What's on August: Sydney

Rockpool All Stars: (From left) Mike McEnearney, Kylie Kwong, and Ross Lusted.
Rockpool All Stars: (From left) Mike McEnearney, Kylie Kwong, and Ross Lusted. 

The Morrison Oyster festival

Tantalise your taste buds with the world's number one aphrodisiac at the Morrision Bar & Oyster Room this month. Take advantage of $1 oyster hour, try your hand at shucking and indulge in an oyster and wine dinner.

Details: From now until August 31, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, 225 George Street, Sydney, themorrison.com.au

Massimo Mele.
Massimo Mele. Photo: Steven Siewert

Parramatta Farmers Market

This open-air market is held every Friday with more than 20 farmers and artisan food producers selling their wares.

Details: 7.30am to 2pm, Friday 9, 16, 23 and 30 August, Church Street Mall, Parramatta

DIY: Learn how to build and maintain your own edible garden.
DIY: Learn how to build and maintain your own edible garden. Photo: Supplied

Brokenwood wine and food tasting event

Come to Bondi Icebergs Club for a night of fabulous food matched with Brokenwood wines. Scott Baker from Brokenwood winery will be at the event.

Details: Friday August 16, 6.30pm to 9pm, $45, Bondi Icebergs, 1 Notts Avenue, Bondi NSW 2026, Sydney. Contact events team on events@icebergs.com.au or 9130 3120.


Tutti A Tavola

Ready Steady Cook chef Massimo Mele will be sharing his passion for Italian food at this one-off event in a warehouse in Alexandria with wine pairings by Two Italian Boys.

Details: Thursday August 22, 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Salt Meats Cheese, 41 Bourke Rd, Alexandria 2015, 9690 2406, saltmeatscheese.com.au

Coffee festival heads to Maitland

In its fifth year, this city in the lower Hunter Valley will host the annual Aroma Festival, bringing together the regions' best chocolate connoisseurs, coffee roasters and Hunter Valley wineries. There will be roving buskers and performers.

Details: Saturday August 17, 10am-5pm and Sunday August 18, 10am-4pm, maitlandaroma.com.au

Cooking with leftovers, composting and worm farming

Run by the City of Sydney, these free sustainability workshops are full of useful tricks to help urban dwellers green up their concrete jungle, with tips on supercharging your soil, growing edible gardens through to building your own vertical pallet garden.

Details: Locations and prices vary. Head to greenvillages.com.au/upcoming-workshops/

Macarthur Farm Fresh Tour

Join local foodie Nicci Peverill on a tour of the Macarthur region. Visitors can sample some of the local produce as they visit the Camden Produce Market, Camden Town Farm and the area's best farms and wineries. 

Details: Saturday August 24, from 9am, $99 per person including transport, morning tea, lunch, tastings and a showbag, macarthur.com.au

For the diary...

Rockpool's All Stars dinners

As Neil Perry's Rockpool prepares for its move from George St in October, they've invited three of their now-famous ex chefs - Kylie Kwong from Billy Kwong, Mike McEnearney of Kitchen by Mike and Ross Lusted from The Bridge Room - back for one night. Each chef will create a five course menu from their time at Rockpool.

Details: September 3, 10, 17, tickets for each dinner at $150 per person or $230 including wines, 92525 1888 or rockpool.com.

Sydney Whisky Fair

A selection of the finest products from 30 of the world's leading distilleries will be featured here, with guests invited to sample the top three of Jim Murray's 2013 World Whisky of the year among 150 other distinctive whiskies for the discerning drinker. Details: September 6 and 7, The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, whiskyfair.com.au

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

This three day culinary adventure is back with a star studded line up of talent including Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein, Alex Atala, Neil Perry and Matt Moran. The program promises three days of beach barbecues, long table lunches, events and tastings.

Details: November 22 to 24, gourmetescape.com.au