What's on July: in and around Sydney

Gigi Pizzeria in Newtown is taking part in the Sydney pizza festival this month.
Gigi Pizzeria in Newtown is taking part in the Sydney pizza festival this month. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Five-course degustation and pantomime act

El Circo Blanc is returning to Sydney in 2013 with an all-new menu. Experience the thrill of a Russian Winter fairytale told through a five act pantomime and matched with a five-course degustation.

Details: Wednesday 10, 17, 24 and 31 July, cost: $79, Slide, 41 Oxford Street Darlinghurst. For bookings phone 02 8915 1899 or visit http://slide.com.au/shows/elcircoblanc/.

Feeding the hungry this winter: SecondBite.
Feeding the hungry this winter: SecondBite. Photo: Scott McNaughton

Help stop food going to waste

SecondBite is feeding hungry Australians this winter with leftover food. The aim is to raise half a million dollars at Coles towards the redistribution of fresh food to over 900 community food programs across Australia. Coles shoppers can make a donation at the register, or purchase a raffle ticket for the chance to win Coles gift cards.

Details: June 12 to July 9, donate at any Coles supermarket. For more information visit their website http://secondbite.org/ or watch their youtube clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-phBoJBt-qc

Sydney pizza festival

Enjoy the best pizza Sydney has to offer. Thirteen pizzerias across Sydney will be serving up their own style of regional Napoletana, Romana and Italiana wood-fired pizzas. All participating restaurants are offering a $20 promotion, which gets you an artisan pizza and a beer, glass of wine or soft drink.

Details: July 8 – 28, to view the calendar of events and participating pizzerias visit the Pizza Festival website. http://pizzafestival.com.au


Christmas in July at Harrington Grove

Be welcomed by a warm fire and a mulled champagne cocktail before feasting on a seven-course degustation. The menu will include canapés, fresh seafood bisque, spicy pumpkin, haloumi and organic quinoa salad, crispy duck ravioli, slow roasted lamb shoulder, flaming plum pudding with brandy butter, coffee, tea and petit fours.

Details: July 12, 7pm, cost: $150, The Winery Dining Room, Harrington Grove Country Club, 1 Forestgrove Drive, Harrington Park, near Camden in the Macarthur region, 50 minutes from the Sydney CBD. Bookings are available on 02 4631 3200.

FEVOO Harvest 2013

FEVOO (pronounced feevoo), or fresh extra virgin olive oil, is Australia’s first olive oil festival.  The festival will showcase and educate consumers about Aussie olive oil. The programme includes an olive oil masterclass, an expert panel led by Stephanie Alexander discussing the beauty and benefits of oil, plus a grower’s forum that will put to rest why Australian olive oils are the best and freshest in the world.

Details: July 10, 6 – 8.30pm, The Mint 10 Macquarie Street (Hyde Park end) Sydney, $45 consumer entry includes masterclass and panel discussion, tastings, canapes and a glass of wine. For more information or to purchase tickets visit their website http://www.fevoo13.com

Bastille Day celebration at the Argyle

The Argyle aims to gather the whole French community as well as all Sydney’s Francophiles to celebrate France’s national day. Guests will receive a free drink on arrival; there will be chartreuse liqueur tasting, a “crêpes” stall, a cancan show from Carrousel Entertainment, French DJs and more.

Details: July 13, 6pm, cost: $25, The Argyle 18 Argyle Street The Rocks NSW 2000. For more information visit their website. http://www.bastilledaysydney.com.au/

Taste of Peru

Head along to the Peruvian Gastronomic Festival hosted by acclaimed Peruvian chef Adolfo Perret this July. This week-long festival will showcase the very best in Peruvian cuisine and features a varied range of delicious lunch and amazing dinner menus for guests to sample and savour.

Details: July 20-27, cost: $60 Mon-Sat (lunch), $70 Mon-Thurs (dinner), $95 Fri-Sat (dinner), Cafe Opera, Intercontinental Hotel, 117 Macquarie St Sydney 2000, For reservations please call the Intercontinental Hotel on (0)2 9240 1396, or email restaurant.reservations@interconsydney.com

For the diary …

Margaret River Gourmet Escape

Time your next holiday with the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, the three day culinary adventure is back with a star studded line up of talent. Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein, Alex Atala, Sat Bains, Neil Perry and Matt Moran are some of the first to be announced with more to follow. The program promises three days of beach barbecues, long table lunches, events and tastings.  Tickets are on sale from July.

Details: November 22nd – 24th. For more information visit their website. http://www.gourmetescape.com.au/?page_id=1477

The Morrison Oyster festival

The Morrision Bar & Oyster Room loves oysters so much they are hosting a month long love-in for the world’s number one aphrodisiac. Featuring a line-up of events and offers, including $1 oyster hour, shucking classes and an oyster and wine dinner. Details: August 1 – 31, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room, 225 George Street, Sydney, http://themorrison.com.au

What’s On: Sydney is compiled by Livia Gamble. Send contributions to editorial@goodfood.com.au