7 things you need to eat at smooth Festival of Chocolate in Sydney this weekend

This weekend the annual smooth Festival of Chocolate returns to Sydney’s harbourside the Rocks precinct, bringing an enormous amount of dessert-focused goodness including chef presentations, endless rows of stalls, and a bunch of activities. It’s grown into one of the city’s most anticipated foodie events, and to help you prepare we’ve put together a list of some of the things you should be making a bee-line for as soon as you get there. Trust us, you’ll want to know where you’re going because the crowds can get pretty damn thick.... 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!

Anna Polyviou’s epic gingerbread house and festive high tea take over Shangri-La Hotel (Sydney)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Sydney’s Shangri-La Hotel. Executive Pastry Chef, Anna Polyviou and her team of elves have outdone themselves this year with a life-sized gingerbread house full of lolly decorations on display, as well as a Christmas-themed carousel. The introduction of these annual decorations have transformed the atmosphere in the hotel’s famously lavish lobby, so it’s only right that they offer a few yuletide specials to celebrate.... Read More | Share it now!

Former Quay chef joins The Rocks’ historic Scarlett Restaurant (Sydney)

Joey Dela Victoria’s enviable portfolio is an impressive flurry of hats and stars, all which have come to shape his career as he has worked in the likes of Balzac (when it had two chef hats) and Quay (when it had three chef hats), London’s famous Maze Restaurant, and two Michelin starred The Ledbury. The undeniable qualifications have followed him to his new role at the helm of Scarlett Restaurant, the long-standing and celebrated restaurant of the charming Harbour Rocks Hotel in The Rocks, one of the most popular properties in the MGallery by Sofitel hotel series.... Read More | Share it now!

The Rocks’ 12th annual Australian Beer Festival returns this October (Sydney)

12 years in and Australian Beer Festival still remains one of Sydney’s most loved brew-focused events, bringing more than 120 beers and ciders from across the country to the historic surrounds of Cumberland and Gloucester streets in The Rocks. 30 different breweries are on board this year, preparing to set up stalls for the two-and-a-half-day beer bash which will see Sydneysiders and visitors explore the current climate of Australia’s beer and cider scenes.... Read More | Share it now!

Tuxedo is Sydney’s first bar dedicated to espresso martinis

Here’s where you get your second wind after a long-ass working day, Sydney; a bar built on the notion of good, energising hits of coffee that has been shaken, not stirred. That’s right, the city has gotten it’s first ever bar dedicated to the ever-loved espresso martini, combining the love of good coffee with good alcohol, sprucing up the rusty old guts of the former Cadbury chocolate factory in The Rocks.... Read More | Share it now!

Caffeine aficionados to flock to The Rocks Aroma Festival this weekend (Sydney)

Coffee. Nectar of the gods. Sweet, black gold. It’s not surprising that an annual festival celebrating one the finest beverages to ever have been invented does exist. Coffee aficionados prepare to unite this coming Sunday 24th July at heritage listed, iconic venue that is The Rocks in Sydney, to sample and be educated on the finest brews from around the globe at this year’s Aroma Festival.... Read More | Share it now!

Review: Blu Bar on 36 at Shangri-La Hotel – The Rocks (Sydney)

To truly take in the many incredible perspectives available to us in Sydney it’s necessary to scout around The Rocks, Walsh Bay, and similar areas to find the various vantage points that are unique to this city. Blu Bar on 36 springs to mind when thinking about these vantage points, a long-standing bar 36 floors high up in the sky on top of the luxe Shangri-La Hotel. The premium cocktail bar has recently seen a few changes, driven by mixologist Art Palomata who has switched up the menu to put some new creations alongside the bar’s signatures, making full use of what he refers to as “liquid physics” to add a little bit of theatre to the already spectacular atmosphere that’s elevated by that priceless panoramic view. ... Read More | Share it now!