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


Treat mum to a box of glossy Messina Mother's Day bon bons.

Treat mum to a box of glossy Messina Mother’s Day bon bons. Photo: Supplied

Mother’s Day bon bons

Skip the Cadbury Roses and treat mum to a box of Messina bon bons, including indulgent flavours such as tea and bikkies, lamington, banoffee pie and blackforest. Each $49 box contains nine hand-painted treats filled with gelato and covered in glossy tempered chocolate.

Pick up May 10-12 from selected Sydney Messina outlets, order at

Take mum out

If you’re heading out this Mother’s Day, consider a Greek feast at The Apollo. With saganaki served sizzling in honey and oregano, slow-roast Riverina lamb and flame-licked avgolemono pie, you’ll be in mum’s good books for a while.

Meatstock is back for 2019.

Meatstock is back for 2019. Photo: Supplied

From 11.30am, May 12, The Apollo, 44 Macleay Street, Potts Point,

For something a little more Southern, head to Barangaroo for NOLA Smokehouse and Bar’s high tea. The restaurant is relaunching its monthly Louisiana-inspired plantation high tea to coincide with Mother’s Day with a $70pp menu of sweet and savoury bites plus bottomless non-boozy house-made southern iced tea or freshly squeezed lemonade, plus a glass of Champagne Taittinger Cuvée Prestige or one of three signature cocktails. (If a high tea isn’t your style, try the $85pp sharing menu available in the Smokehouse restaurant.)

High tea, 12-4pm for two-hour bookings, May 12, NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, Level 1, Tower 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo, High teas also held on June 2 and July 7.

Feast on history at Hubert.

Feast on history at Hubert. Photo: Daniel Boud

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate all things Mexican with the inaugural Tacos N Tequila, a Cinco de Mayo street fiesta held on the grass underneath the Harbour Bridge at Dawes Point Park in The Rocks. Expect exciting street food and rinks, including Rosa Cienfuegos of Dulwich Hill’s Tamaleria & Mexican Deliserving up her authentic tamales alongside food from Chula, SoCal and Bad Hombres (Sunday only). Live street art installations, taco eating competitions, Latin American music and more.

May 4-5, Tacos N Tequila, Dawes Point Park in The Rocks, free tickets from

Mouldy cheese festival

How much cheese can you stuff into your mouth in one day? Find out at Mould – A Cheese Festival, a celebration of artisan Australian cheese. Contrary to its name, the event covers all cheesy bases, including hard, soft, blue, white, fresh and aged styles. With more than 50 cheeses, a dozen or more producers and none of those pesky tokens, the festival is presented by the team behind cult wine event Pinot Palooza, and offers masterclasses and demos, plus a bar stocked with wine, cider and more.

May 24-25, Mould – A Cheese Festival, Carriageworks, Redfern, tickets from

Meatstock is back

The meatiest names in barbecue will be back for this year’s ultimate barbecue comp Meatstock. More than 50 teams will be competing for $12,000+ in prizes at the two-day event, alongside food trucks and live bands. US chef Tom Jackson from Kansas venue All Things Barbecue and YouTube channel @allthingsbbq plus legendary pitmaster and Meatstock veteran Big Moe Cason will be in attendance, running demos and masterclasses for the meat-loving masses.

May 4-5, Meatstock, Sydney Showgrounds,

The Dolphin's aperitivo events are back.

The Dolphin’s aperitivo events are back. Photo: Supplied

Eat history at Hubert

The grand chef dinner series at Restaurant Hubert pays homage to the pioneers of French cuisine, with classic dishes designed by great chefs of modern gastronomy including Joël Robuchon, Paul Bocuse, Eugénie Brazier and Auguste Escoffier. Billed as a “calorific evening of historic foods, flowing Montrachet and spectacular entertainment”, the series will be hosted in Hubert’s Theatre Royale, where guests will be served a $150 grand feast (plus $80 for wine pairing) with live entertainment from Hubert’s jazz trio.

From 6.30pm on April 29, June 17, August 5 and September 30, Restaurant Hubert, 15 Bligh Street, Sydney, tickets from

A sparkling festival

Grab your girlfriends, the inaugural Sparkling Sydney is about to land at Pirrama Park, Pyrmont, to celebrate all things sparkling wine. From sparkling cuvee to malbec, shiraz to ;prosecco, this is a festival devoted to the best of bubbles and includes special bars devoted to bellinis, oysters and G&Ts.

11am-5pm, May 19, Pirrama Park, Pyrmont, free tickets from (tasting packages start at $20). 

Capriccio Osteria goes global

This Norton Street neighbourhood favourite aka Hollywood hot spot (well, Drew Barrymore was spotted here in April) is taking a departure from its Italian roots for a tour around the Mediterranean with its new tasting series. Each $75 dinner menu (excluding drinks) will travel to a different country including France, Turkey and Greece, highlighting classic dishes from each destination.

June 27 (France), September 26 (Turkey), December 19 (Greece), Capriccio Osteria, 159 Norton Street, Leichhardt, bookings essential

Guest chefs back at The Dolphin

Surry Hills pub The Dolphin’s legendary guest chef program is back for its third year, with delicious snacks and sips from the likes of Belles chef Morgan McGlone, P&V Merchants’ Mike Bennie and the crew from Melbourne’s Leonardo’s Pizza Palace.

Sundays from 5pm, Delfino Aperitivo 2019, The Dolphin Wine Room, 412 Crown Street, Surry Hills,

NOMAD Wine School

School is in for 2019 – wine school that is, at NOMAD in Surry Hills. Led by the restaurant’s director of wine, the four-hour course promises to teach “fun not fussy” wine basics, including winemaking techniques, growing conditions and yes, tasting flights from around the world, teamed with lunch and cheese, no less.

Selected Sundays throughout the year, NOMAD, 16 Foster Street, Surry Hills,

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