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13 Events You Need To Check Out This Weekend

By Angela Law
17th Mar 2016

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Sydney’s weatherman may not have got the memo, but Sydney’s foodies sure have! This weekend will see you dining like a civilised adult indoors and sipping on sake in between hot cross buns (don’t judge me). But if you still need things to do in Sydney that involve a bit of the outdoors, Coogee Pavilion will deliver the goods on Sunday with fresh air and great food. Whatever you’re in the mood for, it’s the weekend! So get out there and enjoy Sydney, you crazy kids. 

Thursday 17th

LIVE at Stillery

InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is bringing back the ‘Pianoman to the Stars’ Scot Finnie every Thursday night as part of their brand new LIVE at Stillery offering. Set inside the stylish cocktail bar, this is the ideal situation for an elegant yet relaxed evening complete with world-class wines, classic cocktails and over 60 gin varieties to choose from. 

Where: InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
When: Every Thursday from 6pm – 9pm

Sake & Sashimi Master Class 

Pick the brains of the sashimi masters at Saké and learn the ins and outs of sake and the art of matching it with the perfect Japanese dishes. You’ll impress the pants off your friends the next time you invite them ‘round for a sake and sashimi banquet (it’s a thing) and since there’s a package for all budgets, there is absolutely no excuses for missing this masterclass. Prices range from $65 to $125 depending on your hunger (and thirst) level. Book your spot here

Where: Sake at The Rocks and Double Bay
When: Daily before 8 pm

The Kitchen Table at Uccello

Bringing their passion for local and organic produce to Uccello, Danielle Alvarez and Nadine Levy Redzepi are taking over the kitchen for one night to bring you the best home cooked meal of your life. Big call, we know, but the evening has been described as simple and pure, gentle and gorgeous which sounds seriously delightful to us. The menu is generous, with six courses including crispy pork ribs, fish and shellfish stew as well as a caramelised apple trifle with whipped cream for dessert. Tickets are $200 per person and include dinner and drinks.

Where: Uccello, 4/320 George Street, Sydney
When: Thursday 17 March, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday 18th

Sydney Tower Eye Live

Who wouldn’t want to re-live the glory days of shamelessly dancing to the beat of a silent disco a la Future Music Festival 2010? Well friends, Eye Live have decided to throw a big (silent) bash 250m above Sydney, in the Sydney Tower Eye this Friday night. There will be three DJs and 249 other party animals plus a complimentary glass of champagne to help you chill out before the shenanigans start. Tickets are $40 and you can get yours here.

Where: Sydney Tower Eye, Level 5 Westfield Sydney
When: Friday 18th March from 9pm

Kensington Street Social and Tanqueray Gin Take Over The Old Clare Hotel Rooftop

Don’t miss the tail end of the collab between Kensington Street Social and Tanqueray Gin as they invade The Old Clare Hotel Rooftop for the last time this weekend. The cocktails are on point and include a Tanqueray Martini your way, a Smoky G&T as well as the Dill and Banana Fizz, which has definitely grabbed our attention with the dangerous addition of Absinthe into the mix.

Where: The Old Clare Hotel Rooftop
When: Friday from 3pm, Saturday & Sunday from 11am

Pepe Saya’s Last Supper at Bitton

The Pepe Saya Last Supper pop-up is still going strong at Bitton Gourmet this week and not just because they’ve added hot cross buns from Brasserie Bread into the rotation. Open seven days per week for breakfast and lunch, the menu changes daily, but you can expect Pepe Saya buttermilk pancakes with Bitton citrus honey and hot cross buns with Pepe Saya butter, mascarpone and Bitton strawberry and vanilla jam. Did I mention hot cross buns? Head in this coming Tuesday for the last of the extra-special dinners which are three-courses of deliciousness incorporating Pepe Saya products. Bookings are essential, so head here for more info.

Where: Bitton Gourmet Café and Grocer, Alexandria
When: 23rd February – 24th March

Saturday 19th

Wayward Brewing Co. Clothes Swap 

What do you get when you combine shopping and beer? The Clothing Exchange at Wayward Brewing Co.! Admission costs $20 but that is where the expenses start and end (minus the beer, of course), since you’ll be swapping clothes with other like-minded bargain hunters. There’s a certain amount of camaraderie that comes with swapping what was once your most prized wardrobe staples with complete strangers, no?

Where: Wayward Brewing Co., Annandale
When: Saturday 19th March, from 11:30am

Ghost Telephone 

Running from 15th March to the 15th April, Ghost Telephone is a month-long daily chain performance whereby a different artist will channel and transform the spirits of existing works in the Art Gallery of NSW for one week each. Overlapping for several days, each new collaboration generates fresh correspondences and reverberations between the artists and their work. The performance has been specially commissioned for the 20th Biennale of Sydney and entry is free.

Where: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney 
When: Tuesday 15th March – Friday 15th April, from 10am – 5pm

Sleeping Duck Pop Up

The cheeky rascals over at Sleeping Duck have lured us to their showroom with the hashtag #stopsleepingaround and friendly advice that the best activities are undoubtedly happening in your bed (wink*innuendo*wink). Open this weekend, you’ll find mattress, pillow and doonas galore as well as sleep humour that may have you swiping your credit card before you realise what’s happening. 

Where: 374 Crown Street, Surry Hills
When: Monday – Friday from 11am – 7pm, Saturday – Sunday from 10am – 6pm

Sunday 20th

Coogee Pavilion Foreshore Festival

March into Merivale is coming to Coogee with a bang this Sunday, bringing a little taste of Coney Island and food options from some of their most popular restaurants. You can choose between the likes of Papi Chulo, El Loco, Mr. Wong and sushi e. before washing it all down with specialty cocktails and a glass of Veuve Clicquot. The kids will be entertained with live music, face painting and all of the happy feels that come with hanging out at the beach on a Sunday afternoon. Tickets start at $25 and include some food.

Where: Coogee Pavilion
When: Sunday 20 March from 11am – 3pm

Automata co.lab Series Episode 2

Two Australian legends of wine will face off this weekend in the second event in the Automata’s co.lab series. To accompany each dish, Charles Leong and Mike Bennie will craft their own interpretation on a perfectly paired tipple. Ding ding ding! In Leong’s corner, you can expect classic and consistent versus the wild and weird from Bennie. Tickets are $150 and include a five-course meal by the Automata team and matching drinks. 

Where: Automata, Chippendale
When: Sunday 20 March

Burger Kings 

Woah there! Don’t run away, we don’t mean that Burger King. This Sunday six of Sydney’s burger royals are heading down to Barangaroo to school you (and one another) on what makes the perfect burger. Soft bun, crispy bun, saucy or salad-filled? Don’t worry, from patty to bun, Neil Perry (Burger Project), Kerby Craig (Ume), Jake Smyth (Mary’s), Somer Sivrioglu (Anason), Morgan McGlone (Belle’s Hot Chicken) and Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs) will leave you in a burger-induced trance. Hot tip: wear stretchy pants.

Where: Wulugul Pop Up, Barangaroo
When: Sunday 20 March from 11am – 4pm

Carnival of Cultures

Celebrate Harmony Day this Sunday at the Carnival of Cultures in Ashfield Park for a day filled with cultural performances and international food and market stalls. The kids will be well and truly tuckered out after a long day of pony rides, jumping castles and a giant slide while you sit back and enjoy the headline act, Archie Roach. Admission is free and there is a free shuttle bus running from Ashfield Civic Centre throughout the day. 

Where: Ashfield Park
When: Sunday 20 March from 10am – 4pm

Image credit: Sake

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