This weekend’s activities will have you indulging in food, wine, puppies and more food. In other words, permission to ‘gram your way through to your heart's content. If you’re into cheese and wine (in other words, all of us), this is your weekend to shine with Bastille Day festivities, Campari Red Nights and Kraken Karnival kick offs.
Grab your squad, family or doggo and check out all of the very best events happening in Sydney this weekend.
If your beret has been hiding in your wardrobe, now’s the perfect time to pop it on your head and bicycle over to the Bastille Festival, happening right now in Circular Quay. Aside from French food and wine GALORE (think crepes, stinky cheeses and damn good macarons), the Bastille Festival is providing the goods: movie screenings (on beds we might add), live music, DJ sets and a cabaret show. It’s a blessing in disguise that The Bastille Festival only happens once a year, because you will leave a few kilos heavier (God damn you delicious French wine and cheese).
When: Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 July
Where: Circular Quay
Bastille Day @ Bistrot Gavroche
To celebrate Bastille Day, Bistrot Gavroche is holding a four-course classic French dinner across the entire weekend. The restaurant is known for their traditional menu that celebrates French cuisine in all it’s glory, and combined with deliciously fresh produce, it’s a winner. With menu items like escargot in parsley and butter and pan-seared Foie gras with apple and cherry sauce, this weekend is going to be delicious. Bookings are essential, so head here.
When: Friday 14 – Sunday 16 July
Where: Bistrot Gavroche
Kids Eat Free At Jamie’s Italian
You have less than a week left to get on over to Jamie’s Italian with the fambam and score free, yes free, meals for your little ones! While you enjoy your main course, let’s go with the porcini mushroom ravioli, whilst the kids select their dish from the award-winning kids’ menu, made with fresh produce healthy and drink—all for free!
When: Saturday 1 – Monday 17 July
Where: Jamie’s Italian
Cost: Free kid’s meal with every main course
Casula Powerhouse’s Annual Way Out West or WOW Festival
Get out this weekend and get your learning on at the WOW Festival at the Casula Powerhouse, with classes and activities for you and old across the weekend. There are a bunch of activities on everything from robotics, to crafts and sciency stuff like slime making for the kidult in all of us, while the actual grown ups learn what wild plants can and can’t be eaten in a foraging and cooking class, or take a cheeky yoga sesh #namaste! We recommend booking online so you don’t miss out.
When: Wednesday 12 – Saturday 15 July
Where: Casula Powerhouse,
Cost: From $10
Thursday 13 July
Campari Red Nights
This July and August, Barangaroo is getting legitimately lit, with the Wulugul Walk turning red in celebration for (you guessed it) Campari Red Nights. Bringing touches of Milan to Sydney, Campari are collaborating with venues, bars and retailers to flaunt their oh-so-good Campari Tonic, with bitter-sweet orange and herbal flavours—we’ll have four please. Let’s not forget aperitivo hour at Bel & Brio, Shirt Bar, The Barber Shop, Olio, QT Sydney and more.
When: Thursday 13 July – Sunday 20 August
National Fry Day @ Lord Of The Fries
Up until recently, you may have remained unaware that National Fry Day is a glorious thing that actually exists, but it does and it’s happening this Thursday. You have just one short hour to score free fries from Lord Of The Fries between 1-2pm, so ideally you should really be planning your entire day (read: life) around this event. Cancel work, plans and most importantly that gym class because these crispy, golden fries are calling your name.
When: Thursday 13 July
Where: Lord Of The Fries
Friday 14 July
Who doesn’t love a cheeky nip (or bottle) of rum? The Kraken Karnival is returning for another year, bringing the rum-filled good times to The Vic in Marrickville. Gather the crew to celebrate the darker things in life, more specifically, The Kraken Black Spiced Rum. We’re talking espresso martinis with Persian fairy floss, as well as Kraken-infused black hot dogs, what the devil?
When: Friday 14 & Saturday 15 July, 7pm-10pm
Where: The Vic
Maksut Askar @ Efendy
Maksut Askar is a leading chef from Turkey and lucky for all of us he’ll be popping up at Balmain’s Efendy restaurant this Friday, to host one damn delicious 3-course dinner that you won’t want to miss. Scrap your simple home cooked dinner (your toasted sandwich machine will forgive you) for something a little more fancy, we’re talking duck fat fried pistachio filo with slow cooked beef in duck stock, or some grilled octopus with beans, pepper salsa and pickled onions (see guys, the toastie can wait).
When: Friday 14 July
Where: Efendy, Balmain
Cost: $100pp for three courses or $150pp with matching Turkish wines—tickets selling fast
Bastille Day Degustation @ Felix
The saying ‘go hard or go home’ is what most applies to this Bastille Day Degustation at Felix, where you can (and should) delve into a six course traditional French dinner, with a complimentary glass of Ruinart Rosé on arrival. Each dish explores the culinary flavours of France (makes sense), using fresh and seasonal produce and goes perfectly when paired with matching French wines (don’t mind if we do). If a glass of Ruinart Rosé isn’t quite enough, Felix has you covered, with bottles available throughout the evening, emphasis on bottles.
When: Friday 14 July
Cost: $180pp for six courses or $250pp with matching wines
Bastille Day Feast @ Song Kitchen
When a restaurant has a cheese trolley you’ve definitely got our attention. Song Kitchen in Sydney’s CBD is hosting a Bastille Day Feast this Friday and it’s actually pretty damn affordable. For $75 you get a 4-course feast, and with dishes like rabbit, apricot and pistachio terrine, goats cheese soufflé and spanner crab tagliolini to wrap your laughing gear around, you definitely won’t be disappointed.
When: Friday 14 July
Where: Song Kitchen
Cost: $75pp for four courses and $60pp for matching wines
Bastille Day @ Ananas
Want to celebrate Bastille Day in the most elegant and sophisticated way? Ananas has you covered. Cue their 3-course Bastille Day meal with (you guessed it) paired wines. Enjoy the view while enjoying the finer things in life: escargot, steak tartar and Champagne. Start drooling now, with the knowledge that tender slow braised beef cheek and Parisian gnocchi are in your future. We all know it wouldn’t be a feast without dessert, so give that second stomach a workout with their traditional tarte tatin, or a platter of fancy French cheeses (or take a friend and get one of each #sorted). Bookings are essential, so get on that ASAP.
When: Friday 14 July
Cost: $69pp for three courses or $89pp with matches wines
Bastille Day @ The Winery
The Winery in Surry Hills is hosting something a little different this Bastille Day, with a French-style extravaganza. We’re talking all things French—CanCan dancers, music, Martini Club (hello), and free-flowing Veuve for three whole hours, we repeat, three whole hours. Get rowdy at The Winery this Bastille Day and buy yourself a ticket now, because what can beat Veuve, cheese stations, chocolate fondue and a funky French dance floor? Exactly.
When: Friday 14 July
Where: The Winery
Bistro Moncur for Bastille Day
Bistro Moncur chefs Mark Williamson and Jon Trouillet have designed a four-course menu exclusively for Bastille Day, that acts as a culinary tour of France. This Friday night in Sydney Bistro Moncur is where to head for some seriously delicious French cuisine and perfect wine pairings. C’est magnifique!
When: Friday 14 July
Where: Bistro Moncur
Cost: $140pp and $55pp for matching wines
Saturday 15 July
Sake Workshop @ Sakeshop
We all like Japanese Sake, but we’ll be the first to admit that we don’t know too much about the mystical hot (or sometimes cool) liquid that makes us feel all warm inside after chowing down on Japanese food. Lucky for you, Sakeshop is hosting a Discover Japanese Sake event this Saturday where three types of Japanese sake have all been expertly matched to suit everyday food and ingredients. Sakeshop is here to make sake more accessible to the people (which we love) and give errrrrryone the chance to try a good sake. It’s a yes from us.
When: Saturday 15 July
Where: Sakeshop, Enmore
Sunday 16 July
Game Of Thrones Puppy Party
Never ever did we think a Game Of Thrones Pupper Party would actually exist, but its 2017 people and miracles do happen. This Sunday you MUST head over to Joynton Park to see every type of doggo dressed up as adorable GoT characters. If you’re the competitive type, you should take the rest of the week off now to perfect your dogs’ costume, that best dressed prize is in the bag.
When: Sunday 16 July, 2pm - 4pm
Where: Joynton Park
Sunday Roast At The Roosevelt
If Sunday roasts are a thing of the past, left behind when you moved out of home, think again. The Roosevelt is hosting a Sunday Roast from midday serving all things roasty deliciousness—beef sirloin, cheesy cauliflower, roast potatoes, honey baked carrots and mighty fine yorkies! To top it all off, you can enjoy some mulled wine and wintery crumble.
When: Sunday 16 July, 12pm
Where: The Roosevelt
Christmas In July Roast @ The Lord Dudley
The Lord Dudley is well known for it’s Sunday Roasts and has been pulling them off for a small 35 years so far. Which really makes it a no-brainer to grab your mates this July, and head downstairs to The Lord Dudley’s hidden restaurant, The Garden, for some seriously delicious Christmas in July action—roast potato and beef style.
When: Sunday 16 July
Where: The Lord Dudley
American Honey Fridays At Bella Vista Hotel
Friday nights are all about the chilled out sesh this month at Bella Vista Hotel, with live music and American Honey drinks between 5pm – 8pm. Luke Zanc will be playing acoustic sets, dishing up the chilled-out vibes and we recommend that you grab an American Honey, dry and lime at the bar, sit back enjoy the tunes (it’s a no brainer).
When: Every Friday until 4 August, 5pm – 8pm
Where: Bella Vista Hotel
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