As temperatures drop, and we see fellow Sydney residents cover both their arms and their legs, it’s easy to retreat indoors for the weekend and stay in or as close to bed as possible. We know, us too. But we urge you to step away from the trackies and that addictive series, because this weekend we are breaking this winter routine together!
We have masterfully crafted a list of exciting, wintery things to do in Sydney that will keep you entertained and equally warm. Keep reading to find out the best options for this chilly weekend in Sydney.
Thursday 23rd June
Glebe Tasting Trek
We thought we’d start your weekend off quietly, with a restaurant-hopping feast and a ‘hidden hangout’ after party. Glebe Tasting Trek is a fantastic opportunity for local restaurants to welcome the Greater Sydney population into their atmospheric (and did we mention heated?) venues, offering tasty signature dishes and specialty drinks. Four different restaurants are involved for Glebe’s Tasting Trek, plus a bare brick and intimate nook boasting bar, Different Drummer, for your after party delights.
What: Glebe Tasting Trek
Where: Glebe Point Road, Glebe
When: Thursday 23rd June, 6-10pm (choose when booking, 6pm & 8pm sittings)
Cost: Booking is essential as is a ticketed event, $47.12 pp
Snow Week At The Greenwood Hotel
Day dreaming of a winter-weekend escape but can’t squeeze a trip to the snow into the schedule? Well, you’ll be glad to hear that the iconic Greenwood Hotel is actually going to dump 60 tonnes of snow onto the North Sydney venue. Yes, North Sydney will be forecasting very heavy snow for Thursday through Sunday. With sizzling hot tubs, 2 for 1 pizza in the snow, live music and $5 happy hours your standard Thursday after work drink just got way more interesting.
What: Apres-Ski at The Greenwood Hotel
Where: The Greenwood Hotel, 36 Blue Street, North Sydney
When: Thursday 23rd June - Sunday 26th June
Cost: Free entry
Dinner with Luke Nguyen At Fat Noodle
Are you a lover of East Asian cuisine? Knew it, and you’ll love it even more when authentic, East Asian dishes are expertly prepared for you by Vietnamese-Australian Chef Luke Nguyen. Fat Noodle at The Star presents a dynamic, open kitchen experience with a “hawker style concept” according to Luke, and this Thursday, it opens its door for you to take a culinary journey through the backstreets of East Asia with Luke as your trusted guide.
What: Dinner with Luke Nguyen at Fat Noodle
Where: Fat Noodle, The Star
When: Thursday 23rd June, from 7pm
Cost: $75 pp (booking is essential)
Friday 24th June
The Stella Fella Cocktail Party
We all love going to a great party, with great food and drink, while supporting an even greater cause. Introducing: The Stella Fella Cocktail Party! Stella Fella is a unique campaign that strives to educate and encourage men and boys to make better choices. Stella Fella recognises the issue of violence against women, children and men, and voices that it will not be tolerated in the Australian community. Over the past five years, the campaign has boasted impressive funds raised, and hopes to continue their plight through 2016. This year’s campaign will be launched at the cocktail party with ticket prices covering you for canapés, drinks and entertainment.
What: The Stella Fella Cocktail Party
Where: Italian Village, The Rocks
When: Friday 24th June, 6.30pm
Cost: $130 pp
The Hills Food Fest
Any event where there is an opportunity to try Sydney’s best street food all in one place is an event we definitely want to know about. The Hills Food Fest is presented by the Australian Hotel & Brewery in Rouse Hill, and promises live entertainment, food trucks, pop up bars and even something for the kids. We are lucky to live in a city with such talented street food vendors who boast the most unique and fresh food options for your weekend fancies. Rumour has it that Messina will have their very own soup kitchen.
What: The Hills Food Fest
Where: Australian Hotel & Brewery, 350 Annangrove Road, Rouse Hill
When: Friday 24th June, 5pm-10pm; Saturday 25th June, 12pm-10pm;s Sunday 26th June, 12pm-9pm
Saturday 25th June
About Life Crows Nest’s Grand Opening Weekend
To celebrate the official grand opening of About Life Crows Nest, Australia’s largest and fastest growing holistic lifestyle brand will be treating guests to an entire weekend of whole food goodness and activities. Be sure to stop at the Bike n Blend station, where you can make your own, pedal-powered smoothie before sampling some goodies from About Life farmers and suppliers. This event is whole-family-friendly, there’s even a Garden Patch for the little ones, where they can plant their own seedling to take home and watch grow!
What: About Life Crows Nest Grand Opening
Where: About Life Crows Nest- 13th Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
When: Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June, 8am - 5pm
Paddington Markets Dog Show
It’s on again! Due to last year’s success, SydneyStandard have once again joined forces with Sydney’s most iconic markets in order host the 2016 Paddington Markets Dog Show. This event is a fun-filled day with loads of activities, food and music for the whole family—including the dog! Come and celebrate Sydney’s love of all things dog and maybe even enter your own four-legged-friend to win Best In Show!
What: Paddington Markets Dog Show
Where: Paddington Markets, 395 Oxford Street
When: Saturday 25th June, 12pm show starts
Lisa Madigan x The Old Clare: Weekly Floral Market
We are confident that everyone loves a good old market to start off the weekend. They are the perfect place to relax and wander, taking in the sounds, sights and smells of local businesses and one-off vendors. Throughout the month of June, resident artist Lisa Madigan creates a unique showcase for guests and visitors alike to engage with, including every Saturday, where Madigan will be in-house selling picture-perfect florals wrapped in brown paper—sounds like the perfect, spontaneous surprise for a romantic weekend (hint, hint).
What: Lisa Madigan x The Old Clare
Where: The Old Clare Linkway, 1 Kensington St, Chippendale
When: Saturday 25th June, 12-3pm
Young Guns of Wine People's Choice Decider
This Saturday is your chance to attend a once only event where all of the 2016 Young Guns of Wine finalists are brought together for The People’s Choice Decider, held at the heritage listed Cleveland&Co in Redfern. Expect an evening of fine architecture and design, and even finer wine where you will be able to meet the winemakers, try their product and help decide who should win the People’s Choice Award.
What: Young Guns of Wine People’s Choice Decider
Where: 267 Cleveland Street, Redfern
When: Saturday 25th June, 2pm-5pm
Cost: Attendance and wine tasting is free, bookings are essential as numbers are limited
Sunday 26th June
BLACK by ezard’s Oyster, Caviar and Champagne Dinner
What better way to conclude your weekend with oysters, and perhaps a little champagne? Instead of sitting at home, waiting for on the onset of Monday, head down to BLACK by ezard at The Star for a night of luxurious dining that will have you swooning. BLACK by ezard have teamed up with fifth generation oyster farmers, Ralston Bros. Oysters, to unveil a distinctive and flavoursome, four-course menu featuring caviar, fillet wagyu and fresh Waterfall and Heritage oysters. We urge you to break your winter routine, ditch the Sunday roast and enjoy some high quality nibbles and bubbles—you deserve it.
What: BLACK by ezard’s Oyster, Caviar and Champagne Dinner
Where: BLACK by ezard, The Star
When: Sunday 26th June, from 6.30pm
Cost: $185 pp, and $265 with matching champagne
Sunday Bloody Sunday at El Camino Cantina
It’s common knowledge that the best way to get over a big week, and a probably even bigger Saturday night, is a tasty, and boozy, Sunday Brunch. Everyone also knows that no recovery brunch is complete without Bloody Marys. Every Sunday El Camino Cantina is giving you the chance to personally dress your favourite hangover cure with a build-your-own-Bloody-Mary station. Start from scratch and choose from a wide selection of recovery tools that include bacon and jalapeño poppers. Plan ahead for that Sunday hangover and kick start your system!
What: Sunday Bloody Sunday at El Camino Cantina
Where: El Camino Cantina, 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
When: Every Sunday 11.30am – 3.00pm
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Image credit: BLACK by ezard