• Alla vodka is out, alla gin is in. Four Pillars has lent its Olive Leaf Gin to a saucy collab with the pasta aficionados at Fabbrica: Casarecce Alla Four Pillars Gin. The savoury spirit and spent botanicals (juniper, coriander and cardamom) have joined tomatoes, onion and garlic for a winning pasta sauce.

• Andy Bowdy, from his helm of the baked goods at recently opened Salma’s Canteen, has added whole cakes back to the offering. If you’re celebrating (or commiserating), a whole baked cheesecake dusted with yuzu sugar, a cocoa-nib-topped flourless chocolate, classic carrot with brown butter cheesecake frosting or dulce and brown butter tart is for you.

• The locally adored Bab’s Pops Up is taking over the ex-Saga digs on Enmore Road from Thursday September 14. From Thursday to Sunday, for three months, head in for Euro-style dishes on vintage pink crockery and a wine list championing female-powered drops.

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• Matt Moran is curating and then hosting a farmers market on the Chiswick lawns on Sunday September 17. Head to the Woollahra digs from 10am to shop from the chef’s favourite producers and snack on bites from the head chefs of his restaurants.

• Boutique gin brand Grown Spirits has joined forces with the Reef Restoration Foundation to produce Ocean Grown Gin. Each beautiful blue bottle of the dry, citrusy gin helps coral reef restoration efforts in Far North Queensland.

• Coffee or beer? Mountain Culture and Mecca Coffee have teamed up to brew a limited-edition stout. Tireme-Su is a dark beer that starts with Sumatran beans steeped for 24 hours in the fermenter before tiramisu is added, cake and all. The drop’s bold, lively and has a hint of hazelnut.

• The aperitivo lords at Bizzarro and the Baba’s Place team are hosting a “bottomless can party” on Sunday September 10. The $100 set menu will have you feasting on favourites – like garam masala rice cakes and that tarama toast – while free-flowing cans of rakija and tonic, Bizzarro Australiano and a PS40 collab are passed round.

• Head to Alexandria’s Drnks on Saturday for an American-diner-style breakfast party. Grumpy Donuts will have cinnamon donut holes and glazed coffee numbers, Mecca’s brews are on pour and the Drnks team is pouring the latest from Las Jaras, Sweet Berry Wine. Tickets are $15.

• In more beer news, Mountain Culture and Balter have put their frothy thoughts together to create Anna and Elsa, a duo of IPAs made using frozen fresh hops in a southern hemisphere first. The pair are the first drops produced on Mountain Culture’s new brewhouse and wet mill, and these pubs are where you can take a sip.

• The Orange Blossom Festival is hitting The Hills Shire tomorrow. Heralding spring, the celebration kicks off at 9am with a parade in Rouse Hill and finishes with night markets at Castle Hill Showgrounds.

• Yo-Chi’s swirling a new summery flavour: yuzu. The citrusy delight is available in all stores now – and it’s vegan, too.

• Lode is giving away 100 limited-edition pastries on Tuesday September 12. The twice-baked charcoal croissants will be filled with macadamia frangipane and a tart fruity compote, with Italian meringue atop. It’s to celebrate the release of Stan’s The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon on Monday September 11.