Art & Design

This Weekend in Sydney

By Amanda Perez
27th Aug 2015

Things to do in Sydney

This weekend, we’ve found you the hottest hot dogs– black hot dogs and cheese ‘n’ mac hot dogs. For dinner, get your fix of Russian acrobats while you eat your borscht and blinis, then hit up the Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival for espresso martinis. Whew, for things to do in Sydney that involve heaps of eating and general fun stuff, you’ve come to the right place.

Thursday 27th

El Circo Blanc at Slide

Whisk yourself over to Slide to catch the final show everybody is raving about, El Circo Blanc. Stepping up the age-old ‘dinner and a show’, El Circo delivers a sophisticated five-act performance of Russian-themed feats in the arts of aerial, burlesque, acrobatic, and miming performance (not the Britney Spears kind of miming). The wintry Russian theme extends to a five-course degustation menu so delicious you will wish your belly were bigger, to Putin more of the culinary delights being served up. Courses include borscht and blinis, featuring beetroot soup with crème fraiche, served with homemade blinis topped with taramasalata and caviar.

Psychedelic Desert Groove Screening

Paddle down to The Bucket List to catch an encore screening of Jack McCoy’s 1996 film Psychedelic Desert Groove. The film tells the story of eight of the world's best surfers discovering big clean gnarly barrels at the Billabong Super Challenge. A fundraising event for suicide-prevention organisation Livin, get to know Australian surf film culture through this iconic film in the company of McCoy himself, who will be in for an audience Q&A and Rod Kerr, or Kerrbox of Bondi Rescue fame. If you don’t speak surfer, the language of $25 Corona buckets and $5 tacos is a universal one!

Friday 28th

Try the ‘Black Dog’ at The Morrison

Get kawaii and do your bit by grabbing a ‘black dog’ black hot dog. Inspired by the black burger at Japanese Burger King restaurants, Sean Connolly, exec chef at The Morrison in the CBD, brings you this blood sausage and charcoaly black bun, guaranteed to be the most metal thing you will eat all weekend. $3 from every $11 Black Dog will go to the Black Dog Institute, which supports Australians suffering from depression.                                                                                          

Saturday 29th

The Winery Fashion Markets

Surry Hills restaurant, The Winery, will again be hosting their intimate laneway fashion and stunning flowering flower market. Rummage through the covetable closets of fashion stallholders including fashion bloggers, stylists, fashion publicists and designers such as Shannon Thomas from Sydney boutique Désordre, and Violeta Tentomas from ultra-luxe Australian leather brand, West 14th. A treasure trove for the trendy and high-endy, there will also be a DJ DJing and delicious delights being cooked up in The Winery kitchen, as always. Grab a sausage roll with veal and chorizo or some buffalo haloumi with honeycomb and orange as you recover from your op-shopping in a plush rococo chair by the warm light of a chandelier.

Bacon, brunch and bubbles at Mojo by Luke Mangan

Much like brunch, bacon means so much more than food. Luke Mangan is bringing together some of Sydney’s most-loved food legends to bake up a bacon storm. Of course there’ll be the classics (bacon and egg brioche with chorizo jam, anyone?), but with big names like Katherine Sabbath, N2 gelato and Black Star Pastry getting involved, you know this is going to be a brunch to remember. All you need to know is: chocolate stout cake with caramelised maple bacon popcorn. Entry to this Brunch of Fun is only $5.00 per person, so get down to Mojo between 10am-3pm.


Artbank is hosting their annual open day party, with food, drinks, music, markets and more art than you can poke a stick at (please do not poke the art). Get curious and go behind the scenes to see Artbank’s collection of 3,269 stored works. Turn the giant glass case pages and make like Thumbelina as you absorb the culture. If big art isn’t in your budget, there will also be (for the first time!) a marketplace where you can buy the wares of local artists. Today is also the last day of Artbank’s exhibition Visible Storage, an exhibition of the hidden gems of the collection store, arranged like a puzzle on a canary yellow wall. Notable featured Australian artists include John Olsen, Max Dupain, Brett Whiteley, and Jon Cattapan. Then get your art-loving hands on some hot smoked pulled pork buns from Eat Art Truck and listen to some great tunes spun by DJ Fleetwood Crack.

Runway Weekend

This weekend, catwalk over to the Runway Weekend, a celebration of fashion brought to you by magazines like ELLE and Harper’s BAZAAR. Get amongst the makeover ops and workshops and get the scoop on the latest and greatest trends for Sydneysiders. The hair experts from ghd will be there, teaching you the tricks of the trade and dishing out some goodies for you hair-carers. If you’re abashed by your eyelashes, fear not, because Ardell Lashes will be there to walk you through lashes of lashes, from the natural, to the glamourzon look. They’ll be applying lashes fo’ free, so poking your own eyeball will not be an issue today.

Umetsu Kanzaké BBQ

Sake and BBQ lovers, dive into an amazing array of meat, seafood and veggies on a traditional robata style charcoal grill as you get into Umetsu Kimoto Sake with its maker, Master Masasuké Umetsu! Passionate about traditional, pre-industrial sake, Master Umetsu makes the sake you’ll be drinking with his very own hands (they are beautiful hands). Celebrating kanzaké or heated sake, you’ll love sake the way meant to be loved. The way it deserves to be loved.

Sunday 30th

Hard Things To Talk About Dinner at Café Paci

Challenge yourself at dinner on Sunday night. A night of though-provoking talks and performance with five courses of delicious food and wine, Hard Things To Talk About at Café Paci aims to stimulate dinner conversation beyond what Craig said at work. With tonight’s theme being ‘bias’, you can expect five-courses with matched wine that when you prod, will prod back (no live lobsters will be served as far we know). In a playful and delicious way, esteemed chef O Tama Carey will get you thinking about what you think you like to eat and why. Hosted also by The Ethics Centre, expect discussions led by a biologist, ethicist, and philosopher, and a live performance. Questions will be asked about whether biases are ever good or surmountable. Are we hardwired to reject? Will you reject this opportunity?

Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival

Italy is giving you all it’s got (in its pantry) at the Sydney Italian Wine and Food Festival this year. Alongside 250 great Italian wines, you’ll be able to try an amazing array of cuisine. We’ll be munching on polenta with dolce latte gorgonzola and red witlof by Eugenio Maiale from A Tavola, and keeping fried mozzarella sticks in our pockets. While away the hours watching live food demos by La Stella Latticini making mozzarella, and Pepe Saya churning their butter the way no one else can. Munch on those mozzarella sticks while getting jazzy to some live Italian jazz and then skip to the espresso martini bar. You will need an empty belly and big, empty pockets for all the deliciousness you won’t want to leave without trying.

Monday 31st

Big Cake Bake

Get your cakes out this Monday and host, join, or donate to the Big Cake Bake, an initiative by the Red Cross. Grab some sugar and spice (and your wallet) and bake up some delicious, fluffy support for a charity improving the lives of vulnerable people like children who go to school without breakfast, victims of natural disasters, or elderly people who want to live at home, but lack the support to do so.

Tuesday 1st

Icebergs Dining Room & Bar X Anchor Bar Bondi

Yarrrr, it’s topsy turvy Tuesday at Icebergs Dining Room & Bar where pirate-themed, margarita-loving Anchor Bar is jumping ship from across the street and taking over Icebergs. For one night only, celebrate the springing of spring the way nature intended, with Anchor’s beloved menu of tequilas, rums, martinis and margaritas for me-n-u. We will be sipping on their signature ‘Macheté’; a guava and jalapeño infused margarita, while stuffing ourselves on the sweet potato fries with wasabi mayo and salted cod croquettes. Savvy?

Wednesday 2nd

Mount Pleasant Wine Dinner at ARIA Sydney

Winesday is here and ARIA and Mount Pleasant Wine are inviting lucky you to celebrate this marvelous day with a marvelous Wine Dinner celebrating the biggest wine-producing region in the world, South France’s Languedoc-Roussillon. In your super gourmet five-course dinner, you can expect to dig into/smoke a potato and chive cigar while sipping on 2014 Mount Pleasant Eight Acres Semillon, and savour petuna ocean trout with earl grey tea, cucumber and pickled sea lettuce with 2003 Mount Pleasant Lovedale Semillon and 2007 Mount Pleasant Lovedate Semillon. In the hands of Chief Mount Pleasant Winemaker Jim Chatto and ARIA sommelier Matt Dunne, this dinner will be one to tell the grandkids about, as they eat their soylent green.

National Hot Dog Day at Soda Factory

It’s the most wonderful day of the year for lovers of dogs, hotness, hotdogs, and stuffing one’s face. The American-diner stylin’ Soda Factory are once again hosting their (American) National Hot Dog Day hot dog eating competition, with $10 for every hot dog eaten going to food rescue charity, Oz Harvest. Famous for their gourmet hotdogs and dollar dogs, tonight’s festivities will see a limited edition, super exciting menu featuring monsters like The Mac Attack, which has a beef sausage, mac ‘n’ cheese, pickles, and tangy mac sauce. The Bun Me (like the Vietnamese pork roll banh mi) will showcase a pork sausage with sliced cucumber, spring onion, grated carrot, coriander, pate, chillies, and mayo. With others including fried French toast buns, maple syrup, or deep-fried chicken sausage, you’ve just gotta catch ‘em all.Playing hot dog inspired jams while you knock back some hot dogs and drinks over the knockout rounds of the comp, you’ll be eating for a $200 dinner tab, the respect of the nation, and the last packet of antacids at the nearest pharmacy.

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