Category: SYDNEY

Sydney Spirits Festival makes debut

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Get ready to embark on an extraordinary journey of taste and excitement at the inaugural Sydney Spirits Festival! From May 10th to 12th, 2024, the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney Cove will host the largest and most diverse gathering of its kind in Australia. With a remarkable array of 148 brands spanning whisk(e)y, gin, rum, vodka, tequila, and much more, this event is set to unleash your inner spirit and introduce you to a world of flavours. Indulge in Rare Finds and Exotic Tastes Prepare your taste buds for a tantalizing adventure as the festival brings together rare and award-winning spirits from around the globe. From German and Japanese gin to American peanut butter whisky, Greek vermouth, Brazilian cachaça, and Australian gold medal-winning negronis, there’s something to excite every palate. This is your chance to discover unique flavours and fall in love with new favorites that will leave a lasting impression. Meet the Stars of the Spirits World The Sydney Spirits Festival is not just about the drinks, but also about the incredible personalities behind them. Prepare to rub shoulders with renowned figures in the spirits industry who will be making special appearances throughout the event. Tasmanian Bill Lark, Australia’s “Godfather of Whisky,” will be offering samples and signing bottles at stand 7. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Gee David from Buffalo Trace Distillery, an American bourbon expert pouring samples of their world-famous bourbon. And make sure to visit Mikey Enright of Hickson House, who will showcase his award-winning gin and whisky. Ester Spirits,… Read More

Cambridge Markets back at Watson’s Bay

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One of Sydney’s most highly anticipated events is back! Cambridge Markets is thrilled to announce the return of the annual Watsons Bay Summer Market on Sunday, February 4th, from 10am to 4pm. Held at Robertson Park, this market promises to be an extraordinary experience for visitors of all ages. With its 7th year running, the Watsons Bay Summer Market has become one of the largest market events on Sydney’s calendar, attracting more than 10,000 enthusiastic attendees throughout the day. Nestled along the stunning Sydney harbour foreshore, this market offers a vibrant and picturesque setting for a day of shopping, entertainment, and delicious food. This year’s event will feature over 150 stalls, showcasing a diverse range of products from food and fashion to art and crafts. Whether you’re in search of unique jewelry, stunning photography, eco-friendly homewares, or delightful pet treats, you’ll find it all at the Watsons Bay Summer Market. Food lovers will be delighted by the wide variety of international cuisines available. Indulge in mouthwatering Thai, Vietnamese, American, French, Italian, Chinese, and Turkish delicacies, among many others. The market is truly a culinary adventure that caters to every taste bud. Rebecca Starr, the Director of Cambridge Markets, expressed her excitement about this year’s event and the exceptional selection of stallholders. “The Watsons Bay market is always a favorite for Cambridge Markets, and the summer market is a great day out,” said Starr. “We strive to curate a diverse blend of retailers, chefs, producers, artists, and craftspeople, ensuring there is something for everyone at the… Read More

Where to celebrate Chinese NY

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Spice Temple is not just honouring, but wholly immersing itself in the Chinese tradition of welcoming propitious times with special feasts containing dishes of good omen, exclusively curated for the forthcoming Lunar New Year celebrations. The restaurant’s Executive Chef for Sydney and Melbourne locations, Andy Evans, along with Melbourne’s Head Chef Maggie Chan, have put together exceptional banquet menus in celebration of the Year of the Dragon, which begins on Saturday, 10th February, with traditional festivities continuing for up to 16 days. These specially crafted Lunar New Year banquet menus, priced at $149 per person, are on offer from Monday 5th February to Sunday 18th February, for both lunch and dinner services at Spice Temple in Sydney and Melbourne. As Chef Andy explains, “We have included some of our most special dishes reserved for celebratory occasions, and have also developed completely new dishes that feature ingredients known to bring prosperity, happiness, peace, love, and other aspects of good fortune.” In the Sydney location, the Chinese New Year banquet menu highlights purse-shaped pipis symbolising fortune, tea eggs for fertility, noodles for longevity, and red ingredients such as baby tomatoes for prosperity. The Melbourne menu, on the other hand, features golden bao buns and abalone representing wealth and power, along with classic dishes usually consumed during Lunar New Year feasts, such as the raw fish Yu Sheng salad, colloquially known as ‘Prosperity Toss’, which stands for good luck in the coming year. “Diners are encouraged to toss the shredded ingredients of the salad high into the air;… Read More

New Mardi Gras ball for 2024 in Sydney

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In an extraordinary move resonating with its longstanding dedication to progress, Johnnie Walker is championing the strength and diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community by hosting a Debutante Ball for First Timers at the 2024 Sydney Mardi Gras. This groundbreaking event aims to redefine the traditional concept of the ‘Debutante Ball,’ presenting a grand space full of pomp and ceremony at the iconic Darlinghurst venue, Kinselas, providing an inclusive space for all queer identities. First Timers at Mardi Gras will have the chance to participate alongside trailblazers of the LGBTQIA+ community in the Debutante Ball, making their debut into thousands from their community. This unique initiative is designed to inspire those who have, until now, been unable to attend the renowned festival. Prospective Debutantes are simply required to share their personal journey and reasons for choosing to attend their first Mardi Gras this year. The event will be enriched with the presence of Australian singer and actress Natalie Bassingthwaighte, who will set the stage ablaze with her top hits, while also sharing her own story as a proud new member of the queer community. Natalie stated, “Being able to attend my first Mardi Gras, surrounded with so much love, joy and acceptance is special to me, and what’s even more special is knowing that I get to share this memorable experience with other First Timers of diverse queer identities.” In attendance will also be LGBTQIA+ community trailblazers and Mardi Gras custodians, including original first-timer Robyn Kennedy who graced the first-ever Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras… Read More

The Cut: A Gastronomic Battle for a Cause

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Four Chefs, One Night, One Winner, and You Choose. Gear up for a culinary showdown like no other as Mecca Coffee and The Ironclad Co. present an unmissable event, The Cut, for all Sydney food lovers. Witness the spectacle as four of Sydney’s emerging chefs, each with a dish to stake their claim, vie for your vote on the night of the 1st of February, 2024. Hosted by the renowned food aficionado, Myffy Rigby, The Cut is more than just a culinary competition. It is a non-profit initiative designed to build community spirit, foster a platform for young chefs to display their talent, and support Two Good Co., a social enterprise that empowers women with lived experiences of homelessness, domestic violence, and complex trauma. Imagine a duel of wits, skills, and culinary creativity, with each chef crafting a dish using Mecca Coffee and The Ironclad Co. cast iron cookware to bring their inventive recipes to life. You, our esteemed guests, will be the judges, bestowing the honor of victory on one deserving chef. Our participating chefs – Toby Stansfield from Lola’s Bondi, Jack Fitzhenry from The Wedge, Jen Shaw from Two Good Co, and Cathy Tran from Kiln – have been chosen for their shared values of innovation, creativity, and empowerment. Join us at 5:30 pm at Mecca, 26 Bourke Road Alexandria. For just $180, indulge in a cocktail or a glass of bubbles on arrival, sample a 5-course meal, enjoy a carafe of wine, and take home a goodie bag valued at over $50…. Read More

New Magic Flute at Sydney Opera House

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Get ready to be enthralled as Opera Australia unveils an exciting new production of Mozart’s classic, The Magic Flute, at the iconic Joan Sutherland Theatre in Sydney Opera House. Mark your calendars for this legendary performance, running from 1st February to 16th March 2024. Award-winning director Kate Gaul makes her directorial debut with Opera Australia, conjuring a fantastical world that promises a delightful and enchanting adventure suitable for all ages. The production will feature Australia’s leading opera and musical theatre artists. It’s an exciting opportunity to witness the talent of Australia’s best, including the OA soprano Stacey Alleaume and musical theatre star Ben Mingay, who will be making their OA debut. An absolute highlight is Australian-Mauritian soprano Stacey Alleaume, who will captivate audiences with her mainstage role debut as Pamina. Mingay, in his OA debut as Papageno, complements Alleaume’s spellbinding performance. For the first time, these two accomplished singing talents will perform together, making it a spectacle not to be missed! After more than two decades performing in leading opera houses across Europe and North America, Australian tenor Michael Smallwood returns home to make his debut at the Joan Sutherland Theatre. Smallwood will reprise his role as Tamino, which he performed to great acclaim for Aalto Theater Essen in 2023. The all-star Australian cast will also feature OA favourites Giuseppina Grech, David Parkin, Jane Ede, Ruth Strutt, Jennifer Black, Kanen Breen, Gregory Brown, and Nathan Lay. We’re equally excited to welcome back Indyana Schneider, making her principal role debut for the Company as Second Lady…. Read More

Antenna Documentary Film Festival full 2024 line-up

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9-19 February 2024 | Sydney Antenna, Australia’s premier international non-fiction film festival, today unwraps its complete program for 2024. The event boasts a lineup of 52 of the most compelling, thought-provoking documentaries from around the globe, set to transform Sydney into a haven for documentary enthusiasts from 9–19 February 2024. Festival Director Dudi Rokach expressed, “I am supremely proud of this lineup as a whole. Each documentary is imaginative, cinematic, and provocative, exemplifying the boundless potential of documentary cinema in the hands of a skillful filmmaker.” Kicking off the festival is the Australian Premiere of Tribeca Film Festival winner The Gullspång Miracle. It’s a consistently unexpected and amusing film that follows two devout sisters who purchase an apartment after witnessing a divine sign, only to realise that the seller bears a striking resemblance to their other sister, who committed suicide some thirty years prior. What begins as a story of familial reunion morphs into a drama that’s stranger than fiction. In an exhilarating new partnership with the Sydney Opera House, Antenna will close the festival with the Australian Premiere of Ryuichi Sakamoto | Optus, a concert film that encapsulates Sakamoto’s final performance. A celebration of an artist’s life in its purest form, this film serves as the definitive farewell to the beloved maestro. Fresh from TIFF and IDFA, Antenna will host the Australian Premiere of The World is Family by the renowned documentary filmmaker Anand Patwardhan, who will be a special guest at the festival. Anand’s insights into social and political life have garnered him… Read More

Highlights of SailGP in Sydney 2024

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Get ready for heart-stopping action on the water as SailGP, the world’s most exciting race on-water, returns to Sydney for a record fifth time on the weekend of February 24th and 25th, 2024. Sydney Harbour, with its stunning backdrop, will set the stage for this exhilarating eighth event of the global championship. SailGP takes spectators on a thrilling journey as ten nations battle it out, showcasing their skills and speed on the water. The championship visits iconic cities worldwide, including San Francisco, New York, Auckland, and Los Angeles, making it a must-see event for sailing enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. But SailGP is not just about the racing; it offers an unforgettable experience for fans. With various ticketing options, you can choose from a range of on-water and on-land fan experiences. Here’s what you can look forward to: Last season, thousands of fans flocked to Sydney Harbour to witness the intensity and thrill of SailGP racing. This year, even more spectators from across Australia and around the world are expected to support Tom Slingsby’s green and gold team as they defend their title against nine rival nations. The Aussies are aiming for a fourth consecutive victory, and the home crowd’s support will undoubtedly provide an incredible boost for the team. Tom Slingsby, driver and CEO of the Australian team, expressed his excitement for the home event, highlighting the incredible experience of racing in front of a home crowd. He invites all Australians to rally behind the team and be part of this iconic event. It’s an… Read More

Frozen margs, Ritacolada at El Camino

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Tex Mex wild child El Camino Cantina is at it again, bringing the biggest and most audacious Margaritas to Australia. This time, they have launched a new limited-edition frozen drinks range: the Ritacolada! ?? For five weeks only, from January 8th until February 11th, experience the refreshing fusion of El Camino’s legendary frozen Ritas and the tropical coconut notes of the Pina Colada. Say goodbye to choosing between these classic cocktails because now you can have the best of both worlds in one glass! ??? Giles Adolphus, El Camino Cantina Food & Beverage Director, said, “We’re also serving up some exciting new taco and wing flavors to pair with our Ritacolada range, creating a trifecta of bold, new Tex-Mex menu items for the remaining weeks of summer.” So get ready to indulge in a Tex-Mex feast like no other! ?? The Ritacolada range features nine fantastic flavors, each more delicious than the last. From Loco Berry (Blueberry and Coconut) to Strawberry Bash (Strawberry Coconut), there’s something for everyone to enjoy. ?? You can find this mouthwatering line-up at all El Camino Cantina locations across the country. Whether you’re in Sydney, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, or Melbourne, you’re just a sip away from paradise. The Rocks, Surfers Paradise, South Bank, and Fitzroy offer all nine flavors, while other venues rotate between them, ensuring you always have a delightful selection to choose from. ??? To make this summer even cooler, El Camino Cantina is also introducing five new taco and wing flavors, available on… Read More

Celebrate Lunar New Year in Style at the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Mahjong Club

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To welcome the Year of The Wood Dragon with flair, renowned Sydney chef Dan Hong and Crazy Rich Asians actor Remy Hii have teamed up for a modern take on the traditional tile game at the exclusive Johnnie Walker Blue Label Mahjong Club. On Saturday, February 17th, the iconic duo will transform Merivale’s Bridge Street landmark, Est., into a vibrant space for Sydneysiders to immerse themselves in the festive spirit of Lunar New Year. Guests will have the opportunity to try their hand at mahjong under the guidance of a local master, while indulging in a specially curated menu featuring Hong’s fusion flair and unique Johnnie Walker Blue Label-infused cocktails. In the beautifully designed blue-washed environment, combining Est.’s classic architecture with contemporary Chinese elements, Hong will delight attendees with six delectable bite-sized dishes. These include king crab and scallop potsticker dumplings, rock lobster bao with ginger and shallot, prawn toast with otoro tuna belly and finger lime, as well as a tantalizing hot and numbing wagyu skewer. Additionally, guests can savor a modern twist on longevity noodles with the chilled truffled noodle topped with caviar, and end the meal with Hong’s rendition of a Hong Kong-style warm egg tart. To complement the culinary delights and enhance the flavors of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, renowned mixologist Jonathan Liu has crafted three distinct cocktails infused with popular Asian flavors. Highball enthusiasts can enjoy the Hi-Prosperity, featuring notes of ginger, yuzu, and chrysanthemum. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in the Blue Wishes, a cocktail infused with… Read More