Well hello warmer days and shorter shorts! With spring officially kicking into gear, there are a tonne of things to do in Sydney that involve eating, drinking, and generally having an awesome time.
Brush up on your kite flying skillz, start training for the most terrifying 5km run of your life, and ready that drinking arm. With so much on the cards this September, the heavy coats and freezing mornings will be just a distant memory.
#10 Just Open: Majestic Gourmet Grocers
What was once an old theatre this venue turned into a rollerskating rink (in the 70s, of course!), and has now been transformed into a European marketplace and restaurant. At Majestic Gourmet Grocers you can stock up on fresh and local produce and a range of international goods. Load your basket up with flowers, cheeses, meats, breads and seafood to cook a feast at home, or ditch the basket and head to the restaurant and have someone cook up a storm for you instead.
#9 Pub Food At Its Finest At Bellevue
The Bellevue has had a facelift and boy, does she look good! Located in the quiet backstreets of Paddington, Bellevue is a light, bright and airy pub that’s serving up some of the best (and fanciest) pub food in Sydney. With Executive Chef James Metcalfe (ex The Bourbon) leading the food menu, you know you’re in good hands. We love the unusual way you can order at this new Sydney pub: order one course ($35), two courses ($55), three courses ($70) or an epic six course tasting menu ($80). That means, if you want a dinner with three courses of desserts, you can do it. Now that’s living.
#8 Drink up at Good Beer & Cider Festival
There are not many things better in life than drinking a cold beer or cider in the sunshine. On Saturday 12th September, head to Vic on the Park in Marrickville for their fourth Good Beer & Cider Festival. There’ll be over 80 local, interstate and national beers and ciders available to sample, as well as delicious food to keep you, well, standing (there’s talk of a giant paella, so keep your eyes out). Entry is free and $20 will get you five beers… Bargain! For more info, head here.
#7 Dig into the Red Velvet Pancakes at Local Mbassy
Head into this new Sydney café and order yourself up a plate of the red velvet pancakes. You won’t regret it. Trust us. Not only do they look amazing (hellooooo, Instagram!), they’re damn delicious too. Lathered with fresh strawberries and cream, these bad boys are not exactly low in calories, but who cares when they taste this good?
#6 Bloody Mary's Opens in Darlinghurst
It’s a strange science that says that drinking more will cure your hangover. But hey, if it involves Bloody Marys and heaps of food, we’re on board. Go science! There are 11 different kinds of Bloody Marys on the menu and they have an option to create your own (dangerous). If you’re yet to jump on the Bloody Marys bandwagon, there are a number of creative cocktails including one with a small bottle of Jack Daniels stuck into it, because why not? Food-wise, there are plenty of options to kick your hangover to the curb, namely The Heart Attack, which when you see it you will know what we’re talking about.
#5 Say Ciao To The New Happy As Larry food truck
A roving truck creating authentic Napoli style pizza? Ummm, yes?! Happy As Larry has just opened its… err… windows and is serving the good people of Sydney some tasty, tasty pizzas. All of the ingredients are locally sourced from the markets, with the exception of their Neapolitan flours and San Mazano tomatoes, which are sourced from Napoli (but that makes it super autentico). Find them on Facey or Insta to see where they’re at.
#4 Festival Of The Winds
In the immortal words of Mr Banks, “let’s go fly a kite!” On Sunday 13th September, get on down to Bondi and look to the skies. You could leave the flying to the pros, or you could get in on the action with your own kite (or you can make your own at one of the kite making workshops on offer at Festival of the Winds). On the ground you’ll find workshops, rides, art exhibitions and entertainment to help keep your head out of the clouds.
#3 Eat All The Jerk Tings at Rosie Campbell’s
Rosie Campbell’s brings the Caribbean to Surry Hills. Okay, so maybe not the crystal clear blue waters and a certain lovable bunch of rag tag bobsledders, but definitely all the jerk things (the jerk wings are hot, hot, hot!) and a healthy dose of island-inspired cocktails. Rosie’s coco colada comes in a coconut and packs a punch or, if you’re in the mood, the menu features one and a half pages of rum varieties so you can get your drank on.
#2 Catmosphere Sydney Opens. Meow!
In what would be a hellish nightmare for those allergic to/hate cats, Catmosphere Sydney has opened in Surry Hills. On the flipside, if you’re a cat lover/future crazy cat lady, this is the place where dreams turn into furry reality. Order a coffee and surround yourself with 19 purring felines in this new Sydney café. Bookings are essential to visit the cat room, but if you’re just keen for a coffee and meal, you can simply visit the café without a booking. Purrfect!
#1 Run For Your Lives at Zombie Run
Run For Your Lives is a “fun” run with a difference. Imagine running 5km while being chased by zombies. Yes, zombies. It’s unlike any run you’ll ever do, and chances are it will probably be the fastest 5km you’ll ever run too. It’s not all terrifying though, there’ll be music and a dance party finale where survivors and zombies will dance the night away in apocalyptic bliss. You can still register to take part, so head to their website and find out more.
Can't wait to hit up all the events this month? Well why not WIN somethin' while you do?! Simply Instagram and tag @miniaustralia and #theminiedition when you are at any of the events or locations, and you’ll be in the draw to win $150 to spend at Rosie Campbell's!
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