Sydney certainly has wine on the brain this May and more than ready to quench your thirst are the wine-focussed food festivals and degustation dinners popping up all around town. If wine isn’t your thing, then you’re in luck because there’s a second Burger & Beats warehouse party happening and we have a feeling that you won’t want to miss this one.
Vasse Felix Wine Dinner at The Bellevue
Kick start the month of May with an evening of fine wines by Margaret River wine-makers Vasse Felix and a paired five-course dinner at The Bellevue. Your buds will stand to attention with an entrée of seared scallops with cauliflower and miso paired with a 2014 Chardonnay. Bringing it home is a pear frangipane with lychee, paired with a 2012 Cane Cut Semillon to round out the evening.
When: Tuesday 3rd May from 7pm
Where: The Bellevue, Paddington
Cost: $120 per person
Howard Vineyard Wine Dinner at The Public Cammeray
Adelaide Hills winery is coming to town and they are bringing their sweet, sweet tipples with them. Specifically, they’ve teamed up with The Public Cammeray to create a five-course degustation dinner complete with matched wines by Adelaide Hills. Bookings are essential.
When: Tuesday 10th May from 7pm
Where: The Public, Cammeray
Cost: $75 per person
If there’s one thing that Mudgee does well, it’s wine and this month Pyrmont Festival is bringing the best of the Mudgee wine region to Sydney for ten whole days of feasting. Enjoy the festival your way with the choice between wine dinners and tastings or a two-day event at Pirrama Park. The event will have rides, live entertainment and about 100 food stalls where you can meet the makers and take advantage of endless free tastings.
When: Friday 13th – Sunday 22nd May
Where: Pyrmont, Sydney
Wine Blending Sessions at The Oaks
Teaming up with The Oaks, St Hallet winery is offering Sydneysiders the chance to have a go at wine blending. What is blending, you may be wondering? Well, St Hallet wines have rounded up all of the fun parts of being a winemaker and whittled it down into a two-hour session. Your group will be guided to create a brand new wine, thus blending. You don’t need any technical experience to participate, but an intense love of wine wouldn’t hurt. Bookings are essential and you can grab yours here.
When: Every Thursday throughout May, 6.30 - 8.30pm
Where: The Oaks, Neutral Bay
Cost: $20 per person
Jazz + Pinot black tie dinner at Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
It doesn’t get any more civilised than a night spent in a room of tuxedo clad jazz and pinot lovers, right? Well, Jazz + Pinot at Icebergs is the event you never even knew you wanted to exist—but now it does. The five-course menu is a collection of foie gras toast, nasturtiums brown butter polenta sprouts and holy goats curd cheesecake. Intrigued? Yeah, you should be.
When: Thursday 12th May
Where: Icebergs Dining Room and Bar
Cost: $250 per person
Adrian Richardson Meat Master Class
When learning the nuances of selecting, preparing and cooking meat, you couldn’t be in safer hands than these. Celebrity chef Adrian Richardson and owner of The Natural Butcher, Craig Cook have joined forces to offer an insight into the meaty world of butchery and meat cookery. Tickets are a steal and include an insight into quality meat and butchering, a cooking demonstration and tastings (the best bit) as well as a Q&A with the two men.
When: Saturday 14th May
Where: Bondi Junction Westfield
Burgers & Beats
The first installment of Burgers & Beats was such a raging success that they’ve decided to do it all over again. Your mission is simple: eat burgers, drink beers, listen to beats. Headliners are GoodTime Burgers, Belfield on Botany and The Milk Bar by Café Ish and they’ll all be in one convenient place, at this warehouse space. Tickets are selling fast, so get on that.
When: Friday 6th May, 6-10pm
Where: Work Shop, Redfern
Cost: $10 (plus booking fee)
Wine tasting with Rémi Noubel
Follow the famous Tour de France itinerary over six evenings with Remi Noubel as he introduces you to the most famous French regions and their most popular export—wine. The journey will begin in the Loire Valley, before moving on to the Rhone Valley and then Champagne, hitting wine towns along the way. All tastings include matching cheeses and charcuterie and you won’t be starved of information either, learning about culture and industry secrets as well.
When: Fortnightly, from Tuesday 3rd May 6-8pm
Where: Level 13, Alliance Francaise de Sydney CBD
Cost: $360 per person (includes all tasting events)
Hunter Valley Food & Wine Month
The Hunter Valley Food and Wine Festival certainly have the right idea, extending to include the month of June in the festivities as well. There’s a lot to take in, but a good place to start is at the Meet the Farmer Lunch, hosted by Margan Wines. There’ll also be wine masterclasses, wine and food trails as well as hands on cooking classes. You won’t want to miss this!
When: Sunday 1st May – Thursday 30th June
Where: Hunter Valley Wine Region
Dinner De-LIGHTS at Fort Denison
After sell-out evenings for the past four years, Fort Denison Restaurant is opening to the public again this year. Running each weekend throughout the VIVID lights festival, the specially crafted menu by Head Chef Jay caters to all tastes (and dietary requirements). The ticket cost includes a two-course meal and return water taxi transfers as well as a tour of the Martello Tower. Named among the top five waterfront restaurants in the world, it’s hardly surprising that this event sells out so fast, so get in quick.
When: Friday & Saturday Nights, 27th May – 1th8 June
Where: Fort Denison Restaurant, Sydney Harbour
Cost: $112.50 per person
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