From martinis and champagne, to fancy French brunches and a riverside music festival, there are plenty of things to do in Sydney this weekend to keep your belly and mind satisfied.
Piano, Plates & Martinis
Take the time to unwind this Thursday at Sydney bar Gazebo, where they are welcoming the weekend every Thursday night with Scot Finnie behind the piano. For $35 you can make a night of it, enjoying four sharing plates and a selection of specially crafted Ciroc martinis. Start your weekend classy, it’s sure to only go downhill from here…
Return To Rio
For things to do in Sydney that involve getting out of Sydney this weekend, grab your friends and make the voyage to the magical Del Rio Riverside Resort in Wisemans Ferry for a weekend of music, fun, dancing, drinking and sunshine (hopefully). Throw some shapes to some of Australia’s best DJs, enjoy a cocktail in the Tiki bar while blissing out to some reggae, soul and funk, or take a little break down by the river. There will be yoga and meditation to recharge your batteries, before hitting up the markets and splashing around at the pool party to end all pool parties. Because this festival is at a resort, you can choose how much time you want to spend in the thick of the crowd, and can unwind on the nine-hole gold course, swimming pool or tennis court with the friendly resident kangaroos and wallabies. Book some tickets and pack your flower crown!
Garden Life St Peters Opening
Garden Life St Peters are celebrating their official opening this weekend and to mark the occasion, Garden Life owner Richard Unsworth has called on his mates to help launch the new space with workshops, giveaways and fantastic food. Chef Martin Boetz will be churning out his famous roast pork rolls all weekend, as well as selling produce from his Hawkesbury provedore Cooks Co-op. The boys from Urban Growers will be hosting a workshop on growing your own food on Sunday and there will be free edible plants and herbs grown by Robert Swane with any purchase over $25. 2015 is the year of windowsill herbs, and this is the best place to start
KX Pilates Five Year Birthday Celebrations
One of the best Pilates studios in Sydney, KX Pilates, is turning five this weekend! As part of the celebrations, they'll be hosting an open weekend in their Surry Hills' studio. There'll be free Pilates classes for regular attendees and guests as well as lucky door prizes and giveaways. Class spots are limited, so we suggest you jump onto their website to book yourself into a free class. See you there!
Taking place across seven Sydney bars, including The Cliff Dive, Shady Pines, The Winery, Hello Sailor, Casoni and Low 302, this boozy conference is all about sharing the passion and knowledge of the agave spirits of Mexico amongst growers, producers, bartenders and enthusiasts. If agave is your thing, you need to get yourself to Agave Love. Be sure to check out the Sierra Tequila stand at Agave Central, for tasting sessions of tequila and mezcal (Sunday 22nd), Valley Tequilas (Sunday and Monday), or extra anejo and ageing (Monday 23rd).
Sunday Sessions at Miranda Hotel
Bring the whole family down for a Sunday session at the Miranda Hotel for a bunch of family fun. Relax and enjoy live music from local singers in the garden courtyard while the kids (or you) take full advantage of the face painting on offer from 2-4pm. While you’re there, be sure to indulge in their top notch pub menu – we’re talking suckling pig, seafood banquet and their seasonal six course grazing menu.
Champagne Brunch en Blanc
After the great success of the first Long Champagne Brunch presented by Moet & Chandon, the good people of Ananas are holding another one (yay!). Bookings are essential for this event, where the dress code is En Blanc (if you spill a little bit of bubbly on yourself while roaming the buffet, it wont be as obvious when you’re wearing white). $65 will get you access to the amazing French inspired roaming-style buffet, full with a fresh crepe station and seafood grazing station, and another $50 will mean you have ever-flowing champagne for two hours. Work hard, play harder, and eat hardest. This is the best place to splurge.
The Devonshire and Saint Crispin Collaboration Dinner
We love a mash-up at The Urban List, and while not much can beat the Anastacia/J.LO ‘I’m Outta Tonight’ classic (Google it), this culinary mash-up may be the best of its genre. The geniuses from Melbourne’s Saint Crispin are teaming up with The Devonshire for a delicious mash-up of six, specially curated dishes with matching wines. The degustation will feature three dishes from each restaurant, including Saint Crispin’s ocean trout, shimeji and enoki, umami broth, bottarga and sesame crumble which is made up of 90 ingredients and takes eight hours to prepare. This exclusive and intimate one-off dinner has limited spaces, so make sure you book in quick-smart!
Urban Vineyard's Perfect Match Dinner
Presented by Destination Queenstown, Urban Vineyard will be showcasing the world class food and wine from the region. On Tuesday night, The Bentley will be hosting a five course, six wine dinner (yes, SIX wines) that will leave you entirely satisfied and wanting to book a trip to Queenstown. This delicious dinner is just one part of the week long celebration of Queenstown wines. For more information, visit The Bentley website.
Q Station Boilerhouse Restaurant's Autumn Harvest Dinner
Make hump day bearable with this six-course desgustation dinner designed by Matt Kemp (ex Balzac and Banc). The Autumn Harvest Dinner will highlight produce of the season and feature mouthwatering dishes such as saddle of venison with spiced pear tarte. Dinner costs $160 per person and bookings are essential. For more information, visit the Q Station website.