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This Weekend In Sydney

By Amanda Perez
26th Nov 2015

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The silly season is starting up and because treating yourself and silliness are key values here at The Urban List, this weekend in Sydney, we think you should check out spice rack and ukulele aprons at The Great Apron Show, indulge in a foraged weeds feast at Dragoncello, and get a formal family portrait taken with Santa, your puppies, and proud parents at Watsons Bay Boutique. Say cheese!

Thursday 26th 

The Great Apron Show

How do you protect your clothes while cooking? By wearing daggy clothes, a tea towel tied around your neck, or nothing at all? If you’re looking to embellish your home-cooking attire with a little more fanciness than singed chest hair, you should give The Great Apron Show a go! The Show opens today at Gallery East in Clovelly from 11-6pm, and will play host to an exhibition of custom-made aprons put together by teams of designers, seamstresses, painters, and artists. Think ‘peg-holding apron’, ‘spice rack apron’, ‘doily apron’ (for when you are appreciating doilies), ‘ukulele apron’ (you don’t want to get ukulele on your nice, clean clothes)—the possibilities are endless!

Thanksgiving at Soda Factory

Give thanks that the week is nearly over and that Thanksgiving—THE MOST CULTURALLY-RELEVANT CELEBRATION OF ALL, is finally here. Though Thanksgiving isn’t the most Australian of holidays, a celebration is a celebration and Soda Factory are inviting you from 5pm to hit them up for some happenin’ tunes brought to you by a huge line-up including Crusin’ Deuces, Sam Jools and The Stingrays, and cover masters Black Diamond Hearts, and The Leisure Bandits. On the menu (this Thanksgiving we are thankful for good-value food and drinks!) you can pick between special Thanksgiving-y feeds, the Big Kahoona Burger ($5), Royale with Cheese ($5—cue Pulp Fiction fans nodding knowingly), caramel and whiskey shakes ($5), and a special $12 cocktail. More info here.

Dragoncello dinner 

If you are on the run and need a snack but your wallet is on a diet, Dragoncello is hosting a foraging dinner for you, you hungry, mammalian, foraging bear, you! Head Chef and lover of the most local of the local ingredients, Roy McVeigh, will be teaming up with Sydney-based edible weeds advocate Diego Bonetto to put together a menu made up of ingredients foraged locally (yes! Apparently one can forage in urban environments!). Dishes will be truly one of a kind, with oyster mayonnaise with warrigal greens, pickled sea lettuce, and lemon sherbet, served up with Clare Valley riesling on menu. Get your tickets and embrace the foraged weeds munchies! Nab your spot here.

Thanksgiving at the Dove & Olive

Thanksgiving is indeed here, and Dove and Olive are keen to feed you with their delicious Thanksgiving specials! Because Brooklyn, like Thanksgiving, is in America, get amongst the $8.50 Brooklyn Lager Schooners (with free tasters from 7pm!). While you enjoy a beer, enjoy feeling thankful that you didn’t have to slave over a hot stove and oven in order to birth the beautiful roasted turkey breast with maple glaze, seasonal steamed veggies, kumara mash, and cranberry-orange sauce that you will be mopping off your plate. Because it is Thanksgiving and overeating is a venerated tradition on this day, why not also order gnocchi al pumpkin with rosemary roasted pumpkin puree, sage, and aged parmesan. With both dishes prices at $18 each, you must make like a turkey and gobble gobble this deal up! Keen bean? More info here.

Friday 27th

Appleton Estate Trail

Get some rum in your tum because Sweethearts Rooftop is playing host to the Appleton Estate Trail this Friday and Saturday on what is proving to be an epic marathon of authentic Jamaican rum and feeds. Bobsled in from 6pm to sample special Appleton Estate rums including their Signature Blend, Reserve Blend, and their 12-year-old Rare Blend, as well specially crafted cocktails, and drink specials. Groove with that smooth rum in hand to jams spun by DJs, Jamaican percussionists, singers, and dancers in the Caribbean oasis Sweethearts will be putting up in the heart of Sydney for this celebration. For those who want to savour their rum intellectually as well as deliciously, folks from Appleton Estate will be more than happy to share their rum-making process and the story of the rich Jamaican culture from which this institution of rum was born.  

Saturday 28th

Rooftop Wine Wedding in Surry Hills

Wedding bells are ringing, but no one is getting married except for you + wine (#you+wineWedding2015)! Handpicked Wines is celebrating the release of its spring/summer collection by hosting an afternoon of frivolity for the lovely ladies of Sydney. Put on your best wedding outfit (we definitely endorse your sporting a wedding dress!) and prepare to be wooed by new-release Handpicked Wines on the rooftop terrace at Golden Age Cinema, which will be decked out with flowers, wedding cake, and a gourmet cheese buffet. Making their debut will be Handpicked Wine’s first-ever rosé, pinot noir wines from Tasmania, Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley, and Central Otago, and new-release riesling and Chardonnay wines, Handpicked winemaker Peter Dillon will be the celebrant at this blessed wedding, helping you through the beginning of a beautiful relationship. 

Grandma’s Cookie Celebration

Grandmas love you and you love cookies, so there is no way you won’t win at Grandma’s Cookie Celebration at Rosebery. Bring along a child aged 5-11 so that you may eat the cookies they bake in the free children’s cookie baking class (bookings essential). If child-baked cookies aren’t enough to satisfy the cookie monster within, hit up the tea party, where there will be all-day tastings of Grandma's cookies + free oriental tea. Save some $$$ by making the most of special deals on cookies for yourself and loved ones (me, myself, and I) on your way out in order to extend the cookie-appreciation celebrations. 

Creative Corner Festival

If you are feeling creative, we are in your corner at the Creative Corner Festival in the Arts Precinct of Paddington today! This festival (10am-5pm) will bring together 22 street retailers and 22 artists to showcase installations, live performances, and activations, with the best two artists to be awarded with a $750 prize from a panel of judges, and a $250 prize to be awarded by the people. $250 lies in your hands. But not for you, for local art. Get amongst the food, fashion, and art out in the sun this weekend. Feed your belly and your soul.  

The Makers’ NEST

If you are looking for a little something special that the Internet just doesn’t seem to have, head on up to The Makers’ NEST, home of exclusively locally-made, ethically-produced contemporary products created by fresh designers. The Makers NEST is the market you want for all that independent artisan-made fashion, jewellery, homewares, art, illustration, and more. Open from 10am to 4pm with free entry, this gem sits above The Grounds Café (what better place to refuel after a long day of ethical shopping?!). 

Movie Munch Mingle at Egg of the Universe

The only egg we do not want to poach, Egg of the Universe, is hosting a fundraising, illuminating, and friend-making evening of holistic fun. To keep with the yoga theme that Egg is all about, the flick of choice is The Connection—a film which looks into research that is on its way to proving the direct connection between mind and health. Discuss your ideas with fellow yogis over popcorn, chai, and bliss balls between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, but remember to book tickets to avoid missing this yoga carpet ride!

Sunday 29th

Santa Photos at Watsons Bay Boutique

Brush your teeth and comb your hair, because Santa Claus is coming to town and he wants a photo with you. Round up your nearest and dearest (pets allowed!) for Santa photos at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel. The $50 package includes a 10-minute photo shoot with Santa, five professionally edited digital photos, and access to an online printing service. With sessions available between 8-11am, make sure you book a spot while they’re still available here.

FUNK-N-BURGERS at The Lord Gladstone 

If you like to funk and consume burgers, boy have we found the shindig your your shins will dig! Hashtag Burgers will be taking over The Lord Gladstone from noon with FUNK-N-BURGERS—a tribute to good burgers and funky music. Devour special one-off burgers with shaker fries and $5 craft beer schooners while absorbing the vinyl tunage brought to you by DJs potentially dressed in all-vinyl. With a free toy to be given with the first 100 meals, you can revisit a childhood tradition while sipping on a more adult spiked milkshake. 

Cambridge Christmas Markets

With a month left till Christmas, we think it’s time that you got amongst some Christmas markets, like this cute little number at Vaucluse Public School. Open from 10am-4pm, the Cambridge Christmas Markets will play host to more than 80 stalls from local, fair-trade, and artisanal businesses. Think pom-pom thongs, wooden toys, fresh Christmas trees, wood fire pizzas, Turkish gozlemes, dumplings (even gluten-free dumplings!), and Vietnamese pho. For the little ones, there will be an entertainment area, which will feature rides, petting zoos, arts, and craft. 


Today is the last day of Rootstock, Sydney’s huge not-for-profit sustainable food and wine festival at Carriageworks. With over 200 unique and exciting wines on show, Rootstock is a rare opportunity to meet wine artisans and growers from around the world looking to make real change in the world of wine. Sustainable wine is always made more delicious with sustainable food, and Rootstock has you covered with a massive food market, split into five different pavilions of feastiness. The Gurandgi Munjie is where you can get a taste of Aboriginal agriculture and native food, the laboratorio will teach you about things like sustainable beekeeping and growing mushrooms, and other pavilions include artisan farmhouse cheese, chef-farmer collaborations, coffee, and Sydney bars. Get your tickets for talks by the pros of the field, like ‘Meat and Matter’ by Grant Hilliard of Feather & Bone, who will tell you about how we can (re)create the world, one steak at a time. 

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