Held from 31 March – 9 April, the upcoming 2017 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival (MFWF) sounds as if it will be the long-standing festival’s biggest yet. Currently in its 25th year, the annual festival has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a small 12 event program back in 1993. Nowadays, the MFWF consists of more than 200 events, featuring world renowned food and wine experts including award-winning chefs, winemakers, authors, critics, fresh food producers, and more. ... Read More | Share it now!
It’s hot. Like really damn hot. It’s over 40 degrees right now as I sit here typing this and the threat of rolling controlled blackouts looms of the city and state because of how hot it is. As if they weather wasn’t erratic enough, Sydney is right now preparing for a record weekend heatwave that has so far seen electricity demand rise up to 14,700 megawatts. Load shedding (said controlled blackouts) is likely the only response to this attempt at staying cool, but there is something we can all do to help reduce this issue and that’s head on out to some of the city’s very best public pools so we can give those electricity companies a break. This is going to be as good an excuse as any, especially seeing that Sydney has some of the most picturesque watering holes in the entire country. Here are some of our favourites. ... Read More | Share it now!
The official day of love is upon us. Valentine’s Day comes but once a year, and for those who fully surrender to the traditional idea of roses and romance, it’s a perfect opportunity to put some of the city’s finest establishments to the test. Each year restaurants, hotels, spas, cafes and bars offer some of their most accessible and tempting specials, so from speed dating for the singles and classic romance for the couples to cocktail degustations and rainforest getaways, we’ve picked out 10 of our favourite options for Tuesday 14th February for you to get across.... Read More | Share it now!
Determined, passionate and diligent: three traits attributed to the red fire rooster, the tenth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and the symbol for 2017’s Chinese New Year celebrations. A wealth of Chinese culture and tradition surrounds each city around the world from now until early February, bringing with it a huge amount of things to do, see, and most importantly, eat. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite CNY happenings across Sydney and Melbourne to help you plan the festive days ahead.... Read More | Share it now!
Whether you want to eat or party your way through Australia Day, we’ve sought out some of our favourite events across the country (mainly Sydney and Melbourne) for you. Our official national day of celebration comes around this Thursday, but the various events around the country extend far beyond that, from Australia Day Eve (Wednesday) to the weekend, offering a great deal of things to do from chilling with world-class DJs on Sydney’s Darling Harbour or partying non-stop for almost seven hours with one of the greatest DJs in the world, to downing ribs and burgers or tucking into an experimental Vegemite dessert.... Read More | Share it now!
Now that we’re in December, Melburnians are no doubt scrambling to lock in those perfect NYE plans, and with so many options available around the most liveable city in the world, one is definitely going to need some help sorting through all that’s on offer. Pretty much every venue around Melbourne will be trying to coax you through their doors and into their ticketed event, but not all NYE parties are made equal. Because we’re a helpful bunch we’ve sifted through a shortlist of our favourite New Year’s Eve events around the city and surrounds for the 2016/2017 period, trimming that down even more to present you with the below.... Read More | Share it now!
Sure, you could put your kitchen to the test with a long and laborious Christmas lunch, or you could head out and let some of Sydney’s best restaurants do all that hard work for you. The latter is definitely the better choice. While most shut up shop for the holiday period, many of the finest establishments in Sydney pull out all stops each year to open up on the 25th December, curating special exclusive feasts so you and your loved ones can have a nice and relaxing Christmas day minus all the preperation. ... Read More | Share it now!
More than 100 events celebrating everything craft beer will be taking over Sydney for the next week, forming the sixth annual Sydney Craft Beer Week from now until Sunday 30th October. It all kicked off last night at the massive Opening Night Gala, the yearly sell-out that only begins to scratch the surface of craft beer, both new and old, that’ll be showcased through hair of the dog breakfasts, beer matched chocolate dessert dinners, history lessons, and more; hell, there’s even axe-throwing competitions on the program, and of course, the ever-popular tap takeovers which will see some of the best breweries posted up in some of the city’s best venues. ... Read More | Share it now!
Even for those not taking any financial part in Melbourne Cup, the day has become an excuse to float around outside of work and track down some of Sydney’s best long lunches, whether it be down at the local pub (which usually turns out to be the best choice) or at a picturesque new restaurant by the sparkling harbour. We’ve picked out 11 of our favourite Melbourne Cup offerings for you to get across come Tuesday 1st November, each packing a punch with their food and drink offerings so you have a nice and diverse list to choose for your and your colleagues to choose from.... Read More | Share it now!
There’s nothing like crisp country air slapping you awake to take you out of that hustle, bustle Sydney state of mind. For Sydneysiders a brief getaway isn’t just about grabbing a quick, refreshing weekend in the Blue Mountains or Hunter Valley (still both incredible places for brief escapism) anymore, with many realising that you need to think wider to truly experience the magic of regional New South Wales, and all the award-winning wine and produce-driven food that comes with it. These kind of road trips are becoming increasingly popular the more the state’s celebrated wine regions come into focus, and if timed correctly it could land you in the middle of a festival that best showcases what that region is all about. This is the ideal recipe for a NSW road trip.... Read More | Share it now!