This weekend in Sydney, we have rustled up all the most delicious and entertaining things to do in Sydney, you lucky ducks!
Kiss pigs and munch on Gelato Messina and Chinese dumplings at the The Crown Street School Food Fete, out-pedal the mosquitos and get in touch with nature at night as you cycle through luminous light installations at Light the City, and munch on bottomless Japanese canapés as you dance the night away at Sokyo Nights at The Star. There won’t be a dull moment, nor a dull feed this weekend!
Kara Rosenlund book launch
Celebrated photographer, stylist, and storyteller Kara Rosenlund is launching her first book today in the form of a pop-up! Rosenlund will be hosting an exhibition at Design Local, Chippendale with a series of prints from the book, ‘Shelter: How Australians Live’, on show, providing a snapshot into her 12-month journey across Australia in making the book. Featuring images of shelters of abandoned, decaying cottages to repurposed shipping containers, you will be able to pick up a copy of Shelter to take home with you, as well as some prints, with Kara there on the day to share the stories behind the photos with you. Book your spot here.
Slip into your dancing shoes and elasticated pants, because from 7pm for one night only, Sokyo and Marquee will be coming together to transform Sokyo’s dining room to a delicious dance floor. Marquee’s resident DJs are set to pump out the tunes, while Sokyo Executive Chef, Chase Kojima will be dishing up a menu of bottomless canapés, sashimi, grill robata, tempura, omakase sushi and more. With a ‘Chasing Kojima’ cocktail on arrival, what’s not to love? Bottoms up! (and bottomless canapés! And bottom shaking on the d-floor!).
Hahn Radler Urban Lemon Grove
Planning your Friday arvo drinks? We’ve got just the spot for you thirsty listers. The legends behind the refreshing new Hahn Radler (a delicious blend of beer and 30% natural lemon flavour) are celebrating longer days and warmer nights by putting on an epic after work drinks shindig in the CBD on Friday afternoon. Head down to Palblo & Rusty's from 5:30pm on Friday to try out the beer for free and chow down on some snacks while you're there. N2 Extreme Gelato will be creating a delicious Hahn Radler-inspired creation as well, so it's simply a must. The event is free, but you have to be over 18. Don't miss out!
Markets at the Courtyard
Come one, come all! The guys at Shangri-La know how much you love a good feed, so they’re turning the Heritage Courtyard into a market tomorrow night. All-around legend Anna Polyvlou and her pastry team will be there whipping up some mouth-watering sweet treats, and chefs from Altitude Restaurant, Blu Bar on 36, Gourmet Gozleme, and Shayan Quarter @ Cafe Mix will be there offering up plenty of food and cocktails ranging from $5 to $9 to keep you and your tummy happy. It all kicks off at 5pm, don’t be late!
Hunter by the Harbour
Shimmy on down to Cockle Bay to get a taste of world-class wines from the Hunter Valley, meet local producers, and try Hunter inspired menus at Hunter by the Harbour—Sydney’s newest food and wine festival. Cockle Bay Wharf restaurants and bars will be shacking up with some of the most skilled winemakers, providores and artisans from the Hunter Valley to showcase their craft and fill your hungry bellies with the best of local and regional fare.
Dragoncello's root to tip workshop
For things to do in Sydney that are a little down to earth, literally, Chef Roy McVeigh will be opening Dragoncello for a very special lunch event, where he will be creating dishes based around what is available from one of his three local gardens. His commitment to being not only entirely seasonal, but also sustainable, Roy will present an amuse bouche, oysters and a three-course dining experience to you. Receive a glass of prosecco on arrival, kick back, and eat like sustainable royalty.
Devon on Danks x Katherine Sabbath
Devon on Danks is teaming up with cake genius and Instagram queen Katherine Sabbath for a Halloweeny Nightmare on Danks Street: Keepin’ it Creepy. Between 8am and 3pm, come meet and greet Willy Wonka-esque Katherine and get a mouthful of her monster mash-up. Featuring spiced pumpkin bread with coconut foam and pumpkin custard egg, raspberry blood splatters, pandan slime, purple witchball of taro ice cream, and anthill with speculus crumble and edible ants, this is a feed you can’t afford to miss! (But if you do miss it on the day, it will be available at Devon on Danks for a month from October 31th. Heck yes!)
Light the City
If you’ve missed every other event in the 2015 Sydney Rides Festival, you’ve not missed out because the festival’s finale, Light the City, is on tonight! Open between 6pm and 11pm, you can pop on by to cruise around and enjoy the fresh air, the burn in your thighs, and gorgeous light installations on a 2.5-kilometre loop in the heart of the city. Continue the sweaty festivities at the outdoor lounge at Fleet Steps and Mrs Macquaries Point at the silent disco, and print your pics at the Instagram printer. Don’t forget to pimp your ride with your own lights before arriving—the most creatively lit rider and bike will win $1,000 to spend at a local bike shop (we are thinking Tron-themed lights would get you gold).
The Crown Street School Food Fete
Not your average school fete, The Crown Street School Food Fete is so fancy and gourmet that here you can pick up some Moroccan towels, learn how to shuck oysters from the pros, kiss pigs, and nibble on delicious delights. Part of Sydney’s Good Food Month, Crown Street Fete will surprise you (between 9am and 3pm) with fun activities and feeds for peeps of all ages and tastes (fingers crossed there is no age limit on the jumping castle and petting zoo). All for a good cause, funds will go to Crown Street Primary School. Yep, this is definitely not your average school fete.
Singapore Film Fest
Singapore has in the past two years come out with guns blazing in the film world, scooping up its first Camera d’Or award at Cannes in 2013. Get amongst the creativity pouring forth at The Singapore Film Festival at Monkey Baa Theater Company, where three Singaporean films will be screened for your viewing pleasure. You can catch ‘Wayang Boy’, ‘Time nor Tide – Remembering Lee Kuan Yew, public man, private life’ – a tribute to Singapore’s first prime minister (register to catch this flick for free!), and “That Girl in a Pinafore”, whose director Yee-Wei Chai will be doing a meet‘n’greet on the night.
Cantina Bar Day of the Dead party
Balmain's Cantina Bar is hosting their third annual Day of the Dead Halloween Hullabaloo! Don your best (fake) bloody and torn clothes for a devilish night of $10 frozen margaritas (cha-ching!) and awesome beats. Best dressed wins dinner for two—just so you know, we are excellent dinner dates *bat eyelashes*.
Kensington Street: Food, Alfresco Art & Design
Between 11am and 6pm, Kensington Street is putting up a food, art, and design fair with collaborative art installations, as well as some ops to snatch up some local artworks and other locally-made and bespoke goods, while bopping along to some live music while nomming on delicious wine and Asian street food nibbles from KopiTiam and Spice Alley.
Sydney’s best-loved and best-kept secret buildings will be opening their old and creaky or new and swishy doors for lovers of art, architecture, and the Instagrammable. With more than 50 architecturally significant buildings opening their doors to the public, the 11th annual Sydney Open will provide behind-the-scenes access to treasures like Frank Gehry’s Dr Chau Wing Building at UTS, with its glass-panelled curtain wall and its undulating walls, made of 320,000 bespoke bricks. You can also travel down ‘n’ dirty into the St James Station WWII Tunnels, which lie hidden under Hyde Park.