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This Weekend In Sydney

By Amanda Perez
15th Oct 2015

This weekend in Sydney, we foresee some devilishly delicious times in your near future at Ananas’ Halloween- themed long Champagne brunch (witches’ squid ink pasta with parmesan and bacon, anyone?), as well as free yoga by the most picturesque sunset in Sydney at MCA’s rooftop terrace, and some butt-toning in the form of the 2015 Spring Cycle over the Harbour Bridge. Yep, there are tonnes of things to do in Sydney this weekend. Get into it!

Thursday 15th

Today, I Am Beautiful: 4 Days of Beauty

Part of The Beauty Festival, Today, I am Beautiful: 4 Days of Beauty celebrates beauty and a healthy lifestyle with masterclasses hosted by inspirational organisations and the best cosmetic houses, including Dior. There will also be a big range of workshops across the four days too. We’re particularly excited about The Royal Hospital for Women’s talk about changing bodies and minds to get us embracing the passage of time and downward pull of gravity a little more. 

Spring Yoga Series at MCA

Get ready for the most beautiful (and wallet-friendly) yoga sesh you’ve ever yoga’d at the MCA. For all levels, this Vinyasa yoga class will take place on the rooftop Sculpture Terrace as part of the MCA’s Lights on Later program. Over 45 minutes, soak up the zen, the setting sun, and panoramic views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge (just remember to book your ticket!). Afterwards, enjoy live music on the terrace, some hands-on creative workshops, and immerse yourself in the gorgeous, expansive galleries that the MCA has on display. 

Indeedy Musical Bingo at The Forresters

Do you love music? Do you love dancing? Do you love bingo? Dancing grannies? Inflatable dinosaurs? Who doesn’t? For the first time in Australia, Indeedy Musical Bingo is coming to The Forresters all the way from its birthplace in happenin’ NYC. The magic born when you cross a gameshow with a dance party, Indeedy Musical Bingo is bingo without the numbers (but with the grandmas). Cross songs off your bingo card as you hear them and win yourself an inflatable banana and/or cocktail (that tastes of victory). 

Bespoke Brew at The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar

Clear those sinuses because you will need a well-developed sense of smell to make your own take-home blend at The Rabbit Hole! Get amongst their huge range of organic coconut shavings, pineapple chunks, raspberries, herbs, and spices #FingerLickinGood (please do not dunk your fingers in the tea). In this workshop, you’ll learn what flavours work and which don’t, and which techniques will help you nail the perfect brew. 

Red Heel Day Sydney

Today is the 4th annual Red Heel Day in Sydney! Hang out with like-minded women to celebrate female leaders and entrepreneurs, as well as your own accomplishments! The day will see a host of inspiring and challenging speakers including Kirsten Galliott, Editor in Chief of Qantas Magazine and past Editor of Instyle magazine, who will speak on topics such as leadership styles, entrepreneurship, transferability of skills and personal branding. There will also be nibbles and drinks, goal planning, networking, and goodie bags (always a win). Wear a touch of red as a sign of camaraderie with the hundreds of other women also celebrating red heel day, worldwide. Don’t forget to bring that eyeshadow you never used and that blazer you barely wore to donate to clothing drive Dress for Success who provides goods for fellow women who are struggling to get that first foot in the door.

Big Fashion Sale

Break open that piggy bank because Surry Hills is breaking out Australian and international designer collections at up to 75% off! With over 30 brands in eyewear, accessories, fashion, active wear, and more from brands like Lanvin, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane, Kenzo, Stella and McCartney, we don’t have to tell you you’ll need to get in fast to swoop in on the best buys! Big Fashion Sale starts Thursday 15th October and runs until 18th October—don’t miss out!

It’s SILY Season at Since I Left You

To launch CBD bar, Since I Left You’s new spring/summer menu and the MASSIVE 18m high mural, there’ll be live music, delicious food and lots of cocktails from their brand new cocktail list. Sit outside in the outdoor courtyard and marvel at Fintan Magee’s mural (seriously, you have to see it to understand the scale of the thing) while enjoying a cocktail and a tasty toastie.

Friday 16th

Orange Wine Festival 2015

Orange Wine Festival is calling on you to don those orange jeans you never thought you’d get to wear to indulge in the most delicious and premium wines and food the fair region of Orange has to offer! With over 100 events, get busy in the wine shows, tastings, workshops, night markets, and winery tours in and around Orange! We are keen beans for the Orange Wine Show Black Tie Dinner tonight, where the orange jeans get swapped for an orange bowtie to celebrate the trophy-winning wines of the Orange Region Wine Show. The key event in the festival, Chef Rory Donnelly of Union Bank will spoil you with a canapés to start, followed by a three-course extravaganza of fine dining designed to show off the fabulousness that are Orange wines. 

Dinner by Bella at Baker Bros

The brothers at Baker Bros are teaming up with Saucy Sister and MKR chef Bella Jakubiak to put on a six-course dinner that will put the biggest smile on your dial. Grab your drink on arrival and salivate over porcini arancini with king mushroom, truffled aioli, and parmiggiano, as well as zaatar seared tuna with peperonata tricolore, harissa relish, and toasted quinoa. We are espesh excited about the crunchy coconut prawns (crunchy AND coconutty?!) with palm heart and chipotle ketchup. Bookings are essential, so nab your spot here.

Saturday 17th

11th Annual Australian Beer Festival

Come one, come all to the 11th Annual Australian Beer Festival to celebrate craft brewing in all its craftiness! Cider lovers will also have their needs attended to as you sip a tipple from the 130 brews on offer from old pros and young bucks hailing from Sydney, regional NSW, and interstate. You can expect blind tastings, ops to meet brewers, live entertainment, tantalising feeds which include an oyster shucking station, pizzas and burgers. The annual Home Brew Championship will put bath-brewers to the test and the prestigious Geoff Scharer Best Overall Beer will be awarded to the beer of the year. 

Resin Jewellery Workshop with Nadine at Sew Make Create 

For things to do in Sydney that are a little bit crafty. Jump into the Resin Jewellery Workshop at Sew Make Create to get your creative juices flowing after a long week of work. Nadine Sharp, who left office life to chase a seachange, will guide you through how to make your own unique, colourful bangles and rings (two of each to take home!) as you learn to mix and work resin, use colour pigments with sprinkles of glitter and powder, fill moulds, and finish and polish your bodacious creations. All you need to bring is your imagination (and maybe some patience).

Undress Sydney

Undress Sydney is holding their epic runway show focused on doing fashion the sustainable way. Supporting ethical and environmentally friendly fashion, this will get you thinking about where and how your wardrobe came to be, and how you might make it more sustainable in future. Food-dyed and natural fibre garments, no-waste collections, and pieces made from off-cuts from vintage, established, and up-and-coming designers will be challenging the status quo, and organic cocktails will be whetting your whistle. 

Sunday 18th

Spring Harvest Festival

Elizabeth Farm in Parramatta is inviting you over for a unique spring harvest market with a colonial twist. We’re drooling over the heirloom produce, honey, preserves, pickles, smoked yummies, coffees and teas that will be on offer from peeps from The Bread and Butter Project, Sweetness the Patisserie, and more. There will be talks about colonial #KitchenStruggles and wins, including meat preservation with Grant Hilliard from Feather and Bone. Cheesemaker Kristen Allan will be popping out cheesy delights in her demos and you can swing by the Elizabeth Farm tearooms for a spot of homemade Devonshire tea #HowsTheSerenity.

2015 Spring Cycle

If pounding the pavement isn’t one of your favourite things to do in Sydney, we suggest you pedal over to the 2015 Spring Cycle! Pedal with 10,000 other riders of all abilities and ages over the Harbour Bridge and all around Sydney to get active and raise money for TAD Disability Services, who build custom bikes for kids with disabilities, and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. There are three races to choose from: the 12km, the 50km, or the 105km. Regardless of how far you put the power to the pedal, as part of Sydney Rides Festival, your finish line will greet you with happy fun times like live music, street performers, face painting, market stalls, and a RELAXATION ZONE (we will be here, not moving, trying to recover). 

Ananas Bar & Brasserie's Halloween Brunch 

The spooky season is creeping up behind you and Ananas is getting into the spirit! Feast on the likes of Dracula bites of beetroot cured salmon, watercress, hard boiled egg, and horseradish crème fraiche in a pretzel roll. So many Halloweeny dishes will be on menu, including some witches squid ink pasta served with aged parmesan (because witches are old! Genius!), crispy bacon (because witches are usually salty and delicious?), with ghost cream. Because Ananas will always be Ananas, your appetite at the end of this looong meal will be resurrected by their devilish dessert showcase which will feature Heston-y edible soil under misty veils of dry ice. Cocktails will also be tricked out, we are frothin over the ‘Eye for an Eye’ of Absolut vanilla vodka, Lillet Blanc, Massenez ginger and lime, fresh lemon juice, lychee puree and ginger syrup, a lychee eyeball and fairy floss spider web. Bookings are indeed essential, so head here to secure your spot.

Iranian Film Festival Australia

Back for its fifth year of giving us an insight into contemporary life in Iran, the Iranian Film Festival is bursting with innovative themes and ideas from fresh filmmakers pioneering the nation’s widely discussed cinematic movement. ‘Relationships’ is the theme for this year, with today’s films including social commentary I am Diego Maradona, existential Avalanche and criticially-acclaimed and challenging The Man Who Became a Horse. 

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