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Food & Lifestyle Weekly - Monday 18th August 2014

In this week’s issue: Rekorderlig announces a new flavour; Fresh Catering are teaming up with Sydney Living Museums to bring you "Colonial High Tea" events throughout spring; Taste Orange @ Sydney draws ever closer; Potts Points' LL Wine & Dine and Bondi's PaperPlanes prepare for Father's Day; The Winery hosts Pinot Noir Tasting, Craft Beer fans get a website; 40 years of Hunter Valley winemaking; Paddington bars Easy Tiger and The Unicorn announce new nights; Goodgod to host regular Jamaican themed nights with Caribbean food from Jonkanoo; Design Clarity work with Din Tai Fung to bring 'hawker-chic' to Sydney; and so much more!

FOOD

FRESH CATERING X SYDNEY LIVING MUSEUMS COLLABORATION – COLONIAL HIGH TEA (SYDNEY)

Fresh Catering and Sydney Living Museums are delighted to announce an exclusive dining event for Spring at three historic venues in Sydney. Elizabeth Bay House, the recently opened The Governors Table at Museum of Sydney and Vaucluse House will each present a special Colonial High Tea Series inspired by the stories and collections of these magnificent heritage sites, each weekend in September and the first weekend in October. The Colonial High Tea Menu is priced at only $49 per person and includes a sumptuous high tea selection, a glass of Australian sparkling wine, teas and coffee. High Tea is available at both Elizabeth Bay House and The Governor’s Table every weekend from September 6– October 5 inclusive for sittings at 1pm & 3.30pm. Vaucluse House will serve high tea every Sunday with sittings at 1pm and 3.30pm from September 6 – October 5.

Bookings contact 02 8399 3055 or email: reception@freshcatering.com.au
www.freshcatering.com.au/whats-on

CAFÉ DEL MAR ALMOST A YEAR OLD (SYDNEY)

In the current culinary landscape of micro-establishments and limited dining time frames, Café del Mar Sydney has in under a year, emerged as a destination providing guests with a very different offering indeed. Embracing the true essence of the Café del Mar ethos, the Sydney restaurant encourages a laid-back dining experience, inviting people to stay as long as desired to enjoy the many sensory elements on offer. The long lunch-turn drinks-turn dinner, is always welcomed – in fact, celebrated – at Café del Mar Sydney. Embodying a cruisy Mediterranean ambiance, the establishment perched high above picturesque Darling Harbour offers an interpretation of the unique Baleric hedonism, while honouring its proud heritage. Café del Mar is open 7 days for lunch, dinner and drinks. For more information head to www.cafedelmar.com.au

CASCADE FOOD PAIRING DINNER AT SWEETHEART’S ROOFTOP BBQ (SYDNEY)

Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ and Cascade Beer are offering beer lovers the ultimate food pairing dinner on August 21. Join Cascade’s beer ambassador as he takes you through Cascade’s beers with each being paired perfectly with a delicious course at Sweethearts Winter Cabin.The Cascade Food Pairing Dinner is on sale for $50pp, book now to ensure you don’t miss out. Bookings can be made by emailing info@sweetheartsbbq.com.au or by calling 02 8070 2424.

FATHER’S DAY AT LL WINE AND DINE (SYDNEY)

Give Dad what he really wants this father’s day: His weight in dumplings, incredible live music and free beer. Book your table for LL Wine and Dine’s Father’s Day “aLL You Can Eat Yum Cha Session”. Running from 11am, spoil your papa with a complimentary Tsing Tao Long Neck on arrival, followed by a feast of Yum Cha favourites and LL signature dishes. Dad will dine like a king on hand-crafted dumplings, rice paper rolls, spring rolls, BBQ pork buns, crunchy white bait, kumara wedges, spicy kong bau chicken & lots more. All washed down with icy brews, $25 cocktail jugs and $10 bloody marys. The day is complete with live sounds by renowned Sydney three piece Myall High from 1pm. Book on 9356 8393 or ll@barge8.com. Head to llwineanddine.com.au for more information.

FATHER’S DAY AT PAPERPLANES (SYDNEY)

Twisting their successful SushiPlanes events to celebrate Father's Day, reliable Bondi restaurant-bar PaperPlanes will be aiming to help you spoil your main man with a $30 all-you-can-eat Japanese extravaganza. With 20 different menu items including market fresh sushi rolls, panko fish tacos, pan-fried gyozas, our infamous pork belly buns, crunchy kara age chicken, tempura baskets & so much more, it's pretty much a given that you won't need to eat for the rest of the day! Plus PaperPlanes will shout the old man a complimentary brew on arrival! There will be live beats from 1pm; a huge range of drink specials including beers, cocktail jugs, Japanese ice teas, sakes, and wine. PaperPlanes is located on the beautiful Bondi Beach and is inspired by Tokyo Pop Culture. Book a table NOW because this is going to sell out well in advance. Book at 9300 0673 or by e-mailing paperplanes@barge8.com. Head to paperplanes.com for more information.

THE BOTANIST RETURNS TO KIRRIBILLI MARKETS (SYDNEY)

Bar & Restaurant The Botanist, is popping up yet again at the Kirribilli Markets. The very in-demand Botanist stall will be themed as always at Kirribilli Markets – think hanging plants, safari hats and flowers galore – and they will be selling a selection of their ever popular delicious sliders and non-alcoholic punches. There will be four slider options on the menu including chicken, beef, vegetarian and bacon & egg. www.thebotanist.com.au

Established in 1974 the Kirribilli Markets have evolved into the premier markets on the Northshore and are held on two market days every month. The markets feature over 220 stalls of new and recycled fashion and accessories, emerging local designers, home and giftware, art and craft, produce, plants and gourmet goodies. With live entertainment, fabulous food, the best harbour views and great access to public transport, it's safe to say that Kirribilli is home to one of the best weekly markets in Sydney.

Date: Saturday 23 August
Time: from 8am

TASTE ORANGE @ SYDNEY (SYDNEY)

Taste Orange @ Sydney is back again, and it is bigger and better than ever before this August. Spanning three days and two nights, Taste Orange @ Sydney gives Sydneysiders more of what they have enjoyed year after year from this event showcasing an incredible region full of good food and wine. Martin Place will yet again host the celebration of Orange’s iconic fine food, fine wine, and fine people. Over 20 of the Orange regions finest wineries will be on show to offer you the best of the best during your lunch break, or at the pop up bar after work – because who wouldn’t want to indulge in some fine wine and have a good time? Your wine line-up includes Angullong Wines, Ross Hill Wines, Cumulus Wines, Highland Heritage Estate and so many more. In true country style, Taste Orange @ Sydney will charm the city of Sydney from August 20 until August 22, so add those dates to your diary and set an alarm so you can capitalise on the wine and food tastings on offer, as well as an exhibition of the cultural talent of Orange with live music and entertainment.

Day or night, Taste Orange @ Sydney has plenty to tickle your fancy. And if it’s fancy you fancy, Taste Orange has you covered with a Chef’s Hat dining experience with the Racine Pop-Up Restaurant on Wednesday 20th August ONLY at either 12 noon, or 1.15pm. BOOK NOW, there are only 20 seats remaining! http://www.racinerestaurant.com.au/

For a full list of things to do at Taste Orange @ Sydney head to their official website http://www.tasteorange.com.au/tasteorangesydney_promo

DESIGN CLARITY x DIN TAI FUNG CENTRAL PARK = HAWKER-CHIC (SYDNEY)

Award winning Australian interior design company, Design Clarity, has partnered with international Michelin star restaurant Din Tai Fung to deliver an immersive dining experience at their latest location in Sydney’s new Central Park. Inspired by the restaurant’s origins in Taipei, the interior design draws on the simplified street market/cityscape elements that are famous throughout Asia, and features a theatrical ‘display kitchen’ playing on the celebrated ‘vendors cart’ which showcases the scientific precision and culinary skills that create the edible artwork of each dumpling. The dining space transforms into a back lane feel reminiscent of the tourist experience discovering an unexpected food haven beyond the main strip of a foreign city. Visit the Design Clarity Blog to see more of their innovative and award winning work: http://designclarity.net/blog-home/

WORLD'S FIRST PRE-PACKAGED PALEO MEALS

For the first time the Paleolithic lifestyle is at the fingertips of the busy, modern day individual. Caveman Foods have spent two years researching how to pre-package a 100% Paleo meal for the mass consumer and now they have ot. The most 'googled' diet in 2013 now has a ready-made healthy meal option that was developed in Melbourne. Using all Australian ingredients, supporting local farmers and manufacturers, these meals are grain, dairy, added sugar and preservative free. Containing 20g of protein in each meal, more than the majority of products in today’s supermarkets, these meals are the perfect solution for anyone following the popular Paleo diet or if they are worried about such increasing intolerance such a gluten or lactose. The Caveman Foods range encompasses six recipes (including wild Kangaroo) and is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to reach a goal of $150,000 before September 1st 2014. With these funds Caveman Foods will be able to put these recipes into production and get their product on the shelves for the consumer.

DRINKS

REKORDERLIG CIDER NEW FLAVOUR – POMEGRANATE

Rekorderlig Cider is set to burst into summer with their exciting new flavour Pomegranate. This delicious addition to the Rekorderlig family has been created specifically with the Australian palate in mind. This distinctly unique flavour of crisp pear cider, beautifully blended with pomegranate, has a delicious summer fruit fragrance & is a perfect way to liven up your taste buds. This remarkable combination is best served over ice with a wedge of lime for a delicious fresh summer taste. Recorded as one of the oldest fruits in history, these crisp little pockets of flavour have made a modern day comeback due to their delicious zest & opulent colour. Pomegranate now features on many restaurant and cocktail bar menus, appealing to both the savoury and sweet palate. Rekorderlig Pomegranate Cider marks the start of the ‘Beautifully Swedish’ brands national ‘Celebrate the Summer Campaign’, which will pay homage to Australian’s love of adventure and discovery.

Rekorderlig are also throwing a music festival in Thredbo, 'Sounds in the Snow', which will be headlined by Future Classic Trio Panama. Details can be found

THE WINERY IN SURRY HILLS PINOT NOIR TASTING (SYDNEY)

On August 27, The Winery in Surry Hills will play host to 13 of Central Otago’s finest wineries and producers as they come together for one night only to showcase the very best in Pinot Noir. Firmly cementing itself as one of Sydney’s premier wine destinations, each of the 13 different wineries will take over the ground level of The Winery as guests are invited to meet the makers and taste their way through labels including Domain Road, Ellero, Felton Road, Judge Rock, Misha’s, Mt Difficulty, Mud House, Nanny Goat, Nevis Bluff Wines, Prophets Rock, Quartz Reef, Rockburn, Two Degrees, Two Paddocks and Wooing Tree. The event follows on from the success of last year’s Central Otago Pinot Noir evening at Gazebo Wine Garden and promises to offer passionate Pinot lovers and novices alike a chance to learn more about this stunning varietal. The event commences at 6:30pm and concludes at 8:30pm. Tickets are available for $45. To book a place contact the reservations team on 02 9331 0833

CRAFT BEER BOOM - BEERBUD

Australia is in the midst of a craft beer boom with over a million people switching from mainstream brands, and three former bankers are at the forefront of this trend launching BeerBud.com.au, a new one-stop shop for discovering and buying Australia’s best craft beer. The number of Australian adults consuming craft beer in an average four-week period has increased to more than one million for the first time, defying the downward trend of local mainstream beers, according to new research by Roy Morgan. But despite its growing popularity, the best craft beers have to date been largely unavailable in bottle shops; only 3.3% of the $6.7 billion annual beer market in Australia is craft beer, according to IBISWorld. For the first time, the best beers are now available at the click of a mouse at one convenient ordering platform and can be delivered to your doorstep anywhere in Australia. BeerBud.com.au offers over 100 craft beers, mixed cases and exclusive limited edition releases from more than 30 of Australia’s best craft breweries and this number is growing by the day.

GOODGOD TO HOST JAMAICAN AND CARIBBEAN THEMED NIGHTS

Any restaurant that occupies famed Sydney nightclub/gig space Goodgod Small Club is destined for great things, and so the recent launch of the exotic Jonkanoo Caribbean Canteen has been received extremely well so far. The club and restaurant are kicking things up a notch and launching their new collaboration this week; a series of themed nights titled 'Full Up!'

Hosted by legendary Sydney reggae figure and entertainer Mikey Glamour, Full Up! will deliver classic Jamaican riddims and delicious Caribbean food to the Goodgod Front Bar every Thursday night. Selectors gathered to spin on the nights include Nick Toth (Dutty Dancing), Jimmy Sing (Goodgod), Prince Andrew, and plenty of surprises.

Jonkanoo Caribbean Canteen are also serving up something special on Thursdays, with their Caribbean Sampler Trays available each week. Exclusive to Thursdays, they feature a delicious selection of eats specific to a different island each week.

Full Up launches this Thursday August 21, and will continue each and every week! It’s happening from 8pm ‘til late, and it’s free!

CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF HUNTER VALLEY WINEMAKING (NSW AND VIC)

2014 is being claimed as the “vintage of the century” in the Hunter Valley, and backing onto a standout 2013 vintage, there was definitely cause for celebration at the Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show. Celebrating the 40th vintage of one of the country’s oldest regional wine shows proved to be another good reason for the Hunter Valley to kick up its heels at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley this afternoon. With almost 400 locals, winemakers and out-of-town guests in attendance, some 20 trophies were awarded but the highlights were arguably the Best Dry White Wine of the Show, which was awarded to Tyrrell’s 2006 Vat 1 Semillon and the trophy for the Best Dry Red Wine of the Show going to Pepper Tree Wines 2011 Tallawanta Grand Reserve Shiraz. A team of respected wine show judges led by Jim Chatto in his third year as Chair of Judges immersed themselves in 738 Hunter Valley wines from 73 producers this week in Singleton.

A special VIP trade and media tasting hosted by 2014 Hunter Valley Wine Show judges and winemakers featuring the award-winning wines will be held in Melbourne on September 16 from 10am-12pm at Bellota and in Sydney on September 17 at Fix St James from 4-6pm. In Melbourne there will be a special Shiraz and Semillon Masterclass held. Bookings essential.

SPRING THEME NIGHTS - THE UNICORN & EASY TIGER (SYDNEY)

The Unicorn in Paddington and sister small bar Easy Tiger, will be launching into spring with a number of new nights, which will be starting August 20. These nights will begin with Folklore, and moving onto Roller Dog Thursdays and brand spanking new club night, Cheval Noir, that will offer something for every reveler. The week will kick off with a new comedy night downstairs at Easy Tiger on Tuesday, featuring some of the best local and national artists, followed by new live music night, Folklore,, on Wednesdays which will bring the best local bands and artists to the stage for a night of chilled out folk and art from the likes of Direwolf, Jacob Pearson and Hannah Darling. Thursday is the new Friday here with Roller Dog Thursdays - just $10 all you can eat hot dogs with a variety of toppings. A sleek, new dark horse, Cheval Noir, will descend into the underground every week from 9pm for a strictly limited edition set of parties with some of Sydney’s hottest techno DJs. For further information, visit www.theunicornhotel.com or www.facebook.com/easytigermeow

FASHION & CULTURE

MARKET WEEK (MELBOURNE)

Market Week returns to the Markets of Melbourne (bringing with it Prahran Market, South Melbourne Market, Queen Victoria Market and Dandenong Market) this September. In its fourth year, the week long event program will celebrate the theme of ‘Our Global Community’ with more than 50 events inspired by the multicultural tastes, sights, smells and sounds that characterise Melbourne’s beloved marketplaces. Grab a ‘puppycino’ for your pooch from Clement Coffee and doggy biscuits from The Pet Grocer at the Dogs of the World Morning Tea on Cecil Street on September 13. There will be a Mooncake Festival at Queen Vic and Dumpling Masterclass at Prahran Market. Shoppers can enjoy an action-packed schedule of cooking classes, demonstrations and workshops celebrating myriad global flavours, to be hosted at all four markets. Style workshops and craft and interior design sessions for the big and little kids will ignite creative minds, plus FREE tastings and market tours, live music, entertainment and much more.

The full schedule is available at http://marketsofmelbourne.com.au/events/2014-09/

MYOB MELBOURNE MARKET AWARDS (MELBOURNE)

After weeks of fierce competition, the public votes have been collated to determine the ‘Favourite’ in each of the 12 categories in the MYOB Melbourne Market Awards. Traders from Queen Victoria Market, South Melbourne Market, Prahran Market and Dandenong Market were eligible. The number of votes received more than doubled compared to last year, with almost 9,000 shoppers voting, in a strong show of support for these iconic Melbourne places and people.

Following the success of the inaugural Melbourne Market Awards in 2013, four new categories were added (Eateries, Nursery & Flowers, Fashion & Accessories and Services) to celebrate the diversity and talent throughout the Markets. The results can be seen below:

The ‘Favourites’ are now in the running to be crowned Melbourne’s ‘Best’ Trader in their respective categories. Over the coming fortnight each ‘Favourite’ trader will be secretly judged by a panel of experts. The winners will be announced at the exclusive MYOB Melbourne Market Awards ceremony on September 7. The MYOB Melbourne Market Awards coincide with Market Week celebrations.