• Marrickville-based Vannella Cheese has teamed up with Nonna’s Grocer to produce the blob-tastic burrata candle. It’s a dairy devotee’s dream. It launches on Monday September 4, and it’s definitely not boring.

• Summer Hill favourite One Penny Red has announced it is closing after a decade of operation. Last drinks will be called on New Year’s Eve.

• Head to Sydney Olympic Park this weekend for Africultures, the biggest yearly African festival in Australia. There’s a food market, sports zone and fashion parade – plus an Ethiopian coffee workshop.

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• Darlinghurst cafe Two Good Co has announced its next chef collaborator. For the month of September, Mike McEnearney of Kitchen by Mike (and creative director of Carriageworks Farmers Markets) will be on the pans. Enjoy mushroom-and-lentil toasties, harira soup and marmalade dodgers all month, with all proceeds helping at-risk women.

• Champion carbs: Lagom Bakery on the South Coast has won big at the 2023 Wollongong Baking Show, taking out the top prize with its fruit loaf, and pipping 65 competitors in the savoury sourdough category with its olive-and-herb loaf.

• Delight in cocktails and sweet canapés by Mia Dolci at Sammy Jr on Wednesday September 6 at a special one-off high tea. Tickets are $60 and include a mix of sweet and savoury morsels, and a tea-based cocktail by Sammy Jr bartender Wen Wang.

• One of the World’s 50 Best Bars will be popping up in Sydney for two nights this month. London bar Kwant is sending its master mixologist Giusy Castaldo to Rockpool Sydney on September 19 and 20, and she’s bringing a few of her spectacular cocktails with her.

• Potts Point brasserie Franca has launched a winning brunch menu complete with crumpets and caviar, bagels and smoked salmon. Plus, you can add a bottomless drinks package from Moet & Chandon. Available every Saturday in spring between 11am and 2.30pm.

• There are El Jimador frozen Margaritas on the house at Taste in the City, the festival taking over Bondi Pavilion this weekend. Keep your eyes out for the El Jimador Marg machine, and say “Margs for everyone!” to the person behind the counter to claim your thirst-quenching prize.

• Archie Rose has released its new double-malt whiskey. The honeyed drop is made in Botany from a blend of rye and barley malts, resulting in a toasted, nutty flavour.

• Make your own jar of briny beauties at the Westmont Pickles x Young Henrys beer pickle class on Saturday October 28. Head south to the Westmont farm at Thirlmere, take a tour, make your own pickle – then savour a sausage sizzle and ice-cold Young Henrys in the sun. (An ideal last-minute Father’s Day pressie if you’re stuck.)

• Until Friday September 15, Italian beauty brand Espressoh is scooping up icy delights at Ciccone & Sons in Glebe. There’s Cassata and Blood Orange, Coffee, and Caramel Espressoh Swirl – and you’ll score a complimentary Espressoh gift, too.