Top of the Sydney pop-ups and events for spring 2018

Thirty-year flashback: Neil Perry's frozen espresso cake.
Thirty-year flashback: Neil Perry’s frozen espresso cake. Photo: Supplied

All rise for rosé

Barangaroo House turns all things pink this November with Rosé Rising, a month-long festival dedicated to the blush-coloured wine. Champagne houses Moet & Chandon, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon will be available throughout the three-level venue, alongside bespoke menus, pink sangria, pink charcuterrie boards and pink frose – and rosé flights, of course.

Throughout November; Barangaroo House, Barangaroo, 35 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo,

Creative with caviar

Messina and caviar? Oh yes. Head chef Remi Talbot has created an eight-course degustation featuring caviar and “elements from the sea”, plus gelato of course, all paired with non-alcoholic drinks.

Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4; Messina Creative Department, 243 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst,

Chuck and cheese on the harbour

A Sunday arvo on the harbour with beer and cheese – doesn’t sound half bad. For $35, you’ll enjoy King Island cheeses paired with James Squire beers. Hosted by brewer Chuck Hahn.

Sunday, November 4 at 3.30pm; The Squire’s Landing, Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks,

Wine ... on an island.Wine … on an island. Photo: Supplied

Wine Island is back

Wine. On and island. In the harbour. With a superyacht. Could anything be more Sydney?

Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4; Clark Island,

Ruling the roost

Hot chicken, with a cheffy spin? Head to Belles Hot Chicken for its “rulers of the roost” one-day chef specials, made in collaboration with a guest chef. Shannon Martinez from Melbourne’s vegan hot spot Smith & Daughters is next on the list, so mark it in your calendar, kids.

Sunday, November 4; Belles Hot Chicken Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge,

Day of the Dead

Join El Camino Cantina in The Rocks for Dia de los Meurtos, or Day of the Dead. Expect happy hour from 4-6pm, a chilli eating contest, DJ til late and free face painting from 6pm.

Friday, November 2; El Camino Cantina, 18 Argyle Street, The Rocks,

If you can’t schlep it to the city, head to 4 Pines BrewPub in Manly for a Mexican-inspired menu, barrel-aged margaritas and a live mariachi band. The party kicks off at 5pm. No bookings required.

Friday, November 2; 4 Pines BrewPub Manly (Keller Door, downstairs), 29/43-45 E Esplanade, Manly,

Neil Perry brings back Blue Water Grill

Here’s a blast from the past. Rockpool Dining Group’s Neil Perry is bringing back Blue Water Grill, Perry’s influential ’80s Bondi restaurant for one week only, this time in the CBD. Serving 20 hallmark dishes (think fresh seafood, curries and sambals), an ’80s-style cocktail list and local wines. “I’ve dug out the original menus and summoned up the old flavours,” Perry says.

Monday November 19 to Saturday November 24 (lunch Tues-Fri, dinner Mon-Sat); Blue Water Grill CBD pop-up, 11 Bridge Street, bookings 02 8099 7081 (walk-ins welcome). 

Celebrate Diwali

Chef Jessi Singh is celebrating one of India’s biggest festivals at Surry Hills newbie Don’t Tell Aunty with a creative $55 tasting menu including lentil dumplings, shiitake mushroom tikka and a vegetarian thali platter, plus Indian sweets to finish.

Wednesday, November 7; Don’t Tell Aunty, 414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills,

Barangaroo food fest

This “immersive experience fusing food, culture and music” over four days at Barangaroo includes a chef line-up curated by Mark Best. The Taste of Sydney Collective will include collaborative kitchens featuring 32 chefs from different restaurants, including Clayton Wells, Palisa Anderson, Darren Robertson, Skye Gyngell and more.

Thursday, November 8 to Sunday, November 11; The Cutaway at Barangaroo,

Busy the weekend of the 8th? Head to Barangaroo on November 1-3 for a food truck preview of Taste of Sydney, kicking off with Bea chef Corey Campbell’s signature ocean trout pickled remoulade, followed by Hamish Ingham’s trifle with banksia syrup, sweet vermouth, rosella jelly and burnt vanilla custard (Friday), and finally Somer Sivrioglu’s lamb fillet and charred eggplant begendi (Saturday). All dishes $12.

Noon-3pm, Thursday, November 1 to Saturday, November 3; Exchange Place (Thursday and Friday) and Wulugul Walk (Saturday), Barangaroo,

Last bow for Bow’s in Blacktown

Last orders may have been taken long ago at Blacktown institution Bow’s Restaurant. But now you have one last chance to visit the old-school Chinese eatery before demolition crews move in. The Nightline, a show by theatre-maker Roslyn Oades, will turn the site into an “underground listening club” about the sounds of life after midnight.

November 1-17 (Thursday to Saturday at 6pm); Main Street, Blacktown, tickets from (dinner included)​

Cocktails on the lawn

If a gin-themed garden party sounds like your type of deal, head to Chiswick Woollahra every Wednesday in November for sundowners on the lawn, along with live music, lawn bowls and free roaming canapes. The pop-up bar will be serving Bombay Sapphire cocktails, 4 Pines Pale Ale and home-made lemonade ($5-14).

Wednesdays in November, 5.30-7.30pm; 65 Ocean Street, Woollahra,

Ms. G’s chef collab

Chefs Dan Hong, Louis Tikram and Jowett Yu join forces in the kitchen for two nights at Ms.G’s to create innovative eats to pair with Chivas Regal cocktails. Good Food’s very own DJ Levins will get the party started.

Monday, November 12 to Tuesday, November 13; Ms. G’s 155 Victoria Street, Potts Point, $85 tickets from

Dinner with Mark Best

Chef Mark Best is at the helm of Two Good Co’s next equiTABLE dinner, a series of meals for people with diverse backgrounds. Each ticket covers your own meal, plus a meal for a woman from domestic violence and homeless shelters around Sydney.

Tuesday, November 13 at 6.30pm; SilverEye at The Old Clare Hotel, Chippendale, tickets from

Inner West Beer Fest

Missed Sydney Beer Week shenanigans? The inner west is still boozing on, with a mini beer festival at The Royal in Leichhardt. Norton and Carlisle Streets come alive with breweries, food stalls and live entertainment. Young Henrys (Newtown), Pirate Life (SA), Akasha (Five Dock) and Willie the Boatman (St Peters) will all be represented.

November 17-18; The Royal Hotel, corner Norton Street and Carlisle Street, Leichhardt, (free entry)

Southern Highlands

Head to Bowral for the launch of Farm to Flame, a new cookbook featuring 70 fire-fuelled recipes from local restaurant Bistro Officina. Sample recipes from the cookbook, pick up a signed copy, and mix with the regional culinary community.

Sunday, November 25 from 4pm; Bistro Officina, 4 David Street, Bowral, (rooms available at Berida Hotel)

Amalfi feasting

Fratelli’s latest long table series is coming to Darling Harbour, with a sharing menu designed around the Amalfi coast’s most delicious specialities. The $79 lunch includes unlimited prosecco, beer, wine and Aperol spritz.

Saturday, November 24, noon to 2pm; Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour, 14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour,

Cook with Paul Carmichael

A rare chance to learn from Paul Carmichael from three-hat Pyrmont restaurant Momofuku Seiobo. At this hands-on lunch class, the Barbados chef will show how to cook some of his favourite seafood recipes.

Saturday, November 10, 11am-3pm; Sydney Seafood School, Sydney Fish Market, $165 bookings at

Family-friendly festival

Sample some of Australia’s best cool-climate wines at Food and Wine by the River. Now in its fourth year, the family-friendly festival is a chance to try the Orange region’s best drops, alongside food and music on the river. Leashed pets allowed.

Sunday, November 4 from 11am; Tambourine Bay Reserve, Riverview, (free shuttle from Lane Cove Library) 

Tex-Mex party in Manly

Celebrate the arrival of El Camino Cantina on the new rooftop at Manly Wharf, with an opening party filled with Tex-Mex treats, frozen margaritas and dozens of tequilas and mezcals. Head over on Friday, November 9 for a mariachi band, chilli eating competition, free sombrero and more.

Friday, November 9 from 6pm; El Camino Cantina, Manly Wharf, $69 two-hour food and beverage package from

High teas with a twist

NOLA Smokehouse and Bar’s final Louisiana-inspired high teas will be held in November, serving lobster rolls, po’boys and passionfruit s’mores alongside bottomless booze-free iced teas or fresh lemonade, plus a cocktail or glass of Taittinger Cuvee Prestige.

Sunday, November 25 from noon; NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, Level 1, Tower 1, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo, $70 tickets from

Vegan banquet

Madame Shanghai is hosting a 10-course Sichuan vegan banquet, promising the “‘strange-flavour’ combination of salty, sweet, numbing, hot and sourness”.

Thursday, November 22 at 6.30pm; Madame Shanghai, 18 College Street, Darlinghurst, $65 tickets from

Etelek extends pop-up until New Year’s Eve

When Etelek popped up at the old Gastro Park site in Potts Point, the plan was to only stay three months. Well, good news – the party will continue until New Year’s Eve, with a new menu to boot. So get in before they really shut up shop.

Etelek, 5-9 Roslyn Street, Potts Point,

Darling Harbour

Want to broaden your palate with international flavours and family-friendly eats? Head to Darling Harbour for this year’s Philippine Christmas Festival, Nepal Festival, Matsuri Japanese festival, and Sydney Armenian Festival.

Philippine Christmas Festival on November 10-11; Nepal Festival on November 24-25; Matsuri Japanese festival on December 8; Sydney Armenian Festival on December 16,

Ferris wheel dining

Here’s a fun date night. Sign up for the Ferris Wheel Dining Experience at Luna Park for a sunset dinner on the harbour in your own personal carriage. Start with a glass of 2009 Lark Hill Sparkling Brut R.D. followed by three courses and matching wines including lobster tail, pan-fried mahi-mahi with Alaskan king crab and fingerling potato, and bruleed blueberry tart.

Sundays until Match 18, 2019 from 6pm; Thursdays from February 7, 2019 to February 21, 2019 from 6pm (excluding blockout dates); The Deck Sydney, Luna Park, 1 Olympic Drive, Milsons Point, carriage for two for $399, cinderella carriage (with fairy lights) for two for $499;

Ruby chocolate

Want to sample Callebaut’s new ruby chocolate before its official launch this year? Head to Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie in Alexandria or Josophan’s Fine Chocolates in Leura to taste what all the fuss is about. If you can’t schlep it that far, order online at Kirsten Tibballs’s Savour Chocolate & Patisserie School instead.

Textbook Boulangerie Patisserie, 274 Botany Road, Alexandria, Alexandria or Josophan’s Fine Chocolates, 132 Leura Mall, Leura

Top chefs take over Mary’s

Join the cool kids at Mary’s Newtown on the last Monday of every month for Jump in the Fire, a menu takeover by top chefs from around the country. Entry is free; expect local bands, top wine producers and sommeliers, and the occasional pre-dinner masterclass (ticketed). The September line-up includes Melbourne’s Campbell Burton of wine distributor Campbell Burton Wines with chef Josh Murphy. Hobart’s Roger and Sue of Living Wines have been locked in for October with Luke Burgess (Ex-Garagiste, Gun for Hire, Handsome Man), while November includes Giovanni Paradiso (10 William St, Fratelli Paradiso, Paradiso Wine Imports, Sydney).

Last Monday of every month; Mary’s, 6 Mary Street, Newtown

Pictured is the Opera Bar Beach Party held on the Sunday 31st of December 2017.
Picture: Christian Gilles New Year's Eve at the Sydney Opera House - PR supplied pic for Good Food promotion
Contact The Cru for reuse permissions Revellers at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: Christian Gilles

New Year’s Eve

Yep, it’s nearly that time of year, but you’ll need to get in early if you want to party at the house. Opera House, that is. The harbourside party returns for its 16th year at Opera Bar with a Cuban theme, serving roaming canapes and champagne and cocktails to suite all tastes, plus live entertainment.

Monday, December 31; Opera Bar, lower concourse, Sydney Opera House, $495 tickets from (includes food and priority entry to the Opera House precinct for over-18s; drinks not included)

Or if you’re travelling north for summer, head to Harvest Newrybar’s NYE party. Sprawling across the restaurant, bakery, garden and fire-pit, expect a NYE feast, Spanish paella, and whole beast cooked over the Argentinian fire-pit. Plus disco tunes and exotic body painting (it is Byron Shire, after all).

Monday, December 31 from 7pm; Harvest Newrybar, 18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar, $225 tickets (includes food and drinks) from (free shuttle from Suffolk Park and Byron Bay)

Cocktail classes

Master the art of mixology at The Botanist, with cocktail classes using foraged ingredients and international spirits. Shake and sip two ($50pp), three ($65pp) or four ($80pp) cocktails during your masterclass. (Snacks menu $20pp or feast menu $49pp extra.) If bevvies aren’t your thing, try a floral crafternoon making flower crowns. Each workshop fresh flowers and floristry equipment led by a floral host ($80pp with snacks, or $109pp with banquet menu, cocktail $15pp extra).

Cocktail classes available any day, noon-5pm; Flower workshops available Thurs-Sun; The Botanist, 17 Willoughby Street, Kirribilli,

​High tea goes west

Head to the five-star William Inglis hotel for high tea with an equine theme. Nibble on finger sandwiches, fresh scones and tiny cakes while sipping on tea and coffee at the venue’s cosy 1876 Lounge Bar ($49pp or $59 with a glass of champagne).

Every Saturday and Sunday from noon-5pm; William Inglis, 155 Gov Macquarie Drive, Warwick Farm,

Sunday drinks

Meet “Casa Domingo”, the alter ego of underground Paddington bar Charlie Parker’s. On Sunday nights, the venue will transform into a stylish hideaway serving $15 Cuban cocktails and $8 bar snacks from Fred’s chef Danielle Alvarez. Expect Cuban sandwiches, taro fritters with soffrito mayonnaise, kingfish crudo with avocado pineapple and jalapenos, and crispy pig’s ears.

Sunday nights; Charlie Parker’s, 380 Oxford Street, Paddington,

Fresh produce at Fred’s

Start the weekend Euro-style at Fred’s front bar, which will transform into a cafe serving pastries, coffee and produce boxes from Sift Produce every Saturday. All baked goods are home-made in the Fred’s kitchen using organic butter and flour.

Saturday mornings; Fred’s, 380 Oxford Street, Paddington, Order produce boxes at


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