Alright peeps, please accept our big ol’ virtual pat on the back for making it through another work week. Let us all rejoice in a field of blooming spring florals. By that we mean, we should all get around the heap of doings we’ve got planned for this weekend.
Cue the fireworks (seriously, Darling Harbour has some serious sparklers going off this weekend) and bring on the ultimate Aussie ‘low tea’ feast, an epic vego masterclass and a giant Oktoberfest street celebration for your weekend dose of frothies.
Diaries at the ready, here is everything you need to get around this weekend in Sydney.
LOW TEA AT DAISY’S MILK BAR
Love the idea of high tea without the fuss? We happen to think it’s rather ‘tea-riffic’. Our favourite 50’s throwback cafe, Daisy’s Milk Bar has introduced its very own Low Tea. It’s the format of a high tea, with a heap of food and a casual, relaxed vibe. Food wise, we’re talking pink jam lamingtons, choccie crackles, pavlovas, mac ‘n’ cheese and toasties. Just think all of your favourite Aussie treats served up in one glorious sitting. You’ll also receive two drinks, so take your pick from one of their famous cocktails, from the ‘Zooper Dooper’ drink (it’s a take on the perfect Australian Summer ice block) to their salted caramel espresso martini or you can even ask to add a shot to one of their milkshakes for your own boozy milkshake concoction. There are also non-alcoholic beverages on offer, like hot milo and coffee. To join the tea party, head here.
When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10-2pm
Where: Daisy’s Milk Bar, Petersham
Cost: $45 per person
ST IVES MEDIEVAL FAIRE
Greetings, pilgrims, it’s time to round up your fairest folk because the castle’s gates are about to open and the drawbridge is soon to be lowered at the St Ives Medieval Faire this weekend. Expect long table gourmet feasts, glorious jousting battles, trebuchet catapults and canons, archery, full flight birds of prey demonstrations and of course, no shortage of live music and entertainment. Escape the city feels by immersing yourself in this hay-strewn ‘Medieval European town’ complete with the sounds of clashing steel, screeching hawks and thundering drums. For more info or to book tickets, head here.
When: Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23, 9-5pm
Where: St Ives Showground, Saint Ives
Cost: Tickets from $39 - $126 per person
TROPICANA PARTY PLANT WAREHOUSE SALE
What better way to celebrate the beginning Spring than with a bunch of fine tropical greenery, some jungle tunes and seriously tree-iffic vibes. This big industrial warehouse has previously been known to have over 170 species including Giant Birds of Paradise, Fiddle Leafs and a whole lotta’ ferns. There will be thousands and thousands of plants with all kinds of beauty and upkeep requirements so if you’re like us and not great at keeping flora alive, there are some low maintenance babies in there too. By the way, if you raid your Dad’s wardrobe and wear a Hawaiian shirt, you get $5 off your purchase. For more info, head here.
When: Saturday 22 September and Sunday 23 September, 8-2pm
Where: Unwin Bridge Rd, St Peters
Thursday 20 September
LIVE JAZZ AT YULLI’S BREWERY
There's nothing sweeter than the taste of a Thursday arvo frothie; best enjoyed to the dulcet tones of the Tilly Street Jazz Band. You’re welcome. Our fave vego and beer joint is serving up live jazz every Thursday and you’re invited to groove to some beats post work. Get around a serving of the best pappadums in town, some kale and saltbush gyoza or the Cajun spiced potato and chickpea croquettes and thank us later. Check here for all the deets.
When: Thursday’s, 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Yulli’s Brews, Surry Hills
Friday 21 September
THE OFFICE TRIVIA NIGHT AT PADDO RSL
It’s arguably one of the darn funniest and quirkiest television shows in existence, and if you agree, you’re going to want to get around this one. There is a trivia night happening in Paddington, with questions revolving around The Office (US). Expect a best-dressed contest, a themed menu, a dance-off and some Office inspired Olympics. For tickets, click here.
When: Friday 21 September, 7-10pm
Where: Paddo RSL, Paddington
Cost: $22 per person
AUSSIE NIGHT MARKETS AT MONA VALE
There is an international food market hitting the shores of Mona Vale this Friday so prep your taste buds. We couldn’t think of a better way to welcome the warmer nights than by chowing down some delicious street food with a spot of late night shopping. We’re talking big tasty paellas, dumplings, wood-fired pizza, Dutch pancakes, ice-cream filled pastry cones and no shortage of deep-fried goodies. Grab a few pals or the fam and get around the deliciousness, for more info head here.
When: Friday 14 September, 5-10pm
Where: Mona Vale Village Park, Mona Vale
Saturday 22 September
SURRY HILLS FESTIVAL
The Surry Hills Festival is a fantastic spring celebration with a heap of fab live music, arts, creative trail tours and stalls. Think of the Flower Power era in the 60’s and 70’s. There is vibrant contemporary art sprawling over the streets and some utterly awesome pop up installations happening in the heart of Surry Hills. All the funds raised on the day go to support community programs held by the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre. For more info, head on over here.
When: Saturday 22 September, 9am-10pm
Where: Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Surry Hills
DARLING HARBOUR FIREWORKS
Whether you’re a born and bred Sydneysider or a newcomer to our glorious city, there is nothing quite like these explosive beauties over that epic view that we will just never get tired of. After an 18-month hiatus, the Saturday night fireworks are back with a bang (quite literally). We’re thinking drinks with the team or a romantic date night down at Darling Harbour is a must this Saturday. For more info, head here.
When: Saturday’s, 8:30-9pm (Until February)
Where: Darling Harbour
CARRIAGEWORKS CHEF MASTERCLASS
The third Carriageworks chef masterclass of 2018 is happening this weekend, and you’re invited. It’s a vegetarian menu put together by acclaimed Sydney chef Brent Savage (you know, the legend behind Monopole, Bentley and Yellow), with Gourmet Traveller’s Pat Nourse, set to co-host. We’re talking four spring inspired vegetarian dishes over two glorious hours featuring seasonal produce from Carriageworks Farmers Market. Menu-wise, think charred heirloom zucchini, roast celeriac with nettle and hazelnut and fermented strawberries with liquorice honeycomb and vanilla cream. Think this sounds pretty darn fresh? Us too. For tickets, head here.
When: Saturday 22 September, 12-2pm
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
Cost: $40 per person
OKTOBERFEST PARADE AT MUNICH BRAUHAUS
Pass us a frothie because Sydney’s biggest and best Oktoberfest bash is happening this Saturday. The Rocks is coming to life with an endless supply of our fave golden brew, a colourful street parade, no shortage of oom-pah-pah bands, a heap of funky family-friendly entertainment and of course, a sausage eating competition. There are special Oktoberfest feasting menus and a heap of imported biers from Bavaria, Lowenbrau on tap. A trip to Munich is also up for grabs, no biggie. FYI, there will be six weeks of Oktoberfest celebrations at Munich Brauhaus, and there is a second round of keg taps and on stage challenges on Sunday if you miss out on Saturday’s antics. For more info or to make a reservation, head here.
When: Saturday 22 September, from 12pm
Where: Munich Brauhaus, The Rocks
Cost: Free (menu prices vary)
Sunday 23 September
NIMBLE ACTIVEWEAR YOGA CLASS
To raise some much-needed funds for breast cancer research, the legends at Nimble Activewear are holding an epic yoga sesh this weekend. Post-stretch, you can refuel with a seriously delicious brekkie provided by Bod Kombucha and Paleo Pure whilst listening to inspirational guest speaker and breast cancer survivor Anke Timm. All proceeds will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), yep, we’re saying you can get fit, consume a glorious brekkie, learn a tonne and contribute to a fab cause. You’re welcome. It’s probably worth noting that you’ll also receive a goodie bag, because who doesn’t love a few pressies (no one). To book a spot on the mat, head here. Namaste.
When: Sunday 23 September, 9:30 – 11:30am
Where: One Hot Yoga, Potts Point
Cost: $25 per person
HALF PRICE CHAMPERS AT THE WINE LIBRARY
There truly is nothing like the taste of a chilled glass of bubbles in Spring. Lucky for us, The Wine Library just happens to be offering a ripper discount on your fave Growers Champagne to celebrate the incoming warmer months. Put a spring in your step by sipping on various Growers like Agrapart, Larmandier Bernier, Jean Velut. Pair with a selection of Euro-style dishes, cheese and cured meats, because, well, half price champers. For more info, head to their website.
When: Every Sunday, 12-10pm
Where: The Wine Library, Woollahra
Cost: Half-price Growers Champagne
SPRING COCKTAIL MENU AT SAKÉ
Spring is in the air and holy daffodils we’re excited. Our favourite contemporary Asian fusion joint has introduced a cocktail menu especially for spring, and it’s all the fresh, fruity flavours you want to bask in right now. The Cherry Blossom Spring cocktail menu at Saké features tipples such as the ‘in bloom’ with sakura-infused roku gin, lychees, lime and sakura flower syrup or the ‘Japanese cobbler’ which tastes just like a cherry blossom tree smells. What better way to celebrate Spring than with chic cocktails in a breathtaking floral setting? To make a booking, head here.
When: Daily throughout September
Where: Saké, The Rocks and Double Bay
Cost: Cocktail prices start from $21
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