The Best Things To Do in August

Food Guide, Play, Sydney / 13 August 2019

We reveal the newest activities you should be checking out this month!

From a month long oyster festival to ragu nights at Surry Hills’ hottest restaurant, a beer lovers club and more – things aren’t slowing down this month and neither should you. Get the crew together and start planning, as we uncover the best things to do in August.

The Oyster Festival at The Morrison

The Morrison’s annual Oyster Festival is back, promising a shucking good time this month. Eat your way through an array of bespoke oyster dishes crafted by Executive Chef Sean Connolly. The $1.50 Oyster Hour is available from 6-7pm every day throughout the festival. Every weekend, the bar is also offering a dozen oysters and unlimited sparkling wine for two hours for $55pp.

Limited edition fish pie at North Bondi Fish

Available Wednesday through to Sunday, North Bondi Fish’s fish pot pie will keep your insides warm this winter. This hearty pie is made with snapper, potato and leek and comes in at $50 for two people. On Wednesdays, you can take it one step further with Pinot and Pie night. For $70, feast on the fish pot pie and a carafe of Pinot Noir to share.

To make things even more exciting, NBF have partnered with Grow It Local to help harvest produce for the pie’s leaf and herb salad from actual backyards around the neighbourhood.

Yulli’s vegan night market

Off the back of their wildly successful series of morning markets, this inner west brewery is now appeasing the night owls with a special after-hours market. Kicking off on Saturday 17th August at the brewery, you can expect Yulli’s signature tinnies, vegan eats, as well as booze from P&V Wine + Liquor, Archie Rose Distilling Co., live tunes and more.

Sydney Tea Festival

With so many people loving the humble cuppa, it’s no wonder Sydneysiders are excited to celebrate all things tea, with the return of the Sydney Tea Festival this weekend. Hosted in Carriageworks, sip your way through 70+ stalls with an array of eats, masterclasses and entertainment on offer.

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Glamping at The Winery

Nothing says winter like flowing mulled wine and melted cheesy goodness in a pop-up glamping tent. Surry Hills’ The Winery is turning up the heat this winter with a cosy bohemian-inspired wonderland, running now until 31st August.

Check out Merivale’s new Little Felix

A slice of sophisticated 1920s Paris has arrived to the CBD with the opening of Little Felix. The baby sister venue to Felix Bistro and Bar, Little Felix takes its cues from the great Parisian bars of the early twentieth century. You can expect a range of classic cocktails, French champagne and wines (poured from magnums!) and a tight snacks menu.

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Tuckshop at SILY

Bringing you all of the school-day nostalgia is CBD bar SILY, with their launch of a new Tuckshop menu. The new lunchtime menu is reminiscent of your school canteen lunch, but has been taken up a notch. Say goodbye to uninspired cafeteria meals and hello to Cheeseburger and Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese toasties. They’re available alongside poké bowls, hot dogs, chicken schnitzel sandwiches and more.

The Grounds Garden of Sweets

Head to The Grounds and immerse yourself in a sensory world of colour, light and eccentricity with the launch of the Garden of Sweets, inspired by Willy Wonka himself. Open daily from 7am until late (entry is free!), the installation promises giant neon lollipops, jumbo sweets and plenty of vibrant florals.

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Free six-month long flower festival, Eden Unearthered

Returning to Macquarie Park’s Eden Gardens for the fourth consecutive year is this 40 installation strong showcase of ephemeral and site specific works. Opening to the public from 1st August until the 31st January 2020, head along (entry is free!) and immerse yourself in a world of beautiful plant mecca. With works ranging from giant birds to ‘Frankensteined’ trees, water dragons, yarn-bombed gardens and more. The Eden Unearthed Launch Party, with Logie award winner Costa Georgiadis, kicks off on 5th August and includes bubbles, canapés and a special curator’s tour of the gardens. Entry to the launch party is $20pp. To secure your tickets click here.

Bartolo Ragu Wednesdays

Surry Hills’ Bartolo recognise that much of Italian life revolves around the dinner table. In an effort to gather friends and family around their dining tables, they’ve recently launched Ragu Wednesdays. For just $49pp, diners can feast on one weekly changing ragu, house-made facaccia, a glass of wine and a pack of cards (to encourage ultimate pasta and cards night). Bartolo are also offering 50% off any bottle of Barolo wine every Wednesday. For more information and to book a table, click here.

Paddo Inn Talks

This winter, Paddo Inn and Veuve Clicquot are teaming up to present a new female speaker series, Inn Talks. With the next session kicking off on Tuesday 13th August, the event opens up a social space for locals and female thought-leaders to network over Champagne and snacks, and enjoy an open panel discussion. Tickets are $55pp and includes a flute of Veuve Clicquot and roaming canapés, with profits raised going to non-for-profit organisation, Dress for Success Sydney. You can secure your ticket here. 

Misfits of wine with Mike Bennie

Looking to further your love unconventional vino varieties? For one night only at Redfern’s Misfits, get ready for a special wine dinner hosted by local writer, critic and co-founder of P&V Wine + Liquor Merchants, Mike Bennie. Taking place on Thursday 22 August, sip your way through a carefully curated selection of unconventional wines paired with canapés and a sit down meal designed by Executive Chef, James Privett. Tickets are $120pp can be be secured here.

Korean Film Festival

The Korean Film Festival is back in 2019, celebrating 10 years of screening the best in Korean cinema in Australia. Running in Sydney from 22nd-31st August at Dendy Opera Quays, this year’s Festival program promises 22 films covering a full spectrum of genres. Catch everything from true stories to zombie flicks, dramas, documentaries to comedy and animations. For more information and to secure tickets to a screening, click here.

Zushi School Masterclass at The Street of Barangaroo – Sat 24th August

If you’ve ever wanted to master the art of sushi making, consider this your opportunity with Zushi School. Forget the stuffy classroom environment of your childhood, here it’s all about getting hands-on with Head Chef Lee. You’ll learn the basics on how to make Zushi’s signature rolls, and you’ll also get to take a sushi-rolling mat and recipe book home with you. Best of all, when the class finishes, you get to eat all the sushi you made with a complimentary beverage. Tickets are $110pp and can be secured here.

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Woods Crampton Wine Feast at NOLA

This is a value-for-money wine dinner like no other. For one night only on 28th August, NOLA Smokehouse and Bar are teaming up with Barossa winemakers, Woods Crampton, for a special wine dinner feast. For just $119pp, the feast includes 12 signature Louisiana shared-style dishes across seven courses, matched with seven Woods Crampton wines. Bookings essential. To secure your ticket click here.

SoCal’s ‘The Funny Flamingo’ – Mon 26th August

Off the back of a sell out show in July, SoCal are bringing back The Funny Flamingo Comedy Night. Kicking off on Monday 26th August, this new comedy night to land in Neutral Bay promises a line-up of some of Australia’s top stand-up comedians. Tickets are available from $10pp and includes a drink on arrival. To secure your tickets, click here.

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