Listen and learn
Welcome Merchant, a platform that highlights, celebrates and advocates for refugees and people seeking asylum, is hosting Falastin Fair, a day of honouring Palestinian culture on August 27 in Surry Hills. Community organiser Amal Naser has curated a panel (12pm–1pm) of speakers from the Palestinian diaspora in Australia. Poet and human rights lawyer Sara Saleh, author Arwa Abousamra and Barbara Bloch, the convenor of Palestine Fair Trade Australia, will share their stories. Attendees also have the option to enjoy a post-forum lunch cooked by a Gaza-born chef. Or, browse a series of stalls – selling clothes, books and more – from Palestinian-Australians. Finish it all off with a helping of knafeh from Yummy Yummy Knafeh. General admission tickets are $10 each, admission with lunch is $35; 50 per cent of sales will go to Medical Aid for Palestine.

Tunes and tortillas
Bondi diner Carbon has teamed up with Young Henrys to host a night of music, Margaritas and roast meat every Wednesday until September 14. Order eight-hour lamb shoulder with roast potatoes, salad, tortillas and house-made salsa, and accompany your meal with a $6 beer from Young Henrys. The roast is available all night, alongside Carbon’s regular menu, and live music kicks off at 6pm. Bookings here.

A taco tour
Sydney’s tamale queen Rosa Cienfuegos might have to add tacos to her royal title soon – she’s launched a “taco journey”, serving tacos from a different region of Mexico each week for six weeks, until September 20, at her Redfern diner Itacate. Expect Cienfuegos’s take on birria, suadero (brisket), al pastor (slow-cooked pork from a vertical rotisserie), carnitas (pulled pork), cochinitas (pork slow-cooked in banana leaves) and barbacoa (lamb slow-cooked in banana leaves). Tacos are $6 each or $20 for three tacos and a matching Jarritos soda. @itacate.redfern

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Mediterranean magic
Topikos, the Greek-inspired Bondi diner from the group behind Shell House, has launched a “Med Martini” hour, running from 5pm to 6pm Wednesday to Sunday. Head in for $10 Martinis and $10 prawn souvla. It’s the perfect snack before you head elsewhere, or a great start to a meal at the pretty eatery.

An Aussie ale
Matilda Bay brewery has launched a beer it reckons will give your tastebuds a jolt. Its new Aussie Wheat Ale is made using wheat grown by Australian farmers, and is a lighter, zestier sip than traditional European wheat ales. It’s got notes of passionfruit and Seville orange, and an aroma of lime Mojito, mandarin and fresh-cut grass. Available now at Dan Murphy’s and BWS, as well as online.