Big Entertainment Weekends at Watergardens

Published on 12 April 2018

Staying local is easy this month. With a combined three weeks of back-to-back food truck events and circus performances rolling into Watergardens, you won’t have to venture far for great food and family entertainment.

Hank Marvin Market

This famous street food festival is holding two separate four-day events. First up is the Big Burger Biannual (19-22 April), which will see Melbourne’s best burger flippers sending out their finest buns. Expect traditional styles from Westside legend St. Burgs, plus new takes including Indian flavours from Curry Up Now, Thai patties from Appethaizer and falafel burgers courtesy of MILF (Man I Love Falafel).

Following on from the burger festivities is Brunch, Lunch & Punch (26-29 April) – an opportunity to sleep in, fill up and enjoy a wee tipple in the afternoon sunshine. Along with a dedicated bar offering craft beer, wine and spirits, you’ll find a bevy of vendors serving up the full gamut of brunch foods. Choose from the likes of pork ribs multiple ways (The Rib Crib), hearty pastas (Pasta Face), saucy Asian baos (Mr Chow), Caribbean jerk chicken (Little Brixton), slow-cooked American BBQ (Limp Brisket) and kimchi fries (Gorilla Grill), plus desserts including ice cream (Billy Van Creamy) and traditional Greek treats (Sweet Mistake). And that’s only the half of it.

With undercover dining halls, picnic blankets to stretch out on and music and entertainment to keep the kids busy, the markets are made for relaxed family days out (dogs included). “We had an amazing time at our inaugural Watergardens event,” says Paul Wesolek, founder of Hank Marvin Market. “So we decided to test the waters with a new bonanza concept. We look to attract a good balance of families and foodies to our events, and to deliver good vibes wherever we go.”

Hank Marvin Market
Watergardens Town Centre, 399 Melton Highway
Located on Melton Highway next to Dan Murphy's.

Full details below

Big Burger BiannualBrunch, Lunch & Punch

Eroni’s Circus

There are a few ways to become a circus performer – running away to join a circus is one. You could also go to circus school. Or, if you’re Kelly Maynard, you could be lucky enough to be born into a family that has chalked up six generations in the circus.

Twenty-five-year-old Kelly, along with her brother Joseph, parents Tony and Cathy and 11 other performers make up the travelling Eroni’s Circus. The tight-knit family circus stops by Watergardens for two weeks starting April 20, promising thrilling tricks and cute animal routines for the whole family.

Featuring swinging acrobats, trapeze artists, jugglers, clowns, dog tricks and more, Eroni’s is a charming ode to the old-fashioned circus of days gone by. Kelly’s trick – which she honed by the age of 12 – is a lasso spinning act with a whip-cracking cowboy theme. She also takes to the trapeze and performs with the dogs. 

“A lot of circus kids get introduced to circus performing from the time we can barely walk,” Kelly says. “I started performing pretty much as far back as I can remember.” Everything she knows, she learned on the road, soaking in the skills of her parents and fellow performers. “We’re all self-taught,” she explains. “We pass down skills to each other, train and practice together and share our knowledge.”

But being a circus performer isn’t just about swinging from the roof tops. The nomadic lifestyle involves living out of a caravan and rolling up your sleeves to do the sometimes strenuous, and often dirty, tasks like setting up in a muddy field, caring for the animals, repairing the heavy show curtains and madly sewing costumes.

Despite the hard work that goes into show business, Kelly wouldn’t have it any other way. “It’s our culture and our family,” says the seventh-generation performer. “It’s our way of life and what we’re used to. I can’t imagine not being in the circus.”

Eroni’s Circus
Watergardens Town Centre, 399 Melton Highway
Cash only, tickets at the door
Show times below or visit www.eronicircus.com

- Fri 20 Apr at 7:30pm

- Sat 21 Apr at 1pm and 7:30pm

- Sun 22 Apr at 1pm

- Wed 25th Apr at 7:30pm

- Fri 27th Apr at 7:30pm

- Sat 28th Apr at 1pm and 7:30pm

- Sun 29th Apr at 1pm

- Wed 2nd May at 7:30pm

- Fri 4th May at 7:30pm

- Sat 5th May at 1pm and 7:30pm

- Sun 6th May at 1pm