For all the food, drinks, music and art that you could want, Sydney is cooking up a whole bunch of epic events to kick start your July. With winter in full-swing, these sessions have got a guaranteed line-up to get you out of those winter blues.
Here are 10 things to do in Sydney this weekend.
Head over to the Casa Barilla Cooking School in Annandale this Thursday night for the chance to create an Italian three-course meal. Hosted by Paola Bacchia who wrote the cookbook Italy On My Mind, you’ll be guided through the menu with the absolute best advice. Learn how to whip up classic crostini, relish in her rigatoni and pause as her Presnitz with Mulino Bianco (cake) tingles on your taste buds. Save your class spots here.
When: Thursday 4 July, 6pm-9pm
Where: Casa Barilla Cooking School, Annandale
Rock N’ Loaded
If you’re keen as a bean to celebrate the 4th of July (also known as American Independence Day), then The Norfolk have got you covered the true Australian way. With $15 jugs of Young Henrys being slung out all day along with a loaded food menu, you better get down there quick. Rock n’ Roll vinyls will be spinning all night, so get the classic hits of Elvis swinging.
When: Thursday 6pm-9pm
Where: The Norfolk, Redfern
For seventeen days this July, Prince Alfred Square in Parramatta will turn into a frosty winter wonderland for all to enjoy. Think carnival rides, mulled wines and an ice-skating rink. Grab a toboggan and race down the Winterlight ice slide that’s made of rock-solid ice at 30 metres long. Dodgems, merry-go-round and an illuminated Ferris wheel are also on the docket, all under a slew of fairy lights. And if you’re feeling a little peckish, head to any of the food stalls for German sausages from Berlin Bangers, Dutch mini pancakes from Dutch Poffertjes House and hearty soups and mulled wine from The Original Soup Man. Grab your tickets for this glowing festival here.
When: Starts Friday 5 July
Where: Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta
Eastside Petersham Market
Head along the windy road all the way to Mini-Mart Petersham, this Friday night the beers will be flowing and food will be plentiful. With a massive line-up of vendors selling their goodies to the public, grab a little plant from Happy Plant Friends or even a doughnut from Donut Papi. Head over to Daisy’s Milkbar to grab a delicious dinner and then check out the local live bands in Oxford Tavern. Head here for more information.
When: Friday 5 July, 6pm-9pm
Where: Mini-Mart Petersham, Stanmore
Art For Brunch
Down at 107 Redfern this weekend, get a mixture of art, brunch, beats and (of course) blankets to keep you from developing those winter blues. Join them each Saturday on the rooftop for a series of workshops and baked goods. This week is Screen printing with Josh Gilchrist, so round up your mates and grab your tickets here.
When: Saturday 6 July, 11am-2pm
Where: 107 Redfern, Redfern
Dance Yourself Clean
Known in North America as the biggest indie dance party, it has hit Sydney shores for this weekend only at the one and only Oxford Art Factory. With the DJ spinning tracks from LCD Soundsystem, Carlie XCX, 1975 and Arcade Fire, you’ll feel a cleanse over your entire mind and body.
When: Saturday 9pm-4am
Where: Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst
Flavours Of The Italian Summer
If you’re feeling that serious jealousy from all those in Europe this winter, Matteo in Sydney is doing you a huge solid. Creating a feast each month dedicated to a different part of Italy, check out the Southern, Northern and Central regions and their specialties. This week you’ll be heading to the Amalfi Coast. Dig in on the spaghetti vongole and a mix of other seafood classics that put this place on the map. Head here to secure your tickets.
When: Sunday 7 July, 2pm-5pm
Where: Matteo, Sydney
Plantation High Tea
NOLA Smokehouse and Bar are known for their iconic Plantation High Teas and this weekend they’re bringing it back again. With a brand-new menu in the works thanks to head chef Troy Spencer, munch down on chicken sliders, pecan smoked salmon crepes, sticky tartlets and s’mores. Unlimited pours of three signature cocktails will be making the rounds, so grab yourself a Filmore Fizz, Shrub A Dub Dub or a Big Easy Bellini. Head here to book your table.
When: Sunday 7 July, 12pm-4pm
Where: NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, Barangaroo
World Chocolate Day
World Chocolate Day is here and Swissôtel is here yet again stepping up to the plate to deliver a fantastic themed menu. A chocolate buffet high tea is in the works, so head down to Market St and dip into their legendary chocolate fountain with absolutely anything you can find. While you’re taking a breather from that insane high tea, the culinary team from the hotel will hold a chocolate masterclass. Teaching you everything from moulding to piping while you create the perfect chocolate truffle.
When: Sunday 7 July, 12pm-3pm
Where: Swissôtel, Sydney
Sunday Roasts And Live Jazz
When you feel like that classic Sunday roast with all the trimmings along with a smattering of live jazz music, head down to Chiswick in Woollahra. Every weekend in July they will be hosting this event pushing The Tilly Street Trio on stage for a jam. Roast dinners start at 6pm every week but catch the show from 3:30pm.
When: Sunday 3:30pm-9pm
Where: Chiswick, Woollahra
Here’s where to stuff yourself on bottomless wine and kebabs this winter.
Image credit: Winterlight