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This Weekend in Sydney

By Amanda Perez
8th Oct 2015

Get peddlin’ with the launch of the annual Sydney Rides Festival this weekend, and unwind the exotic way on Geisha Burlesque night at Geisha Haus. FIESTA Latin Festival will put some pep in your samba step and Brazilian barbecqe in your belly, and be sure to catch the best and brightest of Newtown Locals like Black Star Pastry and Young Henrys dishing up some insane collabs to help out the homeless.

With summer just around the corner, we’re brimming with things to do in Sydney. Let’s go!

Thursday 8th

Gorgeous Geisha Burlesque Night

Potts Point

Tonight, Geisha Haus has got you covered for drinks, bites, AND entertainment in their first Gorgeous Geisha Burlesque night. A night where socks and thongs may be the geisha dress code (we cannot confirm this), the night will include a performance from burlesque queen Miss Bellissima (BYO feathers and dancing shoes to join in the feather dance). A throw back to Potts Point bohemia, the celebration of geisha extends to their drinks menu where they’ll be mixing up their legendary Gorgeous Geisha cocktails for $12 a pop. Made with Larios 12 Gin, Cointreau, T2 Gorgeous Geisha Tea (green tea with a hint of strawberries and cream—our fave), mixed berry syrup and a dash of rhubarb bitters served in a brandy balloon with edible wildflowers frozen in an ice sphere, we will see you there (trying to eat the frozen wildflowers).

Thinkers & Drinkers Wine Festival


Get your palate ready and refined for a lush day of wine tasting at the Thinkers & Drinkers Wine Festival. 600 wines from faraway lands like Argentina, Chile, South Africa, North America, New Zealand, and not-so-far-away Australia will be ready and waiting for your appraisal. Because the best wines go well with the best eats, there will also be a massive range of international feeds like empanadas, BBQs on the deck, US Bagels, dulce de leche alfajores, and artisan cheeses. Marathons are not just for running, ja feel?

Joolz Positive Studio Event


Dutch pram makers Joolz are inviting expecting and new parents (and their offspring) to take part in their Positive Studio Event where experts in antenatal exercise, physiotherapy, nutrition, and first aid for very young humans will be conducting sessions and activities to lend a helping hand and positive juju to what can be an overwhelming time for so many of us. Shopping ops will also be available, as will the chance to win you very own Joolz pram valued at $1,829. Register to secure your spot!

Friday 9th

Newtown Locals 2015


The Newtown Locals are back at it this year to create some amazing collaborative dishes exclusive to Newtown Festival. Local faves like Young Henrys, Mary’s, Bloodwood, Black Star Pastry, N2 Extreme Gelato, Brewtown Newtown, AND MORE will be coming together at their official launch party tonight at Young Henrys to serve up three savoury and three sweet brand-new hybrid dishes. 100% of profits go to the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre’s First Response Program, which does fundamental work for the homeless community in Newtown. Get in there and stuff yourself for a cause!

Saturday 10th

Darling Harbour FIESTA Festival

Darling Harbour

Put on your dancing shoes and your eating shorts, because Sydney’s favourite Latin festival, FIESTA, is back at Darling Harbour, darlings! A celebration of infectious Latin music, dance, food, and culture, you can samba at interactive Latin dance lessons, and down some salsa and other Latin American feeds like Brazilian Barbeque, authentic Mexican, paella, and churros at Mercado Latino food stalls. Live shows will be playing all day long like the soulful, jazzy stylings of La Clave in Darling Quarter, and colourful traditional folkloric dance. Finish the night off with an amazing fireworks show at 9pm, and potentially winning a flight for two to South America! (Take us with you, por favor!)

Australian Meat Emporium Smoking Society


Lovers of the low and slow American style of meat smoking smokiness, rejoice, because today sees the launch of the Australian Meat Emporium Smoking Society. Watch Michigan-born chef Dan McQuirt smoke up a storm while you learn about the American style of BBQ. Because we would never let you go hungry, there will also be samples of the best-smoked beef in Sydney, and the op to buy some choice cuts of meat while you’re feeling inspired.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Riley St Garage

Surry Hills

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Riley St Garage is hosting delicious lunches every Saturday this month to raise funds for research into the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer: the most common cancer among Australian women. Generosity is the theme of the day, with Riley St Garage offering a stunning eight-course, pink-themed lunch menu with a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne to get your cheeks blushing. There will be raffles on the day with all proceeds going to The National Breast Cancer Foundation, and if you pre-book, you’ll receive a goodie from Estée Lauder.

Mozzarella Class at Salt Meats Cheese


If the idea of making your own cheese makes your knees melt like mozzarella, get excited because Salt Meats Cheese is helping fellow cheese-lovers out by hosting their legendairy Mozzarella Class! Marly from artisan cheese-makers, Mad Millie will be your guide, imparting the wisdom and tricks of the trade of creamy, melty mozzarella-makin’. Because mozzarella is best eaten fresh, this class will level up your homemade pizzas, panini and eating-mozzarella-out-of-the-fridge feeds for the rest of your delicious life. You’ll take home a free buffalo mozzarella, and will get a 20% discount on cheese kits on the day.

Sydney Rides the Park

St Peters

Kick it into gear at Sydney Park on the launch day of Sydney Rides Festival. Kicking off just after dawn with free yoga for cyclists, Sydneysiders of all ages are invited to get amongst the balance bike workshops for L-platers, the wetland explorer bike route for the adventurers, as well as a two-kilometre circuit, and cray-risky BMX stunts from Big Air School. Little ones can explore an edible garden and learn about fauna at the Taronga zoo-mobile.

Monogramming workshops kick off at Recreational Studio

St Peters

We love ourselves some luxury leathergoods, especially when they're monogrammed! Get your initials on your wallet or cuff with Emma Swann of Recreational Studio, who will be hosting free monogramming workshops every weekend (yep, both days!) until the end of November. And because she is a mind reader, there will also be craft beers and mini pies as you watch the whole process. 9 Applebee Street, St Peters, 11am-4pm.

Sunday 11th

Hunter Valley Uncorked Balmoral


Get excited and bring your sunscreen because the 10th Annual Hunter Valley Uncorked Food & Wine fest at beautiful Balmoral Beach is celebrating deliciousness with tastings for acclaimed regional wines, and plates of local Hunter Valley produce. With musical entertainment and drool-worthy, stroll-worthy views, food appreciation has never been so picturesque.

Guillaume opens for monthly Sunday lunch


As of today, GUILLAUME IS NOW DOING SUNDAY LUNCHES due to popular demand! Go team! This four-course menu will explode your senses with delicacies including yabbies and mud crab, King George whiting with broad beans, peas and asparagus, and a shareable rib eye of beef with braised spring vegetables, crispy kipfler potatoes and béarnaise. This bright, airy space is perf for extremely delicious and lazy Sunday lunches where Guillaume will be serving their first-ever sharing dishes. Sharing is caring, especially on a Sunday funday like this.

Paco's Pintxos @ Movida Sydney

Surry Hills

Paco’s Pintxos is back at Movida for Good Food Month. Pintxos on a lazy Sunday afternoon is what the Spaniards do in Northern Spain and what you should do this Sunday in Sydney. Essentially tapas that are nibbled away on with a glass of beer or wine in the company of loved ones, pintxos include fancy olive, anchovy, and Basque green pepper combos, but also more substantial open sandwiches topped with prawns and mayo and prosciutto and gherkins and other tasty things. Tickets include a choice of two Moritz Beer, cava, sangria, white wine, or rosé by the glass.

Sunday Sundowners @ The Beachside Dojo


Now that the sun is out, Manly connoisseur of Japanese-inspired feeds and drinks, Daniel San is setting you up for a balmy arvo of happy-fun-times with the relaunch of their well-loved Sunday Sundowners event. See off the weekend as you watch the sun set from the incredible view at The Beachside Dojo rooftop space, which sits directly opposite Manly beach while live DJs will be hit the decks and Daniel San folks mix you up some summery fresh drinks and their famous Japanese-inspired cuisine.

Mad Max: Fury Road—Creating the Apocalypse, with George Miller, Brendan McCarthy & Nico Lathouris In Conversation


If you liked Mad Max, you’ll love the exclusive interview with the creative minds behind Max Max: Fury Road director, co-writers, concept artist, and dramaturge George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nico Lathouris. Watch them answer questions from fans live on stage, and delve behind-the-scenes of the deep and detailed making of this film, as well as catching previously unseen footage.

Vaucluse House Museum Centenary Open Day


Get luxe and historical and head on up to Vaucluse to celebrate a centenary of the operation of 19th century mansion Vaucluse House as a public museum. A free and family friendly event, there will be pony rides in the historic carriage loop, vintage games including quoits and croquet, a performance of The City of Sydney Polka, dedicated to the original lord of Vaucluse House, historical talks and tours, and colonial kitchen tastings of dishes like mulled spiced cider with pickled nasturtium pods, and lemon barley water with ‘lemon cheese’. Lemon please!

Spring Immersion kicks off at Egg of the Universe


Cleanse and rejuvenate with Sydney's most holistic cafe and yoga studio, Egg of the Universe. In addition to extra yoga to work off some of the extra comfort food you've been indulging in (it's okay, we've been doing it too), there will also be a wholefoods cooking workshop, meditation sessions and more. You can attend the workshops individually (they start from $25) or commit to the month-long program for the whole Universe treatment, kicking off 11th October and wrapping up 9th November.

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