The bushfire crisis in Australia is ongoing, ferocious and will require a long-term strategy of growth and support for those effected. This past week many celebrities around the world have come out and pledged substantial amounts to help with various bushfire appeal funds aimed at supporting a wide range of people and animals who have suffered greatly.
It’s not just live music which will help raise these funds, but also the incredible food and drink industry, many members of which count as victims themselves. Here is a list to help you get across the many food and drink events or initiatives that will be donating to help support those fighting the bushfires, and those who have been effected.
New South Wales
Bopp & Tone
Date: Saturday 1st February, 7pm
Address: 60 Carrington Street, Wynyard
A shared feast from a bespoke menu coupled with drinks, entertainment and the opportunity to enter a prize raffle and silent action, with the full ticket price going to Salvation Army, Australian Red Cross and WIRES Wildlife Rescue. There’s also be a 3% booking fee on all purchases, which the venue’s booking platform, MyGuestlist, will donate to the Salvation Army Disaster Appeal. More information can be found HERE.
June’s Shoppe and Table Sixty
Date: Monday 13th January
Address: 60 Carrington St, Sydney
100% of profits from coffee sales all day at Junes Shoppe and Table Sixty will be donated to Salvation Army Disaster Appeal.
Solotel x Matt Moran Restaurants
Date: Until Sunday 9th February
Solotel’s Matt Moran driven restaurants like Chiswick Woollahra, Aria and Chiswick at the Gallery are introducing bespoke menu items and drinks especially for their part in the bushfire appeal. Whenever these specific drinks and dishes are purchased, all funds will go directly to the NSW RFS. This includes fish’n’chips at Chiswick at the Gallery, and whole roast duck at Barangaroo House’s Bea. More information HERE.
Lancemore Hotels, a collection of boutique accommodations across Australia, including the Larmont Sydney and Almanda Palm Cove, are getting involved in raising funds to help. For the remainder of January, any bookings made using the code ‘relief’ will mean 15% of the cost going directly to the Australian Red Cross Relief and Recovery Fund. For those evacuating these horrific bushfires in Victoria, Lancemore Macedon Ranges is able to accomodate horses, cattle and sheep.
Date: Tuesday 21st January, 5pm
Address: 1 Young St, Neutral Bay
Cost: $40 per ticket
An all-you-can-eat taco event with 50% of all sales being donated to the Salvation Army Disaster Appeal. More information HERE.
The Fullerton Hotel
The Fullerton Hotel Sydney, located in the former GPO Building at Martin Place, will donate a portion of the sales proceeds from various stay and dining packages to the Salvation Army Disaster Appeal which supports communities effected by the devastating bushfires in New South Wales and Queensland. More information HERE.
Date: Friday 17th January, 5pm-7pm
All Solotel venues, which totals 21 in Sydney including Opera Bar, Smoke and The Erko, will host a Bushfire Relief Hour on the Friday where all proceeds from food and drink purchased between 5pm and 7pm will go straight to the bushfire appeal. More information HERE.
Date: Until Friday 31st January
Address: 69 Commonwealth St, Surry Hills
For the rest of the month, Chin Chin will donate $2 from every table that dines at the restaurant directly to the NSW RFS and WIRES Wildlife Fund. Diners are encouraged to also donate at least $2 on top of their bill. More information HERE.
Date: Until Sunday 19th January
Address: L103/180-186 Campbell Parade, Bondi
This Bondi eatery will be donating all their profits and tips from now until 19th Jan directly to WIRES Wildlife Rescue. More information HERE.
Date: Until Sunday 19th January
Address: 544 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Head along to this increasingly popular Surry Hills restaurant and order one of their $13 rotating house spritz mocktails. 100% of the sales will go directly to the NSW RFS.
Date: Sunday 19th January
Address: 1 Notts Ave, Bondi Beach
Head along to this iconic venue’s Icebergs Sunday shindigs on January 19th (from 3pm) and party hard – all proceeds from the bar are going straight to Rural Aid Australia.
Date: Monday 13th January
Address: 50 Holt St, Surry Hills
On Monday 13th Jan, Porteno will be hosting an Argentinian charity dinner with entry set at $195pp. Expect a feast of charcoal-grilled meats, fresh salads, sides and wines included with all proceeds going to charity.
Address: Shop 2/40 York St, Sydney
Head along to Industry Beans on York Street because the specialty roaster will be donating 10% of all its retail coffee bean sales to the Red Cross from now until the end of January.
Date: From Thursday 14th January
Address: 75 Wentworth Ave, Sydney
This beloved Sydney restaurant is introducing an “Aussie favourites” degustation menu from Thursday 14th January to early April, with inventive twists on distinctive national nostalgic eats like vegemite focaccia and a fancy version of the classic Bunnings sausage sizzle or weetbix & milk. Chef Nelly Robinson will be donated $5 from each degustation to Rural Aid, which supports Aussie farmers – something that will be very necessary in the recovery process.
Sam Prince Hospitality Group
The Sam Prince Hospitality Group, which encompasses Indu Dining, Mejico and Kid Kyoto, are now selling gift vouchers for $30, redeemable at any of the three eateries. All the money is going straight to the NSW RFS. Vouchers can be purchased HERE.
Address: Commonwealth St &, Belmore Ln, Surry Hills
Head along to the beloved Tokyo Bird and grab a few cocktails. The crew will be donated $1 for each cocktail sold during January directly to the NSW RFS and Australian Red Cross.
The Sausage Factory
Address: 380 New Canterbury Road, Dulwich Hill
Head along to The Sausage Factory this week because for each Sausage Queen beer sold between now and the 12th, the team will be donating all proceeds to WIRES Wildlife Rescue.
Address: 2/411 Bourke St, Surry Hills
For every customer who dines at Loluk Bistro during the month of January, the French restaurant will donate $1 to the NSW RFS. More information HERE.
Address: 34 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach
Throughout all of January, Bondi Trattoria will be donating $1 from every sale of wine and beer straight to the NSW RFS.
Endeavour Tap Rooms
Address: 39/43 Argyle St, The Rocks
Drink up at the excellent Endeavour Tap Rooms this month, because the bar will be donating $5 for every tasting paddle sold during January directly to the Salvation Army’s bushfire disaster appeal. More information HERE.
Australian Venue Co.
All 15 NSW Australian Venue Co. pubs, which includes The Winery, Untied, Cargo and Bungalow 8, will donate $1 for every schooner and $2 for every pint of Furphy sold directly to the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal. More information HERE. This also applies to their venues across Australia.
All three Bills cafes – Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Bondi Beach – will donate $1 from each serve of their incredibly popular ricotta hotcakes. The pool of funds will be split between the NSW RFS. Victoria’s CFA, Australian Red Cross, and WIRES Wildlife Rescue. More information HERE.
Don’t Tell Aunty
Date: Tuesday 14th January
Address: 414 Bourke St, Surry Hills
This ever-trendy Indian eatery in Surry Hills will be putting on a generous all-you-can-eat curry-and-rice buffet on Tuesday, with an entry fee of $25pp. All proceeds will go to NSW RFS. More information HERE.
Continental Deli & Bistro
Address: 210 Australia St, Newtown
Heading along to Continental Deli anytime soon? Pick up a $10 slice of their ricotta and blueberry cheesecake because all proceeds will go directly to the firefighters. More information HERE.
Address: 18 Punch Ln, Melbourne
If you’ve been to Sunda before, then you’re no doubt in love with their vegemite curry that’s usually served with some crispy roti. Now you can order bottles of the spread online with 100% of proceeds going to Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund and Wildlife Victoria. They can be pre-ordered for $15 each by e-mailing [email protected] and they can picked up from 17th January. More information HERE.
Address: 36-38 Sackville St, Collingwood
This Collingwood roaster has created a special Bushfire Relief espresso blend with 100% of sales going to Wildlife Victoria, Wires Wildlife Rescue, Victoria’s Bushfire Disaster Appeal and the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
Date: Monday 13th January
Address: Level 1/150-156 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
16 Melbourne bars will be brought in to The Everleigh for a huge cocktail love-in, featuring barkeeps from Union Electric, Bad Frankie, Bar Liberty and more. Chefs Bew Shewry, Andrew McConnell, Shane Delia and Peter Gunn will also be slinging pizzas for the night, which will be $20 entry, $15 for each cocktail, and $10 a pizza slice. All proceeds are going to the Red Cross. More information HERE.
Embla and Lesa
Address: 122 Russell St, Melbourne
Both of these bars, located on top of one another, will donate 50c from every glass of wine throughout the month of January directly to the CFA. More information HERE.
Cast of Falcons Group
In response to the current bushfire crisis, Melbourne venue group Cast of Falcons are encouraging punters to raise a glass for the CFA. The hospitality group are behind venues Section 8, The B.East, Ferdydurke, Globe Alley – and more recently Radar, outdoor bar/arts space Park and Fitzroy plant-based diner Henry’s. From Monday the 13th of January, a special native-inspired gin drink offer will be available across all the group’s seven venues – with 100% of revenue going to the CFA. Infused with gin, lemon and elements of the native Lemon Myrtle flower, the offer will be available as shot or a twist on a Collins cocktail at all seven venues, until sold out.
Address: 92 Smith St, Collingwood
From now until 14th January, IDES will be serving a $100 four-course menu with all proceeds going directly to the Kangaroo Island Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund.
Address: 242 High St, Windsor
From now until 26th January, this popular restaurant will donate $1 for every pizza and pasta dish sold directly to the Vinnies Victoria Bushfire Appeal.
Ends and Means
Address: 79 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
From now until 16th January, every Espresso Martini or pint of Cage Roads Brewing Co or Hawkers Beer sold will mean $5 donated to the fire relief.
Address: 49 Peel St, Collingwood
Head along to Congress and grab one of their bestselling Pig’s Head Sanga any day during the month of January. All proceeds will be split between CFA and Wildlife Victoria.
The Cheeky Pint
Address: 231 Barkly St, Footscray
For this month of January, The Cheeky Pint will donate $1 for every pint of beer and $2 from every pale ale directly to bushfire relief funds.
Fitzroy Address: 224 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Prahran Address: 162 Greville St, Prahran
For the entirety of 2020, both Ladro venues will be donating their $5 corkage fees to Food Bank Victoria and the Red Cross.
Address: 76 Michael St, Fitzroy North
Each coffee sold here during January means $1 to the Red Cross Australia and Wires Wildlife Rescue.
The Hatter and the Hare
Address: 1/21 Scoresby Rd, Bayswater
Right up until Saturday 18th January, this popular shop will donate all proceeds from cupcake sales to Bayswater CFA and Vic Emergency.
Date: Thursday 16th January
Address: 167 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North
On 16th Jan, Horn Please will host a $25 vegetarian curry and rice buffet. All proceeds will go to the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.
Address: 331 Burnley St, Richmond
Piccolo Grand will donate $2 from every pizza sold in January to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal.
Address: 345 Little Collins St, Melbourne || 3/62 Rose St, Fitzroy
Head along to Industry Beans either in Melbourne CBD or Fitzroy because the specialty roaster will be donating 10% of all its retail coffee bean sales to the Red Cross from now until the end of January.
Vue de Monde
Date: Monday 20th January, 12pm
Address: 525 Collin St, Melbourne
On Jan 20th, the Vue de Monde kitchen will welcome Saint Peter’s Josh Niland for a collaborative one-off fish & chips lunch with 100% of proceeds going to the bushfire relief effort. It will be an a la carte menu, which will include Saint Peter’s signature lemon tart and some sweets from Omnia.
Queen Victoria Market
Address: Queen St, Melbourne
Many traders at the iconic Queen Vic Market will be donating in their own way. Ripe Cheese will donate $5 per Aussie Bush Toastie sold between 21st Jan and 2nd Feb. Bratwurst will donate $1 per sausage sold until 14th Jan. The Hemp Superstar will pledge 10% of all sales between now and 31st Jan. Full information HERE.
Date: Thursday 16th January
Address: 285 High St, Kew
This gorgeous Kew restaurant will be hosting a special Sicilian Summer Night Dinner on Thursday 16th with four courses and matching wines for $78. 100% of proceeds will be split equally between WIRES Wildlife Rescue, CFA, and Red Cross. Bookings HERE.
Address: 5 Boundary St, Brisbane City
This Howard Smith Wharves bar will be donating $1 from every drink sold in January to WIRES Wildlife Rescue and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
Felon’s Brewing Co
Address: 5 Boundary St, Brisbane City
Also at Howard Smith Wharves, Felon’s will donate 100% of profits from all Natural Ale poured throughout the months of Jan and Feb and split it between the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and WIRES Wildlife Rescue.
Master Street Coffee
Date: Friday 24th January
Address: 16 Masters St, Newstead
On Jan 24th, Master Street Coffee will donate $1 for every coffee sold directly to WIRES Wildlife Rescue.
Adelaide Convention Centre
Date: Friday 31st January
Address: North Terrace, Adelaide
A special three-course SA4SA Bushfire Appeal Gala Dinner and Auction will be held on Friday 31st January for $160pp. An auction will take place on the night, with prizes including substantial and exclusive dinner events by chefs from Africola, Sparkke at the Whitmore, Chin Chin, and many more. More information HERE.
Sparkee at the Whitmore
Address: 317 Morphett St, Adelaide
Sparkke have created a new red ale, “Climate Change Is A Burning Issue”, which is on tap at The Whitmore for the month of January 25% of the sales will be donated to the KI Mayoral Relief and Recovery Bushfire Fund.
South Australia’s largest retailer are doing their part, from last Thursday 9 January to Wednesday 15 January, with 100% of sales from their frozen drink CHILL range donated to the CFS Foundation and Salvation Army.
This list will be updated as more events and initiatives are announced. If you know of one that isn’t listed please e-mail [email protected].