Chef signatures and a sixteen room feast feature on the 2016 March into Merivale Festival program

Sydney’s hospitality behemoth Merivale in the midst of their biggest changes to date, with several venues opening up within the past few months and several more planned for the year ahead. It then makes sense that they make their annual March into Merivale as jam-packed as possible, and with a program that features a sixteen-room feast, a series of Chef Signatures, and a Merivale Chef Burger Challenge, it looks like they have done just that.... Read More | Share it now!

Newtown’s Cuckoo Callay will bring back their popular Bacon Festival this February (Sydney)

Last year Newtown cafe Cuckoo Callay zipped into fame with their inaugural Bacon Festival proving a massive success, spread out over several weeks and offering a variety of dishes using free-range bacon in interesting ways. This year, they’ll be bringing the concept back, kicking off with a huge event on February 27th at Chippendale’s Central Park and aMBUSH Gallery titled Bacon Brewfest, and then continuing with a 12-week bacon menu at Cuckoo Callay.... Read More | Share it now!

South Yarra gets a new dining hot spot with Sth Central (Melbourne)

Newly opened in Yarra Street is a contemporary social and dining venue titled Sth Central, operated by partners Tommy McIntosh and Ben Avramides (of Tommy Collins fame) who have brought in Chefs Daniel Southern (Est Est Est, Circa) and Simon Winfield to bolster the kitchen alongside Leroy Smith (Stokehouse). The solid lineup have brought together their love and knowledge of the industry to make for a laid-back, high quality venue to start Melbourne’s new venue openings for 2016 off right.... Read More | Share it now!

Conchita Wurst joins the lineup for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2016

One of the most memorable winners to ever emerge from the Eurovision Song Contest, “Queen of Austria” Conchita Wurst, has announced that she will be joining a massive lineup for this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, taking over The Party stage at the Mardi Gras after-party in Moore Park. This will be in addition to her show at the Sydney Opera House which was announced last year in November. ... Read More | Share it now!

Hunter & Barrel – Cockle Bay Wharf (Sydney)

Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group enjoyed a good reputation thusfar, having various brands on their portfolio including The Meat & Wine Co. and Ribs & Burgers, both multi-location restaurants that know a thing or two about good, juicy meats. The latest addition to the hospitality group’s scope is an interesting concept titled Hunter & Barrel, looking back to the days of the hunter for coal-inspired cooking and bringing in the ever-growing trend of barrel-aged drinks. The new concept will have a few locations in both Sydney and Melbourne, and the most picturesque so far is on the roof of Cockle Bay Wharf, in the unique, round-shaped space that used to be Chinta Ria (which has now moved to Double Bay).... Read More | Share it now!

Young Henrys team with Art Gallery of NSW to create an exclusive boutique beer

It seems Newtown brewers Young Henrys have joined in on the adoration of Art Gallery of NSW’s current major summer exhibition, The Greats: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, drawing inspiration from the works on display to craft an exclusive boutique brew for the gallery’s Up late with The Greats series. Titled Old Master the brew has been designed to celebrate the free program of events, which has activities running at the gallery every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.... Read More | Share it now!

Pipeclay Pumphouse – Mudgee (NSW)

Front and centre by the lake at awarded Mudgee property Robert Stein Vineyard & Winery is where one will find Pipeclay Pumphouse, one of the few fine dining options in the area. Like Kim Currie’s nearby The Zin House, the kitchen here, led by Chef Andy Crestani, has an unwavering dedication to the local region, paying homage to the surrounding land and farms. Of course, the menu changes with the seasons, and wine matching is obviously a big reason for a visit to this intimate, spacious restaurant.... Read More | Share it now!

Regent Place welcomes Diaso and Eat Asia (Sydney)

Central retail and food hub Regent Place is one of the most well located and unique precincts in the CBD, shooting off George Street and offering a diverse line of shopfronts, vendors, and even one of the city’s most popular small bars (Assembly). As part of the precinct’s on-going development, Regent Place has added two of the fastest rising retail brands in the city, giving some substantial space to one-price wonder store Daiso, and comprehensive Asian grocer Eat Asia.... Read More | Share it now!

On the Shelf: Fused by SKYY

RTD’s are often hard to get right, and they are mostly always aimed at the masses, so when Campari’s SKYY Vodka introduced their Fused by SKYY range towards the end of last year it was hard to know what to expect. Campari are a reliable brand, they always have been and they likely always will be, and SKYY Vodka is often a good choice for it’s price range, lending itself well to summer cocktails most of all. It’s then a clever move to launch design these pre-mixed bottles towards the more sessionable Vodka mixed, with three flavours: first, Cucumber & Mint, second Soda & Squeezed Lime, and third Homestyle Lemonade & a Splash of Bitters.... Read More | Share it now!