14 Things in Sydney to Eat, Drink and Do this August
55 Years of Jamaican Independence
Celebrating 55 years of Jamaican independence, Rosie Campbell’s is hosting an all round cultural night with live reggae, $12 cocktails and their infamous Rosie’s Jerk Chicken.
Where: 320 Crown Street, Surry Hills
When: From 12pm, Sunday 6 August
More information here.
Smooth Festival of Chocolate
The festival returns for the fourth year to celebrate over indulgence in the one thing we can’t resist – chocolate. Stalls including Lindt, Callebaut, Knebel Kitchens alongside many more will provide a expansive range of desserts, beverages and sculptures. The weekend event is family friendly for all ages, but expect a crowd, especially at Black Star Pastry and Gelato Messina.
Where: The Rocks, Sydney
When: 10am-6pm, 12-13 August
The legendary Din Tai Fung at World Square is hosting a heavenly 18-course dumpling degustation. Expect everything on the menu from xiao long bao, truffle dumplings and peking duck spring rolls, to mouth watering chocolate banana dumplings for dessert.
Where: Din Tai Fung Worldsquare, 644 George St CBD
When: 6:30pm, Thursday 17 August
Cost: $48 pp
More info and tickets here.
Le Champagne Brunch at Bar Moncur
Woollahra’s Bistro Moncur is teaming up with Moët & Chandon Rosé on Saturday 19 August to serve up a deliciously French style Champagne brunch. Treat yourself to a continental breakfast, selections of French pastries, seasonal fruit and some of Bistro Moncur’s favourite dishes alongside a healthy dose of Moët & Chandon Rosé.
Where: Bistro Moncur, 116 Queen Street, Woollahra
When: 11am, Saturday 19 August
Cost: From $70 pp
More info here.
Enjoy Chargrill Charlies Burger
It’s ridiculous what good PR can do for a brand. Chargrill Charlies was once just your local chicken shop, but has since transformed itself into a watering hole for celebs like Hugh Jackman, Justin Bieber Michael Clarke and our favourite sporting teams. And with a strong social media presence, you can’t help but crave one of their burgers.
Where: Find your local
Craft Beer and Curry Series at Mekong
Mekong on Kensington Street has launched its Craft Beer and Curry Series – a monthly event combining craft beers from some of Sydney’s leading breweries. Each night will boast a five-course sharing menu featuring three curries with the brewer there on the night to chat through the selected beers. Next up is Thai and Young Henrys.
Where: Mekong on Kensington Street, Level 2, 14 Kensington St, Chippendale
When: 6pm 24 August, 21 September, 19 October
Cost: $95 pp
Paint the Town Red with Campari
Barangaroo will illuminate red Thursday and Friday nights until August 20. The Meet me in Milan campaign by Campari will host a series of events and complimentary offers through Bel & Brio and other retailers of Barangaroo.
Where: Barangaroo and participating stores
When: Until August 20
International Beer Day
Celebrate International Beer Day at your local pub, and sport yourself an Aussie brew. Try something different at one of our three favourite breweries; The Grifter Brewing Co (Marrickville), Young Henry’s (Newtown) or Brookvale Brewery Truckbar (Brookvale).
Where: Your local pub
When: Friday 4 August
Sydney Tea Festival
This is a must-do experience for tea-lovers. Sample unique teas from various stallholders and learn the in’s and out’s of your favourite brew in Tea Workshops. With everything from loose-leaf tea, food trucks and tea wares, there is also a brew lounge where you can unwind and enjoy a cuppa or two!
When: 9am Sunday 20 August
Cost: From $15.50
Check out their site for more information
Sculpture at Barangaroo
Sculpture at Barangaroo has returned for another year in partnership with Sculpture by the Sea. This all ages exhibition will showcase artworks from nine established and emerging Australian artists, and feature five new works which have been created specifically for the exhibition. Though the park is open 24 hours, visitors are encouraged to enjoy the 14 artworks during the day.
When: 5-20 August
Yoga by the lake
No Boundaries Yoga is offering a beginning yoga course right by Lake Parramatta Reserve. Open to everyone with all levels of experience, the course will allow guests to introduce their bodies to new postures and breathing techniques alongside a tranquil view. Bookings are essential.
Where: Lake Parramatta Reserve, North Parramatta
When: 5, 12, 19 + 26 August, 9am-10am.
Cost: $18 per class
More info here.
Dog Lovers Unite
The Sydney Dog Lovers Show has arrived for another year so dog lovers can enjoy the company of some talented canines. The show will include working, military, assistance and therapy dogs all showing off their skills and abilities. The day also includes presentations with expert tips for all you dog owners or future owners. Tickets include free vet, grooming and training advice plus a range of stalls with purchases for your four-legged friend.
Where: Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park
When: 9:30-5pm, 5-6 August
Cost: From $25
Find out more here.
Sculpture in the Gaol
Yep, you read that right. Trial Bay Gaol, located in South West Rocks, approximately a 5-hour drive from Sydney will be hosting a memorable exhibition showcasing a range of sculptures. Guests will also have the chance to learn about the gaol’s history and hidden secrets. There will be live entertainment, local stalls, delicious food and an array of information.
Where: 1 Cardwell Street, South West Rocks 2431
When: Sunday 6 August – Saturday 2 September
Cost: $2 opening day. $11 every other day.
Visit their website for more info
My Fair Lady
Directed by Julie Andrews, the My Fair Lady musical entails a physical and verbal difference between characters in society. Based off the 1914 novel, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and later the 1964 film My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn, this is one not to miss.
Where: Capitol Theatre, Sydney
When: 24th August – 1st October
Cost: From $69.90