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Baby it’s cold outside, but for goodness sake resist the urge to crawl under your doona and order Thai takeaway. There’s so much going on in our fair city this June, from refugee-hosted cooking classes to dinner for gin lovers and a Hunter Valley Wine and Food festival, that you’ve got no choice but to get out and play. Check out these things to do in Sydney that involve stuffing our faces with food (and booze).
Eat, learn and greet: Refugee-hosted cooking classes
House of Welcome is hosting a series of hands-on cooking classes led by asylum seekers from Pakistan, Bengal and Iran. Participants will gather in groups of 10 to prepare a meal then sit down with their new friends to enjoy it. This is a great opportunity to experience flavours from some of Sydney’s emerging communities with recipes to take home at the end of the night. $40 per class. Visit the website to book.
Italo Dining and Disco Club
Sydney's best Italian restaurants and disco legends team up for Vivid Sydney to create one of the most delicious (and fun) pop-ups known to mankind. Featuring Icebergs Dining & Bar, Da Orazio Pizza + Porchetta, Fratelli Paradiso and 10 William St, they'll be showcasing Italian food, music and wines all for Modulations at Carriageworks. Italo Dining and Disco Club will run over six evenings (Sunday 31 May, Monday 1 June, Tuesday 2 June, Friday 5 June, Saturday 6 June and Sunday 7 June), so make sure you add one of these dates to your foodie calendar!
Sydney Film Festival Gourmet Cinema
The Sydney Film Festival is a great opportunity for movie buffs and gourmands to come together for three special evenings of food and film to be held on June 9, 10 and 11 at Bridge Room, Azuma and The Governor’s Table respectively. Each night, a food-themed film will be played before multi-course meals and matched wines are served. What’s more, the communal seating at all three events encourages shared conversations and experiences of the films and food presented. $120-$145 (drinks included). Call 1300 733 733 or visit the website for bookings.
Gin Lovers Dinner at Stockroom with Four Pillars
In the lead up to World Gin Day (yup, that’s a thing) Sydney’s newest and trendiest hotel at Double Bay has partnered with Aussie craft gin producer Four Pillars Distillery to deliver the first ever gin lovers dinner on June 9. The exclusive dining experience will take place in a private area of Stockroom restaurant and promises to take enthusiasts on a culinary journey, curated by Executive Chef Julien Pouteau and Four Pillars co-owner Stuart Gregor. $165 includes canapés infused with gin botanicals followed by three courses with matching cocktails and wine. The evening will finish with a world-first taste of the third release of Four Pillars Barrel Aged Solera No.3 in the adjacent Stillery gin bar. Bookings via the website.
EAT (RED) DRINK (RED)
Throughout June, O Bar & Dining will be joining forces with restaurants around the globe to make a collective impact in the fight against AIDS. What you eat and what you drink can make a difference—by choosing red items off the food and drink menu $2 from every RED item ordered will be donated to EAT (RED) DRINK (RED). Eat well and do good? We like the sound of that! Find out more here.
A Taste Of series at 117 Dining
Every day we’re truffle-ing! At least that’s what Intercontinental Sydney is all about this June with a decadent six-course truffle menu served in its schmick 19th Century signature restaurant, 117 Dining. This ode to truffles can be had for $95 per person or $135 with matching wines. It’s a pricey kind of dinner, but hey, if you’re going to luxuriate in local black truffles, you may as well do it right at one of Sydney’s best hotels and drink yourself silly while you’re at it! Bookings via the website or via email.
Guest Chef Sundays at Casoni
Darlinghurst favourite, Casoni, will play host to a range of leading chefs from Sydney and Melbourne who have been invited to collaborate on a series of special dinners with Casoni head chef Lachlan Robinson. Guests include Richard Learmonth (Pendolino) and Morgan McGlone (Bar Clarine in Melbourne). Each chef will bring their passion for regional fare from across the boot and showcase their skills in a series of five course feasts available for $70 per head or $110 with matching wines. Bookings can be made via the website.
Hunter Valley Wine And Food Month
When an entire region gets together for a full month of dedicated food and wine events we can’t help but float north to indulge in the general yumminess. There’s a mix of wine events and trails for novices and enthusiasts alike, special lunches and dinners hosted by the region’s leading producers and chefs, a bunch of educational cooking and tasting experiences, and even some fun outdoor events for the family. Check out our picks for the Hunter Valley Wine and Food month.
Variety of Chefs fine dining charity event
The only thing better than a four course feast prepared by some of Australia’s most renowned chefs is knowing that your $250 ticket will help a range of sick and special needs kids via popular children’s charity, Variety. The event, which will take place on June 20, will also include live music and entertainment, as well as Sylvia Jeffreys and Tim Gilbert from Chanel 9’s TODAY show as MCs. Tickets available online.