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This Weekend in Sydney

By Amanda Perez
17th Sep 2015

We think the weekend vibe should never end, so we’ve got you covered, from champagne guilty pleasures to a dinner at Icebergs where every dish celebrates cows #DefinitelyNotVegan. We’ve lined up the best things to do in Sydney this weekend, so get on out there and explore what this city has to offer!

Thursday 17th

Icebergs Legends of Australian Beef dinner

The only way to have beef with anyone is not the argumentative kind of beef, but the kind of beef Icebergs Dining Room & Bar cooks up. For one night only, they are whipping up a menu that celebrates the heavyweights of fine Australian beef (think Blackmore Wagyu and Vic’s Meat Market). You can expect a range of dishes, including traditional favourites like Dripping on Bread with Pepe Saya Butter and Iggy’s Sourdough, as well as sirloins for the final mains dish. Dessert will tie up the theme, with milk gelato, Grass & Grain Chocolate, and cultured cream. You will be mooved not only by the meal, but by the discussion about important issues impacting the national cattle industry, including uncertain and short supplies, export pressures, and live export concerns. More info here.

Dress code: eating pants and thinking caps

Opening night Charly Wrencher exhibition 

Byron Bay painter Charly Wrencher is has a new exhibition called Potholes & Great Whites that will bring an oil painted landscape to the metropolitan hub of Sydney. Catch the opening tonight as you step into a world of vibrant colour, mixed from only the primary colours. Painting by numbers has never looked so easy.


Iconic champagne house Krug is celebrating everything delicious and a little bit naughty this September with ‘Krug + Guilty Pleasures’. Madonna once admitted her guilty please was Krug Rosé with French fries – she’s on to something. So too are five of Australia’s leading chefs, who have joined in the frivolities by adding their own guilty pleasures to restaurants all over the country. Representing Sydney is Four in Hand's Colin Fassnidge, whose Chef's Midnight Snack will be offered up with a glass of Krug for $75.

Where: Four in Hand
When: Until 21st September

Friday 18th

Project Five Volume 7 live painting

Project Five: Sydney’s longest running live and public art activation re-opens today for its 2015 season! Celebrating graffiti and street artists this year, live painting will be headlined by self-taught Vans the Omega, the internationally acclaimed graffiti artist renowned for his letterform. Accompanied by a live DJ set, there will also be children’s urban art workshops where budding artists can dabble in contemporary urban art techniques and take home something with a little more street cred than a rainbow to hang on the fridge. There will be a public art exhibition showcasing the work of Vans and fellow artists, and the live paintings they create will be sold at a public auction for charity. 

Collette Dinnigan: Unlaced

The Powerhouse Museum is hosting an exclusive exhibition showcasing the work of Collette Dinnigan, the Australian fashion icon. The exhibition will cover the 25-year span of her career (so far) in the display of over 100 garments including her signature lingerie, bridal wear, and never-before-seen gems from her personal archives. If celebrities are your jam, bring your lacey, embroidered hankies to drool over displays of gowns worn by stars like Nicole Kidman, Taylor Swift, and Angelina Jolie. Get amongst the tulle, chiffon, and lace, and get inspired by the success of a local superstar who started in a little boutique in Paddington.

Saturday 19th

AAT Kings presents Kids For Kids Day charity event 

Dig deep at the Kids for Kids Day charity event at Featherdale Wildlife Park for the Daniel Morcombe foundation. The celebration follows National Child Protection Week and reminds us to keep kids safe. Play with baby animals, jump on the jumping castle, and get your face painted. Do it for the kids (but please don’t break the jumping castle).

Happy Birthday Cafe at Lewers!

Get your dose of garden gaping this weekend at Cafe at Lewers, which is turning one, today! Celebrate this idyllic hideaway in Emu Plains with live music, activities for kids, a fresh flower stall, and a hamper prize full of delicious produce (enter the draw if you’re feelin’ lucky, punk). Also, there is free coffee for first 50 diners. Freeee coffeeee! Grab a bunch of flowers, sit back, and order something from their delicious spring menu. Specialising in homestyle breakfast fare, a yummy birthday treat of Penny’s Persian Love Cake would go well with some of that free coffee. 

Greenbeards pop up bar in Darlinghurst

It’s time to pay homage to the pirate within (of the sea, or of the Internet) and celebrate ‘International Talk Like a Pirate Day’ at pirate-style pop up, Greenbeards. Mixing up a menu of original cocktail creations like Pirate Grog and Greenbeards Ghost, there will be a DJ to get your pirate booty on the dance floor. 

The St Ives Medieval Faire

Get medieval and crack out that jousting stick at The St Ives Medieval Faire. For health and safety reasons, you are not actually allowed to joust, but are invited to watch some of the world’s best jousters knock each other off each other’s high horses. There will also be battle scene re-enactments and bird shows with swooping and attacking on command. Fly my pretties, fly! Foodies won’t be forgotten. There is also a feast (ticketed separately) in a great hall on Saturday night where jesters will jest and harpists harp as you feast on the medieval likes of roasted and stuffed mallard duck and florey; a chicken and rose petal terrine. There will be drinks at the bar, including brews made especially for the Faire by Manly’s 4 Pines Brewery. 

Sunday 20th

BLACKMORES Sydney Running Festival 

Let’s all take a walk on the wild side and get amongst the peppy early risers of Sydney at the Sydney Running Festival. With four events, including the Sydney Marathon, peeps of all ages and abilities are invited to get that dope dopamine running through our veins as we run (or try to) past some of Sydney’s most beautiful icons.

Ananas Bar & Brasserie spring racing long Champagne brunch

Ananas Bar & Brasserie is hot with the spring racing fever that is more contagious that a cold on public transport. Come and celebrate the season with a spring racing Champagne French brunch buffet. Food stations in Ananas’ private dining space will include local and French artisan cheeses, French charcuterie, as well as house-made terrines, pâtés, and parfaits. Roast meats will be carved and served with Yorkshire puddings, while a seafood tower will stand as a nod to modern Australian culture, as well as to the deliciousness of seafood. There will also be bite-sized pastries to hold in one hand, with a flute of Champagne or a Ananas signature cocktail in the other. Book your spot here.

Taste of Coogee Food and Wine Festival

Unwind by beautiful Coogee beach at this festival, dedicated to the memory of recently passed local and cricketing legend, Richie Benaud. Taste of Coogee Food and Wine Festival will donate all proceeds to the Richie Benaud fund for cancer patients at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. It promises market stalls, live and local music, and a host of wine and boutique beer tastings by peeps like Wild Oats and twisted River wines to pair with feeds from places like South East Asian masters Jimmy Liks, or the eponymous Coogee Pavilion. Coiffe your hair to see Geoff Jansz and sample his range of farm grown and prepared foods, fresh from the Southern Highlands. Then get your bowtie on to see iconic Aussie chef Tony Bilson demonstrating fancy cooking things in the Taste of Coogee kitchen. 

Bridal Champagne Afternoon Tea at Park Hyatt

Be inspired by the Bridal Champagne Afternoon Tea at the Park Hyatt this afternoon. It will a harbourside extravaganza of the lacy and dainty, with a catwalk bridal fashion show, featuring exclusive sneak peeks at bridal couture superstar Helen Rodrigues’ line, as well as gorgeous gowns from Oscar de la Renta, Zuhair Murad and Inba Dror. There will also be live music, expert fashion and beauty advice and a Champagne afternoon tea! Lolly bags will be levelled up at this event, with guests receiving gift bags with goodies from Giorgio Armani, O.P.I, Dermalogica, and more. Will you say ‘I do’ and get your ticket?

Kensington Street Spring Delights Family Fun Day

A link in a chain of events looking to pep the step of Chippendale, this free event promises good vibes and excellent feeds. Workshops will be the star of the day, like the origami workshop where you can learn to make 1,000 paper cranes (and insects), and/or how to paint a graffiti mural, and/or make a floral crown. Dance the day away in your crown in the company of your flock of cranes to live music or at a hip hop funk workshop (Straight Outta Compton and into Chippendale). Don’t forget to get your face painted and grab a stellar feed from a host of super fancy chefs, including Michelin-starred Jason Atherton, who has worked as exec chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze restaurant in London. 

Monday 21st

The Great Australian Cookbook Pop Up Breakfast at 4Fourteen

Get yourself into gear this morning, because 4Fourteen restaurant is hosting an extra special breakfast. Today, a team including Colin Fassnidge (the chef with the great accent and voluminous hair on MKR. Not Manu.) and Clayton Donovan (Australia’s only hatted indigenous chef), will be cooking up some of their favourite breakfast dishes to raise money for food-rescue charity, OzHarvest, as well as to promote The Great Australian Cookbook, a collection of 100 recipes from food icons, experts, and local heroes across Australia. Today is the launch date of the book, and lucky you gets a copy! *Cue ecstatic Oprah audience cheer*

Tuesday 22nd

Sake Cherry Blossom Dinner

The Cherry Blossom dinner at Saké at The Rocks is the place to celebrate your favourite blossom with exec chef Shimpei Hatanaka. A former resident of Japan, he’s keen to share some stories with you about how his cooking was inspired and cherry blossomed into the fine set of skills that will slay you in a seven-course degustation with matching sakés and wines (seven courses? We will be wearing our loosest kimonos). Expect authentic Japanese fare like katafi scallop, robata hiramasa kingfish, and shabu shabu wagyu. If you'd prefer to hit up Sake Double Bay, they're offering a five-course dinner that will hit the spot nicely. Book your spots here.

Wednesday 23rd

North Bondi Fish Smokehouse

Matt Moran’s lantern-bedecked and beachfront view North Bondi Fish restaurant is teaming up with Vic’s Meat Market to serve up a one-off smoky smokehouse menu, complete with American sides and desserts (can you smell the pecan pie?). Relish the greasiness of hot wings fingers as you dive into the likes of smoked beef brisket and smoked kingfish head. 

Expertly Guided Whiskey 101 

The whiskey boom across Sydney has seen whiskey bars popping up much in the same way a different kind of liquid gold does in Saudi Arabia. Presented by Jacksons on George with Jameson Irish Whiskey, Jameson ambassador Karen Moran has a thing or two to teach you about the key to whiskey. There will be a guided tasting with complementary canapés. Not a bad way to spend hump day in our books. Reserve your spot here.

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