This weekend, GRAPHIC Festival will be taking over Sydney Opera House with a huge variety of live music (from the likes of Sarah Blasko and Ólafur Arnalds), talks (from the likes of George Miller about Mad Max: Fury Road), and one very special screening of The Walking Dead's Season 6 premiere, at the exact same time as it screens in the U.S. Though, a screening just isn't enough for the creative team at GRAPHIC, who have teamed up with FX and Gelato Messina to make sure the screening comes to life (or should we say, back to life) all weekend.
How does a poolside long lunch by Dan Hong sound? Or perhaps a long table banquet put on by hatted restaurant Uccello? Well, both these exciting events are happening at the infinitely attractive ivy Pool Club as Merivale relaunch their famous rooftop oasis with a brand new look, shaped from L.A glitz to Italian Riviera. It's a big rework for the hospitality juggernaut and one which will undoubtedly be met with great enthusiasm by both international and local visitors as they witness ivy Pool Club aligning more and more with it's connected restaurant, the aforementioned Uccello.
When Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery owner Aki Daikos brought boxes upon boxes of his then relatively unknown Tella Balls to the AU review's very first food and drink industry party, "Ketchup" (in partnership with The Jugernauts), there was no way we could have known that these sugary spheres of sweetness would soon-after grab attention on a global scale.
Wok on Inn is part of a formidable line up at East Village in Zetland (think The Village Crow, Lucio Pizzeria, and Taste Baguette) that’ll be competing for the chance to fill your bellies on a lazy day, of which there should be plenty this spring and summer.
The regular Champagne Brunch by Ananas Bar & Brasserie is quickly becoming a staple in Sydney, with each event carefully curated to a theme and aiming for the same high standard we've come to expect of the awarded French restaurant. Being that it's October, and All Hallows' Eve is coming around, the team have decided to theme the next Champagne Brunch towards Halloween, filling the stylish venue with frightful bubbling potions and little jars of horrors.
New Shanghai are most famous for their delicious pan-fried pork buns amongst others handcrafted Shanghainese delicacies. The menu has seen the restaurant meet massive success in locations like Chatswood, Ashfield, Melbourne's Emporium, and Brisbane's Queen Plaza, but for some reason Sydney's CBD has missed out up until now. All is forgiven though, since Pitt Street is the latest location for the acclaimed group of restaurants; more specifically, Westfield Sydney.
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi is well underway now, and the festival's Night Noodle Markets are back in Hyde Park, presenting Sydney with a large scale outdoor hawker that draws on some of the best dumplings, noodles, ramen, and general street food you'll find anywhere, bringing it all together in one place. Heading along to this ridiculously popular event has become a tradition for everyone from the hardcore foodie to those looking to add a little more adventure to their eating habits.
Sydney's currently in the middle of their Good Food Month, but next month will be Melbourne's turn to take part on what is possibly their most diverse program yet. The yearly month-long festival of good food and good drink is a journey of exclusive events, specials, and more, showcasing the creativity and innovation that can be found in both the many restaurants, cafes, and bars throughout the city. The list of events is so unbelievably large this year that it's almost overwhelming, so we went through and picked some of the ones we are most excited about to possibly help you in putting together that delicious timetable!
With a spring in our step, blue skies beckoning, and the racing season upon us, Sydney Spring Carnival is back for three months of entertainment, hospitality and celebrity spotting. Over the long weekend, we put on our best dresses and fascinators to check out The Star Epsom Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
Hospitality juggernaut Merivale are set for their biggest summer period yet as they plan and prepare eight new venues opening across Sydney this year and next. All seven venues will be open by February 2016, expanding an empire which already includes the likes of A Work in Progress, est., and, of course, ivy; done by focusing on the expansion and reinvention of existing properties to contribute to the new look of Sydney.