Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Published July 19th 2013
Eat, drink & be merry
Ah who doesn't enjoy good food, good wine, good friends. As we huddle against the chill of the winter months many like nothing more than to indulge in comfort food and a glass of wine with our friends and family before bikini-body preparations begin in Spring. Here are our top 4 food and wine events for August in Sydney.
August 11th should be well and truly marked in the diary of all North-Shore suburbanites along with any others who enjoy a good glass of Australian wine. This free fair will feature a stellar line-up of wines from the well-known vineyard region along with gourmet bites. There is no better lazy-day venue than the waterside park of Balmoral Reserve. Its perfect for a day out with the kids as well with plenty of parking, entertainment, a petting zoo a live band and prizes on offer; including a coveted 2 person stay at Taronga Zoo's Roar and Snore nights!
Tasting tickets to sample wines are available in several packages with 1 ticket getting you 1 60ml taste. Best of all for those who are planning in partaking in several glasses; a free shuttle bus will be operating between 10am and 5.30pm travelling in continuous loops along Awaba Street, the Esplanade, Raglan Street, Military road (Sydney Buses hub) and Spit road to assist in the journey home. For those of you who don't want to face the long drive to Mudgee head to Balmoral on the 11th when Mudgee's cellar doors come to Mosman.
Enjoy food and wine in Balmoral's waterfront setting
A bit of a different spin on usual food events is Turramurra Lookout Community Garden's Open Day on Saturday 24 August. As part of Fair Food Week (national movement in Australia over August that aims to celebrate the work of Australia's fair food pioneers and the story of food in our country), the Community Garden is opening their doors to share with the community and visitors how organic vegetables and herbs can be grown in small areas or pots and the benefits of community gardens. With food prices on the rise what better way to educate yourself and bring a different aspect of food into your home. The Lookout, Pacific Highway, Turramurra between 9am & 1pm.
There aren't too many Greek restaurants that you can go to outside of Greece where plate-smashing is allowed, let alone encouraged. Well that is changing between 6 and 11pm on August 18 at Darling Harbour's Cyren Restaurant who is hosting the Big Fat Greek Party that evening. What can you expect? Well - lamb on the spit, plate smashing, Greek dancing, live-entertainment and traditional Ouzo just to name a few things. The evening will be a showcase of authentic Greek cuisine and culture at the waterfront location. Bookings are required at $65 pp for adults or $45 for children. Forget an 18 hour plane-ride, just head down to Darling Harbour on the 18th for the real deal.
Friday August 30, & Saturday August 31st sees Sydney Olympic Park Hall 4 open its doors to the gluten -free, and the gluten-free-curious with the annual expo returns to Sydney brought to the public by Coeliac NSW & ACT and principal sponsor; Coles. Between 12-7pm on Friday, and 9-4pm on the Saturday; information sessions, tastings, recipe ideas and the opportunity to purchase products are some of the activities on offer and all for free. Grab the family and get down early on the weekend (or after work on the Friday evening) and let's all learn how to cook better within the realms of a gluten-free lifestyle.
2013 is set to be bigger and better than the 2012 Gluten Free Expo