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11 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Sydney

By Lucy King - 18 Aug 2016

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We are so lucky to live in a beautiful city that serves up a delicious platter of events every weekend to celebrate the simple fact that we don’t have to work (well, most of us anyway). Due to this, Sydneysiders are pretty much professionals when it comes to having a good time and, quite frankly, we couldn’t be more proud of you guys. 

With that in mind, we’ve managed to rustle up 11 reasons for you to get your celebration on. Here’s what’s on in Sydney this weekend.

Thursday 18th

Icebergs x Full Moon Crab Dinner

Looking for that first reason to celebrate? Well, as always, we’ve got you covered. This Thursday, the iconic, and most importantly, always beautiful Icebergs Dining Room and Bar are celebrating the Full Moon with the return of one of our favourite events, the Icebergs x Full Moon Crab Dinner. Executive Chef, Monty Koludrovic will showcase the best of Australian seafood over two courses, all under the presence of a stunning full moon. Sign us up!

What: Icebergs x Full Moon Crab Dinner
Where: Icebergs Dining Room and Bar, 1 Notts Avenue Bondi Beach 
When: Thursday 18th August from 6-9pm
Cost: Book online for $70pp, plus booking fee

Andrew Caillard Wine Dinner

Let’s be honest, we celebrate our love and appreciation for fine wine every weekend, so when we find out we have yet another wine-fuelled celebration, (be still our beating hearts) we can barely contain our excitement. This Thursday, award winning winemaker Andrew Caillard will be sharing stories from his years as a wine industry leader and giving all of us the exclusive opportunity to purchase vintage bottles of the good stuff complete with limited edition artworks. It’s wine and an art show all in one, celebrated with three courses of deliciousness at Bentley Restaurant and Bar. Cheers to that.

What: Andrew Caillard Wine Dinner 
Where: Bentley Restaurant and Bar, Sydney 
When: Thursday 18th August, from 7pm
Cost: $175pp
 book here.

Friday 19th

Brewristas By Night 

Aaaand they’re back! Well, for four weeks. Brewristas By Night returns to plate up an exclusive family feast that has your name written all over it. Once the sun goes down, a juicy lamb on the spit meets mouthwatering tapas and salads to create your feast. There’s also a coffee inspired cocktail menu to wrap those lips around. Available for four weeks only, the cocktail menu includes the likes of a Panama cold drip martini and even a syphon mulled wine, making this feast even more tasty. Spaces are limited and tickets are for one seating, per night. 

What: Brewristas By Night 
Where: 73 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 
When: Friday and Saturday nights only (four weeks) starting Friday 19th August from 7pm
Cost: $31.74 per ticket, which gets your a seat, lamb spit roast, greens and salads

Kensington Street Social’s Campari Tonic Trolley 

Okay, so the rest of your August is officially booked. Kensington Street Social now has its very own Campari tonic trolley, available for everyone’s pleasure for the month of August. This, friends, is the closest thing to magic you will find this weekend, serving up Campari and tonic, but most importantly an array (oh yes, choice) of negronis, all designed for either your entree, your main or your dessert, we’ll just take all three, plus the Campari and tonic for good measure. 

What: Kensington Street Social’s Campari Tonic Trolley 
Where: Kensington Street Social, Chippendale 
When: Throughout the month of August    
Cost: Campari Tonic’s from $8, negronis from $16

Saturday 20th

Food Olympics At The Forresters

Things may be looking a little rocky in Rio with eyebrows being raised left, right and centre, but thankfully everything is on track for our favourite Olympics in the history of forever. The Forresters’ Food Olympics takes place over one glorious day and has all the stomachs of Sydney focused and at the ready. Stretching is encouraged before engaging in tasty events such as baguette javelin, pizza discus, relay eating and bottle tipping, with victory is so close we can almost taste it (see what we did there?). Grab your crew and a dose of healthy competition because this Saturday, it’s on. 

What: The Forresters Food Olympics
Where: The Forresters, corner of Foveaux and Riley Street, Surry Hills
When: Saturday 20th August from 4pm
Cost: Free entry

Bimbadgen Pop-up Cellar Door

InterContinental Sydney is partnering with Bimbadgen to bring us the iconic hotel’s first pop-up cellar door. Not your average pop-up, Bimbadgen is an award winning winery and vineyard from the Hunter Valley, pouring the ultimate tasting event for the month of August and September. This one-of-a-kind pop-up is the perfect excuse to get all dressed up and enjoy some award winning wine in a stunning Sydney venue. 

What: Bimbadgen Pop-up Cellar Door 
Where: InterContinental Sydney’s Lobby Gallery  
When: Open now until 30th September 

Sunday 21st

Brewery Yard Markets 

Who doesn’t love Sunday? Especially when the sun is out, you don’t need to be anywhere in a hurry and you can take it nice and easy. This Sunday, whether you’re a city slicker, explorer, market trawler, trendsetter or if you’re quite simply just stoked that it’s Sunday, head to The Brewery Yard Markets in Chippendale. With curated finds that are perfect for everyone, and only the best of the best when it comes to stallholders, check out everything from produce to fashion,  and more all conveniently located less than five minutes from Sydney’s Central train station, which by anyone’s measurements is a mere stroll to all the shopping pleasure you could poke your hard earned coin at.

What: Brewery Yard Markets
Where: Central Park, Chippendale (opposite UTS)
When: Sunday 21st August 10am-4pm
Cost: Free entry

The Italian Wine + Food Festival

They say Italians do it better and we couldn’t agree more when it comes to deliciously hearty food and wonderful wines. The Italian Wine + Food Festival returns to Sydney’s Town Hall and our bodies are ready. It’s a celebration of all things Italian, from pizza making, wine tasting, negroni drinking, Italian coffee, plus multiple workshops and master classes, all of which will have you feeling a touch more Italiano. Don’t forget to greet them with a kiss on each cheek, ciao! 
What: The Italian Wine + Food Festival 
Where: Sydney Town Hall
When: Saturday 21st August, 11am-9pm 
Cost: All day pass $90pp, multiple ticket types available

Barangaroo Reserve’s First Birthday Party

It’s officially been one year since Sydney was first introduced to Barangaroo Reserve, the award-winning headland park on land that was previously closed to the public for more than 100 years. And such an important birthday deserves equals one big celebration. Free to the public, this family-friendly event will include a range of entertainment and activities from 10am-3pm, and also coincide with Sculpture at Barangaroo’s last day. You can pack a picnic, or choose from an impressive selection of food and beverages for purchase. Now for dessert, since it is Barangaroo Reserve’s birthday, there will be free cake, 3,000 free birthday cupcakes to be exact. It’s first come first served, so we’ll see you there nice and early.

What: Barangaroo Reserve’s First Birthday Party
Where: Barangaroo Reserve
When: Sunday 21st August, 10am-3pm 
Cost: Free entry

Fifties Fair At Rose Seidler House

Secure your tickets because this Sunday you’re going to be a part of the most swinging event of the year. We’re celebrating all things 1950s with the Fifties Fair back in town this Sunday at the iconic Rose Seidler House for its 21st year. Grab your mates for a day of vintage fun where you can get your hair styled, shop for authentic vintage wares, enjoy live music and dancing and, of course, tuck in to some gourmet food. Tickets are selling out fast due to the unique nature of this swinging event so be fast and come dressed for the part because there are prizes to be won. 

What: Fifties Fair at Rose Seidler House
Where: Rose Seidler House, 71 Clissold Road Wahroonga 
When: Sunday 21st August, 10am-4pm
Cost: Bookings essential, $39pp

A South West France Wine Lunch At Bar Brose

We can all agree that long lunches are the superior lunch and this Sunday’s wine lunch at our fave, Bar Brose, will feature wines from the South West of France alongside dishes specially created by chef Analiese Gregory for the occasion. With Campbell Burton supplying the wines (they’re a specialist distributor, FYI), this will be one delicious way to spend your Sunday.

What: Wines From The South Of France
Where: Bar Brose, Darlinghurst
When: Sunday 21st August, 12pm – 5pm
Cost: $120 per person (including pairings). Book here

For more things to do in Sydney, head here.

Image credit: Kensington Street Social

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