As nightly temperatures drop, our hospitality scene is heating up.Dust off your coat, throw on a scarf, and venture out into the winter wonderland that is Sydney. There is plenty to do, and even more to eat.
This month, Rising Sun Workshop chef Ellie Hayes O’Brien and restaurant manager Bec Shave have teamed up to create BABS, a pop up dinner celebrating female-led kitchen and dining rooms.
Inspired by the authenticity and “bad ass” attitude of iconic American singer and actress Barbra Streisand, Hayes O’Brien and Shave aim to create “a unique experience that challenges the traditional modes of restaurant service”.
What does that mean? Well, you’ll have to be there to find out. The first of their monthly pop-up dinners will be held at Valentina’s at Marrickville on Sunday, June 19. Diners of all dietary restrictions will be catered for with a menu inspired by regional Mexican cuisine, created in conjunction with The Alex chef Mariana Escalera Beverido.
Here are the top 10 food and drink events to get excited about in June.
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The first BABS pop up will be held at Valentina’s. Photo: Alana Dimou
Babs Pops Up at Valentina’s
5.30-7pm and 7.30-9pm Sunday, June 19
For the inaugural BABS pop-up dinner, chefs Beverido and Hayes O’Brien will be serving “vibrant and comforting” food within the green-and-white facade of Valentina’s diner. The team say they’re trying to create “a space for those living, working and enjoying” Sydney’s food culture, so that likely includes you. There are two seatings, and the ticket price includes a mezcal margarita (or virgin margarita) on arrival.
$85 per person.
Valentina’s, 132 Livingstone Road, Marrickville, events.humantix.com
Samantha Payne and Clayton Wells have paired up to offer a multi-faceted drinking and dining experience in Chippendale. Photo: Supplied
Gather on Kensington St
5-10pm Friday, June 3
12-10pm Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, Chippendale is the place to be. Automata head chef Clayton Wells and sommelier Samantha Payne have teamed up to curate a free, three-day celebration of Kensington Street’s bustling hospitality scene. There’ll be food stalls, wine masterclasses, pop-up cellar doors and a series of creative, culinary experiences. Check out the boozy seafood brunch hosted by radio personality Merrick Watts at Sicilian fine-dining restaurant Olio on Sunday morning, and the gin masterclass hosted by mixologist Grant Collins in the afternoon.
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Entry to the festival is free. Individually ticketed events range from $25-139 per person.
1-50 Kensington Street, Chippendale, wearegather.com.au
Head to Bar Suze for a Midsommar street party this June. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Bar Suze: Midsommar Street Party
2-10pm Sunday, June 26
The Swedish-inspired Surry Hills bar, Bar Suze, is hosting a neighbourhood street party on June 26. There’ll be Swedish snacks on hand, a DJ spinning tunes, and plenty of delicious, natural wine to go around. With disco balls, candlelight and a cheeky little dancefloor, it’s sure to be a good vibe.
Bar Suze, 54 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, barsuze.com
Cornersmith has long been known for its selection of pickles and ferments. Photo: Steven Siewert
Cornersmith x Carriageworks Cooking Classes
9-10am Saturday, June 18
Cut down on waste and learn how to transform your kitchen scraps into delicious, probiotic-rich food at Cornersmith’s fermentation workshop at Carriageworks this month. The informative, hands-on class will introduce you to the art and science of fermentation with a “not-so-classic” kimchi recipe that makes use of all those leftover veggies in the crisper. You’ll also be shown how to create pickled vegetables with whatever you have on hand.
$75 per person.
Carriageworks Café, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, carriageworks.com.au
The forest is generous this year says foraging expert Diego Bonetto. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Solstice Foraging Workshop
10am Tuesday, June 21
Don’t let the cold weather deter you: This guided walk through Callan Park with edible plant expert Diego Bonetto will be worth rugging up for. Bonetto will teach you how to enrich your diet by safely harvesting edible weeds such as dandelions, sowthistle and mallow. Each ticket comes with an informative identification booklet to take home, but book fast! These tours typically sell out.
$60 per person, or $100 per couple.
Callan Park, Balmain Road, Lilyfield, diegobonetto.com
The team from Colombo Social are hosting a long lunch for the ARTiculate festival. Photo: Edwina Pickles
Colombo Social: Long lunch at ARTiculate festival
12-2pm Saturday, June 4
The team behind Enmore Sri Lankan restaurant Colombo Social and their associated social enterprise, Plate it Forward, have teamed up with 107 Projects and the City of Sydney to present a month-long arts, culture and food festival that highlights voices from marginalised communities. On Saturday, June 4 Colombo matriarch Amma Christie-David will be hosting a one-off cooking class, while the restaurant team hosts a long lunch filled with fragrant, Sri Lankan favourites.
Entry to the festival is $5 per adult, kids under 10 are free. The long lunch is $75 per person.
107 Green Square, 3a Joynton Avenue, Zetland, events.humantix.com
Celebrate World Gin Day at Sake Restaurant in The Rocks. Photo: James Alcock
Saké: KI NO BI Gin Dinner
6.30pm Wednesday, June 29
This one is for the gin enthusiasts. On Wednesday, June 29 Saké at The Rocks will be hosting a decadent, six-course dinner with specialty gin cocktail pairings and tastings. The limited edition menu uses dishes such as yuzu king crab, shiso and juniper berry cured Hiramasa Kingfish sashimi and fried ginger prawns to showcase the six different elements that distinguish Ki No Bi, a handcrafted Kyoto-based dry gin. Bookings are essential as there are only 24 seats available.
$179 per person
Sake Restaurant and Bar, 12 Argyle Street, The Rocks, 02 9259 5656, sakerestaurant.com.au
Archie Rose: What’s the buzz on honey?
6.30-8.30pm Tuesday, June 14
Sydney distillery Archie Rose is celebrating the pollinators and honey makers at their Rosebery cellar door on Tuesday, June 14. The workshop will feature guest speakers from The Urban Beehive, Cornersmith and Waste Free Chef, each of whom will be discussing the vital role bees play in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. The ticket price includes a welcome drink, a “king bee cocktail” and a jar of Archie Rose’s distillery honey.
$38 per person.
The Cannery, 85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery, 02 8458 2300, archierose.com.au
Pistou Deli: Women in Wine
6.30pm Wednesday, June 15
This cosy Inner West deli and wine bar is celebrating women in wine with a six-course dinner on June 15. Each dish will be paired with wines by Adelaide Hills winemaker Alyson Tannenbaum from Vinteloper and Victorian winemaker Erin Pooley from Little Frances, both of whom will be on hand to answer any questions. All proceeds from the night will be donated to survivors of domestic violence.
$145 per person.
601 King St, Newtown, 0404 463 221, www.pistou.com.au
Restaurant Hubert: Magnums & Movies
6.30-10.30pm Monday, June 6
French food, free-flowing wine and a nostalgic movie in a beautiful theatre: What could be better? This June sees Restaurant Hubert screening Being John Malkovich, the 1999 American fantasy comedy film directed by Spike Jonze. The ticket price includes canapes on arrival, popcorn, a decadent buffet feast during intermission and bottomless drinks.
$165 per person.
Restaurant Hubert, 15 Bligh Street, Sydney, 02 9232 0881, swillhouse.com/venues/restaurant-hubert
Launches to look out for this month
In addition to the food and drink events, there are a number of food, drink and dining launches worth checking out this month.
Keep an eye out for: