December may be four whole months away, but if you’re anything like us, you’re already counting down. We just don’t believe that one day a year is enough when it comes to eating our own bodyweight in food (without regretting a single bite).
We know you agree, so here are the top spots to join in on the feastivities (see what we did there?) and celebrate Christmas in July this week in Sydney.
Enjoy a (free) soup lunch from Rockpool’s Neil Perry as you learn about how to reduce food wastage, from War on Waste’s Craig Reucassel. Think.Eat.Save is all about spreading the word on reducing food waste, starting in the home. Sample on tasty morsels and fresh produce as you watch live cooking demonstrations from celeb chef Justine Schofield and nutritionist Jessica Sepel. TBH, this all sounds pretty damn good to us—free food, and hearing about ways to eat alllll the food in order to minimise food waste, you’ll be ready for your December soiree in no time.
When: Monday 24 July, 11.30am-2pm
Where: Martin Place, CBD
Christmas In July @ Pasta Emilia
The Sydney home of authentic Italian food, Pasta Emilia, will be turning on the festive spirit for Christmas in July this year throwing a feast complete with all the trimmings. If their usual menu of slow-roasted osso bucco served with mashed potatoes and gremolata (parsley, garlic, and lemon zest), and salted cod fish croquets with gratinè (that’s cheese-covered FYI) vegetables is anything to go by, you’re in for a treat. Cue drooling.
When: Tuesday 25 July, 6-10pm
Where: Pasta Emilia
Christmas In July @ Kensington Street Social And The Clare Bar
Known for their boozy brunches and general all-round good vibes, Kensington Street Social and the Old Clare Hotel are joining forces to bring you one hell of a Christmas feast. Expect all of your fave festive classics—think fresh tiger prawns, and crispy skin turkey with pistachio and sage stuffing, potato mash, and gravy and cranberry sauce. You’ll finish your feast with peated whisky ice-cream and spiced mulled wine (obviously) before heading next door to the Clare Bar, where the entire drinks menu is Christmas-themed, right down to the bar snacks. If all this still doesn’t have you feeling the silly season, then the Christmas bangers courtesy of the DJ certainly will.
When: From Tuesday 25 July
Where: Kensington Street Social, the Clare Hotel at the Old Clare Hotel
Cost: $65pp, includes 3-course menu and drink on arrival
Christmas In July @ Sheraton On The Park
Sheraton on the Park is officially home to the Christmas feast to end all feasts. Go crazy at the seafood buffet (hint: wear stretchy pants) as well as the live station filled with only the best festive meats. We’re talking about traditional roast turkey, maple and clove glazed ham, a whole suckling pig (YES), and even a garlic and rosemary infused lamb. It wouldn’t be a Christmas feast without dessert, so the buffet also includes mouth watering sweet treats like the spiced chocolate brownies, and a pear and cranberry crumble. Merry Christmas (in July), ya filthy animals.
When: Until Monday 31 July
Where: Sheraton on the Park
Cost: $79pp for lunch, $89pp for dinner
Ice Skating @ Luna Park
Now it’s time to work off all that Christmas (in July) ham you’ve devoured with a spin around the ice rink. Head over to the open-air ice rink for Winterfest in Luna Park, who’ve just extended their ice rink access until the end of July. Gaze at the harbour side view or the iconic Ferris Wheel, as you try not to fall over (who are we kidding, we’ll be on the ground in ten seconds flat). If you aren’t still full from all the feasting, there are also German-themed snacks and bevvies, like a bratwurst with sauerkraut, or a good old fashioned pretzel.
When: Until Monday 31 July
Where: Winterfest, Luna Park
Cost: Free, with an unlimited rides pass or annual pass
July is almost over, but there are still plenty of fun things to do.
Image credit: Brooke Lark