PEACE OUT, winter, you nipple-hardening bastard. Warmer weather is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited. And what do we love to do when we get excited? No, not that, settle down. That’s right! To eat, drink, and be merry!
Some epic events are about to go down at some of Sydney’s best bars and restaurants as part of the Festival of the Senses, an epic, and new, foodie, drinkie celebration that runs from September 2 - October 3.
So, if you enjoy good food, good drinks, and goooooood times galore, you need to get all up in this celebration and flip winter the bird.
Here are the things you simply must do at Festival of the Senses 2016. Spoiler alert: there are a lot. Wallets ready, stomachs prepped, let’s do this.
Sights & Sounds
Sweethearts Rooftop: Rooftop Cinema
One of the standout events from last year, the rooftop cinema is bringing all of the classics flicks to our favourite Potts Point rooftop bar every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during September. Grab some delicious Mexican food and get settled in for a night of film fun.
Bungalow 8: Summer Garden Party
Okay, maybe it’s not Summer juuuuust yet, but let’s pretend it is because Winter is history.. Thursday September 29 is the night to mark in your calendars, because Bungalow 8’s annual Summer Garden Party is the place to be.
The Winery: Fashion Markets
What is The Winery for if not to show off your wardrobe, along with your prosecco-sipping skills? This September, Sydney’s most stylish fashionistas will be spruiking their wardrobes on Saturday, September 10 from 10am - 2pm. Plus, you know, food and prosecco.
The Winery: Live Music Sundays & Surry Hills Festival
This one’s great because it’s on every single Sunday, so you can rest easy if you miss one - but only one, otherwise we’ll have to come find you. Make each Sunday a session, with live music kicking off in The Winery’s laneway garden from 2:30pm. If you head there on Saturday September 24 (and you should), you can kick on from the Surry Hills Festival.
Manly Wine Funk Beach & Full Moon Party
Fri-yay will be even more of a thing when Manly Wine’s Funk Beach parties kick off every Friday in September. But if you’re going to hit just one, make it September 16, when the Funk Beach Full Moon Party kicks into full swing. .
Flavours. Aromas. Textures.
Say what? These weekly events will have you shouting “Shut up and take my money!” faster than usual. Which, let’s face it, is fast.
Gazebo: Bloody Mary Brunch Bar
I feel like the title explained itself, but in case you need extra convincing, it will kick off from 10am - 2pm every Saturday and Sunday in September. They’ll serve a European brunch, five different types of Bloody Marys and you can DIY your own mix and garnishes. There’s also a shot at two tickets to Listen Out Festival up for grabs for the best looking DIY Bloody Mary. So, bottoms up!.
The Loft: Superfood High Tea
One of our favourites from last year, the Superfood High Tea makes eating clean and socialising a piece of [gluten free] cake. Guilt free. Taking place on Saturday afternoons, it’s $45 a head and trust us, you’ll enjoy the lack of a sore head the next day.
Gazebo: Salumi and Cheese Degustation
Right, pencil this one in your diary, because we all know you can’t deny your love for a well-curated meat and cheese platter. It’s five courses of cheesy, meaty goodness for $65, with matching wines for an extra $30. Cheese dreams, come at me.
Champagne Room at The Winery: Bottomless Bellinis Ladies’ Lunch
Again, this one is rather self-explanatory, but let’s go into detail because it’s fun. Every weekend, it’s a long, lingering lunch with three courses and three hours of bottomless bellinis for $70 a head. Game. On.
Champagne Room at The Winery: “I can’t believe it’s not Champagne!” Vin Clair Sparkling Wine Dinner Series
It’s real, it’s sparkling wine-filled, and it’s happening every Thursday. It’s a casual $69 per head for four sparkling wines and three delicious dishes. Book your spots now, because this will definitely sell out.
Manly Wine: Crab Shack
It would be mighty shellfish not to make use of this one every Sunday from midday, when Manly Wine becomes a veritable crab feast, complete with bibs for the messy ones.
One-off wine events
This is where you can go from wannabe wine wanker to full-blown connoisseur. Be sure to book quickly, they’re going to sell out quick smart.
Manly Wine: California Dreaming
Three courses of delicious cuisine with matching Californian coastal wines, sounds like a dream to us.
When: Thursday, September 22 at 7pm. $110 a head.
Chophouse: Vigneron’s Table: Jasper Hill Wines
Those who nab tickets to this one are in for a real treat, as winemaker and founder Ron Laughton walks you through five courses of heaven matched with his organic and biodynamic wines at an intimate event. Tickets are strictly limited, so get in quick.
When: Tuesday, September 13 6:30pm $160 a head.
Kingsley’s Woolloomooloo: Vintner’s Series - Seppelt Wines
One of Sydney’s favourite steak restaurants is pulling out all the stops for a very special dinner with Seppelt’s head winemaker & contender for Gourmet Traveller Winemaker of the Year, Adam Carnaby. It will be an unforgettable five-course meal matched with some of Seppelt’s greatest drops.
When: Wednesday, September 21 at 6:30pm, $145 per head.
Gazebo: Greek Community Feast
Opa! One of our favourite Potts Point restaurants, Gazebo, is putting on a hell of a show in early October. It’s going to be a big family affair, with three full hours of free flowing food, wine, and entertainment. We won’t give too much away, but think delicious traditional meats and plenty of Greek wine.
When: Monday, October 3 at 1pm, $89 per head.
Manly Wine: New Orleans Crab Shack
Celebrate the October long weekend with your closest mates and mountains of crustaceans. From Saturday to Monday, there will be delicious, finger-licking soul food (think crab cakes, crab boil, burgers, and waffles) for you to chow down on while you take in the sounds of the Manly Jazz Festival. Bliss.
When: October 1-3
For more information on the Festival of the Senses please click here