Interview: Jake Smyth on bringing The Unicorn Hotel back to Splendour in the Grass

Jake Smyth, best known for Sydney’s cult-burger joint Mary’s and award-winning pub The Unicorn Hotel, and his team will once again be bringing their mega popular fare up to this year’s Splendour in the Grass. Representing just how far festival food has come in the last few years, both Mary’s and The Unicorn will be operating up at the three-day festival, held in North Byron Parklands, after proving invaluable in recent years. Mary’s will be landing at the VIP Gold Bar as per usual, but The Unicorn will be out leading the impressive line-up at Splendour’s pop-up neighbourhood “The Very Small Suburb”, which also includes Gelato Messina and Allpress Espresso.... Read More | Share it now!

Anna Polyviou, Andy Bowdy and more to populate Shangri-La Hotel’s Sweet Street (Sydney)

Back for the fourth year in a row, Shangri-La Hotel’s Sweet Street will be popping up at the property’s Grand Ballroom, led by none other than master dessert and pastry chef Anna Polyviou who is heading up a sugary program from Sydney’s best. As has been the case in previous years, plenty of local businesses will be setting up stalls within the luxury hotel, offering guests a wide range of inventive desserts from Choux dessert burgers to gelato.... Read More | Share it now!

How AirAsia are hoping to change the way we experience in-flight food and drink

You have to give credit where it’s due; though very few would jump at the prospect of airline food – especially when it’s coming from a low-cost carrier – it’d be hard to deny what AirAsia have done with their “Santan” concept. The range they have managed to supply to their passengers across their entire network is impressive to say the least, pulling on various points of call across Asia Pacific (particularly the ASEAN countries) to assemble an on-board menu that’s diverse and offers a wide range of flavour. Most importantly, it pushes away from the poor quality expected of airline food (that isn’t from business or first class), offering a very viable alternative to grabbing a snack before heading to the gate and hoping that will be enough to tide you over for the flight. Just open the menu on one of their flights, the scope (and price range) will likely take you by surprise.... Read More | Share it now!

Following the path of Pie Time Festival in New South Wales’ Southern Highlands

Over the month of June, the Southern Highlands in New South Wales is embracing the wintry weather and celebrating it with pies. Whether it’s discovering the Pie Trail with just under 30 local pie makers, getting involved in Pie Making competitions or the Pie Time Festival on 24-25 June, it’s a fun-filled festivity for pie-lovers. Last weekend, I was lucky enough to immerse myself in part of the Pie Trail, exploring mouthwatering pies from Werai to Bowral.... Read More | Share it now!

Two-storey mini golf bar Holey Moley is opening in Newtown (Sydney)

Now that Brisbane and Melbourne have been hit with this weird hybrid of a bar and mini golf course, it’s Sydney’s turn. Opening up in Newtown, the rapidly expanding Holey Moley is set to mirror its success in the other two cities with a pop-culture approach to the timeless tradition of putting a ball into a hole in between drinks. Taking over the former site of Newtown Social Club (or The Sando), the bar plans on introducing locals and visitors to all types of indoor courses, themed after everything from Game of Thrones and The Simpsons to Luna Park and Pacman.... Read More | Share it now!

Dark Mofo’s fiery Winter Feast once again proves itself a foodie’s dream come true (Hobart)

Taking over Princes Wharf 1 for a total of seven nights during the festival, Winter Feast remains one of the most recognisable and accessible elements of Dark Mofo, a 13-day arts and music festival held in Hobart each June. It’s a night market if you want to paint a less inspired picture, but really it’s so much more than that; an intoxicating (in more ways than one) medieval-inspired community feast with longer-than-long tables streaking from one end of the high-ceiling space to the other. Candles battle against an eery blood red glow that illuminates dozens upon dozens of hanging crosses – the festival’s most salient motif – while a band squeezes into a small alcove perched above a pop-up Asahi bar.... Read More | Share it now!

Team behind Happy as Larry Pizza Truck open permanent Sydney CBD cafe

One of the greatest food trucks to have ever hit Sydney was undoubtedly Happy as Larry, a genuine wood-fired pizza oven on wheels that would regularly pull up at all sorts of events, festivals and general gatherings with fresh, delicious and generous pizza. The truck is no more – expect for private functions and the like – but Happy as Larry is still very much in business, now settling into a permanent spot in Sydney CBD. In collaboration with Adam Choker of The Grounds, head pizzaiolo Anthony Severino and co-owner/friend Chris Lu are now operating a cafe version of Happy as Larry, located at the MetCentre on Jamison Street.... Read More | Share it now!

McWilliam’s Wines highlight cool climate with new McW range

Highly awarded NSW-based McWilliam’s Wines have introduced a new range to their extensive family, titling it the “McW” range and pushing it into the market as a sub-brand based on the integral relationship between the land, the climate and the winemaker. Placing the focus upon the elegance and intensity of the high altitude, cool climate regions that are characteristic of NSW, the range introduces the McW 480 and 660 Reserve series, each taking its name from the respective altitude that the grapes are ripened at.... Read More | Share it now!

The smooth Festival of Chocolate will return to The Rocks this August (Sydney)

Returning for it’s fourth year of spreading sugar and assorted confectionery fun the smooth Festival of Chocolate will once again take over The Rocks across one weekend in August. Decadent exclusive treats and established favourites will be on show on Sat 12 and Sun 13th August from some of the country’s finest dessert businesses, pastry chefs, chocolatiers and ice creameries keen to showcase their signatures and new creations. ... Read More | Share it now!