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Spotlight on Meriton Festival Village 2016 - Hyde Park (Sydney)

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Sydney Festival is back for their huge 40th year anniversary, once again propping up their central hub in the leafy surrounds of Hyde Park, this year presenting a re-brand of sorts as what was once known as Sydney Festival Village now becomes Meriton Festival Village. Not much has changed aside from the name though, and thankfully last year's spacious layout is recreating almost exactly, with a few changes here and there, and an even bigger focus on providing families with a tempting all-day pop-up bursting with entertainment and hospitality.

Sydney's best summer pop ups 2015/16

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Okay, aside from that FREAKIN' TORNADO earlier this month, Sydney is still one of the best cities in the country when it comes to idyllic summer days. Something about that sun spreading across Sydney Harbour is enough to fill you with the desire to go out and make the most the most of your day, eating some of the best food and drinking the best drink you can find. That's the best thing about this relatively new spat of pop-up venues; some of the city's greatest food and drink outlets are able to experiment with various concepts and locations, offering some of their best creations to help you make the most of summer.

Top five New Years Day parties in Sydney for 2016

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It's New Years Eve in Sydney, of course you're supposed to kick on. Summer in the city often means that an outdoor party - whatever the size - is the only way to spend the first day of the year, and 2016 will be no exception when it comes to some of biggest events of the month. Here are a few parties and events you should get across if you want to do a Sydney New Years Day justice. What hangover?

Top five Boxing Day parties in Sydney for 2015

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Boxing Day is often reserved for the cinema or the beach in Sydney, but there are quite a few parties on around the city which you should get across, should you want to compensate for the whole obligatory family Christmas thing by getting turnt up with your squad, that is. Here are our top five Boxing Day parties for 2015.

Test driving Adrenalin with a scenic helicopter flight over Sydney Harbour


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Christmas is looming and the heat is on to one-up family and friends in the gift department. Thankfully it’s surprisingly easy to give someone a unique and unforgettable experience with or without the ‘thrill seeking’ intensity factor via Adrenalin one of Australia’s leading experience sites. The team have put together all sorts of exciting, inexpensive activities online as part of their #GiveAdrenalin Christmas campaign, including everything from Sky Diving and Rally Driving to gourmet experiences such as Seaplane Fly & Dine packages and Champagne tastings.

Sydney's best ticketed New Year's Eve parties 2015-16

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Now that we're in December, Sydneysiders are no doubt scrambling to lock in those perfect NYE plans, and with so many options available around the famed Harbour City, one is definitely going to need some help sorting through all that's on offer. Pretty much every venue around Sydney will be trying to coax you through their doors and into their ticketed event, but not all NYE parties are made equal. Because we're a helpful bunch we've sifted through a shortlist of our favourite New Year's Eve events around Sydney for the 2015/2016 period, trimming that down even more to present you this list of traditional events, new parties, and more.

F&L Guide: Our top 10 Christmas Gifts for 2015

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They say too many options can easily overwhelm, and this truism is no more evident than when Christmas rolls around each year, and almost every business on and offline tries to convince you that they have the perfect gift. Unless you know exactly what those around you want or need, it's hard to surprise them with something that completely satisfies, that's why gift lists are so essential nowadays. So to help you along we've compiled a list of 10 simple gift ideas made up of various music, art, drink, lifestyle, and technology items that we have been particularly fond of this year.

F&L Guide: Top 10 BBQ tips for an Australian summer

This month iconic Australian brand Rosella celebated 120 years in the soup and sauce business, and seeing as that instantly recognisable yellow bird is found at BBQ's all across Australia we thought it best to ask someone from the team for some tips on good ol' fashioned barbecue. It is the weather for it after all.

F&L Guide: Five things you need to do at Vino Paradiso in Sydney this weekend


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Three wine-filled days of fun is what you're in for if you head along to The Rocks this weekend, absorbing all that the free entry food and drink festival Vino Paradiso has to offer in it's second year. After a hugely successful debut last year, the returning event will deliver over 130 stalls across food, wine, beer, and cider with a little help from some of the best hospitality businesses in and around Australia.

F&L Guide: Where to watch the Melbourne cup in Sydney this year


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The 3,200 metre race that stops the nation is back next week, taking place on Tuesday 3rd November and once again pushing nearly every venue in Australia to host an exclusive event, often involving champagne, food, big screens, and of course, betting. Many of Sydney's best are putting on parties and after-parties to help you make the most of the day so we've trawled through them and picked out our favourites.

F&L Guide: Top 6 bottles of sparkling for World Champagne Day 2016

Adding some luxury to your yearly calendar, some genius decided to name October 23rd World Champagne Day, meaning that you'll be hearing corks pop all around the globe today as everyone takes to celebrate the famous sparkling wine. To help do our part we decided to turn to Campbell Stott, General Manager of bottle juggernaut Dan Murphy's, to find out the top six champagne and sparkling wines to celebrate this glorious day the right way.

F&L Guide: Our top 5 Halloween events in Sydney for 2015


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Despite it not being a part of our culture at all, Halloween proves time and time again to be one of the most enjoyable and anticipated events of the year, giving us all a chance to release our inner Jack Skellington and run a mock dressed as everything from totes scary IRL Tinder apps to totes scary internet memes. While heavily anticipated for the costumes, Halloween is also a chance for venues and businesses around Sydney to show their innovation and put on memorable Halloween themed parties, and this year the options are looking as diverse as ever. Here are six of our favourite Halloween parties going on around Sydney.

F&L Guide: Top 5 things to do in Sydney this weekend

There's a lot to do around Sydney this weekend from a bay-side cider festival and a lush Sunday mansion party to a central film festival and the return of Sculpture by the Sea. There's even a bunch of house parties right in the middle of Centennial Park with jacuzzis. Here are our top picks for this weekend around the city.

F&L Guide: Our top picks for Sydney Craft Beer Week

In case you didn't already know, Sydney's Craft Beer Week returns for another year from tomorrow (Saturday 17th October). The city can expect over 150 free and ticketed events all celebrating the massive craft beer industry in Australia, giving a platform to some of our best breweries and prodding at their creativity with a range of exclusive brews. While there is a lot to get your head around, we're listing out 8 essential picks of the festival:

Good Food Month Spotlight: Top 12 places to eat at Night Noodle Markets (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.