Spotlight on Hunter Valley: Recapping the seventh annual Hunter Culinary Food Fight (NSW)

What happens when some of the top chefs from Sydney and the Hunter Valley are split into two teams and tasked with battling it out in the name of charity? I found out last weekend while up in the Hunter for the Hunter Culinary Association’s (HCA) 7th Annual Food Fight. The event aimed to raise funds for the Brett Graham scholarship and for Australia’s leading food rescue charity, OzHarvest. The scholarship is a long time initiative of the HCA, which gives young chefs the opportunity to work with Graham at his London Michelin starred restaurant, The Ledbury.... Read More | Share it now!

How to celebrate World Gin Day 2016 across Australia

Saturday 11th June will once again bring in a global celebration of one of the most popular and adaptable spirits in the world: Gin. With so many high quality Australian Gins being produced, plus the current World Negroni Week smashing it with sales of the classic Italian cocktail, the eighth year of this annual celebration has come at the perfect time. Some of our favourite distilleries, bars, and restaurants are getting in on the fun – whether it be just for the day or for a limited run – so check through the below list and go and celebrate all things juniper and botanicals this weekend.... Read More | Share it now!

Behind the scenes of the World’s Best Steak: a trip to Jack’s Creek

Australian beef is amongst the best in the world, that much has been known for years, but interest has recently been jolted by a substantial award handed out at last year’s inaugural World Steak Challenge, which was held in London early October. That award was the title of World’s Best Steak, and it was claimed by a relatively modest family-owned farm just outside of Tamworth, in Willow Tree, owned by producers Jack’s Creek, their 450-day grain fed Wagyu cross striploin besting 70 other steaks from 10 other countries in a tightly controlled, panel-judged competition to emerge the champion. The result comes to no surprise for people who have actually tasted the exceptional produce that comes from Jack’s Creek, who are at the forefront of Australian premium beef production and have been for years.... Read More | Share it now!

What’s on for International Burger Day in Sydney

With Sydney’s burger scene stronger than ever, it comes to no surprise that many of the city’s best will be laying their cards on the table this Saturday as the world once again turns America’s National Hamburger Day (28th May) into just, plain ol’ general International Burger Day. No complaints over here; our love of celebrating national food days of other countries around the world has brought out some truly great specials, and burger fiends are able to jump all over them this weekend. Here are some of the best happenings around town for “International Burger Day”, either on Saturday or just on the weekend (because why should we only celebrate burgers for just one day?).... Read More | Share it now!

Your ultimate food and drink guide to Vivid Sydney 2016

From Friday 27th May to 18th June, Sydney will once again be flowing with the unique atmosphere of Vivid Sydney, now a globally renowned festival of lights, music, and ideas that has seen immense growth over the past few years. The immersive lighted precincts around Sydney, from Circular Quay and Walsh Bay to The Galeries and Darling Harbour, will be packed full of things to see, do, hear, and taste, so much so that it can feel overwhelming at times.... Read More | Share it now!

Our top picks for World Class Cocktail Week 2016 in Sydney

Get ready for seven days of fine drinking as the annual World Class Cocktail Week comes to task Sydney’s best mixologists with highlighting the city’s fantastic bar culture. In the past few years, Sydney has truly stepped up to rival Melbourne’s scene of small bars; add this to the big pub revival that’s happening, as well as plenty of other notable drinking holes around the city and you’ve got yourself one of the best platforms for this program, with over 40 curated events planned. Melbourne already had its turn in early April, and now Sydney takes the reigns from today, Monday 9th May to Sunday 15th May. You’re going to have a hard time trying to fit in all these events, so let us suggest a few, whether they be one-day-only shindigs or specials running throughout the week!... Read More | Share it now!

Our top picks for Australia’s Top Restaurants dining program in each state

May has become one of the most exciting months of Australia’s culinary calendar thanks to the massive dining program that aims to celebrate The Australian Financial Review’s Australia’s Top Restaurants presented by Qantas, highlighting the best of the best with exclusive events and special offers in each state set to showcase what makes this country’s dining scene one of the best, and most diverse, in the world. We have gone through the stacked program for each state and bring you five (or less) of our top picks for each state for you to get across now that the program is in full swing! For a full list of the top 100 restaurants click HERE... Read More | Share it now!

What to do for Cinco de Mayo in Sydney for 2016

Tomorrow, May 5th, will bring Cinco de Mayo around once again, celebrating Mexican culture around the world, and you can be sure some of Sydney’s best are getting involved with various specials, events, and more. We’ve put together a guide for the best happenings in Sydney tomorrow so get across these and you’ll soon be finding yourself full of tacos, burritos, Tequila, Mezcal, and just general festive joy.... Read More | Share it now!