Category: SYDNEY

Inaugural Sydney Spirits Festival launches this May

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Australia’s spirits scene is on the brink of an exhilarating elevation with the announcement of the inaugural Sydney Spirits Festival. Set to unfold from 10-12 May 2024 at the splendid Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney Cove, this landmark event promises to be a confluence of spirits enthusiasts, industry experts, and world-renowned brands. With over 148 spirit brands on display, the festival is shaping up to be a monumental celebration of craftsmanship and culture in the world of spirits. Among the festival’s highlights are two new masterclasses designed to intrigue and delight. The first is an exclusive exploration of Planteray Sealander Rum, led by the distinguished Grazia di Franco. Participants will be taken on a flavorful voyage through the unique rum profiles of Barbados, Mauritius, and Fiji, uncovering the nuanced tastes and traditions that define each. The second is a celebratory Espresso Martini masterclass on Mother’s Day, offered by Kendor Distillery. This engaging session offers a joyful blend of coffee culture and cocktail craft, making it an ideal gift to share with the remarkable mothers in your life. The Sydney Spirits Festival is more than a gathering; it is an immersive experience that extends beyond tastings and masterclasses. Industry legends, including Tasmanian whisky pioneer Bill Lark and bourbon aficionado Gee David from Buffalo Trace Distillery, will share their insights and stories, enriching the festival with their profound knowledge and passion for spirit-making. The event also caters to the gastronomically adventurous, with an array of international cuisines and unique offerings like HUGO Vodka tastings paired with a Caviar… Read More

Get your tickets for Grease on stage in Sydney

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Tonight marks the grand opening of the much-anticipated stage production, GREASE, at the Capitol Theatre, a show that has already garnered rave reviews. Described as “close to perfection” by Broadway World and a “bucket list production” by Theatre Matters, this spectacle promises an unforgettable experience. The cast features some of Australia’s most loved performers, including Patti Newton, Marcia Hines, and Jay Laga’aia, alongside a talented group of actors who bring the vibrant world of Rydell High to life. The final tickets are on pre-sale today, with the availability opening to the general public on Friday, 5 April. After its Sydney season, the production is set to wow audiences in Perth and Brisbane, showcasing the timeless appeal of GREASE. Critics have lauded the show for its “non-stop extravaganza of electrifying hits” (The AU Review) and praised its “slicker, sexier and bursting with raw energy” production (Aussie Theatre). With a star-studded cast, including Joseph Spanti as Danny Zuko and Annelise Hall as Sandy, this production brings together an array of talent that shines in every performance. The iconic songs, dazzling costumes, and dynamic choreography make GREASE a must-see production that captures the essence of the beloved film. Be sure to follow the excitement and updates on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok @GreaseOzTour. Book your tickets early and immerse yourself in the electrifying energy of GREASE – the production that proves this classic tale is still the word! For further information and tickets visit

The best of Sicily in Sydney this summer

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Prepare for a taste adventure that whisks you away to Italy’s vibrant regions, all without leaving the heart of Sydney. From April 10th, Fratelli Fresh invites you on an unparalleled Italian Spritz Tour, a celebration of Italy’s rich culinary diversity across all 5 of our scenic locations in Sydney. Sip your way through Italy with ten uniquely crafted spritz cocktails, each a tribute to the distinct flavours and traditions of Italy’s regions. From the zest of Veneto’s Aperol Spritz to the tangy delights of Sicilia’s Blood Orange Spritz, your palate is in for a thrilling expedition. Dive into the effervescence of Italy for $21 per glass or opt for a shared experience with our $44 jugs—perfect for toasting to the art of Italian aperitivo with friends. Don’t miss your passport to Italy’s spritz culture. Make Fratelli Fresh your next destination for an Italian escapade that’s just a sip away! Reserve your spot on the Italian Spritz Tour and indulge in the sunny spirit of Italy at Fratelli Fresh. Saluti! Make a booking

Club Kabarett and Spiegeltent returns to Sydney

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Sydney, get ready to be seduced all over again! The incomparable, utterly salacious Bernie Dieter is making a triumphant return to Sydney in her legendary show Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett. From 29 May to 28 July, the opulence and otherworldliness of the Sydney Spiegeltent will transport us to the Berlin Underground with an intoxicating blend of theatrics, circus, aerials, and kabarett. Bringing together a diverse menagerie of misfits and mischief-makers, an electrifying live band, and a mix of Bernie’s iconic and brand-new music, it is a riotous evening that pushes physical boundaries, embraces non-conformity, and sits comfortably on the edge of danger, whilst also tickling your bohemian, gender-bending, and debaucherous funny bone. After sell-out seasons across the globe and setting London’s West End ablaze, Bernie is back in Sydney after a two-year absence, promising a cabaret experience that’s more provocative, more daring, and more outrageously entertaining than ever before. Prepare to be whisked away into a world where the extraordinary is the norm, and the line between the audacious and the sublime is tantalizingly blurred. Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett is a feast for the senses, showcasing a dizzying collection of the most exceptional artists in the world, from hair hanging to fire breathing, unique aerials to toe-curling contortionists. Bernie’s unique brand of risqué humour, original songs, and bold covers will span the gamut from The Beatles to Gwen Stefani, ensuring every moment is filled with surprise, delight, and a touch of debauchery. This east coast exclusive is your invitation to join the ultimate party, a… Read More

Top restaurants open in Sydney this Easter weekend

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Easter weekend in Sydney is not just a time for egg hunts and chocolate bunnies; it’s also an opportunity to explore the city’s vibrant culinary scene. From waterfront dining with breathtaking views of the Harbour to cosy laneway eateries serving up inventive fusion cuisine, Sydney offers a plethora of dining experiences to make your Easter weekend unforgettable. Whether you’re in the mood for freshly caught seafood, authentic Italian pasta, or a modern Australian feast, we’ve scoured the city to bring you the best places to eat in Sydney this Easter weekend. Hop into Easter at The Rocks, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour with a range of long lunches and exclusive Easter menus.  The Rocks Promising some of Sydney’s best Easter eats, indulge in a themed afternoon tea, signature hot cross buns and artisanal goods. More details here. Darling Harbour Elevated Easter feasts, family fun and long lunches! Darling Harbour truly is Sydney’s hub for Easter festivities, no matter what you’re looking for. More details here. Barangaroo Embrace the true essence of the Easter long weekend by indulging in long lunches, feasts and sweet treats by the water in Barangaroo. More details here.

New orchestral series for Australia: Baroque Kaleidoscope

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The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (ABO), a beacon of Australia’s early music scene, is set to awe audiences with its upcoming Baroque Kaleidoscope concert series. Scheduled to unfold at Sydney’s illustrious City Recital Hall from 3 – 8 May, before gracing Melbourne Recital Centre from 9 – 12 May, these performances are a testament to the Orchestra’s dedication to both historical authenticity and innovative musical expression. At the heart of this series lies a meticulously chosen repertoire featuring immortal works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Handel, and their distinguished contemporaries. In what promises to be a transcendent homage to the Baroque period, the ABO ventures back to its origins. The concert series aims to spotlight the fervour and extraordinary adeptness of Brandenburg’s principal musicians. Attendees can look forward to renditions of widely celebrated compositions, including Handel’s lively “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba,” and a captivating concerto for two violins from Vivaldi’s acclaimed L’estro Armonico. The stage will be graced by luminaries such as Shaun Lee-Chen, the internationally acclaimed Concertmaster whose renditions as a soloist have garnered widespread admiration, notably in last year’s Gloria & The Four Seasons. Equally distinguished are Principal Second Baroque Violin Ben Dollman and Principal Baroque Flute Melissa Farrow, each having enriched the Brandenburg ensemble with over two decades of expertise. Adding to the ensemble’s distinguished lineup, Adam Masters, recently coronated as Principal Baroque Oboe, will deliver a special performance of an Albinoni concerto. Masters’ unconventional path to music, transitioning from a decade-long career in medicine to pursuing his passion in Baroque oboe… Read More

New baby animals to see at Taronga Zoo Sydney

8 month old Cekiri by Keeper Scott Brown

With the Easter long weekend and the autumn school holidays just around the corner, Taronga Zoo Sydney is teeming with excitement as a baby boom brightens the zoo. From the swimming lessons of a newborn Pygmy Hippo calf to the playful antics of two adventurous chimp babies, the imminent public appearance of a young seal pup, and the joyful announcement of twin Red Panda cubs, Taronga Zoo is bustling with new life and activities to see and do. These adorable newcomers join the ranks of zoo family favourites, offering a wide range of attractions for visitors. Guests can look forward to the Seals for the Wild and Free Flight Bird presentations, immerse themselves in Taronga’s new ‘Staying Alive’ conservation presentation, engage with daily keeper talks, and explore the newly opened nguwing nura – Nocturnal country. For those seeking adventure, the Wild Ropes course awaits, alongside the Red Energy kids trail, designed to thrill and educate. Among the zoo’s heartwarming stories is that of Hippo calf Lololi, who with each day, gains more confidence in her aquatic abilities under the watchful eye of her mother, Kambiri. “Lololi is mastering the art of holding her breath and propelling herself from the pool’s bottom for a fresh gulp of air. Her curiosity is delightful; she’s often spotted mouthing leaves, sometimes adorning them as a makeshift hat,” detailed Ungulate Keeper, Renae Moss. Recognised as a critical part of the zoo’s mission to support the endangered West African species, the eight-week-old female Pygmy Hippo is a cherished addition. Visitors are… Read More

Go and try Hills Distilling Co. in Rouse Hill

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Get ready to immerse yourself in the authentic spirit of craft and community as Hills Distilling Co. opened its doors in Rouse Hill this Friday, March 15th. This landmark launch marks the debut of the Hills District’s very first locally owned distillery, a venture that promises to redefine handcrafted premium spirits production within the vibrant local landscape. A Fusion of Artistry and Authenticity Managed by Momento Hospitality, a renowned Sydney hospitality group with deep roots dating back to a Baulkham Hill’s bottle shop in 1976, Hills Distilling Co. stands as a testament to a legacy of passion and dedication to the craft. The architectural design, masterfully led by the prominent firm Archebiosis, embodies functionality and industrial elegance, drawing inspiration from the core ingredients and botanicals that define the art of spirit production. Unveiling the Distillery Experience The venue encompasses a captivating mezzanine level, housing tanks for blending and an exquisite selection of barrels for the intricate process of aging different products, each to be unveiled once matured. The ground floor includes the inviting Cellar Door, featuring a chic bar, a retail space, and a communal tasting table accommodating groups of six. Every Friday, from 3-6 pm, the Cellar Door welcomes guests to savor gin tastings paired with a curated selection of premium mixers and uniquely crafted cocktails. To complement these delightful libations, Chef Sebastian Tan from JINJA presents a rotating menu of handmade dancing dumplings, ensuring a sensorial journey of flavors that harmonize with the spirits on offer. Embracing Community Spirit The open-plan seating area… Read More

It’s National Noodle Month at Sydney Place


As we embrace National Noodle Month, the spotlight is on Sydney’s culinary landscape, particularly its bustling dining precinct, Sydney Place. If you’re on the hunt for a tantalizing noodle experience, look no further! Here’s a curated selection of venues that promise to elevate your noodle indulgence to new heights. 1. Yasaka Ramen, Sydney Place Established in 2014, Yasaka Ramen stands as one of the pioneering establishments in Sydney’s ramen scene. Renowned for its signature Tonkotsu broth, meticulously crafted from pork bones and water, this luscious broth has garnered a dedicated following over the years. The two-step cooking process ensures an intricately developed flavor profile, offering a delightful symphony of taste. Fresh noodles, crafted daily on-site, along with a rotating menu of innovative dishes, make Yasaka Ramen a haven for aficionados seeking an endless journey of ramen appreciation. 2. BoBo Dumpling Bar, Sydney Place A delightful offshoot of Cantonese eatery Tao, BoBo Dumpling Bar celebrates the art of dumplings and more. Embracing age-old recipes with a contemporary twist, BoBo presents a playful take on beloved classics. From delectable dumplings and dim sum to sizzling hot pan dishes and stir-fried noodles, each offering boasts a fusion of traditional flavors and modern flair. Whether it’s the Fried Chicken Gyoza, King Prawn Pot Stickers, or the aromatic Roasted Duck, BoBo Dumpling Bar promises a delightful exploration of Cantonese cuisine. 3. Malay Chinese Noodle Bar, Sydney Place Step into the world of authentic Malay culinary mastery at Malay Chinese Noodle Bar, where the aroma of carefully crafted laksa varieties fills… Read More

Asian degustation for Good Friday at Cocobei

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Cocobei, the quintessential Melbourne-style cafe nestled in Docklands, is poised to elevate your Good Friday experience with an exclusive Good Friday Degustation event. Renowned for its commitment to delivering exceptional culinary delights, Cocobei, with over two decades of industry expertise, invites guests to savor a 4-course seafood feast in a degustation style to celebrate the Easter weekend. Embracing the essence of Melbourne’s vibrant culture, Cocobei seamlessly blends Australian, French, Mediterranean, and Asian fusion brunch options to create an adventurous degustation full of flavor, promising to provide an unforgettable Good Friday. Drawing from his Chinese heritage, Martin Sun, Head Chef of Cocobei, incorporates traditional cooking techniques and aromatic spices commonly found in Chinese cuisine, infusing dishes with unique Chinese elements such as dehydration and broth-making techniques to enhance flavor. Sun also draws inspiration from Italian cooking techniques such as osmosis, and French innovations such as the sous vide, consommé, and crème practices. The degustation begins with a Gazpacho with Almond Cracker, Avocado Crème, and Torched Prosciutto, the perfect cleanser, with a hit of salt to prepare the palette for the remaining courses. The second course unveils a succulent Confit Salmon adorned with Watermelon Jerky infused with smoked oils and an aromatic blend of herbs. This advanced culinary practice, characterized by a meticulous 15-hour baking process and an additional 15 hours in the dehydrator, unveils a distinct and unparalleled flavor experience—a groundbreaking approach to culinary experiences. Elevating this creation further, it is complemented by the delicate addition of passionfruit vinegar and the vibrant burst of finger lime,… Read More