Dry July? Surely August is a much better month for abstinence and restraint. Especially when there is such good eating to be done at these Sydney restaurants and bars.
Learn to pickle like the best of them, discover that wine really does go well with burgers, travel to Mudgee to see the Papi Chulo boys in action with a few Logan wines to match, and don’t forget to honour Bastille Day in style at Ananas.
Preserving for the season: Pickles & chutney workshop at Cornersmith
Alex Elliott-Howery and Jaimee Edwards are pickler sticklers and they’re willing to share their passion during a three-hour hands-on workshop where you can learn to bottle, sterilise and store a range of seasonal produce to be enjoyed year-round. Everyone takes home some pickles and preserves, as well as recipe cards and a general love to things in jars. Visit Cornersmith's events website to book.
Logan Wine Dinner with Papi Chulo
What do you get when you cross Papi Chulo’s Christopher Hogarth and Patrick Friesen with some rather delicious wines from Peter Logan’s superb Central Ranges collection in a rustic Mudgee setting? Let us know because on Saturday July 25 that’s exactly what you’ll get. Phone 6373 1333 or visit The Logan Wines website to book.
MakMak macaron making class
Here’s an idea: Rather than paying upwards of $5 a pop for these bite sized treats, why not learn to make them at home from some of the experts in the trade? Classes are two hours in length and involve an interactive demonstration and guided baking component. Plus, everyone leaves with a gift bag—win! Visit the Mak Mak event page for all the details.
Ananas Bastille Day celebrations
When the revolution began with the storming of the Bastille the citizenry of Paris rejoiced in the streets. Now you can celebrate this victory of the people with oysters, champagne, and some all out razzle-dazzle at Ananas. From July 8th to 14th, this Parisian-style bar in the heart of The Rocks will come alive with music, menus, and a festive spirit in a nod to France’s delicious national holiday. Visit Anana's website to book.
Cooking classes at Salts Meats Cheese
If you plan on retiring to Tuscany to try your hand at cheese making, or if you simply want to wow at your next dinner party, popular Alexandria providores Salts Meats Cheese are running a range of pasta, pizza and cheese making classes throughout July. Look out for the regional Italian cooking series and gather a group of your colleagues for the team building options. Visit the Salt Meats Cheese website for class descriptions and to book.
Month of Mud House at Chur Burger
Love burgers? Love wine? Never thought they would go together in any sort of meaningful way? Guess again! Mud House Wines is teaming up with the gang from Chur Burger in Surry Hills to show you just how well a glass of New Zealand pinot goes with a minced beef patty. From June 18th to 15th, you can get a specially designed burger, a glass of wine (choose from four varieties) and a side for twenty big ones. Head in store or visit Chur’s Twitter page to check out the weekly burger menu.
Christmas in July at Ripples Chowder Bay
Every Sunday night in July at Ripples Chowder Bay, Head Chef Kristian Gamble will be serving a Christmas roast with all the traditional British trimmings. For $45 per person, you can recreate Christmas, complete with bread, roast meats, side dishes and dessert. BYO wine and champagne for $10/bottle, or add drinks while you’re there as you please (it’s Christmas after all). See their events page on their website for details and to book.
Sagra nights at Berta
July will see Berta’s newly appointed head chef, Jamie Irving, debut his shiny new menu based on the best local produce from small-scale farmers. The food will be a modern take on some Italian classics and highlights will include taleggio polenta, stringozzi served with olives and mushrooms, Berkshire pork belly with eggplant and silver beet, as well as some rather decadent desserts. Winter warmers indeed! Check out Berta's events page for details of upcoming sagra dinners.
Christmas in July at Pei Modern
Is there a better person to cook you dinner than Mark Best? We think not. CBD restaurant Pei Modern are throwing a delicious Christmas in July celebration in years on July 18. There will be oysters, prawns, woodfired pheasant, suckling pig (!!!) and a special Pei Pav, all for $95. It is truly not to be missed, so book your spot on the Pei Modern website.
Taste Food Tours – Feasting After Fasting
Discover the spiritual side of breaking fast after Ramadan (and no, we’re not just talking about breakfast). This feast of Iftar flavours is a unique cultural experience., filled with festive dishes, refreshing beverages and special snacks that are only prepared during Ramadan. Join a local guide who will be your dinner host – and what would dinner be without finishing on a high note of coffee and sweets? Venture out to Lakemba on Friday 10th July, 5pm, $95pp. Book via Eventbrite.
8 Hands in the Dining Room at The Park Hyatt
If you love eating as much as you love feeling the warm and fuzzies, then this is the event for you. On July 15, four world-renowned chefs will take to the kitchen at The Dining Room in the Park Hyatt and wow guests with their cooking. Tickets aren’t cheap at $295 per head, but it’s all going to Camp Quality, Heart Research Australia, and SIDS and Kids. Book your seat here.
The Rocks Aroma Festival
What’s brewing at The Rocks? For the entire month of July, The Rocks Aroma Festival will be celebrating our favourite caffeinated beverage—coffee! Events and workshops will be held all month, where it all comes to a foamy head on Sunday 26th July. Sip your way among 50 specialty stalls, see latte art in action, and grab a delicious bite to eat at The Rocks Markets. If you’re a lover of coffee, you won’t want to miss this festival! To book a workshop and to find out more head here.
Image credit: Park Hyatt