This week in Sydney is jam-packed with fabulous things to see and do—spanning mouth-watering food and wine events, to stunning art and cinema. Here are our top picks.
Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2013
Palace Verona is hosting drinks and a screening of the beautiful Italian film A Five Star Life. The evening kicks off at 6pm with drinks courtesy of Brown Brothers and Peroni. At 6:45pm enjoy an in-cinema presentation featuring an introduction to Italy by travel writer Ute Junker, before the night's stunning feature. Tickets available here.
Barossa Pop-Up Bar The Argyle 15th-20th
Enjoy artisan food matched with the region's best wines at the Barossa pop-up bar at The Argyle. For one week only, the open-air bar will feature a full program of activities—including grape crushing, a cooking masterclass on Sunday and opportunities to meet the artisans. The pop-up bar joins many fabulous food-related events taking centre stage across Sydney as part of Good Food Month.
The 62nd Blake Prize Exhibition
One of Australia's longest standing and most prestigious art prizes, The 62nd Blake Prize Exhibition will run from October 18th to November 16th at the new Galleries UNSW at the College of Fine Arts.
Gardening Australia Live
One for Sydney's green thumbs, join Costa Georgiadis and the team from ABC's Gardening Australia for a day of food, gardening and workshops. From October 18th-20th the Hordern Pavilion and the Royal Hall of Industries will be transformed with live presentations, pasture-to-plate cooking demonstrations and interactive workshops. Don't miss Saturday night's Organic Food Festival where you can sample menus created by some of Sydney's most renowned chefs.
Food & Words Food Writers' Festival
Enjoy a day of gastronomical mingling and listening at this year's Food & Words celebration. Join fourteen food writers and cookbook authors, including chef Peter Gilmore of Quay and author Belinda Jeffery. On the day, patrons can bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy on the grass of The Mint courtyard, or enjoy a feast prepared by former Longrain head chef Martin Boetz, Alex Herbert from Bird Cow Fish and Brad Jones from The Mint Café. Tickets are limited so get in quick!
Spring Cycle 2013
Ride across Sydney with 10,000 of your friends! In its 30th year, The Spring Cycle will be bigger and better than ever, starting in North Sydney, continuing across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and on to the festival-style finish line. Get your ticket to ride here.