Guys, it’s August already, which means we’re almost out of the winter chill (yay for us!) and basically you’re going to want to hit the ground running, stat. This weekend calls for exhibitions, a chilli fest, a sustainable wardrobe pop-up, pretzel flavoured beer (#whaaaat) and the most delish food safari around the Opera House.
And you thought you’d just be Netflix and chillin’ this winter… pft, not on our watch. Here are 14 awesome things to do this weekend in Sydney.
Honour The Being
Honour the Being is Sydney Road Galleries latest exhibition. The exhibition features animal portrait paintings, by artist Jaimee Paul, which depict interactions that she has had with the animals featured in her works. The exhibition ends this weekend so get on it now.
When: Thursday 19 July to Sunday 5 August
Gallery Hours: Thursday to Saturday10am – 4pm, Sunday 9am – 12pm
Where: Sydney Road Gallery
Northies Chilli Fest
Lovers of all things spicy, this one’s for you. Northies in Cronulla is holding a month-long festival dedicated to alll things chilli. Through the month of August Northies is launching its wicked-hot specials and chilli infused drinks. Eats include angry wings, a scorching chilli burger and a chilli roulette pizza. Each dish is complemented with the ‘Death Wagon’, read: a cart stacked with 30 of the worlds hottest sauces (someone pass the milk). Not hot enough? Drinks include chilli-infused vodkas, blue chilli margaritas and traditional cocktails topped with Chilli Fairy Floss. To top off its spicy festivities there will be chilli eating comp on each Sunday of the month. For more info or to register for a chilli eating comp head here.
When: Wednesday 1 August to Sunday 26 August
Where: Northies Cronulla Hotel
The Sustainable Wardrobe
Get a head start on your spring wardrobe. The Sustainable Wardrobe is returning to Sydney for a two-week pop-up. Founded by stylist Aleysha Campbell the pop-up brings together eighteen of Australia’s finest ethical and sustainable fashion brands. Including Spirit Natural Clothing, Outland Denim and Empire of Bees.
When: Wednesday 1 August to Tuesday 14th August, 10.00am to 5.00pm
Where: StudioEnti, Foley Street Creative Precinct.
Thursday 2 August
Taittinger & Charcuterie at NOLA
Work day getting you down? NOLA has the perfect remedy for you. Grab your pals and share a bottle of Champagne Taittinger Cuvée Prestige. Plus you’ll get a complimentary charcuterie plate, loaded with coppa, prosciutto, soppressata and bresaola. It all sounds delish and we are keeeen.
When: Every Thursday from 12pm
Cost: $100 per person
Friday 3 August
Goose Island Beer Paddles at Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour
Kick off your weekend with Goose Island Beer Paddles. To celebrate the International day of beer the good people at Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour are introducing Goose Island Beer Paddles. Mention ‘Paddle & Pizza’ when ordering to receive four Goose Island Beers (read: Goose IPA, Honkers, Halia and Midway) and either a margarita or Diavolo pizza. Head here for more deets.
When: Friday 3 August, 12-3pm
Where: Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour
Cost: $30 per person
Pretzel Flavoured Beer at The Bavarians
ICYMI Friday is International Beer Day and to celebrate the happiest day of the year, The Bavarians are launching pretzel-flavoured beer. Yes, you read that right, pretzel-flavoured beer. The delicious, malty lager is available in 300ml, 500ml and 1L steins. Pair it with the salted pretzel for the perfect combo.
When: Friday 3 August
Where: Munich Brauhaus, The Bavarian and The Bavarian Beerhaus
Cost: 300mL ($5), 500mL ($10) and 1L ($20)
117 Dining Truffle Menu
Guys were entering the last month of truffle season (we’re devastated). Which means you only have a handful of weekends to get your mouths around 117 Dining truffle menu. The five-course degustation prepared by Senior sous chef Luke Fernley features five dishes with shaved, grated and 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
School is in session. Gin School that is. Mixologist Grant Collins will take you through a 90-minute cocktail masterclass. The session includes free-flowing G&T’s, gin tasting and expertly paired cheese and charcuterie. Booking righhhht here.
When: Every Friday and Saturday
Where: Gin Lane
Cost: $110 per person
Saturday 4 August
Winter Party at Manly Wharf Hotel
It’s time to don your cheesiest Christmas sweater, cause Manly Wharf Hotel is throwing an epic winter party. Drink warm spiced rum cocktails and Bacardi mojitos, in the snowy wonderland. Word on the street is there are prizes for the best (read: worst) dressed.
When: Saturday 4 August, 6pm
Where: Manly Wharf Hotel
Gluten Free Expo
Gluten not your friend? This weekend the Gluten Free Expo is coming to Sydney. The expo will feature over 50 gluten-free food providers, food trucks, experts and chefs. Offering you the chance to taste and buy all the new glutard friendly foods. There will also be cooking demonstrations and an education stage where you can learn new meals to cook and hear the latest in coeliac disease management and research. Get in quick, the first 2500 people through the door will receive a goody bag (free things woo). For more info and to book head here.
When: Saturday 4 August - Sunday 5 August, 9am to 4pm
Where: Rosehill Gardens, James Ruse Drive
Cost: Concession $12 ($10 online), Adults $18 ($15 online), Under 16 are free.
Refugee Camp In My Neighbourhood
Refugee Camp in my neighbourhood is a celebration of the efforts and resilience of people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds in the Cumberland community. Saturday 4 August serves as a festival of culture and food. There are two-hour interactive tours on offer, led by guides from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds this simulated ‘refugee journey’ explores the journey’s refugees and asylum seekers take to find a safe place to call home. For more deets head here.
When: Saturday 4 August, 10.00am to 4.00pm
Where: Auburn Centre for Community
Sunday 5 August
Taste of the Opera House
Eat and drink your way through the Opera House’s restaurants and bars. The tour begins with a cocktail making lesson at Opera Bar with seafood and charcuterie from Raw Bar and Meat & Cheese room. Guests then make their way to Opera Kitchen for a sushi making masterclass, followed by a leisurely lunch at Portside Sydney prepared by Executive Chef Daniel Stewart. The tour finishes with Executive Chef, Peter Gilmore’s signature crème caramel vs mille-feuille dessert at Bennelong. There is limited availability for this grand feast so get in quick and book here.
When: Sunday 5 August, 10:45am to 2:30pm
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: $295 per person
Icebergs Bar X Black Pearl
For one night and one night only, Sydney’s Icebergs Bar and Melbourne's Black Pearl are teaming up. Punters will be treated to a drinks menu prepared by the Black Pearl team curated for this event. The drinks line-up will feature ‘Best in Show’ (read: Ciroc vodka, grapefruit, Murray river salt, Suze and spritz) and ‘Mind Your Own’ (read: Don Julio Blanco Tequila, Beeswax and Honey, Vermouth Blend and Chocolate). Nibbles created by Monty Koludrovic will also be on offer. Jump right here for more.
When: Sunday 5 August, from 4pm
Where: Icebergs Bar
Streets of Barangaroo Aperitivo Hour
Aperitivo Hour is Happy hours hipper little sister. The streets of Barangaroo will be hosting aperitivo hour throughout August, with drinks and snacks to kickstart your evening. Complimentary snacks come with the purchase of cocktails and spritz throughout the precinct, with many of Barangaroo’s retailers participating including Anason, Smoke, Belles Hot Chicken and NOLA. For more deets head here.
When: Sunday to Thursday throughout August, from 4-7pm
Where: The Streets of Barangaroo
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