As always we’ve been waiting allllll week long for the weekend to roll around and guys, this one is going to be a biggie. We know you love to eat your weight in delish food on the daily, and Sydney has delivered the goods this weekend with a bottomless bubbles brunch (always a solid choice) and a festival dedicated to pasta (finally).
But hey, even we understand that sometimes there’s more to life than food, so we’ve thrown in a magical movie marathon, high-intensity workout and a workshop that’ll boost your insta-game to a whole new level.
Here are 18 seriously awesome things to keep you busy this weekend in Sydney.
Dion Lee Warehouse Sale
Stop everything! Dion Lee is having a sale. A damn big sale at that. Dion Lee is the designer that turned the Opera House steps into a runway for this year’s Fashion Week and now you can go full fashun because they’re having a huge one-off warehouse sale this weekend. We’re talking about 80% off savings, so grab that piggy bank and any loose coins floating around your car, you’ll need it.
When: Friday 25 August, 8am – 8pm; Saturday 26 August, 9am – 6pm; Sunday 27 August, 10.30am – 4pm
Where: 17 Oxford Street, Paddington
Guys, this is basically your golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka’s factory (chocolate river may or may not be included). Get your sugar fix from pop up bakeries, ice creameries, and chocolatiers and tag along to demonstrations on baking and cake decorating (DIY drip cake anyone?). From the occasional muffin makers to tempering chocolate professional bakers, there is something for everyone at this sweet feast.
When: Saturday 26 August - Sunday 27 August, 9am – 4.30pm
Where: Sydney Showground
Harry Potter-thon @ The Ritz
Calling all muggles, mud-bloods and wizards! You’ve just received your letter to The Ritz (aka Hogwarts) for an entire weekend of wizardry. Watching all eight Harry Potter flicks back to back is a challenge almost as great as taking on He Who Must Not Be Named, but don’t worry there will be plenty of snack breaks and prizes for best costume. Choose your own Hermione and Ron trio wisely (obvs you’re Harry) because this is set to be a biiiig night.
When: Saturday 26 August 11am – Sunday 27 August 10pm
Where: The Ritz Cinema, Randwick
Messina Eats Mamasita
There is no way Melbourne gets to claim the title of world’s most liveable city, so it’s up to Sydney to steal it back the best way we know how—with ice cream and tacos. Melbourne’s fave Mexican joint Mamasita is coming to town this weekend and you know what that means. You’ll chow down on pork hock tacos and Guerrero-braised beef tostadas, but defs save room for dessert because Messina have created a nacho sundae (aka white chocolate corn chips with sour cream gelato, spiced dark chocolate flan, popcorn praline, passionfruit, and strawberries). Take that Melbourne.
When: Saturday 26 August – Sunday 27 August, from 12pm
Where: Messina HQ, Rosebery
Thursday 24 August
Nike Training Club @ Chippendale Green
First rule of Nike Training Club? You can’t talk about Training Club. Kidding, we’ve clearly already broken that rule. Get ready to live that #fitnlyfe at this high-intensity interval sesh, you’ll be kitted out in the latest Nike kicks so you can workout like a pro. All you need is a towel and a water bottle (and maybe a friend for moral support).
When: Thursday 24 August, 4.15pm – 5.15pm
Where: Chippendale Green
Wayward Brewery Dinner
Warm up at the Tramsheds with a four course dinner from Wayward Brewery and the Butcher and the Farmer (ultimate foodie dream team). We’re talking cold weather classics like hearty beef cheek pie with shallot mash potatoes, crushed peas and beef jus that are sure to make you forget about this never-ending winter. Annnnnd each dish is paired with a Wayward Brewery beer—we’ll cheers to that.
When: Thursday 24 August, 6.30pm
Where: Butcher and the Farmer, Tramsheds
Friday 25 August
MCA Artbar: Masquerade
A Macquerade-themed bar has popped up in the MCA and trust us when we say this is not your average bar. Combining multisensory exhibitions, live music and edible artworks, this month artist Julie Rap is transforming the MCA into a giant performance art party and you guys are invited. But first, swing past the mask making workshop to put together your ultimate disguise to this masquerade-themed evening, we dare you. Grab your ticket here.
When: Friday 25 August, 7pm
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay
Saturday 26 August
Bottomless Dom Perignon @ Saké
First, there was brunch. Then, there was champagne brunch. And now, Saké Restaurant & Bar Double Bay have gone and changed the game with the fanciest champagne lunch we’ve ever seen. For two hours, you can dine on Saké favourites like miso caramelised “glacier 51” toothfish and daily selections of fresh sashimi alongside, wait for it, free flowing Dom Pérignon or Veuve Clicquot champagne. We’d like our bubbles poured into a whole pyramid of champagne glasses Great Gatsby style, please and thank you.
When: Every Saturday & Sunday , from 12pm
Where: Sake Double Bay
Cost: from $75pp
Flat Lay Workshop
Let’s be real, a good flat lay is hard work. And often requires standing on a chair. And your poached eggs are probably cold by the time you manage to snap that perfect shot. But you gotta do what you gotta do peeps, so this weekend head along to this workshop to learn the do’s (and don’ts) when it comes to mastering an Insta-worthy flat lay. Oh and it’ll be hosted by the oh-so stylish cool-girl Kristy Cross (@agirlobsessed).
When: Saturday 26 August, 10.30am – 11.30am
Where: Castle Towers
Sweat For the Good Stuff @ Carriageworks
Stop sweating the small stuff and start sweating the good stuff with morning yoga at Carriageworks this Saturday morning. Run by Lovesweats, each vinyasa flow practice helps support a different local charity each month, so not only will you leave feeling stretchier and more relaxed, but you’ll also feel all the warm and fuzzies for helping your community in the process. Good karma for you.
When: Saturday 26 August, 10am – 11am
The Royal Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial Brunch Series
If there’s one thing that’’ make any weekend a little brighter, it’s bottomless bubbles. And The Royal Hotel in Paddington are doing just that this Saturday and you’re damn well welcome. Step up to their Verandah for panoramic views, an endless supply of Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial Brut (!!!) and an IRL DJ to carry you through your weekend. You’ve got two hours to inhale as many mini pastries, Spanish baked eggs and smoked salmon as physically possible and we know you’re up to the challenge. They had us at bottomless champagne, TBH.
When: Saturday 26 August, 11am – 1pm
Where: The Royal Hotel, Paddington
Unless you’re willing to battle it out for a rose on The Bachelor (or The Bachelorette), it’s pretty tricky to meet new people, let alone someone that you would want to spend your hard earned free time with. You know, without the use of Tinder. Soiree Events is throwing old-school face-to-face mixers so you lovely guys and gals can get to know each other over a three-course moving feast. This is hot it’ll go down. Groups of four will either host dinner or travel between homes in the east and city, and everyone will end up at the official after party. Book your spot here.
When: Saturday 26 August
Where: Eastern Suburbs
Winter Wonderland Gala Dinner @ The Blue Mountains
If you’ve been craving a weekend getaway, we’ve found a one-night-only foodie event that’s worth the drive. Colin Fassnidge, of 4Fourteen and My Kitchen Rules fame is hosting a four-course dinner in Leura (at Fairmont Resort to be precise) so you can wine and dine on some of NSW’s best produce. The menu features truffle-infused quail egg and sencha smoked duck breast, so yeah, we think it’s time to treat yo’ self—go on, book a room at the hotel while you’re at it.
When: Saturday 26 August, 6.30pm
Where: Eucalypt Restaurant, Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
When life gives you lemons, grab some tequila and a pair of dancing shoes and head to Barrio Cellar for their brand new dinner parties, they’re equal parts dinner and party FYI. Featuring live sets from One Day DJs who’ll be mixing classic albums such as D’Angelo and neo-soul sounds (yep it’s totally a thing), this party is set to kick on until the wee hours so make sure you stay hydrated and well-fed, because sustenance. That won’t be hard since the Barrio bartenders will be serving up their signature blood orange margaritas and pulled pork sliders.
When: Saturday 26 August, 6pm – 3am
Where: Barrio Cellar, CBD
Cost: Free entry
Sunday 27 August
Italian Wine + Food Festival
An entire day dedicated to pasta, pasta and Aperol? It’s a yes from us. Share some spaghetti Lady and the Tramp style from pop-up restaurants (think OTTO, Balla, Lot.1, Lucio Pizzeria and Salt Meats Cheese) then fill your basket with spicy salumi, Rivareno gelato and wood fired bread from the marketplace. This year, they’re upping the ante with cooking demonstrations from top chefs and all of the free samples.
When: Sunday 27 August, 11am – 9pm
Where: The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve
Taste of the Beaches
Finally there’s a way to get the best of the beache minus the two hour trip all the way to Palmy. Gather the whole fam (doggos too) for a day of feasting on the sunny Pittwater foreshore for the inaugural Taste of the Beaches festival. Work your way through bites from all your faves like The Collaroy, Ruby Lane and Harvest Kitchen as well as vino from a selection of Mudgee’s best boutique wineries. Local craft beer brewers will be there too, like Newport’s 4 Pines Brewing Co, Brookvale’s Nomad and Mona Vale’s Modus Operandi. This is obviously set to be one awesome beach picnic.
When: Sunday 27 August, 11am – 5pm
Where: Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale
Long Table Lunch with Chef James Metcalfe
It’s not everyday you get to have lunch with a Michelin star winning chef—but Sunday is officially that day people. James Metcalfe, the mastermind behind Bellevue Hotel’s hat-winning restaurant in Paddington, is plating up fine dining and even finer conversation as part of the chef’s Lunch series at Urban Winery. Break some bread with fellow foodies at one seriously long table surrounded by stacks of wine barrels and hanging vines for peak long lunch vibes. Plus, all the profits from the event go straight to OzHarvest, so this is one food coma you can feel good about. Details here.
When: Sunday 27 August, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Urban Winery, St Peters
Pasta Making Class @ Salt Meats Cheese
There’s a special place in our heart for carbs (literally all carbs). But when it comes to numero uno, it has to be pasta. And now you can master the art of DIY tortellini and ravioli at this step-by-step workshop (and yes, you’ll get to eat it all) at Salt Meats Cheese. Go all out and skip the gym because you’ll be kneading and rolling your own pasta dough, before whipping it into tagliatelle or spinach and ricotta-filled ravioli. It’s always a good time for pasta.
When: Sunday 27 August, 10.30am – 1.30pm or 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Where: Salt Meats Cheese Kitchen, Alexandria
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Royal Hotel Paddington | Image credit: Federica Portentoso