From a month long oyster festival to ragu nights at Surry Hills’ hottest restaurant, a beer lovers club and more – things aren’t slowing down this month and neither should you. Get the crew together and start planning, as we uncover the best things to do in August.
The Morrison’s annual Oyster Festival is back, promising a shucking good time this August. Eat your way through an array of bespoke oyster dishes crafted by Executive Chef Sean Connolly. The $1.50 Oyster Hour is available from 6-7pm every day throughout the festival. Every weekend, the bar is also offering a dozen oysters and unlimited sparkling wine for two hours for $55pp.
Available Wednesday through to Sunday, North Bondi Fish’s fish pot pie will keep your insides warm this winter. This hearty pie is made with snapper, potato and leek and comes in at $50 for two people. On Wednesdays, you can take it one step further with Pinot and Pie night. For $70, feast on the fish pot pie and a carafe of Pinot Noir to share.
To make things even more exciting, NBF have partnered with Grow It Local to help harvest produce for the pie’s leaf and herb salad from actual backyards around the neighbourhood.
Nothing says winter like flowing mulled wine and melted cheesy goodness in a pop-up glamping tent. Surry Hills’ The Winery is turning up the heat this winter with a cosy bohemian-inspired wonderland, running now until 31st August.
Tuckshop at SILY
Bringing you all of the school-day nostalgia is CBD bar SILY, with their launch of a new Tuckshop menu. The new lunchtime menu is reminiscent of your school canteen lunch, but has been taken up a notch. Say goodbye to uninspired cafeteria meals and hello to Cheeseburger and Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese toasties. They’re available alongside poké bowls, hot dogs, chicken schnitzel sandwiches and more.
Head to The Grounds and immerse yourself in a sensory world of colour, light and eccentricity with the launch of the Garden of Sweets, inspired by Willy Wonka himself. Open daily from 7am until late (entry is free!), the installation promises giant neon lollipops, jumbo sweets and plenty of vibrant florals.
Free Month-Long Flower Festival, Eden Unearthered
Returning to Macquarie Park’s Eden Gardens for the fourth consecutive year is this 40 installation strong showcase of ephemeral and site specific works. Opening to the public from 1st August until the 31st January 2020, head along (entry is free!) and immerse yourself in a world of beautiful plant mecca. With works ranging from giant birds to ‘Frankensteined’ trees, water dragons, yarn-bombed gardens and more. The Eden Unearthed Launch Party, with Logie award winner Costa Georgiadis, kicks off on 5th August and includes bubbles, canapés and a special curator’s tour of the gardens. Entry to the launch party is $20pp. To secure your tickets click here.
Acre Eatery ‘Meet the Farmer’ Dinner – Fri 2nd August
On Friday 2nd August, the ‘prince of free-range farming’ Luke Winder is getting ready to host a special Meet the Farmer Dinner. Luke Winder, who’ll cook alongside Acre’s Head Chef Gareth Howard, will guide you through a four-course Italian feast menu using Luke’s sustainable, pasture-raised produce with matching NSW wines. Bookings are $99 pp and can be made here.
Misfits x Pirate Life present Locals in the Lounge – Thurs 1st August
Local Redfern haunt Misfits are teaming up with Pirate Life to present, Locals in the Lounge. Hosted on the first Thursday of every month, punters can expect a line-up of local and live musicians in the Out of Bounds lounge. While you’re there, you can sip on $5 schooners of the new Pirate Life Port Local Lager. For more info, click here.
The Aussie’s Beer Club: Akasha Brewing and IPAs – Thurs 1st August
Attention all beer lovers! The Australian Heritage Hotel are now giving you access to an Aussie Beer Club. Running on the first Thursday of each month, you’ll learn about a new brewery each month, including the brewery’s backstory, how they work, have a sample of the beer range and tuck into some food platters. Tickets are $35pp and can be purchased here.
Manly Wharf Hotel plant-based menu – Fri 9th August
Manly Wharf Hotel are challenging traditional pub food conventions with a new plant-based pub menu. Teaming up with Rozelle’s The Green Lion for one night only, pub classics like poutine fries, mac and cheese balls, pizza, BBQ chicken and the classic cheeseburger are all getting the vegan treatment. Diners will finish on a sweet note with a decadent chocolate brownie, capped off with the option of vegan wine, available for purchase at the bar. Running for one night only on Friday 9 August. To secure your ticket, click here.
Bartolo Ragu Wednesdays
Surry Hills’ Bartolo recognise that much of Italian life revolves around the dinner table. In an effort to gather friends and family around their dining tables, they’ve recently launched Ragu Wednesdays. For just $49pp, diners can feast on one weekly changing ragu, house-made facaccia, a glass of wine and a pack of cards (to encourage ultimate pasta and cards night). Bartolo are also offering 50% off any bottle of Barolo wine every Wednesday. For more information and to book a table, click here.
Paddo Inn Talks
This winter, Paddo Inn and Veuve Clicquot are teaming up to present a new female speaker series, Inn Talks. With the next session kicking off on Tuesday 13th August, the event opens up a social space for locals and female thought-leaders to network over Champagne and snacks, and enjoy an open panel discussion. Tickets are $55pp and includes a flute of Veuve Clicquot and roaming canapés, with profits raised going to non-for-profit organisation, Dress for Success Sydney. You can secure your ticket here.
Zushi School Masterclass at The Street of Barangaroo – Sat 24th August
If you’ve ever wanted to master the art of sushi making, consider this your opportunity with Zushi School. Forget the stuffy classroom environment of your childhood, here it’s all about getting hands-on with Head Chef Lee. You’ll learn the basics on how to make Zushi’s signature rolls, and you’ll also get to take a sushi-rolling mat and recipe book home with you. Best of all, when the class finishes, you get to eat all the sushi you made with a complimentary beverage. Tickets are $110pp and can be secured here.
Woods Crampton Wine Feast at NOLA
This is a value-for-money wine dinner like no other. For one night only on 28th August, NOLA Smokehouse and Bar are teaming up with Barossa winemakers, Woods Crampton, for a special wine dinner feast. For just $119pp, the feast includes 12 signature Louisiana shared-style dishes across seven courses, matched with seven Woods Crampton wines. Bookings essential. To secure your ticket click here.