Anyone else sick of errrrrryone you know (and their cousin) travelling to Europe? Us too. Luckily for those of us stuck at home Sydney is putting on one hell of a show this weekend.
From night markets to truffle inspired menus, you’ll easily forget about your bestie swimming in crystal, clear waters on some island off the coast of Greece that you can’t pronounce—okay, so you’ll still want to be in Greece but we swear this is a solid list filled with all of the next best things (sorta).
Here are 12 things to get you through this weekend and a hot tip: stop scrolling and put down your phone, Cyprus can wait.
World Press Photo Exhibition
Hey kiddies, galleries still exist you know? Yes, it’s winter and sitting in the comfort of your lounge room whilst scrolling Instagram may seem like a better option, but the World Press Photo exhibition has arrived in Sydney and let’s just say, you’ll want to see how the experts do it. Featuring 150 award-winning images from the World Press Photo Contest, selected from 80,408 submissions by 5034 press photographers, this is one of our favourite annual exhibitions for a reason.
When: Daily, from 9am to 5pm
Where: State Library of New South Wales
Truffle Menu At Three Williams
What’s better than a new winter menu? A new winter menu with truffle, obvs. Which is exactly what the legends over at Three Williams have gone and brought into our lives. Think sweet potato fries smothered in a three cheese sauce (because one is never enough), and a loaded mushroom toastie with garlic & parsley sautéed mixed mushroom, wilted baby spinach, gruyere cheese, fried eggs and shaved truffle. If you’re more of a sweet tooth, the truffle cookies and cream is a must—macadamia cookie, truffled mandarin crème patissiere, fresh mandarin, gold dust feuilletine, dark choc crispearls and shaved truffle. We’re not sure about you, but our Sunday brunch is looking pretty damn good.
When: Available this June
Where: 613a Elizabeth St Redfern, Three Williams
Thursday 15 June
Rebecca Vallance Warehouse Sale
Cue fashion hysteria because Rebecca Vallance has up to 80 per cent off stock and run way pieces, for three whole days! Vallance is known for her sophisticated designs, and not to name drop buuuuuuut girl crushes Rachel McAdams, Chrissy Teigan and Halle Berry are just a few that rock her threads like a boss. Did we mention you have three days? Good.
When: Thursday 15 June - Saturday 17 June
Where: 37 Doody Street, Alexandria
Truffle Dinner At No. 1 Bent St
A dinner dedicated to truffle gets us 147 times more excited than when we heard Zac Efron was in the new Bae Watch movie (Geddit? Okay). Mike McEnearney is hosting this five-course truffle extravaganza, with truffles carefully selected from Jayson Mesman’s Truffle Farm in Mount Majura. The menu is one big droolfest—cobia sashimi with braised truffled mushroom and radish, spit roast ‘demi-deuil’ chicken, and a crème caramel for dessert.
When: Thursday 15 June
Where: 1 Bent Street, CBD
Cost: $200 pp.
Friday 17 June
Carriageworks Night Market
If there’s ever a reason to bring out those oversized jumpers and MC Hammer, drop crotch pants—this is it. Comfort is key at this year’s Carriageworks Night Market, you can’t let constricting clothing get in the way of this foodie event. The theme ‘cooking with fire’ is a perfect description for what’s up for grabs- goat empanadas from Tequila Mockingbird and Egyptian falafels from Cairo Takeaway are just some of what’s to be expected. P.S Dessertmakers are baking a good-ol fashion apple crumble in a paella dish, which is why you should be erasing your Friday evening take away plans ASAP.
When: Friday June 16 from 5pm
Where: Carriageworks Way, Eveleigh
Macarthur Night Markets
Nothing says winter more than a glass of mulled wine and an array of culinary surprises. Welcome to the Macarthur Night Markets complete with pop up stalls and food trucks plating up international treats (yes that means chicken jerky and Dutch pancakes) as well as boutique market stalls, and live entertainment to get you through the night.
When: Friday 16 June
Where: Mawson Park, corner Queen and Cordeaux Sts, Campbelltown, from 5pm to 9pm
100 Metre Meal @ Margan Winery
We don’t like to use the word ultimate unless we really, reeeeeeaally mean it. So when we say this is the ultimate farm to table experience you know we’re pretty damn excited. Margan Winery is hosting their annual 100 metre meal so you can enjoy a delicious range of their estate made produce, all grown (you guessed it) 100 metres from your table. Everything from orchard fruits, to unfiltered honey and farm reared lamb paired with Margan’s famous wine.
When: Friday 16 June
Where: Margan Restaurant and Winery
Cost: $70 pp
TED talks are coming to Sydney and we for one are ready for some inspiration and motivation. What used to stand for Technology, Entertainment and Design, TED now also incorporates issues and questions ranging from science to philosophy, and topics like ‘how to spot a liar’—we’re just hoping our uni tutors, bosses and parentals don’t attend this one.
When: Friday 16 June, from 9am to 6pm
Where: ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour
Cost: $350 pp. or $175 for concessions (limited number)
Saturday 17 June
Carrigeworks and Vivid Sydney have teamed up again to put a spin on your mundane dinner routine. It’s interactive dining at its best, with some of Sydney’s most renowned chefs plating up dishes alongside contemporary music, art and design. Expect flavours from Korean right through to modern Australian, all matched with wine, liquor or Asahi beer as musicians and other creative minds help you work your way through a carefully selected three-course degustation menu. Dinner = sorted.
When: Saturday 17 June, 7pm to 10:30pm
Cost: $200 pp.
Sunday 18 June
Game Of Rhones
A Game of Thrones pun always goes down a treat, especially when it involves a literal treat. Game of Rhones is coming, and they’re celebrating the many wine varieties of the Rhone Valley—something that even Cersei Lannister would smile about. Unfortunately, Khaleesi and her dragons won’t be making an appearance, but Yarra Valley Dairy will, which means cheese and lots of it. The only battle you’ll be facing is keeping your food coma from escaping your jeans.
When: Sunday 18 June, 1pm to 6pm
Cost: General Admission: $65 pp., Royal Pass: $105 pp.
Pok Pok Lunch At Long Chim
There’s Thai food, and then there’s Thai food. The latter involves the quintessential chef-duo David Thompson and Andy Ricker. It’s no secret that Long Chim is a favourite amongst Sydneysiders, so when Thompson invited long-time pal Andy Ricker, the owner of New York Michelin star restaurant ‘Pok Pok’, to join him in a one-off lunch we got excited (and hungry). The lunch will pay homage to traditional street food with a modern emphasis which mean it’s going to be like your plate kind of tasty.
When: Sunday 18 June, from 12 pm
Where: Long Chim, corner of Pitt Street and Angel Place
Cost: $150 pp.
Cheese Lovers Festival
The gratest (we know it’s cheesy) event is back, and cheese fans (that’d be us) couldn’t be happier. The Cheese Lovers Festival is two divine days dedicated to all the deliciousness that cheese has brought into our lives (too much? Didn’t think so). Share (or don’t) cheese platters with friends and don’t miss the ‘fancy’ cheesecake competition (can we eat it?) or the cheese, beer and wine workshops. There’s a little something for everyone, we know where we would you rather brie. We’ll stop now.
When: Saturday 17 June – Sunday 18 June
Where: The Sebel Kirkton Park, Hunter Valley
Cost: First release $120, plus booking fees
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Image credit: Three Williams