Brace yourselves, we’re about to go beyond the factory-made belt notches and it couldn’t be more majestic. From honey and chocolate to burgers and empanadas, we’ve got you—the only question: is it better to fast or feast in preparation?
Honey master class at Shangri-La Hotel
We don’t know about you, but if a hotel doesn’t have its own private beehive, we’re just not going to bother (not really, but it’s pretty cool anyway). Head to the Shangri-La Hotel this April, don your beekeeper duds and sit up straight—guests at the honey master class will learn about the slow food movement, hand spinning and natural harvesting followed by a honey-inspired dinner with The Urban Beehive keeper Doug Purdie. We’d say more, but there was talk of a slow roasted, honey-infused suckling pig and we forgot how to function.
When: Friday 22nd April
Where: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
How much: $65 per person
Burgers by Josh pop-up at The Annandale Hotel
There are two types of takeovers we like, movies featuring Will Smith in a post-apocalyptic world, and the ‘eat it quick before it goes’ variety. Following a sold-out Bush Burger pop-up in February, The Annandale Hotel—always keen on the latest and greatest—are proud to launch a Burgers by Josh takeover. Available from Friday April 1st, these monster burgers (stacked sky high and straight out of your carb-ey dreams) will be served up seven days a week for four weeks thanks to master burger maker, Josh Arthurs. The drink menu has also been tinkered to match including boozy shakes, spiked spiders and fresh juice. Now, how’s Will Smith going?
When: Four weeks from Friday 1st April
Where: The Annandale Hotel
AnnanROMA Food & Wine Festival
April 3rd will see the McArthur region treated with all the food and wine of twelve Instagrams at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan. If you’re the kind of weekend warrior who enjoys locally produced snacks and condiments over burpees and personal bests, you’re on the right track. You’ll come for the day out and about, and stay (indefinitely) for the goodies by Cupcakes in Camden and the region’s best restaurateurs. Entry is free and there’s ample parking. Win.
When: Sunday 3rd April
Where: Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
How much: Free
Gauchito Gil's Malbec World Day
Haven’t heard of Malbec World Day? Don’t worry, we’re fairly new to this too (it’s their first time in Sydney) but one thing’s for sure, this day will go down in history (next to that time we shotgunned a sixer of hot cross buns after a night out). Malbec World Day hails to all things we like—good food (from barbeque lords Porteño), dancing and, of course, lots of Malbec. Lose yourself to empanadas, Quilmes beer, live tango dancing, but maybe not to anyone claiming to be a reincarnation of cowboy Gil.
When: Saturday 23rd April
Where: Cell Block Theatre, Darlinghurst
How much: $50
Flour Drum Newtown's Artist In Residence - Gareth Ernst
We’re keen on the full 360 degrees of food appreciation at The Urban List (we just finished our interpretative dance celebrating the life and death of kale). The folks at Flour Drum on King Street in Newtown get this, and from March 19th to April 10th will house artist Gareth Ernst. Ernst’s work usually involves Egon Schiele-style sketches but his creations at Flour Drum will feature the café’s best cakes, treats and brekkie. There’ll also be a live portrait day on April 3rd. Those keen on sitting can purchase a likeness for $20 (funding Ernst’s upcoming artist exploration of Berlin).
When: March 19th – April 10th
Where: Flour Drum, Newtown
MAD SYD: Tomorrow's Meal
Tummy stretched to the limit? Come on down to the Sydney Opera House on Sunday April 3rd and feed your brain. The topic? The future of food (beyond ‘what will I have for dinner tonight?’). Confirmed smarty-pants include noma’s René Redzepi, Momofuku’s David Chang, Billy Kwong’s Kylie Kwong, Zimbabwean farmer and food activist Chido Govera, and social researcher Dr. Rebecca Huntley. Any and all questions regarding food will be answered—the only query remaining: how much is too much when it comes to food-based puns on Instagram?
When: Sunday 3rd April
Where: Sydney Opera House
How much: $99 + booking fee
Leo Buring dinner at Chiswick Woollahra
Ah, Leo Buring. We couldn’t speak higher of this South Australian winemaker and his Riesling. On any given day Chiswick Woollahra is bringing the best and freshest thanks to their kitchen garden but on April 12th, guests can enjoy a bespoke four-course menu (plus canapés) curated by Matt Moran and head chef Richie Dolan, all matched will Leo Buring wines, of course. Visit the website to book tout de suite.
When: Tuesday 12th April
Where: Chiswick Woollahra
How much: $150 per person
Bubbles and Brunch pop-up at Little Fish Bar
Bless the good samaritan who concocted the pop-up. Seriously. From April 10th to May 1st we’ll be celebrating the sweet life with a seaside smorgasbord at Little Fish Bar in Pyrmont. Executive Chef Stephen Seckold and Head Chef Ian Royle have curated an a la carte menu (your chance to indulge in caviar has arrived!) and two pre-set options featuring Sydney rock oysters, torched scampi nigiri and a selection of champagne and prosecco.
When: From 10th April until 1st May
Where: Little Fish Bar, Pyrmont
How much: From $110 per person
Sydney Chocolate Tours at The QVB
Silly poppet, you thought chocolate season was over didn’t you? Hit the QVB for a tour of Sydney’s finest (no discounted eggs from the shops for you). Experts on the tour include Haigh’s Chocolates, Koko Black, Parisi and Adriano Zumbo Patissereie. Couldn’t manage another bite? The tours will end at The Palace Tea Room for creamy or spicy Mexican hot chocolate and chocolate tea. Yes, gift bags are included, but we recommend stashing those goodies from prying eyes quick-smart.
When: Every Wednesday from 2.30pm
How much: $65 per person
April Food Month at Bannisters Pavilion
Feeling the need to take a mini-break out of Sydney? We hear you. Head south to Mollymook where you can get in on April Food Month at Bannisters Pavilion. There are a range of tasty food and accommodation offers available over the month which will leave you wonderfully full and not wanting to make the drive back to Sydney… Ever.
When: Throughout April
Where: Bannisters, Mollymook
How much: Cost varies
Image credit: Federica Portentoso at CHISWICK Woollahra