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17 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Sydney

By Briana Wallace
26th Jul 2018


Working on your winter bod? Of course you are and surprise, we’ve got you covered. There’s a whole lotttaaa food and bevvies being served up this weekend. Think truffles, gin and mammoth roasts. Told you we have you covered.

Here are 17 awesome things to do this weekend in Sydney. 

All Weekend

Hidden Rooftop Campfire

Bringing the wilderness to our concrete jungle, Wild Turkey is hosting a pop-up cocktail event on a hidden Sydney rooftop and yes, by hidden, we mean absolutely and undeniably hidden. The bush-inspired sanctuary is promised to deliver real moments from the outdoors, featuring a handcrafted fire pit by renowned sculptor Dion Horstmans and a rich, camp-themed two-course menu. Ticket costs include a Wild Turkey drink on arrival and a two-course menu curated by Continental Deli with paired cocktails. Walk-ins will be accepted on Sunday from 12pm to 10pm…if you can find this wild spot. Book your tickets here.

What: Wild Turkey Spirit Of The Wild
When: Tuesday to Saturday nights from Saturday 14 July to Saturday 12 August.

Honour The Being

Sydney Road Galley has a new exhibition. ‘Honour the Being’ is artist Jaimee Pauls latest solo exhibit. The show features a collection of animal portrait paintings. Depicting interactions Paul has had with the featured animals, the exhibit aims to spread positive awareness of animals. Paul’s paintings depict interactions that she has had with the animals featured in her works.  

When: Thursday 19 July to Sunday 5 August 
Gallery Hours: Thursday to Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 9am – 12pm 
Where: Sydney Road Gallery

117 Dining Truffle Menu 

Give me a T. Give me an R. Give me a U-F-F-L-E. What does that spell? TRUFFLE (sorry we’re a little excited). Senior sous chef Luke Fernley at 117 Dining is dishing up the goods with a five course truffle degustation. Each course features grated, shaved or infused black truffle. Think wagyu short rib with truffle potato puree and nutty black truffle: macadamia, malt and black truffle ice cream. Complete the meal with pairings of matching wines. Book here.  

When: Available Friday and Saturday until end of August, 5:30-10pm 
Where: 117 Dining, InterContinental Sydney
Cost: $139 per person plus $49 per person for wine pairing

Gin Classes at Gin Lane

Shaken not stirred. Master the art of cocktail making at Gin School at Gin Lane (we’ll happily do the homework for this one). Mixologist Grant Collins will take you through a 90-minute masterclass alll about gin. The masterclass will include free-flowing G&T’s (yes please), cocktail making, gin tasting and nibbles. Booking righhhht here.

When: Every Friday and Saturday 
Where: Gin Lane
Cost: $110 per person

Thursday 26 July

The Fernery X Manly Spirit Co “Gindulge” Dinner  

The Fernery is teaming up with Manly Spirits Co to bring us one gin-dulgent dinner (geddit?).  The Gin dinner will feature a whopping seven-course degustation. The wonderful eats will be paired with speciality cocktails created by the team Manly Spirit Co. If that’s not enough to get you excited. At the end of the night, guests have the chance to create their very own espresso martini. Book here.

When: Thursday 26 July, 7pm
Where: The Fernery 
Cost: $95 per person

Truffle Toastie Thursday

Three words for you. Truffle. Toastie. Thursdays. That’s right, Thursdays are officially truffle toastie day. Handpicked Cellars has teamed up with Madame Truffles to deliver tantalising truffle toasties. We’re talking Salami Classico, Comte and shaved Victorian truffles. The Handpicked sommeliers will be on hand to perfectly pair your toastie with wine. 

When: Thursday 26 July, 5:30-9pm 
Where: Handpicked Cellar Door
Cost: From $16 per toastie

Christmas in July Degustation Dinner

On the first day of Christmas, the Royal Oaks gave to us a wine degustation menu. The Royal Oaks 12 days of Christmas in July is back with its annual degustation dinner. Executive chef Michael Page has put together a bespoke five-course menu of the best winter cuisine. Each course has matching wines and beers thanks to Pernod Richard and Calton United. Book here. 

When: Thursday 26 July, 7-11pm 
Where: Royal Oaks Hotel, Double Bay
Cost:$75 per person

Taittinger & Charcuterie At NOLA

Start the weekend a day early with Taittinger and Charcuterie at NOLA. Grab your friends to help you drink your workday blues away with a bottle of Taittinger. A bottle too much? Grab a glass instead and nosh on a charcuterie plate heaped with coppa, prosciutto, soppressata and bresaola. Sounds delish right? For more deets, head here.

When: Every Thursday from 12pm 
Where: NOLA
Cost: $100 per person

Friday 27 July

Carriageworks Burning Love Night Markets

Carriageworks' new night market is coming in hawwwt. Featuring 55 of Sydney's leading bars, restaurants and producers, Burning Love is all about slow-cooking, fire, smoke and spice. Wash down the smoke, spice and everythang nice with some cold bevvies. Cause what’s a food event without some drannks. You’d be wise to snap up some tickets ($10) before they burn out. More info and to book head here. 

When: Friday 27 July, 5–10pm
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
Cost: $10 (children under 12 enter for free) per person

Michelle E’ Totò

Calling all lovers of Italian food. This one’s for you. Chef Antonio Ruggerino, Chef Federico Calvi and Michelle Walsh (who you may recognise from MasterChef) are teaming up to bring Michelle e’ Totò. An exclusive monthly luncheon in Verde’s private dining room, Totò. The luncheon will feature gourmet canapés on arrival, a four-course regional Italian degustation and complimentary limoncello and Pommery NV (go for the free wine and stay for the food). Book here, you know you want to. 

When: Friday 27 July
Where: Verde (Totò dining room) 
Cost: $120 per person

Thank Krug It's Friday!

Start the weekend right with “Thank Krug it’s Friday”. Finish work early and head to Chiswick Woollahra for a night of delicious canapés and Krug. Think aged comte with truffle chicken wings and battered flathead with wakame seasoned chips. Yes, you ARE that OTT with your feeds. For more, head right here.

When: Friday 27 July, 5-7pm 
Where: Chiswick, Woollahra 
Cost: $80 per person

Saturday 28 July

When Life Gives You Lemons Workshop

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Well, preserving queen Alex Elliot Howery will show you that you can make a whole lot more than lemonade. In this three-hour masterclass at Cornersmith, Alex will teach you how to use the whole fruit to make a range of sweet and savoury preserves. Think sweet lemon jam, Indian lemon pickle and her famous limoncello. Make the most of lemon season and book here. 

When: Saturday 28 July, 9am - 12pm 
Where: Cornersmith 
Cost: $200 per person

Christmas In July At Penny Whistlers

It’s not winter without Christmas in July. There’s no better way to celebrate than with a three-course meal with seven (yes, seven) matching wines. Dishes at Penny Whistlers Cage include roast pork with all the trimmings and sweet potato and mushroom risotto. Sold yet? Hang in there. Dave O’Brien from Manning Street Cellars and Penny Claiborne from Wine Bulb will also be on hand to talk all things wine. There will also be a chance to order discounted bottles on the night. Bookings for this fantastic feat are a must and you're going to have to give a buzz to do so on 4233 2770.

When: Saturday 28 July, 6pm 
Where: Penny Whistlers, Kiama 
Cost: $110 per person

Beer, Footy & Food Festival 

The old days of sitting on a grassy knoll cheering on your footy team are back for one day only. The annual Beer, Footy and Food Festival is back for its third year. Pack your picnic blanket and watch the Newtown Jets take on the Penrith Panthers from the grassy hill. It’s not proper footy without a few beers #amirite. Quench your thirst with one of the 20 different brewers in attendance; including Young Henrys, Wayward and Batch. There’s also plenty of food on offer, with vendors including Burgers By Josh, Inbocca and Arepa. Kids and kidults alike will also be kept busy with a giant slide, ferris wheel, petting zoo and obstacle course all on offer. Book your tickets in advance here

When: Saturday 28 July, From 12pm 
Where: Henson Park
Cost: $17.85 per person

Christmas In July Party At Misfits

Adding to your list of Christmas in July parties is Misfits. Misfits is pulling out all stops for this epic party. Feast on canapes whilst enjoying your complimentary drink on arrival. Think turkey and cranberry croquettes and gingerbread men (it’s Christmas after all). Head to the ‘out of bounds’ room for some fire and then dance allll night to the tunes by DJ Jack Shit. Don’t forget your cheesiest Christmas sweater and practice your awkward family pose, there are prizes for the best dressed. This is one epic shindig you won’t want to miss. For more details, head here.

When: Saturday 28 July, from 5pm
Where: Misfits Bar & Dining 
Cost: Free entry

Sunday 29 July

Fernery Sunday Roast & Acoustic Sessions

Sunday is chill day and there’s no better way to relax than at The Fernery. Every Sunday from 3pm the Fernery hosts acoustic sessions of up-and-coming artists. So relax by the fire while supporting these new artists. Want more? Stick around until 5pm and feast on the rotating menu of woodfired roast. Music + woodfired roast = perfect end to the weekend. 

When: Every Sunday in July, Music 3-6pm and Roast dinner from 5pm 
Where: The Fernery

Eat At Canva

Guys, it's a long lunch in a seriously cool warehouse space. We'd like to welcome you to the third edition of our popular pop-up restaurant hosted by chef Chris Low at Canva and cooked by ex Gastro Park head chef Mark Hanover, ex Bishop Sessa head chef Alex Dragun and Quay sous chef Sander Nooij. And yes, this is the event your winter bod has been waiting for (so book right here).

When: Sunday 29 July, 2:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Canva, 2 Lacey Street, Surry Hills
Cost: $102.74 per person

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