With Good Food Month coming to a close, we know that some of you (us included) are definitely suffering from foodie withdrawals. But no matter, because last month was just a taster for what’s to come. That’s right, November is bursting with things to do in Sydney that involve all sorts of delicious food and drink. From a wine paradise, to gin journeys and artistic degustations, this month is nothing short of delectable. Check out our top picks of food events in Sydney to book this November.
Booze for days, people! Booze for days. Vino Paradiso is returning again this year and day drinking is totally encouraged at this three-day festival. This November, The Rocks will be brimming with hundreds of food and beverage stalls for your tasting pleasure with no less than 1,000 wines for you to swirl, sip and savour. Whilst wine and cheese is an obvious combination (the Hunter Valley Cheese Factory will be in attendance), meet some more unlikely but no less delicious vino-pairings including a collab with Messina and Logan Wines to help cool you down as the warmer weather kicks in. Entry is free, but to skip the on-the-day queues, pre-book your Festival Currency now and receive your free Festival Glass which you’ll need to taste all the wine, beer, cider and spirits throughout the event.
When: Friday 6th November – Sunday 8th November
Walsh Bay Arts Table
For those with an appetite for art, the Walsh Bay Arts Table is one of Sydney’s most unique dining experiences. For $180, dine with up to 400 guests at one long table set against some stunning Sydney harbour views. And the five-course degustation menu is equally as spectacular with a quintet of some of Sydney’s best restaurants, including Pier One Sydney Harbour and Lotus Dumpling Bar, contributing. A joint-initiative of Walsh Bay Arts and Commerce and Regional Arts NSW, the event will raise funds to support the Gondwana Choir who’ll be singing on the night and will no doubt make you think you’ve died and gone to heaven with their angelic vocals. Book in to this event quick as spots are limited.
When: Tuesday 10th November
Single Origin Grains at Biota
Escape to the country this November and point your compasses South to destination restaurant, Biota Dining in Bowral. Check in on Thursday evening for their Single Origin Grains workshop and settle in with a plant-based cocktail in the bar followed by dinner at their restaurant where you can meet your fellow workshop participants. Your Friday morning then starts with brunch at 9am before your 10am class on making pasta. But this isn’t any ordinary pasta-making class, oh no, you’ll be getting your hands right into the mix of things starting with milling your own grains right through to making the perfect single origin pasta. And after you’ve savoured your labour of love, the weekend is yours to frolic around in the country before you return to the inevitable chaos of our much-loved city.
When: Thursday 12th November – Friday 13th November
Australian Gin Degustation
It’s time to meet your maker… your gin maker, that is. And of all the gin joints in town, this is the one you’ll want to walk into. After the success of its Melbourne debut, five of Australia’s best gin distillers will assemble at Bondi’s The Corner House for an Australian Gin Degustation. Talking you through the experience of foraging for native botanicals to the creation of the final spirit, you’ll get a unique insight into the craft of distilling with the opportunity to learn from the masterminds behind award-winning brands like McHenry & Sons and Botanic Australis. For $155 you’ll get drinks, canapés, a gin flight and four gin cocktails with matching dishes so grab your tickets here.
When: Thursday 5th November
Cake Wines Community Feast
November marks the launch of the inaugural Cake Wines Community Feast series that sees some of Sydney’s finest including Richie Dolan (Chiswick) and Mike McEnearney (formerly Kitchen by Mike) coming together to celebrate some of Sydney’s most thriving community gardens. Starting from the 7th, every Saturday one of Sydney’s favourite chefs will be working alongside local producers to create a bespoke menu sourced from the very gardens diners will be feasting in. Matched with Cake Wines’ 2014 and 2015 vintage drops (there is a James Squire option for those who are more beer-inclined), diners will have the opportunity to exercise their green thumb and chat to the on-hand talent. $120 will cover your food and drinks so all that’s left is to pick which of the five feasts you’re in for.
When: Saturday 7th November – Saturday 19th December
Hospitality mavericks, Applejack is hosting a month-long celebration in the lead up to the reveal of their brand new venue. Applejack Celebrates will include $25 lunches across all four of their venues (Bondi Hardware, SoCal, The Butler and The Botanist) but the real highlight is the Fluoro Fine Dining charity dinner at The Butler on the 17th. Raising money for One Wave, a not-for-profit that raises awareness about mental health, all four venues will be producing a course for the evening. Complete with matching wines, the dinner will set you back $180 but knowing that it’s all for a good cause should ease your wallet-woes. Book your spot here.
When: Throughout November
NIGHTS @THE NEST: It Was All A Dream
Mystery, meals and muses all in one neat package? Nights @ The Nest’s ‘It Was All A Dream’ is just that, taking the term dining experience to a whole other level. The event fuses food with interactive art displays teamed with music, fashion and performance meaning that you’re given full permission to play with your food. Remember how I said mystery before? That’s because that’s just about all the amount of info you’ll get as much of the details are tightly held secrets to be revealed over social media in the lead up to the overnight event. But lean in close, because we can tell you that the all-star culinary cast will include the likes of Salts Meats Cheese and Venus Wholefoods with Stolen Rum creating signature cocktails for the evening. Tickets are $145 and bookings are a must.
When: Thursday 12th November – Friday 13th November
If you like things shaken not stirred, are a fan of the gimlet or are just an all-round gin-fanatic well then we’ve got the highlight of your November right here. Project Botanicals have heard of us Aussies and our love affair with gin and are teaming up with Biota Dining to bring you two five-course menus with matching Bombay Sapphire cocktails. Beginning on the 18th, the $105 menu is designed around the ten botanicals found in each bottle of Bombay Sapphire. Running for three weeks, you’ll have your choice of either the ‘Plants & Roots’ or “Berries & Bark’ menus. Start or end your night at the Bombay Sapphire roof-top bar and order “The Smooth Star & Tonic” to be amongst the first to sample Bombay Sapphire’s newest offering, Star of Bombay. To avoid disappointment, get your tickets now.
When: Wednesday 18th November – Saturday 5th December
Image credit: Biota Dining