High tea for a lofty cause
Welcome Merchant, an Instagram account that highlights refugee-led businesses, has teamed up with Mums 4 Refugees to host a high tea on May 15. Guests will be served afternoon tea by Rach’s Syrian Kitchen and Margarita’s Cakes. There’ll be stalls on-site selling jewellery and other goods, and an auction will be held, with all proceeds going to Mums 4 Refugees. Profits from tickets ($59) will go directly to the chefs and Mums 4 Refugees, a network of mothers and carers providing emergency housing and support to refugees and those seeking asylum. eventbrite.com.au

Mr Bright Side
When the catastrophic bushfires swept Australia at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, many winemakers had to discard tonnes of grapes due to smoke taint – damage caused by smoke and fire that makes the wine from those grapes basically undrinkable. Inner-west brewery Wildflower has tried to make the most of the situation, teaming up with Canberra-district winery Ravensworth to create Bright Side, a line of five beers that use the brewery’s Gold wild ale as a base in combination with a different smoke-tainted grape variety – shiraz, gamay, riesling, viognier and sangiovese. The beers will be available from Wildflower’s Marrickville cellar door from May 7. There’ll also be a talk from Ravensworth winemaker Bryan Martin, explaining how damaged produce can be given another life, on May 7 at P&V Wine & Liquor Merchants in Newtown. The talk kicks off a national tour of parties and speaking appearances to showcase the collaborative project. wildflowerbeer.com

Bagels and blooms
Marrickville’s Brooklyn Boy Bagels has enlisted installation artist and florist Jake Kuit to launch a pop-up flower stall out the front of its drive-through bagelry. Kuit uses ethically grown, environmentally friendly flowers and recycled and compostable materials for his packaging. He’ll also create a giant bagel made from flowers for the front of the building. While you’re picking up flowers, you can also grab some limited-edition pink bagels for Mother’s Day. From April 29 to May 9 at 19 Carrington Road, Marrickville. brooklynboy.com.au

On the go
Alibi Bar & Kitchen, the plant-based in-house diner at Woolloomooloo’s Ovolo hotel, has made its high-tea menu available to take away. It includes classic scones with jam and vegan cream, along with treats such as mango cheesecake, hazelnut praline sponge, a bagel with cream cheese, pulled “duck” (jackfruit) pancakes and sweet-potato and olive scones. The high tea costs $90 for two. Order ahead for weekend pick up. alibibar.com.au

Flavour of the month
It’s Australian Cocktail Month from May 1 to 31 – and there’s a host of great deals happening around town to celebrate. Buy a $20 ticket and you’ll get access to a special menu of $14 cocktails and $10 non-alcoholic options at 18 bars, including Big Poppa’s, Bulletin Place, Double Deuce, Maybe Sammy, PS40 and The Roosevelt. australiancocktailmonth.com.au