Top of the pop-ups and events for Sydney and beyond in spring 2019


Head to Barangaroo on Sundays for all-you-can-eat meat.
Head to Barangaroo on Sundays for all-you-can-eat meat.  Photo: Steve Woodburn

The latest pop-up restaurant, bars, and events to eat, drink and be seen at. 

All-you-can-eat meat

Head to Barangaroo for NOLA Smokehouse and Bar’s new all-you-can-eat meat Sunday offering. For $65, try Cajun-spiced sausage, slow-roasted and hot-smoked pork shoulder, blackened organic chicken with Creole spices, cold-smoked lamb and Rangers Valley Black Onyx brisket.

Every Sunday lunch from October 6; NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, Level 1, Tower 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo,

Sydney Good Food Month presented by Citi

Sydney’s premier food festival celebrates its 21st year with a dazzling line-up of events, from the ever-popular Night Noodle Markets to dining experiences with the city’s most creative chefs.

Throughout October; Various venues, see

Family fun

Dumpling masters Din Tai Fung are celebrating the release of the children’s movie Abominable with a “yeti fun bun” the whole family can share. Inspired by the film’s main character Everest and his love of buns, this $9.20 giant pull-apart fluffy bun is filled with three sweet surprises, each a different colour and flavour.

You'll find sweet surprises inside the tear-apart yeti fun bun at Din Tai Fung.
You’ll find sweet surprises inside the tear-apart yeti fun bun at Din Tai Fung. Photo: Supplied

Until October 9; Various Din Tai Fung stores across Sydney (excludes MLC Centre, Gateway Sydney and Greenwood Plaza) 

Middle Eastern mash-up

Enjoy the best of Middle Eastern cooking and cuisines from visiting chefs at Nour in Surry Hills. Tom Sarafian (Bar Saracen, Victoria) and Frank Camorra (MoVida, Victoria) will kick off the restaurant’s exciting new chef series with two $85 four-course feasts. Bookings essential.

Mexican feast October 2, Moorish feast November 27; Nour, Shop 3, 490 Crown Street, Surry Hills,

Beer festival

The 15th annual Australian Beer Festival is back at the Australian Heritage Hotel, with more than 30 Australian brewers and 120 craft beers and ciders to try, including local favourites Grifter, Young Henrys and Endeavour Brewing.

October 11-13; Australian Heritage Hotel, 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks,

Sake The Rocks turns 10

Celebrate 10 years of Sake The Rock’s signature Japanese food with an exclusive seven-course dinner featuring the restaurant’s biggest hits alongside matching champagne, wine and Japanese drinks.

A dragon egg from Sake.
A dragon egg from Sake. Photo: Christopher Pearce

October 16; Sake The Rocks, $179 tickets from

Aria celebrates 20 years

Celebrate 20 years of fine dining at Aria Sydney with a lavish birthday party hosted by Matt Moran. Enjoy cocktails and canapes before a five-course sit-down dinner including iconic Aria dishes and matching drinks.

October 23; Aria, 1 Macquarie Street, Sydney, $350 tickets from

Matt Moran's Aria celebrates 20 years.
Matt Moran’s Aria celebrates 20 years. Photo: James Brickwood

Donna Hay festival

Cookbook author Donna Hay will host a food and wellness festival at Bondi Pavilion. The three-day event includes cook-a-long workshops, fresh produce, morning pilates and free bottle-your-own extra virgin olive oil. Grab an organic blend coffee from Vittoria with any gold coin donation to social enterprise Two Good. Entry is free, bookings required for selected sessions.

October 11-13; Donna Hay Food and Wellness Festival, Bondi Pavilion,

Brews and food trucks

Head to Precinct 75 for Willie the Boatman’s third Beer and Food Truck Festival. Expect brews from the likes of BentSpoke, Batch, Grifter, Wayward and Yulli’s, plus food from Pizza Ciccone, The Hive Bar and more.

Spring grazing at Acre Eatery, Camperdown.
Spring grazing at Acre Eatery, Camperdown. Photo: Supplied

October 26; Willie the Boatman, 601/75 Mary Street, St Peters,

Wine Island is back

Head to Clark Island for Wine Island’s fifth birthday. For three days, the island transforms into a vino paradise complete with wines, cocktails, beer, food, music and masterclasses.

November 1-3; Clark Island,

Good Food Guide 2020 launched

The Good Food Guide’s third annual national edition, with hats awarded across Australia, will be launched with presenting partners Vittoria Coffee and Citi. The Good Food Guide 2020 will be on sale from October 1 in newsagencies and bookstores, and is also available to pre-order at, $29.99 with free shipping.

Fruity brews

Another beer fest? That’s right, at Wayward’s Camperdown HQ, where they’ll be serving up two creative kegs: a passionfruit and yuzu Berliner weisse and raspberry brew.

November 14; Wayward Brewing, Unit 1-3 Gehrig Lane, Camperdown,

Spring celebration at Acre Eatery

Missed Acre Eatery’s Italian winter takeover? Take heart, its spring theme has just begun. Running until December 1, the pop-up transforms Camperdown Commons into a warm country-house retreat, complete with wholesome provincial cooking from French-born chef Ludo Gendre. The venture runs from Wednesday to Sunday across Acre’s dining room, garden terrace and takeaway.

Until December 1; Acre Eatery, 31A Mallett Street, Camperdown,

Home cook heaven

Love to cook at home? Head to the Love of Cooking, a show all about staying in rather than eating out. Headlined by TV presenters Poh Long Yeow and Miguel Maestre, the event will feature chef demos, workshops and stalls selling a wide variety of home-cooking equipment.

November 8-10; Love of Cooking, International Convention Centre, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney,

Rood Food

The Imperial Erskineville is bringing back Rood Food this October, with a Drag ‘n’ Dine experience that’s more than a little suggestive. Choose from a $55 two- or $65 three-course menu featuring seductive plant-based dishes accompanied by a three-act drag performance. Bottomless bubbles $29 extra. Bookings essential.

Wednesday and Thursday evenings throughout October plus lunch on October 20 and 27; The Imperial, 35 Erskineville Road, Erskineville,

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