The weather might be cooling down, but the city is heating up. Culture and food are at the forefront this month with Bastille Festival, Christmas in July and a Cheeky Cabaret, as well as several markets to whet your appetite.
We’ve hand picked 7 of our favourites that are worth braving the cold for.
Proudly boasting an ambitious plan to become the greenest culinary festival in the country, the Bastille Festival is a celebration of French-inspired food, wine and art.
Be sure to pay a visit to Le Mulled Wine Cinema (located on the grassy area in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art), the intimate outdoor winter cinema that’s returning with all of your French cinema favourites, together with a private, hot mulled wine bar, fresh popcorn and other cinema sweets.
The festival has this year banned all non-recyclable packaging and will have a dedicated “Green Team” to help visitors and exhibitors achieve their sustainability goals.
Date: Thursday 11th– Sunday 14th July 2019
Location: Circular Quay, The Rocks, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Sydney, NSW
Cost: Free entry, with some ticketed experiences
Carriageworks Winter Night Markets
The Winter Night Markets are set to return to the Carriageworks this year. Curated by James Viles of famed eatery Biota, the night-time markets have been themed WILD, with more than 50 of Sydney’s leading restaurants, bars and producers showcasing menus that show-off native and locally sourced produce, with a focus on zero waste.
Date: Friday 19th July 2019
Location: Carriageworks, Eveleigh, Sydney, NSW
Cost: Tickets $10 (+ booking fee)
Sunday Winter Roast & Jazz
Every Sunday in July, Matt Moran’s farm-to-table inspired restaurant Chiswick Woollahra is set to host live jazz performances accompanied by a two-course winter roast.
The dinner-and-a-show offer will run every Sunday in July, with jazz from The Tilly Street Trio kicking off at 3.30pm, followed by a roast at 6pm. Each week is a little different, giving you the chance to make your way through the locally-sourced menu week by week (if you dare)!
Date: Sunday 7th to Sunday 28th July 2019, Jazz starts at 3.30pm followed by dinner at 6pm.
Where: Chiswick Woollahra, 65 Ocean St, Woollahra
Cost: $75 per person and is designed for sharing
Sydney Vegan Market
This month is #PlasticFreeJuly, and to celebrate the Sydney Vegan Market is encouraging all visitors to BYO cups and containers, and compost all food scraps and bio packaging in the provided purple bins. Featuring more than 100 stalls selling vegan food, produce, beverages, homewares, fashion, art, cosmetics and skincare, the Sydney Vegan Market is one of the most popular markets in the city.
Date: Sunday 21st July 2019
Location: The Market Canopy and Heritage Park, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park, Sydney
Cost: Free entry
Christmas in July with Manly Spirits
It wouldn’t be July without a Christmas-themed occasion, and this one is worth adding to the calendar. Q Station and Manly Spirits are hosting a delicious four course, Christmas in July degustation dinner with matching cocktails featuring. Each ticket even includes access to discounted accommodation rates at Q Station.
Date: Saturday 30th July 2019
Location: Q Station, 1 North Head Scenic Drive, Manly, Sydney
One of the 40 featured performances of this year’s Sydney Cabaret Festival, Cheeky Cabaret is sure to tickle your fancy. From the creators of La Soiree, coming to Sydney all the way from the picturesque coastal town of Brunswick Heads in Northern NSW, Cheeky Cabaret is a sassy and provocative blend of circus, vaudeville, comedy and burlesque.
Date: Friday 5th – Sunday 14th July 2019
Location: Valhalla, Seymour Centre, City Rd and Cleveland Street, Chippendale, Sydney
Cost: Tickets $49.00 – $74.00
4 Courses with 4 Pines
The Manly based 4 Pines Brewing Company, a certified B Corporation, are crossing the water to host two special dinners at Cruise Bar in Circular Quay. Whilst enjoying stunning views of the harbour, you will be treated to a creatively curated four course meal, matched with four different 4 Pines brews. But hurry, there are only 40 tickets available to each dinner.
Date: Wednesday 17th and Wednesday 31st July 2019
Where: The Roof Top at Cruise Bar, Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West, Sydney
Cost: Tickets $79.00
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