Nowadays it seems like we’ve moved beyond just general wine festivals (oh we still have plenty of those) and onto curated programs of specific varieties. The latest niche wine festival to be announced is Bolle Italia, and the focus here is on good Italian sparkling wines, split across two days at Rushcutters Bay restaurant Bar Machiavelli. ... Read More | Share it now!
Surry Hills’ craft beer mainstay Keg & Brew – sister pub to Dove & Olive and The DOG – is turning two towards the end of this month, and to celebrate in their typical beer-loving style they’ll be welcoming a tap takeover all the way from Victoria. All 33 of the venue’s taps will be handed over to Bridge Road Brewers, who will bring up some of their finest brews to help the team celebrate, even planning a special collaboration brew that will be exclusively available on Thursday 25th August.... Read More | Share it now!
Newtown eatery and emporium Brewtown Newtown staged a very well received attic party a few weeks back, making full use of their adjoining O’Connell Street Merchants for a lively celebration of good fashion and good food. They’ll be doing it all over again this weekend as they throw their second ever attic party, stretching across both Saturday and Sunday with a special collaboration with Smoking Gun Bagels.... Read More | Share it now!
Merivale have picked up another historic inner-west venue, saving it from certain destruction as it was primed to become yet another residential block before development proposals were denied. The venue in question is the heritage-listed Alexandria Hotel, a local hero that inspired a huge campaign from supporters when it was picked up by developers last year. Now in the hands of the Sydney’s hospitality juggernaut, “The Alex” will be preserved as a local drink and dine institution with a bit of extra flair from Merivale’s current winning streak (which includes the nearby Queen Victoria Hotel in Enmore, which is still yet to be officially opened).... Read More | Share it now!
Pymble has a long history steeped in timber and steel, dating back to 1805 when the areas first ever sawmill supplied the early settlers of Sydney. Nuggets of history like this have been known to inspire businesses, and The Sawmill is the latest to find its namesake by looking to the past, an inspiration which is embedded in the venue’s sleek design. Timber panels and a large corten sign mark the entrance to this cafe-by-day, restaurant-by-night establishment, flowing through to to a interior that’s heavy with recycled timbers and exposed brickwork, vintage sawmill relics (like a large encased circular saw) and an impressive wood-fired oven. The aroma said to float around the venue should be enough to let one in on what the approach to the menu is; the kitchen is headed by two chefs – a Head Chef, Ruben Castellaz (ex-Fratelli Fresh), and a pastry chef, Rocco Speranza – both of whom are from regional Italy and have thus maintained a focus on bright, generous Italian dining. ... Read More | Share it now!
Best known as one of New South Wales’ finest hubs for food and wine, the city of Orange will once again be channeled into a two-day festival as Taste Orange takes over Sydney’s Martin Place in September. After a record-breaking 2015 (over 14,000 guests), the annual event will be going all out for its fifth year, showcasing 19 premium local wineries, food, and tourism stallholders from Orange to reiterate the unique produce that comes with the regional city’s renowned cool climate.... Read More | Share it now!
How’s this for a fun case of serendipity: Hunter Valley’s awarded Bimbadgen Estate have entered their 15th year as an official partner for the Museum of Contemporary Art, an art institution which itself is celebrating its 25th year in 2016. Just a stone’s throw from the MCA is the wondrous InterContinental Sydney, and the hotel group are currently celebrating their 70th. This trio of landmark anniversaries has synced up to result in a pop-up Cellar Door experience, turning the InterCon’s sparkling lobby gallery into a immersive tasting experience from now until 30th September.... Read More | Share it now!
From a modest start to what is now a heavily anticipated national program, the Garage Sale Trail returns to Australia each October to encourage local communities to engage with and host good ol’ fashioned garage sales, and we aren’t just talking dusty old books and fur coats. On October 22nd, registered garage sales across the country will form one large, synchronised treasure hunt with people selling off their wares – big or small – or offering up some unconventional goods, like adoptable kittens, or multi-million dollar yachts (someone has legit registered the huge yacht that was used in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby for sale this year).... Read More | Share it now!
Famous as an everlasting icon of Italian style and refinement, Campari has launched its Rediscover Red campaign, a month-long celebration honouring the drink of the moment: the Campari Tonic, resulting in a bunch of pop-ups around Sydney that include everything from FREE GELATO MESSINA to campari mixed with some sweet live Jazz.... Read More | Share it now!
Debuted as part of their Bacon Festival menu earlier this year, Cuckoo Callay‘s epic Bacon Macdaddy stands as perhaps Newtown’s single most popular cafe dish of the year. Just head along to the Newtown hotspot on any given day and you’d see plenty of these being demolished by hungry diners, keen to get a serving of that hit of double-smoked bacon, bacon mac‘n’cheese, a fried egg, and “bacony” tomato jam in a crispy toasted croissant.... Read More | Share it now!