Well, if you weren't there, you definitely missed out.
This time last month, the Festival of Steve 2015 put on a show. We presented 28 City Precinct members under one roof at the Kelvin Club.
Our first ever official ambassador, Nova 100's Tommy Little, opened the day to over one hundred City of Melbourne VIPs, industry insiders and media. Tommy's interpretation of the Festival for the Modern Man had everyone in stitches and gob smacked at the same time, the man is an absolute legend and was paramount in assisting us raise funds for beyondblue. A big thank you to Tommy!
Guests were treated to delicious breakfast canapés generously provided by Melbourne's only dessert bar Om Nom at the Adelphi Hotel whilst sipping away on Champagne Napoleon and the latest flavours by Rekorderlig.
The day kicked off at midday with famous Melbourne street artist Baby Guerrilla adding one of her renowned paste-ups to the lane way wall of Melbourne Place, providing onlookers with the first adaptation of Steve. All day long the crowd were heard murmuring, who is Steve? Where is this Steve? Little did they know, Steve was infinitely amongst the crowd, showing up as fashionistas, artists, musos, baristas, and enthusiasts of all kinds.
Throughout the festival, a number of forums took place hosted by Melbourne stylist Sally Mackinnon. The forums were designed to address some of the key issues that modern men face, with a series of experts speaking about fashion trends, mental health and wellbeing and even dating and social advice. A big thank you to the panel of experts for sharing their knowledge. Downstairs, our good friends from Laphroaig whiskey, the Melbourne Gin Co. and Red Cow Cheese hosted a number of tastings and Temple Brewing Co sponsored a pool tournament hosted by snooker and pool champion Kelvin Small.
The Festival of Steve 2015 was a culmination of some of the finest niche businesses that reside within Melbourne's famed laneways, basements and verticals, showcased alongside some of the best food and beverage Melbourne has to offer along including artists, musicians and industry experts. Is there an better way to celebrate the modern man? We think not.
Finally, Steve would like to thank the following businesses, individuals and sponsors for making the day a big success:
Belmore Shoes, Carl Navè - Individually Tailored, Drink this City, Embiggen Books, Fokus, Fortis Green, Genesis Latrobe St, Harold & Maude, Just Ride It Bikes, Mr Farfalle, Lord Coconut, Melbournalia, Men & Co., Men's biz, MITT (Men in This Town), Mork Chocolates, Mr Wares, Oscar hunt, Serena Lindeman, Styled by Sally, V&J Menswear, Vanessa Lucas - Ceramics and Wondersnack.
As well as our major sponsors, we give thanks to all of our festival contributors. The event would not have taken its shape nor form without you.
AER Design, Adelphi Hotel & Om Nom, Caboose Canteen, Champagne Napoleon, City of Melbourne, Laphroaig, Melbourne Gin Co, NOVA 100, Smooth FM, The Kelvin Club, Temple Brewing Co, Walk to Art, Zilla & Brook.
Lastly a special thank you to our panelists:
Mark Boldiston, Lord Coconut – Men’s contemporary jeweller Carl Navè, Individually Tailored – Bespoke tailor Alessia Daniele, Belmore Australia – Men’s shoe designer Sally Mackinnon, Styled by Sally – Men’s personal stylist Tom Pietkiewicz - Psychologist Talia Pranskunas, Personal Trainer - Genesis Fitness Ian Curley, The European - Executive Chef Alistair Steel, Dental Health Care Associates – Dentist Chris Monak, Manic Workshops - Dating & Lifestyle expert Sarah Harrison, Little Miss Melbourne – City girl and lifestyle writer Nathan Jancauskas, Men’s Biz – Men’s grooming.
Until next time folks..