The Rocks is hosting a two-day chocolate festival in August featuring Lindt, Gelato Messina, Black Star Pastry and more. Check out the 180-kilogram moving chocolate structure, the “bone shaker”, by expert chocolate craftsmen Dean Gibson. As for tastings, you can try Espresso Jar-tinis by Mr. Black Espresso; endless Nutella creations; Domuts for your dog; and boozy-chocolate ale from Endeavour Beer. Showcasing their skills will be Lindt’s master chocolatier Thomas Schnetzler; Australia’s “queen of chocolate” Kristen Tibbals and 2018 World Chocolate Master representative Daria Nechiporenko.
The Smooth Festival of Chocolate runs August 12–13.
Carriageworks will be transformed into a tea mecca with more than a dozen stallholders specialising in loose-leaf blends. Curated by Rabbit Hole Tea Bar’s Corinne Smith and Perfect South’s Renee Creer, the event promises to be educational and engaging. Workshops by leading tea specialists Bernard Chu and Liliana Algorry will focus on everything from tea blending and cooking with tea, to discussions on different teas and how to store them. Food trucks, including Agape Organic and Tsuru, will join for the day.
Sydney Tea Festival is on August 20, 9am–4.30pm.
Coogee Bay Hotel is hosting the Taste of Coogee Food and Wine Festival this September, with proceeds from ticket sales going towards Running for Premature Babies, which raises funds for The Royal’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Coogee Oval will be decked out over the Father’s Day weekend with produce and tasting stalls including Wine Selectors, Peterson House Winery, The Shuck Truck and Parrilla Argenchino South American BBQ. The family-friendly festival will also include live-entertainment.
Taste of Coogee Food and Wine Festival is on September 2–3.
Five Docks annual Italian festival is approaching its 20th year celebrating the best in local Italian food. Great North Road will accommodate hundreds of stalls this August, dishing out all kinds of Italian snacks from nearby restaurants as well as hosting offerings by local nonni. Live music and performances will be constant across five stages with Italian-Australian songstress Cosima De Vito headlining. Vintage Italian cars and bikes will also be on display.
Ferragosto Italian Festival is on August 20.
This November, Clark Island will again be transformed into a wine destination with tastings, workshops, food pairings, performances and newest attraction, the Wine Island superyacht. Enjoy Champagne on your way to the island, before indulging in a choice of more than 100 new and classic wines. Match dessert to wine at one of the master classes or pair music with wine at the Silent Disco Drops. You can also have a siesta on one of the day beds at the Wine Spa or Wine Library. Food will be plentiful, with award-winning chef Warren Turnbull creating a bespoke menu including cheese, Mexican tacos and lamb on the spit.
Wine Island Festival is on November 10.
Back for its fifth year, Morrison’s annual Oyster Festival is a month-long celebration of your favourite molluscs. Oysters are $1 from 6pm to 7pm every night, slurped with Champagne and whisky.
Chef Sean Connolly has designed a menu that revolves around an oyster regional roulette platter. This involves oysters matched with different vinegars and Talisker whiskies. There’s a red snapper cocktail served with a smoked oyster; a light Champagne with notes of pear, apple and citrus; and a verdita oyster shooter laced with Don Julio tequila and flavoured with pineapple, jalapeno and mint.
The Morrison’s Oyster Festival runs August 1–31.
The Shangri-La Hotel’s Cafe Mix is hosting a festival to celebrate the best of Indonesian cuisine with a range of regional dishes plated up by a string of special guest chefs. Nur Budiono and Marjono of the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta are flying in for this occasion to create a buffet of authentic national dishes including beef rendang, nasi goring and beef makassar *(beef soup). Desserts include *onde (sweet potato Malaysian cakes), kelepon (rice cake balls) and surabi (rice flour pancakes).
Taste of Indonesia Food Festival runs August 4–12
For the second year running, the establishment is turning itself into a shrine to the magical creature that gives us ham, bacon, pork, crackling and prosciutto. Public House's head chef Martin Cerny will be spinning his famous whole pig on the spit alongside other treats such as pork skewers and sausages.
The Erko will serve its famous pulled-pork burger and house-smoked ribs. For dessert there will be doughnuts served with ice-cream and maple bacon. The doughnuts – on theme – are fried in pork fat.
Pigfest in on August 13.
If you're feeling a little dusty in the aftermath of Oktoberfest, we've got the ultimate hangover cure. From 20-29 October, the city will play host to Sydney Beer Week. The hair of the dog that bit you, right?
With a recent rebrand and over 100 events across the city, 2017 is set to be the festival's biggest year yet. There will be local and international brewery showcases, scavenger hunts, walking tours (we think that means 'pub crawl'), beer trivia nights, and 'beergustations.'
Camperdown newcomer, Wayward Brewing Co., will be throwing a weekend-long party to celebrate their 2nd birthday. Goose Island Beer Co. and Newtown’s Stinking Bishops are linking up to present a paired beer and cheese selection and Monteith's are hosting a shuffleboard competition at Surly's in Surry Hills.
Sydney Beer Week runs October 20-29