Head over to Kensington Street in Chippendale for a mini truffle treasure hunt at KOI Dessert Bar and Monkey’s Corner. The Poernomo brothers have created black truffle egg noodles ($25) at Monkey’s Corner and truffle opera cake ($25) at KOI Dessert Bar, with hazelnut, sea salt, coffee jelly and black truffle. Don’t forget to try the “truffletini”, a boozy truffle hot chocolate available at both venues.
Available until end of August; KOI Dessert Bar and Monkey’s Corner, Kensington Street, Chippendale, koidessertbar.com.au.
Warming rooftop cocktails
Feeling the chill? Head to Mosman rooftop bar The Fernery for its pop-up Fire Bar, serving warm “hot-tails” such as mulled wine, a hot spiced apple cider and a flaming gin blazer with citrus. Expect toasty blankets and rooftop fires, too.
Throughout July; The Fernery, 719 Military Road, Mosman, thefernerymosman.com.au.
Get grubby with Ooooblitz
Pack your hat and sunscreen, local food heroes Ooooby are hosting a workshop on everything sustainable, organic and permie. Urban gardener Adrian Baiada from My Square Metre will run you through growing vegetables, composting, worm farming and more. Oh, and refreshments come courtesy of Young Henrys.
Saturday July 28 at 10am; private location in Ashfield, tickets at Eventbrite.
Nomad wine school
Surry Hills hot spot Nomad is launching a wine school, hosted above the venue at China Heights Gallery by its very own director of wine, Simon Howland. Promising to be “fun not fussy”, the 5½-hour course will be held monthly from Saturday, July 21, and includes a seasonal lunch from Nomad’s kitchen, plus wine tastings of course. Short ‘n’ snappy classes will be held on weeknights, too.
Monthly wine school ($250) from Saturday, July 21, monthly masterclasses ($150) from Tuesday, July 24; bookings via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laneway cider festival
For six days, Bulletin Place is being transformed into a pop-up laneway cider “orchard”, promising cider on tap, bespoke cider cocktails and mulled cider to warm you up.
Thursday to Tuesday, July 19-24; Three Bottle Man, Bulletin Place, Sydney, threebottleman.com.au.
Cheese, whisk(e)y and wine Wednesdays
The Butler’s cosy upstairs bar Juanita’s will be dedicating Wednesdays to cheese, whisk(e)y and wine every week throughout winter. Includes cheese board and your choice of whiskeys or wine, at the very reasonable price of $50 for two.
Every Wednesday throughout winter from July 18; Juanita’s, 123 Victoria Street, Potts Point, tickets from butlersydney.com.au/2018/06/cheese-whiskey-wine/.
Head along to this year’s inaugural NAIDOC Week event at Barangaroo for “NAIDOC: Women of Craft”, an event celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The free one-day event is a chance to learn (and taste) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cooking and traditions. Hear from TV host and Bush Tukka Guide author Samantha Martin, as well as bushfoods and foraging expert Jody Orcher. Kids can have a go at cooking their own damper, and anyone can gather around the communal firepit.
Sunday, July 8 from 10am-5pm; Stargazer Lawn at Barangaroo Reserve, program at barangaroo.com/see-and-do/whats-on/.
Christmas in July
Can’t wait until December? Celebrate an early Christmas with a $58 Bavarian platter for two complete with all the trimmings, including pretzel dumplings with mushroom ragout.
Wild rooftop bar
CBD rooftop bar Old Mate’s Place is teaming up with Wild Turkey and the chefs from Continental Deli to create a four-week pop-up bar called Spirit of the Wild (hosted in a secret rooftop location, no less). A firepit made by of-the-moment Sydney sculptor Dion Horstmans will keep guests toasty.
From Saturday, July 14; location TBC, $69 tickets from opentable.com.au/r/spirit-of-the-wild-sydney
Wintry fireside dinners in the mountains
Head to Lawson in the Blue Mountains for Lyttleton Stores’ new series of pop-up community dinners, to be held on the first Saturday of every month. Founder Jacinta Carmichael-Parissi will be serving up three nourishing courses including lamb bone broth and osso bucco. Expect art, live music and fireside long-table dining. For more on Lyttleton Stores and its transition to a community-run co-operative see pozible.com/project/lyttleton-stores-co-operative.
Every Saturday at 6pm from July 7; 1 Badgery Crescent, Lawson, $50 tickets at lyttletonstores.com.au.
Pizza direct from Philly
Join the cool kids at Bondi Beach Public Bar for pizza made by Joe Beddia of minimalist Philadelphia Pizzeria Beddia. He will be very ably assisted by local chef Monty Koludrovic and sommelier James Hird to create a perfect beachside menu.
Sunday-Saturday, July 22-28 from 6pm until sold out; Bondi Beach Public Bar, 203/180 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach, bbpb.com.au/pizzeria-beddia.
Boozy winter drinks
Looking for your fill of boozy winter drinks? The Doss House in The Rocks is serving two warming cocktails through the colder months, including a hot whiskey ($10, house-infused ginger and cinnamon Jim Beam rye whiskey, brown sugar, lemon) and glühwein ($10, red wine, fresh orange, star anise and cloves).
Throughout winter; 77 George Street, The Doss House, The Rocks, thedosshouse.com.au.
Fred’s chef Danielle Alvarez at Halcyon House
Ready for a winter roadtrip? Boutique beachside hotel Halcyon House on the NSW north coast is hosting a gourmet weekend hosted by chef Danielle Alvarez of Paddington restaurant Fred’s. The getaway includes a masterclass with Alvarez, daily breakfast by former Noma chef Ben Devlin, and poolside cocktails and canapes, plus a four-course dinner with matching wines. Weekend packages start at $890pp twin share (or limited $195pp tickets for the Saturday masterclass and dinner).
Friday-Sunday, August 17-19; Halcyon House, 21 Cypress Cres, Cabarita Beach, halcyonhouse.com.au/events.
Madame Truffles on the move
Luxe pop-up Madame Truffles is appearing in Sydney once again, this year at the Kensington Street precinct in Chippendale. From fresh black truffles to truffle butter or truffle pasta, all your truffle needs will be well and truly covered. Keep an eye out for cooking classes and special dinners around town over the next few months.
Open Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-4pm until Sunday, September 2; 28 Kensington Street, Chippendale, madametruffles.com.au.
Seafood lunch in the Southern Highlands
Moss Vale newbie Birch Restaurant is hosting its first collaboration event: a six-course crustacean menu from young chefs Lachlan Houghton and Eilish Maloney. $165 per person ($85 extra for matching wines).
Sunday, July 15; 2/249 Argyle Street, Moss Vale, birchrestaurant.com.au.
Get into the mood for French food at the intimate Bistro Papillon, with a five-course $110 dinner for La Fete Nationale.
Friday and Saturday, July 13-14; 98 Clarence Street, Sydney, bistropapillon.com.au.
Snails? They’re on Parisian chef Raphael Szurek’s six-course menu at Silvester’s for five days only. The $80 degustation also includes foie gras, truffled soups, fish cheeks and crepes suzette.
Tuesday to Saturday, July 10-14; Silvester’s, 1 Bulletin Place, Circular Quay, silvesters.com.au.
Felix restaurant’s Bastille Day Prixe Fixe dinner goes all-out with five courses ($150pp food only) created by top Merivale chefs including Dan Hong (Mr. Wong and Ms G’s) and Alistair Little (Little Bistro), accompanied by beautiful French music and dancers, of course. If you’re after something a little more low key, Felix will also be offering a daily special alongside the regular menu in the second week of July, while sister venue Ash Street Cellar’s special $95 Bastille Day menu will focus on four regions of France, with wines to match on request.
Bastille Day Prixe Fixe dinner, Saturday 14 July at Felix. Daily specials Monday-Friday, July 9-13 at Felix. Four-course menu Monday to Friday, July 9-13 at Ash Street Cellar. Contact Merivale on 02 9240 3000 or email@example.com.
Or for family-friendly festivities, head to Circular Quay and The Rocks for the four-day Bastille Festival Sydney. You’ll find more than 100 food and wine stalls covering breakfast, lunch and dinner. Fresh crepes, melted raclette, French champagne, live cabaret, fire shows and more. Don’t miss the Christmas in July winter markets, held daily from 11am.
Thursday to Sunday, July 12-15; Circular Quay and The Rocks, bastillefestival.com.au.
The Cake Bake and Sweets Show is back, with masterclasses, decorating championships, workshops and a marketplace chock full of baking gear.
Friday to Sunday, November 23-25; ICC Sydney, cakebakeandsweets.com/sydney
Duck and pinot
Bondi’s Drake Eatery is celebrating its third birthday with a series of duck and pinot nights. The $35 offer includes a glass of red and duck special (duck ragu, duck pie or duck ramen).
Available every Tuesday evening until July 31; Corner Curlewis and Gould Streets, Bondi Beach, drakeeatery.com.au.
Gyoza pop-up bar
Head for the hills (Surry, that is), at Toko for this year’s winter pop-up. From Sunday, July 7, the venue will be transformed into a gyoza bar and if last year’s pop-up queues are any guide, you’ll be lining up for this one.
490 Crown Street, Surry Hills, toko-sydney.com.
Looking for free feeds and family-friendly outings for the winter school holidays? The new flagship Fratelli Fresh Darling Harbour will keep the kids entertained with a program of face-painting, magic shows, workshops and cooking classes for your mini pizza and gelato fans. And on Sundays between July 7 and 22, children under 12 can eat for free from the kids’ menu from noon until 3pm (up to four children with one full-price adult).
Or head to the ‘burbs for free kids’ meals at Castle Hill newbie The Bavarian. Children can eat for free between 11am and 3pm every day of the week with a paying adult. “Kinder” options include mac n cheese balls, chicken schnitzel, hot dogs and more.
Until Friday, August 31; The Bavarian Castle Hill, Castle Towers Shopping Centre, 14 Castle Street, Castle Hill, thebavarians.com.
Can you sniff out a stellar spirit? Learn how to love your whiskey at this rye masterclass led by rye whiskey expert and SouthTrade International Spirits Ambassador Gee David. Includes a tasting of five premium ryes, plus a rye cocktail, cheese and charcuterie.
Zero waste tips
Want to cut down on lifestyle waste but not sure where to start? Join author and zero waste queen Bea Johnson from Zero Waste Home at Chatswood to hear all her tips and tricks.
Thursday, July 12 at 6pm; The Concourse, Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, tickets start at $15 from facebook.com/events/1998812223475689/.
Gardening for kids
Get the kids outdoors this July with the food and gardening program at the Way out West Festival. Children can paint fences, pot plants and learn to pick and cook their own produce at Casula Powerhouse’s on-site garden.
Full program and bookings at wayoutwestfestival.com.au/food-and-gardening-program.
Bargain beachside dumplings
Organic wine + dumplings? Sounds good to us. The Nine at Bondi is offering a glass of sparkling on arrival, mixed dumplings platter (veg, chicken and seafood), beef san choi bao and matching organic wines for $60 per couple.
Saturday, July 14 at 5pm; 163 Glenayr Avenue, Bondi Beach, tickets at theninesydney.com.au.
Stay dry for July
Off the booze during July? Lot. One in Potts Point will be serving non-alcoholic smoothies and cocktails especially for Dry July for all you temporary teetotallers.
22 Rockwall Crescent, Potts Point, lot1pottspoint.com.au.
Fresh truffles on the menu
Truffle season is go at Three Williams cafe in Redfern. Head chef Jacquie Ektoros (ex Devon, Guillaume at Bennelong) is serving a seven-course menu topped with fresh Manjimup truffle, including waffle fries and mandarin honey crumpet alongside duck angel hair pasta and crispy truffle skin chicken breast.
Truffle menu available daily for breakfast and lunch throughout truffle season; 613a Elizabeth Street, Redfern, threewilliamscafe.com.
Truffle … gelato?
Yes, indeed. Messina will be joining the truffle action with a seven-course truffle degustation that promises “transitions through sweet, savoury and umami”. Think carmelised oak gelato, truffle and passionfruit souffle and tonka bean alongside smoked and cured duck egg yolk gelato with shiitake, celeriac and truffle foam and lardo.
July 19-29; 243 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, $160pp including drinks – for sitting times and bookings see gelatomessina.com/au/truffledegustationsydney.
Can’t get enough of truffles? Jamie’s Italian in Sydney is hosting a seven-course truffle feast on July 18 alongside weekly truffle specials for the whole month (don’t miss the fresh handmade truffled focaccia).
Wednesday, July 18 from 5.30pm; 107 Pitt Street, Sydney, truffle feast tickets start at $80 from booking.nowbookit.com.
Make your own cheese
Add cheese-making to your repertoire, and make your very own batch of fresh creamy cheese to take home. Inner west hub The Tramsheds will hold two workshops each month from July until November, focussing on burrata and bocconcini or Mediterranean cheeses (feta, halloumi and chevre).
July to November workshops; 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge, tickets from $75 at tramshedssydney.com.au.
Barossa comes to town
See and taste all things Barossa without leaving town with “Barossa. Be Consumed”, a one-day event celebrating everything the South Australian region has to offer, including 44 wineries, local producers and more.
Saturday, July 14, 11am-5pm; Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, $65 tickets from barossa.com/events/barossa-be-consumed-sydney-2018.
Put on your thinking caps for a bite-sized festival about food fads and myths at the Sydney Opera House.
Saturday, July 14; Sydney Opera House, program and tickets at sydneyoperahouse.com.
Taste of Tassie
Enjoy all things Tasmanian without leaving the city at this year’s VIN Diemen festival, which showcases the island’s leading vintners and producers. Sample wines from every corner of the island, including the Tamar Valley, southern Tasmania, great eastern wine drive and north-west wine trail.
Saturday, August 11; Cell Block Theatre, Darlinghurst, vindiemen.com.au.
Night market at Carriageworks
Porteno’s Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowic have curated this year’s Carriageworks Night Market, featuring 55 of Sydney’s hottest bars, restaurants and producers around the theme “burning love” (think smoke, spice, slow-cooking and all things hot and flaming). Expect the likes of Stanbuli, Rocker, Kepos Street Kitchen, Archie Rose Distilling Co, Wildflower Brewing, Two Good Co and more. Children under 12 free.
Friday, July 27 from 5pm; Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, tickets from carriageworks.com.au/events/night-market-burning-love/.
Learn how to cook paella
Become a pro at cooking paella at La Despensa’s $99 cooking demonstration. Gather round while chef Antoni Serra demonstrates how to cook the iconic Spanish dish, which you’ll then feast on with matching courses and wines.
Tuesday, July 31 at 6.30pm; La Despensa, 159 Wycombe Road, Neutral Bay, ladespensa.com.au.
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