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Sydney’s Top Foodie Events in October

Botanica Vaucluse Spring Menu. Image supplied.

Spring cleaning eating has never been so fun.

Sydney has a lot on its plate. But, thanks to the turn of the season we’ve ditched the layers and heartier dishes to welcome in lighter seasonal produce. So, if you’re looking to celebrate October with seafood, rosé and outdoor food and drink festivals, then we’ve got the perfect list for you.

Here are the top 12 foodie events around Sydney this October:

Botanica Vaucluse Spring Seafood Special

In celebration of spring, Botanica Vaucluse has launched their newest menu featuring the finest produce of the season including a Spring Seafood Special available Wednesday to Friday. For $55, guests can indulge in two courses which include options of grilled octopus, prawn and avocado salad, oysters, roast barramundi fillet, seared king salmon fillet and roast split snapper – perfect to pair alongside Botanica Vaucluse’s range of delicious cocktails.

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2 Laguna St, Vaucluse Wednesday to Friday, 12 – 3pm 55

Smirnoff Infusions at Watsons Bay

In celebration of Smirnoff’s newest release, Smirnoff Infusions, visitors to Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel will have the opportunity to try the newest range of low-ABV, low-calorie spirit-based drink. Till Sunday 27 October, Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel will feature a Smirnoff Infusions botanical pop-up bar where guests will be able to enjoy the flavoured vodka and soda for only $8 – perfect for the upcoming warmer days.

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1 Military Rd, Watsons Bay till Sunday 27 October 8

International Sake Day Celebrations

Gyūsha is Chippendale’s newest Japanese yakiniku restaurant and meat shop. Opening their doors to Sydneysiders late September, now, in celebration of International Sake Day, Gyūsha will be welcoming guests with a free glass of sake to pair alongside their dinner. Available at Gyūsha on the first Thursday and Friday of October with any dinner spend over $40.

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7/6 Central Park Ave, Chippendale Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October, from 5:30pm

Oysters & Champagne at NOLA

To celebrate the arrival of the warmer months, Barangaroo based NOLA Smokehouse and Bar will be treating guests with their newest offer: Oysters and Champagne. Available every Thursday throughout October, guests can shuck into a dozen oysters and a bottle of Champagne Taittinger Cuvée Prestige for just $100. Paired with NOLA’s view of Darling Harbour, your Thursdays will never be the same.

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100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo Every Thursday in October 100

Bottomless Rosé Lunch

Found a touch away from Newtown Station, this October, Hartsyard, will be launching their Bottomless Rosé Lunch every Saturday throughout the month. For just $35 per person, Hartsyard will be pouring bottomless Sangiovese Rosé from Sparrow and Vine. Perfect to pair alongside Hartsyard’s delicious menu perfect for the seasons, visitors can choose between grilled baby cuttlefish skewers, kangaroo tartare and kingfish sashimi, to name a few.

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33 Enmore Rd, Enmore Every Saturday in October, 12 – 2:30pm 35

Lobster Feast

Do we need to go any further?! We’re sold! Feast at the Sheraton Grand Sydney will be hosting sensational weekend buffet lunches to make any crustacean lover’s year! Each Saturday and Sunday, dinners can splurge on a luxe feast filled with the freshest lobsters, Balmain Bugs, crab, prawns and oysters. The sea-extravaganza runs each weekend from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. Bookings essential!

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Sheraton Grand Sydney’ Saturdays & Sundays in October 109pp

Bottomless Rosé Brunch Series

Launching on Sunday 6 October, till the end of March 2020, visitors to Regatta Rose Bay will be able to end their week on a high note thanks to their Bottomless Rosé Brunch Series. Available only on Sundays, for just $80 per person, guests will be able to enjoy a 10-dish menu featuring bagels, croissants, smoked salmon quiche, sausage and cheddar frittata, baked quail eggs, burrata salad, banana cake and other baked goods alongside bottomless Les Jamelles Rosé over two hours. This is one brunch not to miss!

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594 New South Head Rd, Rose Bay Sunday 6 October – Sunday 29 March 2020, 10am – 12pm 80

Archie Rose Open Day

To cap the long weekend festivities off why not visit our friends over at Archie Rose Distilling Co. Based in Rosebery, on Monday 7 October, on the hour every hour Archie Rose will be running free distillery tours from 1pm – 6pm. After exploring Archie’s distillery guests are then invited to their bar located just three metres from the distillery to enjoy a $10 spirit tasting board – it’s all about learning and earning.

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85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery Monday 7 October, 1 – 6pm Free Entry

Night Noodle Markets

Opening in true Good Food Month tradition, Sydney’s Night Noodle Markets will be returning for one week only in October. With free entry, guests to the Hyde Park food extravaganza can expect to see some of the most notable eateries from around town. Expect to taste your way through Bao Brothers, Chur Burger, Donut Papi, Flying Noodles, Gelato Messina, Hoy Pinoy, Johnny Bird, Kumokumo Souffle Pancakes, Let’s Do Yum Cha, Mr Bao, Puffle, Twistto, Waffleland and Wonderbao to name a few.

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Hyde Park Friday 11 to Friday 18 October Free Entry

Craft Beer & Cider Festival

Over two days Coogee Bay Hotel will be reunited with the Craft Beer & Cider Festival. With free entry, Sydneysiders can venture to the beach-side venue to taste their way through some of the best craft beers and ciders from around Australia. Coogee Bay Hotel’s garden will be transformed to host food pop-ups, live jazz music and of course, over 60 beers and ciders for you to sample. So whether you’re a beer or cider aficionado, a seasonal drinker or new to the scene, the Craft Beer & Cider Festival will have something for you!

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253 Coogee Bay Rd, Coogee Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 October, 12 – 7pm Free Entry

Craigellachie Whisky Pop Up

If you consider yourself a fiend for Scotch whisky, then this is the event for you. For three days only, The Duke of Clarence will be transforming thanks to a collaboration with Craigellachie whisky. Opening their three-day pop-up bar, Bar 51, 80 Sydneysiders will have the opportunity to sip the Craigellachie 51. With only 51 bottles ever made and priced the same as a deposit for a Sydney apartment, this is surely a once in a lifetime event. To attend, guests have to enter a lottery to go in the draw. See the website for more information.

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152 – 156 Clarence St, Sydney Wednesday 23 to Friday 24 October, 12pm – 2am

Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Rosé Street Fest

To cap the month off, Sydneysiders can venture to Watsons Bay to enjoy Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel’s Rosé Street Fest’s second birthday! For one day only, guests will be treated to everything rosé including live music, pink-hued goodies as well as plenty of rosé to try for yourselves from over 20 wineries and wine suppliers. Tickets start from $32 and include tasting tokens, a tasting glass to take home and plenty of fun! Bookings essential.

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Opposite to Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel Sunday 27 October, 11am – 7pm From $32

Land and Sea Degustation at nel.

Starting with a serving of Beach Pebbles and finishing with a Corn Pop, nel.’s Land and Sea of NSW degustation will have guests feeling giddy with excitement about how Chef Robinson has encapsulated the Land and Sea of NSW into these exceptional dishes. Think BBQ Prawn with wasabi mayonnaise and bisque, Pork Doughnut (yes please), a gorgeous Edible Garden, and a very special ice cream made from baby corn and caramelised popcorn – yes, you read that right. Bookings essential.

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nel. 75 Wentworth Ave, Sydney Until 9 November $118pp + $95pp matching beverage matching

Feature image: Botanica Vaucluse Spring Menu. Image supplied.

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