A food-delivery service for fussy eaters
Like many Sydneysiders, former magazine editor Shannon Harley (Delicious) found great solace in being able to order takeaway from her favourite restaurants during Sydney’s Covid-19 lockdown – but noticed options for kids were a bit light on. So, she started Hot Potato, which delivers frozen, healthy meals (every dish packs in at least two serves of veggies) in sustainable packaging. On the menu? Chicken dumpling sausage rolls, “hidden cauliflower” mac’n’cheese and half-veggie, half-beef bolognaise. If you fancy partaking yourself, there are adult-sized versions of the dishes, too. hotpotato.online

There’s a new kind of gin in town
Gin comes in all sorts of fun flavours these days – from Pina Colada gin to strawberry and shiraz gin. The latest twist on the classic juniper spirit is from Four Pillars, and it’s crafted with olive leaf and cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil. Savoury in flavour, we’d recommend olive fans add it to a dirty martini. fourpillarsgin.com

Sydney Underground Film Festival goes on-demand
Like all good things in the Covid era, the Sydney Underground Film Festival has gone completely online. For 10 days (from September 10 to 20), punters can stream the festival’s weird and wonderful program on demand. Our pick? NIMIC, the latest flick from Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite, The Lobster). Matt Dillon stars as a cellist whose life is changed after a strange experience on the subway. There’s also a short about a fairground psychic who falls in love with his estranged sister; a suite of short documentaries; a series of experimental works that question our sense of reality; and a bunch of films that will titillate and outrage. Tickets are $10 per film, or it’s $55 to access the entire festival. suff.com.au

Tune into Sydney’s most loved Italian festival
Each year the Ferragosto Italian festival is held in the inner-west’s Five Dock. Of course, it can’t go ahead in real life this year, so organisers have put a very 2020 spin on the concept. Locals are encouraged to kit out their driveways and balconies in Ferragosto-inspired decorations (you can download a toolkit here), then head online where a local Italian chef will guide punters through an online cook-a-long. There’ll also be a live broadcast of interviews, music and videos throughout the day. canadabay.nsw.gov.au

A locally brewed hard seltzer
Northern beaches company Lust Liquor was launched in 2018 by two uni students who were then 20 years old. Their aim was to create low-calorie drinks that still had a bit of booze in them. Their latest release tunes into the zeitgeist – an alcohol-spiked lime and soda seltzer. It’s made by fermenting malt and sugar, and packs a zesty, citrusy punch. Pick it up from most major bottle shops. lustliquor.com