This Thursday saw the launch party for HackFood, Australia’s first food-themed hackathon. A hackathon is a weekend-long business building competition and start-up boot camp that aims to encourage its participants to uncover unique digital technology solutions to combat some of the biggest challenges faced in traditional industries Despite the connotations associated with the term ‘hackathon’, HackFood is an all-inclusive event encouraging not just tech developers but passionate entrepreneurs, foodies and chefs to collaborate on ideas and of course, eat delicious food.
Last Friday night saw the launch of The Light Ball in Sydney. Started in Ireland, the charity ball is a black tie event held to raise awareness of mental health issues and to aid the Irish Charity, Pieta House and the Australian Charity, beyondblue. Highly successful in Ireland, two members of committee recently moved to Sydney with the plans to take the ball Down Under.
The Pacha Mama Laneway Fiesta hit Melbourne in style on Monday night, drawing a crowd that was more than ready to make merry despite the threat of ominous storm clouds ahead. The doors at Blender Studios were thrown open, allowing for the party to tumble out into the adjacent laneway, which featured grungy street art amidst colourful buntings. Despite the season, the atmosphere was reminiscent of a long Indian summer as the team behind Pacha Mama paid tribute to their South American-inspired roots with a touch of panache, in celebration of their two new-release wines – the 2015 Pinot Gris and Riesling.
Get down, party people. After 12 years, Melbourne’s chic waterside venue, Alumbra, has undergone a redesign by Roar Projects – the team behind the newly developed nightspot, Ms Collins. Located at the end of Central Pier’s historic runway, Alumbra launched with an exclusive VIP corporate and media event last week to unveil a whole new look. We headed along just to see what all the fuss was about.
Gin-drinkers rejoice! G&Ts and gin cocktails will be the order of the day at Taylor Square’s newest drinking den Middlebar. Previously Lo-Fi, wedged in between Kinsela’s and Standard Bowl, Middlebar opened with a bang and a celebration of gin – its spirit of choice. The brainchild of industry veterans Lee Potter Cavanagh and David Rozario (formerly of Sydney-favourite Baxter Inn) the bar aims to bring a little of Havana and its embrace of good times to Sydney.
Celebrating just being an awesome venue, Manly Wharf restaurant and bar Papi Chulo threw a mid-week bash, brightening our mid-winter spirits. A mix of locals and city-siders packed out the stylish watering hole enjoying the live music, unique South American via Caribbean decor and fantastic water views. From the scattered candles, warm wooden interior and flower-draped windows opening on to the water Chulo has lifted the game; impressive in the beachside suburb where quality bars and eateries continue to take off.
Renewal is as much a certainty in Sydney these days as the sun rising and it can be an equally hit or miss exercise. Luckily Double Bay favourite The Sheaf has nailed the successful update with their Garden Bar and we got to bask in their success at its official launch.
Sky Zone came to our backyard, took one look at that lone, depressingly rusty trampoline drowning in overgrown lawn and decided Australia needed more awesomeness in its life. In the spirit of one upmanship they took a stadium, lined it with trampolines (and padding you know, for safety’s sake) and said ‘hey kids, have at it!’ and so it was ... and nobody had to be told twice. The world’s first chain of indoor trampoline parks was born and to celebrate their first year in Alexandria helping big and little kids believe they can fly, they’ve partnered up with Red Bull as part of the Big Air Festival, showcasing some of the nation’s best Skaters, BMX Riders and Wall Runners.
The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton was filled with the sound of excited yapping over the weekend as ‘The Dog Lovers Show’ sailed into town. Four legged pooches were scattered over two floors as various stalls lined the walls. An assortment of exciting products were available for purchase and a delightfully large amount of giveaways were on offer.
Melbourne is well-known for its hive of bustling laneways, which weave through the city grid like a cultural maze. Adorned with graffiti, these creative thoroughfares contain many hidden gems that furnish the city with its distinguishing character. On any given day, you will most likely spot a bridal party or two making their way down these lanes for wedding photos following staunch ceremonies at nearby churches. But what if you could walk to the altar from one of these secretive alleyways, at any time of the day or night, for a fun and exciting wedding on the spot?
The last time there was a distillery in the City of Sydney convicts were still being sent to our shores and Australia was a straggle of colonies, not yet a country. But with the launch of Archie Rose Distilling Co. in Rosebery Sydney is finally able to get a taste of some uniquely Australian spirits in its own inner west backyard.
One of Sydney’s most luxurious hotels Pier One claimed another feather in its cap when it officially opened its new restaurant The Gantry Restaurant and Bar Tuesday night. The newly refurbished restaurant boasts an open deck with stunning Walsh Bay harbour views, an open style kitchen, chef’s table and cold seafood display, all of which came to life in the presence of over 200 guests.
Woolloomooloo has, oddly enough, not enjoyed the explosion of small bars that a lot of the inner-city has over the last few years. That’s why the opening of Sydney’s newest cubby hole, Peekaboo Bar, in the harbourside suburb is so welcome.
Last week, before the clock struck Midnight on New Years Eve, iconic brand Ford helped introduce their brand new Ford Mustang to Sydneysiders, setting up a special live music stage right under the Sydney Harbour Bridge that helped get the party started well ahead of the fireworks, with a mix of Australian and International musicians performing with the Harbour behind them and the Mustang to their right.
Last Monday, in an Australian first, a mix of media, travel industry and 100 Facebook competition winners got the chance to party on board Australia's largest cruise ship - Royal Carribean's Voyager of the Seas - in a Facebook Party at Sea.