Ain’t no party like a pancake party
No matter how full you are at yum cha, there’s always room for mango pancakes. But at Gelato Messina’s upcoming mango pancake party (June 18 to 19), you won’t need to stop yourself from gorging on dumplings and pork buns: it’s all about the mango pancakes and the mango pancakes only. Think mango crepes filled with mango sorbet and piped with whipped cream, from 12pm until late, at its Rosebery HQ.

Do the truffle shuffle
Bulletin Place Laneway in the CBD is transforming into an ode to truffles from July 8 to 9. Head down from 5.30pm to 8.30pm both nights for a garden lounge stocked with truffled chicken pate, hazelnut-and-truffle cream soup, truffled creme brulee, chocolate truffles, and truffle-and-cheese toasties. On the pour, there are truffle-infused hot chocolate cocktails made with espresso or spiced rum (booze-free options are also available); truffle hot toddies; barrel-aged truffle Negronis; and Lark Hill wines. There’ll also be a truffle store from The Truffle Farm, selling truffles by the gram, and truffle salt, oil and paste. Plus, there’ll be a truffle masterclass on July 8 ($110), where guests will learn about the black gold, experience a truffle risotto-cooking demo, drink truffle cocktails and score some goodies to take home.

A winter wonderland
Head down to Darling Harbour until June 20, where an ice-skating rink has been installed in the forecourt of the International Convention Centre. Sessions run for 45 minutes, on the hour every hour, from 4pm to 9pm on weekdays and 10am to 9pm on weekends. Adult tickets start from $18. While you’re down there, grab a tube or toboggan for a cruise down the 25-metre Arctic Blast Ice Slide. It’s $4 for one slide, or $10 for three.

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Old meets new
On June 10, 11, 17 and 18, QT Sydney’s Parlour Cucina will be hosting Dark Matters – a celebration of the saperavi grape, which produces dark-red wines that are almost opaque. For $29 you’ll get to sample two glasses of saperavi wine – one from old-world Georgia, and the other from new-world Queensland, as well as live music and dark chocolate dipped pancetta.

Travel to Turkey
CBD Turkish diner Above Par is sending diners to the Turkish region of Cappadocia on June 24, with a one-night celebration ($89) of the storied area’s 4000-year-old history of winemaking. Expect a four-course meal of dishes including puffy bread, pan-fried halloumi, manti (Turkish beef ravioli) and baklava, alongside a selection of Cappadocian wines.