Is it just me or is this year already flashing before our very eyes? Pretty sure a second ago we were ringing in the New Year with one too many antipasto platters and champagnes...
But have no fear, March is here to remind us to pump the breaks and indulge with friends over many delicious meals in Sydney. As always, there’s a million and one things to do in Sydney, but weeding out the wheat from the chaff is a job only The Urban List can handle. Here are the best food events happening in Sydney this March.
Boston Bay Wine Masterclass at La Rosa The Strand
Here at The Urban List, we like to think we know a thing or two… or five, about wine. Sooo, we know that when you’re looking for an Italian getaway on a Tuesday, sans the mileage, you should head on over to the La Rosa The Strand for a wine masterclass like no other. Hosted by executive chef Nino Zoccali and group sommelier Cristian Casarin, on 8th March your tastebuds will be mingling with the likes of Boston Bay’s Riesling—Australia’s closest winery to the ocean, and specially selected wines straight from the motherland’s south—the Amalfi coast. Coupled with canapés from the Boston Bay Smallgoods farm, for a sweet $65, you’ll snag a seat at this unmissable night where you learn exactly what it means to wine and dine. Grab your tickets here.
Where: La Rosa The Strand
When: Tuesday 8th March, 6pm
Cost: $65 per person
A Moveable Feast 2016
Perfecting the modern picnic is hard. You’ve got the prosciutto, the salad, the four kinds of cheeses, the fruit, the plastic champagne glasses filled with prosecco, the dog leash, the dog treats and did someone remember the blanket? A Moveable Feast and their inaugural Pastel Beach Champagne Picnic on Saturday the 12th of March, are here to perfect your skills. As illustrious as the name leads on, $220 will give you and a worthy picnicker of your choice, a styled table on Bondi Beach and a decadent hamper gathered by none other than Rockpool’s Lauren Murdoch, complete with the likes of Sonoma mission rolls, pickled Alaskan crab, prosciutto, pistachio baklava and pastel meringue kisses. Vego, you say? Gluten-free? There’s a whole hamper of fun for you as well. With the dress code being Pastel Beach Chic, these picnics are Blair Waldorf approved.
Where: Bondi Beach
When: Saturday 12th March, 6.30pm – 11pm
Cost: $220 per couple
Coogee Foreshore Festival
Coogee Pavilion is bringing some laughter into your March with its Foreshore Festival—carnival fit for little kids and big kids alike. Hosted by Veuve Clicquot, this sandy party on the 20th will go down swimmingly when paired perfectly with some of Mervale’s best and brightest including Mr Wong, Sushi e, El Loco and Papi Chulo; bringing the eats to match the beats of live entertainment, face painting and a bag of surprises still waiting to be unveiled. $25 will get you three food and drink tokens. Head here for more details.
Where: Coogee Pavilion
When: Sunday 20th March, 11am – 5pm
Cost: Free entry ($25 for three food and drink tokens)
Deckchair Arts 2016
Spectrum Now Festival brings your much needed March culture kick in the form of Deckchair Arts. Take a seat seaside at Walsh’s Bay and feast your eyes on the talents of Sydney’s most diverse entertainers and cuisines—From an 11 piece horn and drum street band, to Australia’s best juggler, to beautiful indigenous dance and even physical comedians you’ll be immersed in the wonderfully unconventional for a whole afternoon. With a paddock-to-plate grazing menu from the guys at Southern Highlands farm, The Loch, you can get stuck into dumplings, fresh seafood, and whole lot more deliciousness.
Where: Simmer on the Bay, Shore 2/3, 13 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay
When: Sunday 13th March 2016, 1pm – 4pm
Cost: $75 (includes performances and significant canapés)
Saké Grace Wine Dinner
It’s not often you get the chance to meet your maker—this March, Saké makes an exception. With modern Japanese and a selection of Grace Wines and sake at the ready, Grace Wine Dinner on the 1st of March, introduces world-renowned and fourth generation wine maker Ayana Miswa exclusively to 25 lucky Sydneysiders. $150 will give you an up close and personal take on what it means to live and breathe wine, from the mouth of one of the only female Japanese winemakers in the world. Complemented by a six-course dinner abundant with fragrant duck, sashimi, tempura, teriyaki emulsion and the likes, this is your ultimate dinner outing this March.
Where: Saké, The Rocks
When: Tuesday 1st March, 6.30pm
Cost: $150 per person
Domaine A Tasmania dinner at ARIA
ARIA Sydney becomes the dazzling backdrop to a spectacular look at Domaine A Tasmania on the 2nd of March. Made in one of the most picturesque and environmentally pristine areas in the world, the wine from Althaus' Domaine A is prepped to perfection, with a cool climate terroir catching the rays of the longest sunshine hours in Australia—so it’s no surprise their street cred boasts most iconic production of wine on this fair island of ours. Teaming up with culinary god, Matt Moran and ARIA head chef, Ben Turner, these wines are heightened by a four-course menu for lovers of all things scallops, king salmon, roasted loin lamb, poached pear and apple tart.
When: Wednesday 3rd March, 6.30pm
Cost: $250 per person
Endeavour Vintage Beer Dinner at CHISWICK
If wine from faraway lands doesn’t tickle your fancy, CHISWICK's Endeavour Dinner gives you an in-depth look at the intricate ins and outs of vintage beers, prepared locally by Endeavour right out of our very backyard. With head chef, Richie Dolan serving up canapés and a four-course marvel of a dinner, this is the ideal go-to for beer-lovers and general foodies alike. A night not to be missed, in the heart of Woollahra. Get your spot right here.
Where: CHISWICK Woollahra
When: Tuesday 8th March, 6.30pm
Cost: $150 per person
Good France Dinner at Jonah’s
For those whose knowledge of France stems far and few from the iconic Mary-Kate and Ashley’s ‘Passport to Paris’, Jonah’s is here to remind you there’s more to life than baguette clad bicycle goers, moustaches and wheels of cheese. A dinner taking place with a thousand chefs over five continents, Good France on the 21st is delivering a worldwide six-course, French inspired menu, devised by celebrity chef Logan Campbell. With champagne on arrival, get ready to experience a taste of some good ol’ fashioned French, je ne sais quoi.
When: Monday 21st March, 6.30pm
Cost: $155 per person
Image credit: Federica Portentoso at La Rosa The Strand