic.

While each restaurant will present a specific screening, you don't have to worry about picking your favourite, as each night a rotating roster of five restaurants will be slinging film-friendly foods. You won't have to line up for it either — you can just have it delivered to your picnic blanket via Deliveroo.

Gourmet Cinema will run for 11 consecutive days, and will this year include two matinee screenings. For all the others, gates open at 6pm with the film set to commence around 8pm. Tickets are $17.60 (plus booking fee) for adults, or you can shell out $35 for a reserved deck chair.

For more information and to book tickets, visit

Published on January 31, 2017 by Tom Clift


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