July is a heavy-hitter in Sydney’s books. With Bastille day, mid-year Christmas parties and all the food and wine festivals you can think of, there won’t be a day when you aren’t busy. On the line-up is a sketch comedy show, high tea and cheese and pasta making class. With no excuses to head outside, this month will be your warmest yet.
Here are 14 things to do this July in Sydney.
American Wine Dinner Degustation
All-American is a term you’ll hear at this degustation where a five-course menu paired with eight different wines will be placed in front of you. With pairings from the famous Napa Valley and all across the country, this dinner will bring the wonderful flavours of the U.S right down under.
When: Thursday 4 July, 7pm-11pm
Where: The Bishop, Surry Hills
Barilla has hosted a large range of excellent cooks in the years since it opened and this month, you’ll be happy to hear that a class on a three-course meal will be hosted by Paola Bacchia. Bacchia has travelled through Italy on multiple occasions and created the cookbook Italy On My Mind. 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
Plantation High Tea
For that feel of Louisiana, NOLA Smokehouse and Bar are holding yet again, another one of their iconic Plantation High Teas. This time a brand-new exclusive menu will be in the works thanks to chef Troy Spencer. With chicken sliders, pecan smoked salmon crepes, sticky tartlets and s’mores all on the docket, this tea is a must-attend. Unlimited pours of three signature cocktails will be making the rounds, so snag yourself a Filmore Fizz, Shrub A Dub Dub or a Big Easy Bellini. Book your places here.
When: Sunday 7 July, 12pm-4pm
Where: NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, Barangaroo
World Chocolate Day
If you’re obsessed with everything chocolate, then listen up. The Swissôtel is celebrating World Chocolate Day this year the only way they know how, a chocolate-themed buffet high tea. Head down to the CBD and dip anything you can find into their legendary chocolate fountain. Following the high tea, the culinary team from the hotel will hold a masterclass. You’ll learn everything from moulding to piping while you create the perfect chocolate truffle.
When: Sunday 7 July, 12pm-3pm
Where: Swissôtel, Sydney
Handmade Organic Skincare
Sustainability is on the top of everyone’s minds right now, so this workshop will allow you to create an environmentally friendly set of skincare essentials. Both men and women are encouraged to attend and you’ll learn valuable lessons on which foods from your pantry can be used as an ingredient. Head here for more information.
When: Tuesday 9 July, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Work-Shop, Redfern
French Outdoor Cinema
In honour of Bastille Day, a French outdoor cinema will be established in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art down at Circular Quay. Only French films will be streamed, from the newer Les Miserable, to the classic Hunchback of Notre Dame and the ever iconic, Coco Before Chanel. Hit the decks with a glass of mulled wine while you sit in a comfy beanbag. And with eight movies shown in three days, you’ll have a hard time just choosing one. And at the starting price of $8 for a grass seat, you can definitely afford to attend all of them. Head here for more.
When: Thursday 11 through to Sunday 14 July
Where: Tallowoladah Lawn, Circular Quay
Meet The Makers
A night of wine tasting is happening this July down at the Dolton House. Meet the Makers is hosting over 20 of Australia and New Zealand’s finest winemakers, and around 60 wines will be on display for tastings. Canapes, cheeses and antipasti platters will be making the rounds throughout the night so while you’re sipping on Tasmania’s best Chardonnay, pick up a lavosh with brie which will pair brilliantly. Grab your tickets here.
When: Friday 12 July, 6pm-8:30pm
Where: Dolton House, Pyrmont
Barossa. Be Consumed
Another wine festival is in the mix, this time coming directly from Australia’s iconic Barossa Valley. With over 50 winemakers and 300 wines available for tastings, you’ll be able to meet the faces behind the glasses. Live music, local produce and artisan gin will be available for your perusal. Be consumed. Get your tickets here.
When: Saturday 13 July, 11am-5pm
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
Feta, Halloumi And Chèvre Masterclass
If you’re obsessed with halloumi, which of course you are, this workshop will give you the tips and tricks to save that extra cash by just creating the magic in your own kitchen. During the 6 hours it takes to learn how to whip up these cheeses, you’ll gain a recipe kit, cheese tasting, scoff down afternoon tea and a delicious lunch. Save your spots here.
When: Sunday 14 July, 10am-4pm
Where: Two Good Co, Eveleigh
As a side-show to her gig on the big Splendour stage, SZA is heading down south to Sydney’s shores for a performance at the Hordern Pavilion. Collaborating in the past with voices like The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott and Chance the Rapper, this girl has got beats and voice like no other. Head here for your tickets.
When: Friday 19 July, 7pm-10pm
Where: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Quiz Night
To celebrate one of the funniest shows on television at the moment, The Paddo RSL, renowned for their epic trivia nights, will be hosting a themed Brooklyn Nine-Nine night. Dress as your favourite character, win at Boyle Bingo and chow down on a menu full of themed delights. Grab your Boyle to your Peralta and book your spots here.
When: Saturday 20 July, 6pm-10pm
Where: Paddo RSL, Paddington
Pulp Fiction Screening
If you’re a big Quentin Tarantino fan and have always wanted to check out the 90s hit Pulp Fiction on the big screen, well, now’s your chance. Head over to any of the selected Event Cinemas to get your dibs on a spot close to the screen. Check out that classic dance between Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace in HD. Click here to see what cinemas are included.
When: Monday 22 July, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Where: Selected Event Cinemas
Aunty Donna Glennridge Graduation Party
Australian YouTube comedy trio Aunty Donna is hosting an epic party in The Metro Theatre to celebrate the success of their series at Glenridge Secondary College. Think of it as a massive dance party with some of the funniest blokes in the country. With their classic live sketch comedy, honestly, no one knows where this is going to go. Snap up your tickets here.
When: Friday 26 July, 8pm-11:30pm
Where: The Metro Theatre, Sydney
Sweet Expo 2019
For all things sugary and sweet, up at the Hordern Pavilion, this month is the annual Sweet Expo. The perfect convention for anyone obsessed with baking, foodies and those who have a sweet tooth. With the latest kitchen gadgets on display, pop-up bakeries, ice-creameries and chocolatiers. And sit in on hourly demonstrations from the best in the business. Hit here for tickets.
When: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July, 9am-4:30pm
Where: Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
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