As we approach the warmest months of the calendar year, it’s time to get social in November.
From yoga sessions by the harbour to a ten course vegan feast, Day of the Dead parties, a beer festival and more, one thing is for certain – Sydney, you’re never dull! Gather the crew and pull out the calendar, it’s time to get social in November with your ultimate guide on what’s happening this month.
Day of the Dead at El Camino
Day of the Dead is almost here, which means spooky dress-ups, flowing tequila and one big ol’ party! El Camino Cantina in The Rocks is throwing the ultimate party come Friday 2nd November. Kicking off at 6pm, head down for free face painting and El Camino’s resident DJ providing the dance-worthy tracks. Come 8pm, you can battle it out for the title of Chilli Eating Champion and go in the draw to win a $50 restaurant voucher. Day of the Dead revellers can indulge in free chips and salsa, a Tex-Mex a-la-carte menu and some of Sydney’s biggest margaritas. For more information see here.
Madame Shanghai Vegan Banquet Dinner
While Sichuan cuisine might typically conjure up images of mouth numbing peppers laced throughout a variety of meats, Madame Shanghai is pushing the boundaries of contemporary Sichuan food with a 10 course vegan banquet. Curated by Head Chef Casper Xu, the menu sees the intricate exploration of fermented sauces and the mouthwatering ‘strange-flavour’ combination of salty, sweet, numbing, hot and sourness. Hosted on Thursday 22 November, menu highlights include spinach and sweet corn dumplings, steamed pumpkin dumplings, five spice smoked eggplant, hot and sour soup plus much more. Tickets are $65pp. For more information and to book, click here.
Melbourne Cup 2018
The race that stops the nation is just around the corner, which means it’s nearly time to adorn those fascinators, frocks and sleekest suits. Need some last minute inspiration on where to celebrate? Check out this range of restaurants hosting festivities come race day here.
The Royal Inner West Beer Fest
The Royal Hotel Leichhardt gets set to transform into a beer lover’s paradise once more, with the return of the Inner West Beer Fest. Running from 17-18th November, taste your way through a smorgasbord of unique beers supplied from the likes of Young Henrys (Newtown), Pirate Life (SA), Akasha (Five Dock) and Willie the Boatman (St Peters). A variety of eats will be available for purchase on the day, with live music adding the final flourish to the festivities.
Entry to the festival is free, with a tasting cup and 10 tasting tokens available for $30. Extra 10 tasting tokens can be purchased for $25. For more information, check out The Royal Hotel’s website: http://theroyalleichhardt.com.au/
Be it for a long and lazy Sunday session by the beach or a boozy lunch with work mates in the CBD, Sydney is packed with venues primed for day drinking. From east to west, city to sea, we have prepared a must visit guide to the Best Places to Day Drink in Sydney here.
From Palm Beach to Woolloomooloo, one thing’s for certain – Sydneysiders are blessed with an incredible array of seaside views. For the times when the sun is out, the water is glistening and a long, lavish meal is calling your name, look no further.
Taste Collective Pop-up at The Streets of Barangaroo
The Streets of Barangaroo is giving us a sneak preview of what some of its chefs will be offering at Taste of Sydney with a food truck pop-up from the 1 -3 November. Kicking off on Thursday, Bea’s Corey Campbell will be dishing up his signature ocean trout pickled remoulade. On Friday, get your hands on Hamish Ingham’s trifle with banksia syrup, sweet vermouth, rosella jelly and burnt vanilla custard. Then, on Saturday, Somer Sivrioglu takes taste buds to Turkey with his lamb fillet and charred eggplant begendi. All dishes are $12 and are available for purchase from 12pm-3pm.
Plus, spend $100 or more at one of The Streets restaurants during 1-3 November and you’ll receive two complimentary passes to Taste of Sydney Collective.
Taste of Sydney
Taste of Sydney is back in 2018, bringing 36 local, interstate and international chefs to The Cutaway Barangaroo. The four day food festival, spanning from 8-11th November, lets visitors taste incredible one-off dishes, interact with food heroes and even take part in interactive masterclasses.
At the core of Taste of Sydney Collective is the Electrolux Collective Kitchens, two double-story, open-plan spaces, whichwill host a daily roster of eight chefs each serving two dishes exclusive to Taste of Sydney Collective – with 64 never-seen-before dishes over four days. For more information and to secure your tickets to the event, click here.
Carriageworks Chef Masterclass with Josh Niland
As we approach the final Carriageworks Chef Masterclass series for 2018, you’ll want to make sure you pencil Saturday 3rd November in the diary. The last masterclass sees Josh Niland of Saint Peterand The Fish Butchery in Paddington share his skills in an interactive session, inspired by the seasonal produce available at Carriageworks Farmers Market. Tickets are $40, with the session running from 12pm- 2pm. To secure your tickets, click here.
Zen Sessions: Yoga at Pullman
Align your mind, body and soul thanks to Zen Sessions at Pullman Quay Grand. This 5-star hotel situated in Sydney’s Circular Quay currently offers three ongoing early morning classes each week, running Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7am – 8am. Classes focus on either dynamic flow yoga or slow flow yoga and are open to everyone at all levels and abilities. To secure your space, click here: http://zensessions.simplybook.me/v2/
Fratelli Fresh Amalfi Long Table Series
Did someone say unlimited Italian cocktails, Prosecco, beer and wine? Fratelli’s popular Long Table Series is back in November, bringing with it a decadent share-style feast and flowing drinks. Guests will take a journey along the Amalfi coast, with a menu inspired by the region’s specialities. Tickets are $79pp and includes a share-style feast and an unlimited choice of Italian prosecco, beer, wine and Aperol spritz. Bookings can be made here.
The Blend presented by Chivas Regal at Ms G’s
Merivale’s Dan Hong is teaming up with Jowett Yu of Hong Kong’s Ho Lee Fook and Louis Tikram of LP & EP in Los Angeles for a collaborative cooking series you won’t want to miss. Running across two nights on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th November, head into Ms G’s for an immersive evening of innovative eats, paired with a selection of Chivas Regal cocktails. You will also get the chance to taste grain whisky and single malts with distinct flavour profiles and then blend your own unique whisky to keep. Tickets are $85, and can be secured here.
Thanksgiving at NOLA Smokehouse and Bar
Thanksgiving might traditionally be an American holiday, but that doesn’t mean us Sydneysiders have to miss out on the action. Head to NOLA Smokehouse and Bar on Thursday 22nd November for a special Thanksgiving Feast. Available for groups of six or more, the specially curated menu includes a whopping 15 different dishes comprising numerous starters, a whole turkey accompanied by sides plus four desserts. Expect some of your favourite NOLA Smokehouse dishes along with NOLA’s twist on a number of traditional Thanksgiving flavours. Available for dinner only for $100pp. For more information and to secure your space, click here.
Don’t fancy a feast but love a themed cocktail? The Pumpkin Spiced Brandy Milk Punch ($19) has been specially concocted for Thanksgiving and will be available that day, only. Made with H by Hine VSOP Cognac, cream, vanilla and pumpkin spice, the Pumpkin Spiced Brandy Milk Punch is a twist on the classic New Orleans cocktail, the Brandy Milk Punch.