Attica’s Ben Shewry is teaming up The Avalanches founding members Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi to throw a free virtual house party on Saturday 12 September 2020.

A Party for Melbourne was conceived by Shewry and The Avalanches and will kick off with ‘How to Party’ videos from Shewry, which will be released the week before, featuring party food tips. Recipes include cheese and pineapple hedgehogs; better than sausage sausage rolls; and hectic prawn cocktails.

Shewry’s videos will be housed on Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s website, as well as on the social media channels of Shewry, Attica and Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.

“We’re really excited to be able to give back to the city that has given so much to us at Attica,” said Shewry. “The Avalanches are such beautiful friends and finding a way to collaborate has been really special. It wouldn’t be a good Melbourne party without great party food, and the videos we’ll be releasing the week before the party should help you step up your party food game.”

On the night, a support set from DJ Soju Gang will be followed by a set from The Avalanches.

“The idea for A Party for Melbourne grew out of our friendship with Ben and Kylie [Staddon] from Attica,” says Di Blasi and Chater. “We began to think about what we can do for this city that has nurtured us. How do we say thank you to Melburnians for their sacrifices during lockdown, and also offer a light at the end of the tunnel? We have watched people struggle desperately with mental health, lose businesses, and so much more. This is a love letter and a thank you to this city that has supported us for so long.”

Prospective party-goers can register through Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s website. Ticketholders will be sent a link to the live YouTube event the day prior.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Attica and The Avalanches, two of our city’s great ambassadors of culture and celebration,” Anthea Loucas Bosha, CEO of Food & Wine Victoria said. “A Party for Melbourne is going to be something beautiful for the city we love so much. This is about Melbourne’s creative community coming together and doing something that’s joyful.”

Brick Lane Brewing is a presenting partner of A Party for Melbourne alongside Melbourne Food & Wine Festival and Tourism Australia.

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